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The Capitol Christmas Tree 2015

The Capitol Christmas Tree 2015

Each year, a tree from a National Park in the U.S. decorates the White House lawn. This special tree is the Capitol Christmas Tree. In 2015, for the first time, the tree is coming from Alaska. The 74-foot Lutz spruce is 90 years old, and it comes from the Chugach National Forest near Seward.

12.1.2015| Local

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A Veterans Day hero

In the U.S., the Medal of Honor is a special award for very brave soldiers. Only 3,512 soldiers have received the Medal of Honor since 1861. 461 soldiers received the Medal of Honor in World War II (WWII). Now only 8 men are alive. One of those soldiers is a Washington man, Wilburn Ross (93). Ross came a Medal of Honor hero for his actions on Oct.

12.1.2015| Local

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Santa Ann

Santa Ann

Photographer: Erika Schultz/ The Seattle Times At Christmas, children visit Santa with their parents. They want to give him their wish list. But wait a minute! Him? Look again. This Santa is a she! Her name is Ann Leake, and she plays Santa every year. She started playing Santa many years ago for her son’s Boy Scout troop.

12.1.2015| Featured, Local

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Let’s go window-shopping

Let’s go window-shopping

Beautiful decorations in windows signal the start of the holiday season. Because they attract shoppers, large stores put a lot of time, effort, and money into decorating their windows. Actually holiday decorations in windows started back in the 1800s. At that time storeowners started to buy plate glass to build large windows.

12.1.2015| General News

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A new look

A new look

Photographer: Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times The Nutcracker Ballet is a favorite Christmas tradition in Seattle. This year, after 31 years, the Nutcracker will have a new look. Many local artists created new, colorful costumes for the dancers. Wendy Oberlin makes costumes for the dancers. The photo shows her fabric dyes and paints on the table.

12.1.2015| Featured, Local

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Happy Holland

Do you want to be happy? Move to Holland. It is the 4th happiest country in the world. Why are the Dutch happy? Experts say, “Less work and more physical exercise.” In Holland, 46.1% of adults work less than 36 hours a week. Both parents do not need to work for a comfortable life.

11.1.2015| International

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Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor

Photographer: Ken Lambert/ The Seattle Times Wilburn Ross was a soldier in World War II. He fought against the Germans in a big battle. He kept many German soldiers from moving forward, so he received a special honor. Look at his neck. Mr. Ross is wearing the Medal of Honor.

11.1.2015| Featured, Local

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The seed bank

People save money in a bank. But a cold Arctic island in Norway has a different kind of bank. It is called the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, and it is very important. It stores seeds from all over the world. Plants from these seeds provide food for the world. People built the vault deep into a mountain in 2008.

11.1.2015| International

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ADA’s 25th Anniversary

ADA’s 25th Anniversary

25 years ago Congress passed the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). This important law has helped 55 million Americans with disabilities go to school, get jobs, and move around with independence in their communities. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and guarantees them equal access to the same opportunities as all other people have.

11.1.2015| General News

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Fall rowing

Fall rowing

Photographer: Ken Lambert/ The Seattle Times It’s fall in Puget Sound. The leaves are turning to red, orange, yellow, brown, and gold. The weather is cool, but these rowers are not putting their canoes and kayaks away. They wear warm clothes because they like to row in the cold air. In the photo, five people are paddling hard.

11.1.2015| Featured, Local

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Tension in the South China Sea

The President of China, Xi Jinping, recently visited the U.S. He met with President Obama. One of their conversations focused on Chinese island building in the South China Sea. This action by the Chinese is causing tensions to increase in the area. The Spratly and Paracel Islands in the South China Sea are part of a territorial dispute in the region.

11.1.2015| International

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Organic turkeys

George Washington ate them. They are turkeys with interesting names. Heirloom Bronze. Narrangansett. White Holland. And now, over 200 years later, these turkeys are coming back to the holiday table. People want to eat healthy, so they are paying more money to buy these old, organic breeds for meat. Right now most Americans buy inexpensive White Broad Breasted turkeys.

11.1.2015| General News

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Save the turkeys

Save the turkeys

Turkeys are popular holiday birds. Americans eat about 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving and 22 million on Christmas. But every year there is one lucky bird. This lucky bird goes to the White House, but the President doesn’t eat this turkey. The president gives the turkey a pardon.

11.1.2015| Featured, Local

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Liyan Zheng

Liyan Zheng

Liyan Zheng came from Dongguan which is a big city in the south of China. She lived in Dongguan for eleven years after graduation. Six months ago, she quit her job and came to the U.S. with her daughter to join her husband because her husband found a job at Expedia. In the beginning, Liyan felt happy and excited.

11.1.2015| Reader Story

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What’s happening in Nov and Dec

What’s happening in November Election Day November 3, 2015 is Election Day across the United States. Election Day is always the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This year is called an “off-year” election. That means that people will not vote for president. People will vote for some members of Congress.

11.1.2015| What's Happening

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day

On October 6, 2014, the Seattle City Council gave the second Monday in October a new name. “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” will honor the first people here, the Native Americans. But this day is also a federal holiday called Columbus Day. Columbus Day was named after the explorer Christopher Columbus.

09.1.2015| Local

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Seattle’s National Treasure

Seattle’s National Treasure

Photographer: Curtis Cronn A grant will help preserve the Panama Hotel in Seattle. This 105-year-old hotel still holds the possessions of many Japanese-American families from World War II. The objects in the basement are a reminder of a dark time in U.S. history. The six-story Panama Hotel is located on Main Street in Chinatown International District.

09.1.2015| Local

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No “diet” in diet sodas

No “diet” in diet sodas

Photo credit: Environment Illness Network Diet drinks, especially Coke and Pepsi, have few or no calories. So many people think diet beverages will help them lose weight. However, research is showing the opposite. Now a California group wants beverage companies to stop using “diet” in their brand names. Diet drinks use sugar replacements, such as NutraSweet, Splenda, and Sunett or Ace K.

09.1.2015| General News

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Is stem cell treatment routine?

Even after 100 years of research, stem cell treatment is still experimental. Stem cells are often used to treat fatal diseases, such as leukemia or lymphoma. But recently, some doctors are treating non-fatal conditions with stem cells. Some medical experts are concerned. Stem cells are found in every tissue and organ of the body.

09.1.2015| General News

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XiaoIce

XiaoIce (pronounced Shao-ice) is very popular in China. She is a chatbot, a Microsoft app, and she has nearly twenty million friends on social networks like Weibo. People text XiaoIce when they want to talk. And XiaoIce is really fun to chat with. She makes jokes. She remembers conversations.

09.1.2015| International

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