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The little town that could

The little town that could

Photographer: Irina Matveeva- Lazutina The people of Leavenworth, Washington had a big idea to save their small town. They changed the buildings to look like a village in Bavaria, Germany. Now it is attracting thousands of tourists. Leavenworth, Washington is located in a valley in the Cascade Mountains next to the Wenatchee River.

11.1.2014| Local

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It’s time for Take Winter by Storm

Are you ready for winter weather? Take Winter by Storm has a message for everyone. Prepare now for future storms. The tips from this information resource saves lives. Western Washington usually has mild winters, but it can also have big storms. For example, 1.5 million people lost power on Hanukkah Eve in December, 2006.

11.1.2014| Local

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Here comes Santa Claus!

Here comes Santa Claus!

Photographer: Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times The Christmas holiday season starts the day after Thanksgiving. People go downtown. They want to see the Macy’s Christmas parade. The parade this year starts at 9:00 am on November 28. The children are very excited. They know that Santa is coming to town.

11.1.2014| Featured, Local

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Christmas town

Christmas town

The people in Leavenworth say, “Willkommen” to visitors. They use the German word for “welcome” because their town looks like a German village. People visit Leavenworth all year round, but Christmas is the most popular time. In December, people enjoy a special festival of lights on the weekends.

11.1.2014| Featured, Local

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Rake up leaves

Rake up leaves

Photographer: Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times It’s autumn. Leaves are falling. Leaves are beautiful, but they can be dangerous. Ingrid Goodwin is raking leaves because they are causing a problem. They are stopping water from draining away in the street. Water in the street can cause a flood.

11.1.2014| Featured, Local

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Thanksgiving changes

Thanksgiving changes

Photographer: Ken Lambert/ The Seattle Times Thanksgiving used to be a family holiday at home. People waited to go Christmas shopping until Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. But now that is changing. People are leaving the Thanksgiving table to shop at Macys, Toys R Us, and Walmart.

11.1.2014| Featured, Local

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Thank you!

Thank you!

  Photographer: Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times November 11th is Veterans Day in the U.S. Veterans Day honors all American soldiers. Soldiers protect the U.S. Sometimes they have to fight. Sadly sometimes they die for their country. This little boy is placing American flags on the graves of soldiers.

11.1.2014| Featured, Local

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Reindeer eyes

Reindeer eyes

              Santa's lead reindeer, Rudolph, is famous for his shiny red nose. But Rudolph is only a story. Real reindeer don't have red noses, but their eyes do something unusual. They change color from gold to blue every year. This is surprising new information. Reindeer live in the Arctic.

11.1.2014| International

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Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

                Photographer: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank Malala Yousafzai, 17, is the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner. She says, “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.” People are listening to her powerful message. In 2009, Malala was happily attending school in Mingora, Pakistan.

11.1.2014| International

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Into the wilderness

Happy 50th birthday to the Wilderness Act. In 1964, Congress set aside some public lands as wilderness. By law people can visit these wild places to hike, climb, or ride bicycles, but they cannot change them in any way. This means no roads, houses, or motor vehicles. At the start, 54 places (9.1 million acres) became wilderness areas.

11.1.2014| General News

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What’s Happening in Nov and Dec

What's Happening in November Election Day November 4, 2014 is Election Day across the Unites States. Election Day is always the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This year people will vote for all 425 members of the House of Representatives. They will also vote for 33 of the 100 Senate seats.

11.1.2014| What's Happening

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Kailash Satyarthi

Kailash Satyarthi

              Kailash Satyarthi, 60, is a hero to poor children in India. He has saved 83,000 from slavery! Now people around the world are learning about him and his mission. He along with Pakistani Malala Yousafzai are the 2014 Nobel Peace winners. Satyarthi’s home country of India has one of the worst records in the world on child labor.

11.1.2014| International

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Joao Tapel (Jomat)

Joao Tapel (Jomat)

Joao Tapel is from Timor-Leste which just became a country in 2002 when it broke away from Indonesia. In Timor-Leste, many of the people live without electricity. When Joao Tapel (who goes by Jomat) was growing up, he would walk 10 km to school one-way. He had to climb up over a mountain in order to get to school and it would take him 90 minutes to walk to school.

11.1.2014| Reader Story

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Tasty and healthy, too!

Tasty and healthy, too!

Photographer: Garnet Templin-Imel Chocolate is oh so tasty, and it can be healthy, too. A new study shows that eating chocolate improves some types of memory skills in healthy people from 50-69. This is sweet news, especially for older people. Chocolate contains cocoa powder, and cocoa powder has antioxidants or plant compounds called cocoa flavanols.

11.1.2014| General News

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Freedom for the Elwha

Freedom for the Elwha

The photo is taken by NPS/USBR Elwha Restoration The Elwha River is flowing freely because of dam removal. Large numbers of salmon are swimming up the river again. Life is returning to the Elwha. The Elwha River goes from the Olympic Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Around 100 years ago, two dams were built on the Elwha to produce electricity. But the dams had a big problem: no fish ladders.

09.16.2014| Local

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$15 minimum wage

On June 1, 2014 the city of Seattle passed the $15 an hour minimum wage ordinance. Many people cheered the news, especially labor unions and workers. However, business owners are concerned about the sharp increase of employee wages from $9.32 an hour to $15.00. To allow businesses to adjust to the new minimum wage, the ordinance calls for a phase-in period.

09.16.2014| Local

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Playing with jack o’ lanterns

Playing with jack o’ lanterns

Photographer: Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times October 31 is Halloween. It is a fun day. People like to carve (cut) faces on pumpkins and put lights in them. These carved pumpkins are called jack o’ lanterns. People usually put jack o’ lanterns outside of their homes on Halloween night.

09.16.2014| Featured, Local

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Bring your lantern!

Bring your lantern!

Photographer: Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times People are carrying this large lighted snake around Green Lake. It is a lantern in a parade. Many people bring lanterns to this parade. Some people dress in costumes. They want to say hello to fall. Their lanterns bring light to the darker days of fall and winter.

09.16.2014| Featured, Local

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Good news from the Elwha

Good news from the Elwha

Photographer: Steve Ringman/ The Seattle Times The Elwha is a river in the Olympic National Forest. Two dams stopped salmon and other fish from swimming up and down the river. The government spent $365 million to remove the dams. This year 3,528 Chinook (King) salmon returned to the Elwha.

09.1.2014| Featured, Local

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Walking in pink

Walking in pink

Photographer: Alan Berner/ The Seattle Times These two women are wearing pink. Pink is the symbol for breast cancer. The women are walking 60 miles in three days. Many other women and some men walk, too. They want people to learn about breast cancer. They want people to give money to fight breast cancer.

09.1.2014| Featured, Local

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