Warren A.

Why Russia is so worried about Ukraine
Russia is concerned that the Ukraine is going to involve Russia. the revolution is similar to the ones started in the late 80's and early 90's after the fall of the Berlin wall. others are concerned of the start of the third world war, America has an alliance with Russia and it has been said that the Ukraine may try to pull America in to their conflict by involving Russia.

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Damien B.

Fukushima's Radioactive Ocean Water Arrives on the West Coast
In early 2014 cesium-134 and cesium-137 will start to reach the beaches of Washington state, Oregon, and California and peak in 2016.Cesium-134 and cesium-137 have already reached Canada. Cesium-137 and cesium-134 are radioactive isotopes (Isotopes are atoms of the same element that have different numbers of neutrons in their nuclei. In this case, cesium-137 has more neutrons than cesium-134.) The U.S. safety limit for cesium levels is about 28 Becquerels (the SI unit of radioactivity).

Brittany B.

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A Pittsburgh lawyer's online ad showing smiling robbers, drug dealers and prostitutes flashing thumbs up and thanking him for getting them off the hook has garnered tens of thousands of views and drawn fire from a local bar association.
The phrase, "Trust me, I may have a law degree, but I think like a criminal," is a common thing to hear on YouTube these days. 2012 University of Pittsburgh Law School graduate, Muessig, posted an add on YouTube having his former clients thank him on wining their case. The video shows one criminal pausing while climbing out a window, carrying a laptop to say "Thanks Dan," to the camera, while a pair of men carrying handguns offer a similar message before pulling ski masks over their faces. the video has received over 80,000 views so far. his reasoning to this add was that he believed it would appeal to possible clients by being entertaining and connecting to the way people talk and interact in this generation. some people, however, aren't so understanding about the video and think of it to be insulting and embarrassing to their profession.

Mason B.

Louisiana's longest-serving death row prisoner walks free after 30 years

A man in Louisiana was on death row for 30 years for a crime he did not commit. He was convicted over thirty years ago by an all white jury and was recently let out after being found not guilty. I feel that if he was not black and the jury was not all white people he would have had a better chance of not being convicted and would not have waseted 30 years of his life.

Police: Teenage girls use knife to force autistic boy to perform sex acts

Two Maryland teenage girls were charged this week with assaulting an autistic boy and recording him on their cell phones performing sex acts, including some with animals. Prosecutors charged the 17-year-old, Lauren A. Bush, as an adult. The 15-year-old was charged as a juvenile.

Micaela B.

Article 1:
Race in America

An American Family Returns to the Table

Cheerio's released a new commercial portraying a biracial family, with a white mother, a black father, and a biracial daughter. This interracial family angered some people, who commented on the YouTube video of the commercial using angry, racist language. Cheerios disabled commenting, though there was a remarkable number of positive feedback on Cheerios Facebook page. This led to a sequel commercial, aired during the Superbowl.

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Kansas Senate Leader Says Anti-Gay Bill Will Not Pass

On Wednesday February 12, 2014 Kansas passed a bill for businesses to deny same-sex couples service, due to religious beliefs. On Friday February 14, the Kansas Senate stated they would not pass a bill that would prevent lawsuits against someone who denies service to gays and lesbians. Susan Wagle, Senate President, said that the bill passed Wednesday "went farther then protected religious freedom."

This connects the contemporary America, because gay rights is becoming a increasingly debated in this day and age.

Evan B.

Update on missing Malaysia flight Boeing 777
Jetliner now missing six days as of Thursday, there has been no evidence found of the aircraft. The airplane made contact and has thought to have flew a total of 5 hours based on data acquired by the ground, but reports have been deemed inaccurate. This flight has been reported to have held 239 people two-thirds of which are Chinese. New Delhi's coastguard has joined the search along with U.S. most advanced surveillance aircraft the P-8A, Poseidon, to look for the missing plane.

Company General Mills joins fight to stop hunger in America
General Mills is teaming up with large name artists the raise money to help feed America. General Mills has had a more than 30 year relationship with Feeding America's foundation of food banks. With the help of artists like Florida Georgia line General Mills plans to raise a maximum of 1.2 million dollars to help feed the, according to the USDA 49 million hungry Americans. This is the third year in a row that General Mills has hosted its "Outnumber Hunger" campaign.

