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Hello, Diesel!

Move over, Fido the dog! Make room for Diesel, the horse. Diesel is bringing smiles and comfort to patients at a Bremerton hospital. Diesel and other miniature horses are becoming popular as therapy animals across the US. Therapy, or comfort, animals go to hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, and other places.

11.1.2016| Local

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Be prepared!

This winter in Puget Sound is predicted to be neutral. The sea surface temperature of the Pacific Ocean along the coast of South America is expected to be normal. Weather forecasters here see no effect on the climate from El Niño, warmer than normal water temperatures, or La Niña, cooler than normal water temperatures.

11.1.2016| Local

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Santa’s new sleigh

Santa’s new sleigh

Photographer: Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times Santa rides in a sleigh, right? Reindeer pull the sleigh, right? Not on December 10. On that day, Santa will come in an airplane. He will fly to the Museum of Flight in Seattle at 10:30 a.m. He will bring Mrs. Claus with him. Last year Santa came in a Cessna Skywagon 180.

11.1.2016| Featured, Local

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Winter eagles

Winter eagles

Photographer: Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times It’s December. Two beautiful bald eagles are sitting in a tree on the Skagit River. The eagles are looking around with their sharp eyes. What are they looking for? They are looking for chum salmon. The chum salmon are coming from British Columbia.

11.1.2016| Featured, Local

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Winter winds

Winter winds

The woman in the photo is walking in downtown Seattle. The wind turned her umbrella inside out. Her hair is flying around. It is a strong wind. Weather people say, “There will probably be more strong winds this winter.” The weather in the Seattle area will probably also be mostly cool, rainy, and gray.

11.1.2016| Featured, Local

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Wampanoag Indians

Wampanoag Indians

Wampanoag women are preparing food in this photo. They are cooking a fish over a fire. Crabs are in a black, wood bowl behind them. These women are actors, and they work at Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. They show the life of 1627 in the United States.

11.1.2016| Featured, Local

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Missing frogs?

10,000 frogs are dead. People found their bodies on the Coata River in Peru. What happened to the frogs? Government officials are looking for the answer. The dead frogs are Titicaca water frogs. This kind of frog has a lot of extra skin. The extra skin holds oxygen, so these frogs can breathe underwater.

11.1.2016| International

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Ready, set smile!

Ready, set smile!

Japanese maple trees in the fall are beautiful. Their leaves are red, gold, orange, and yellow. In the photo, two people, Vi Tran and Ann Le, want to remember this day, so they are taking a selfie. The selfie will be a photo of themselves and the trees.

11.1.2016| Featured, Local

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A Pilgrim Thanksgiving

A Pilgrim Thanksgiving

One-hundred and two Pilgrims sailed to the New World. They arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts on December 16, 1620. In fall, 1621, fifty-two celebrated the first Thanksgiving. Today we enjoy turkey, dressing, potatoes, and pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, but what did those first settlers eat? The Pilgrims probably had wild turkey.

11.1.2016| General News

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What’s for breakfast?

A traditional Japanese breakfast is rice, fish, and miso soup. It is very healthy, but it takes time to cook. So now busy Japanese people are starting to eat a different breakfast food - granola. Granola sales in Japan are increasing rapidly. Granola is a type of cereal.

11.1.2016| International

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The King is dead.

On October 13, 2016, the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, died. He was the monarch (king) for seventy years. For many people in Thailand, he has been their only king. Interestingly, Bhumibol Adulyadej, was born in Cambridge, MA on December 5, 1927. His father was studying public health at Harvard at the time.

11.1.2016| International

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Read the fine print!

When you get an app or update your operating system, do you get an annoying agreement to read? Do you pay attention to it, or do you just click, “I agree?” This agreement is a type of contract and it has many words, or “fine print.” Most people don’t take the time to read the fine print, but two friends, Oliver Hart at Harvard University and Bengt Holmstrom at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have just won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics for reading that fine print and studying the impact of contracts in modern life.

11.1.2016| General News

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Hurray for the Cubs!

Hurray for the Cubs!

This lion is in front of the Chicago Art Institute. Look closely at the picture. He is wearing a Chicago Cubs cap. He is celebrating because the Chicago Cubs baseball team won the World Series baseball championship this year. The Chicago Cubs played against the Cleveland Indians. The two teams played seven games.

11.1.2016| Featured, Local

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What’s happening in Nov and Dec

What’s happening in November Election Day November 8, 2016 is Election Day across the United States. Election Day is always the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This year the people will vote for a new president. The bitter campaign between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton will finally be decided.

11.1.2016| What's Happening

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Farida Ahmadi

Farida Ahmadi

Farida Ahmadi is just 19 years old, and she is busy working two jobs and studying English at Bellevue College. Farida is from Afghanistan, and she came to America in February of 2016. She is one of eight kids, so she is busy helping everyone at home when she’s not working.

11.1.2016| Reader Story

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Mason bees

Mason bees

Mason bees are very helpful. These little dark-blue bees pollinate plants better than honeybees, but they are not very popular. Now some gardeners and farmers are taking a new look at mason bees. The gentle mason bees are different from honeybees. They look like flies and don’t make honey or sting. Mason bees do not live in a well-developed society like a hive.

07.1.2016| Local

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Fishing for an agreement

Sports fishermen were angry at the start of fishing season this year in May.  They couldn’t fish for Chinook salmon, but Indian fishermen could. The sports fishermen protested, “It’s unfair.” But the lack of a joint fishing agreement between the tribes and non-tribal people was the real issue. The big problem in 2016 is very limited stocks of fish.

07.1.2016| Local

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Sunflowers in Carnation

Sunflowers in Carnation

The man in the photo is a Hmong flower farmer. He is picking sunflowers. They are taller than he is. He will put the sunflowers into bouquets. He will sell the bouquets at the markets in Puget Sound. Sunflowers are planted in June. They are picked in August.

07.1.2016| Featured, Local

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It's number 7!

It’s number 7!

It’s the 100th anniversary of the National Park System (NPS). Celebrate by going Olympic National Park in Washington State. “It’s the 7th most popular national park in the U.S.,” says National Geographic. About 3,000,000 people visit this park every year. In this park, you can climb into the mountains.

07.1.2016| Featured, Local

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The Solar Impulse 2

The Solar Impulse 2 is a different airplane.  It uses clean energy, the sun, to fly. It is flying around the world. The Solar Impulse 2 started its trip from Abu Dhabi in March, 2015. It stopped in different countries on the way. It took 210 hours to fly over the Pacific and 72 hours to fly across the Atlantic. The plane has longer wings than a Boeing 747, and it weighs about as much as a car.

07.1.2016| International

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