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Tour Seattle

Tour Seattle

Seattle attracts many tourists every year. However, Seattle is only 37 out of 50 popular tourist cities in the US according to a recent survey. Some people are asking why. 38 million tourists visited Seattle last year. That was the highest number of tourists ever. 600 of these tourists were asked 100 survey questions about their stay in Seattle. Many people come to see the beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery.

05.1.2017| Local

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Goodbye Bertha!

Bertha is a huge tunneling machine. She started digging a two-mile tunnel under the Alaskan Way Viaduct on July 30, 2013 and finished on April 4, 2017. Now the work of completing the Highway 99 tunnel can begin. The Highway 99 tunnel will replace the aging and dangerous Alaskan Way Viaduct.

05.1.2017| Local

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A miracle in Prague

A miracle in Prague

            Shinda is a female gorilla. She is 24 years old, and she lives at the Prague Zoo. In April, she surprised everyone. She had a baby. People were upset with the zookeepers. They said, “Didn't you see her big tummy?” The zookeepers said, “We thought she was too old and eating too much.” But, of course, Shinda was pregnant.

05.1.2017| International

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“Dirt is Good”

A new book is coming out in June. It has an interesting title, Dirt is Good. In the book, the authors explain this idea; dirt and germs can make children healthier. Babies first contact germs inside of their mother. After birth, many drink their mother’s breast milk. Breast milk has germs in it.

05.1.2017| General News

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The Highway 99 tunnel

The Highway 99 tunnel

The men in the photo are construction workers. They are building the Highway 99 tunnel. This tunnel will be on the Seattle waterfront. It is two miles long. Cars will travel north or south through the tunnel. Bertha, a big drill, dug the tunnel. Bertha finished digging in April, 2017.

05.1.2017| Featured, Local

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Happy Norway

Happy Norway

              Every March, for the International Day of Happiness, the United Nations (UN) chooses the happiest countries in the world. This year, Norway was first. Denmark was second followed by Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, and Netherlands. Norway, along with the other happy countries provide many benefits for their citizens. People live long, healthy lives.

05.1.2017| International

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A good catch

A good catch

Many tourists come to Seattle every year. They often go to Pike Place Market. They want to see the famous fishmongers (fish sellers) there throw fish. It is a Seattle tradition. It works like this. A customer chooses a fish. The fishmonger takes the order. Then, get ready!

05.1.2017| Featured, Local

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Deadly bleach

Deadly bleach

                Bleaching is devastating the coral in the Great Barrier Reef. Concerned scientists report that nearly two-thirds of the reef has been badly damaged this year. The Great Barrier Reef off the northern coast of Australia in Queensland is the largest living organism on earth. It is 2,300 kilometers long and supports 600 different types of hard and soft coral. Coral are curious animals.

05.1.2017| International

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America first

Donald Trump is putting “America first.” He is ordering the federal government to buy American products and hire American workers. As a result, the H-1B visa program will come under review this year. H-1B visa holders are foreign workers with special skills needed by companies in the US.

05.1.2017| General News

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What’s happening in May and Jun

What’s happening in May Apple Blossom Festival April 27 to May 7 is the Apple Blossom Festival in Wenatchee, Washington. This is a big celebration of an important business in Washington State. The festival lasts 11 days. There are many different events. You can go on the Apple Blossom Run or eat tasty apple pies and desserts.

05.1.2017| What's Happening

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Luma Al-talankee

Luma Al-talankee

Luma Al-talankee is from Iraq, but now she is living in Bellevue. She came to America with her husband and children in 2010 for a better life. There was much fighting in Iraq at that time, and it wasn’t safe to live there anymore. Now Luma is a busy mother taking care of her three kids who are ages 11, 8, and 4.

05.1.2017| Reader Story

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Flowers for hope

Flowers for hope

The man in the photo is Brian. He is a volunteer. He is arranging flowers. Britt Wiley is helping Brian. She is smiling because the flower looks like an eyeball. These volunteers are making flower arrangements for Hope Place. Women and children live there because they don't have homes.

05.1.2017| Featured, Local

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Dam problems

In February 2017, a dam almost broke apart in Oroville, CA. Rain caused the dam to overflow. Then big flood danger caused 200,000 people to leave their homes. Is this story old news, or is it a look at the future? Many of America’s dams are in poor condition. The US has about 84,000 dams, but 15,498 of them are “high hazard” dams like Oroville.

03.1.2017| General News

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Welcome home!

Welcome home!

              Photographer: Dan Dzurisin No bison have lived in Banff National Park for 130 years. Now Canada is returning the bison home. This is a happy day for the land and its people and animals. Sixteen wild bison from Elk Island National Park arrived in Banff by truck and helicopter in January 2017.

03.1.2017| International

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Thinking big with 3D

Usually houses cost a lot of money and take a long time to build. But a Chinese company is changing that. It is using a 3D printer to quickly make homes. This is a good news, but how is it possible? 3D printers print objects. They follow a computer design to lay down layers of a chosen material.

03.1.2017| International

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Outdoor preschools

Preschools help young children (ages 3-5) get ready for school. Now a new type of outdoor preschool is attracting parents and children in Washington. These unusual preschools offer children an active learning environment outdoors in all kinds of weather. Currently there are about 40 outdoor preschools in this state.

03.1.2017| Local

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Fighting mosquitoes

Fighting mosquitoes

The Gates Foundation of Seattle is funding projects, especially in Africa, to decrease the mosquito population. The goal is to stop mosquito-carried Malaria, a serious disease. A recent new low-tech approach is showing promise. The female Anopheles mosquito spreads malaria. This mosquito carries the parasite that caused 214 million people to get sick last year and 438,000 people to die.

03.1.2017| Local

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Be a fact checker!

Since the presidential election, fake news has become a hot topic. Fake news acts like a rumor that spreads rapidly. Fake news stories are lies or part lies and part truth. On the internet fake news often looks authentic, but it is harmful when it is shared millions of times because many people start to believe the untruths. Perhaps you have seen the post, “Facebook is going to make all your posts public.” This fake news story looks believable.

03.1.2017| General News

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Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill

“There were two blackbirds sitting on a hill, One named Jack and the other named Jill. Fly away, Jack, fly away, Jill. Come again, Jack, come again, Jill.” It’s spring. Jack and Jill, the red-winged blackbirds, are back. It is time to mate. The pretty black male bird, Jack, has red and yellow on his wings.

03.1.2017| Featured, Local

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Opening Day at Safeco

Opening Day at Safeco

Carl Gaube is at Safeco Field. He is painting the green grass red, white, and blue. He is painting the logo for Major League Baseball. He is preparing the field for baseball’s Opening Day. Seattle’s Major League Baseball team is the Mariners. Many fans call the team“ the Ms.” The Mariners will start play for season 2017 at home on April 10.

03.1.2017| Featured, Local

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