Ben C.

Casey C.

march 10, 2014
This contention stands in sharp contrast to policymakers’ ‘trickle-down’ approach for distribution of income generated from higher economic growth in order to reduce unemployment and poverty. Now, at least at the academic level, it is being argued that there is a case for a ‘trade-off between economic growth and redistribution’.

march 13, 2014
Jett Webb, a 34-year-old from Conetoe, N.C., was hunting boar at the White Oak Ranch Hunting Club in Bertie County when he spotted the giant swine. The beast had been seen on trail camera footage years ago, but hunters had failed to capture it until Webb, who says he fired a single shot from a .308-caliber AR-15 rifle from about 50 yards, took it down. Jett webb said "It takes your breath away for a second to realize how big this hog is,It took up the entire bed of the pickup truck"

Paige C.

Obama to order strengthened overtime pay rules
On Thursday 3/13, President Obama intends to sign a memorandum directing toward the Labor Department to propose rules that expand the number of employees who benefit from overtime pay. The memorandum would be aimed toward salary workers who make more than $455 a week and those who are ineligible for overtime because of manager position. President Obama plans to recommend new regulations that could increase salary received for overtime and the definition of what constitutes a supervisor.

Malaysia widens search for missing plane
This article is about a Boeing 777 plane that lost contact with those on the ground about 4 hours after taking off. The plane was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing early Saturday morning. An international search is sweeping the South China Sea, where the plane was last known to be seen, along with where they have found "objects in the sea" that could be the plane.

Maja E.

Konnor E.

Taylor F.

Should we get involved?
We have been told that the US has been on the side of the protesters of Ukraine and not helping out the Government of Ukraine. Now that Russia has got involved in stopping the protesters rumors have been flying that the US may now get involved to help the Ukraine protesters out. Should We get Involved? They say we will not get involved because our military needs the time to get back together after the long war with Iraq. So the US is trying to not put our Military into another war that people are saying could be the start of WW3.
Jermichael Finley set to visit with Seattle Seahawks
Jermichael Finley of the Green Bay Packers who is now a Free Agent has flew to Seattle to talk to the Super Bowl champs about signing with them and bringing them a passing threat. Jermichael Finley though last year suffered a spinal injury and was told he may never be able to play in the NFL again. Jermichael went to Seattle to get a physical and pass the tests he needs to pass so he could sign with a team and be ready to play in the 2014 season. Seattle may be built at the TE position but with Finley coming it this could help Russell Wilson's passing game that did struggle for stretches in the season.

Hannah G.

Raising minimum wage produces economic stimulus
Recently, the Mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray, decided to begin the process of increasing Seattle's city-wide minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour. However, upping the minimum wage could result in a few tribulations. Small shops would be forced to close up, property value would decrease and inflation could be right around the corner.

Justin H.

SPD lawsuit over racial slur settled for $150K (Race in America)
This article is a perfect example on discriminatory policing by the Seattle police department. In this instance a Seattle police department a deputy, during a robbery investigation, threatened to beat the "Mexican piss" out of this particular subject. The two officers involved in this ordeal had little to no consequence, officer Cobane, a decorated officer of the law, happened to get 30 days suspension for his racially discriminatory language and was demoted to officer from gang detective.

Kortny H.

Put education in reach for every child
poor kids not getting all they need
All around the world 57 million children are not in school. most of the kids that is not in school are girls, from families in poverty and children that live in a area where there is a lot of violence. in addition the children that Are in school are getting poor education and failing to get the basic skills and learning equipment. many people think that this problem is only in developing countries but now some are seeing the reality when the Everett school district failed to approve there bond issue and lets us see the fact that we all are going through of knowing that we are responsible for our children's learning. that it doesn't matter on the location or the state and national governments. we all live in this world and we are the once to decide what is important and our priorities.

Stanwood police rescue portly Chihuahua from a ditch
Stanwood police didn't give up
in Stanwood a lady named Angie was walking her little dog home from the groomers. she resonantly had carpal tunnel surgery and her hand was so weak. when she was reaching for him mail she dropped the dogs leash. the plastic handle hit the ground and scared the poor dog causing her to run. she let the animal control and police know and they said they will look for him. after some hours after the fact she ended up locking her self out of her house the police came to her door. the thought for sure that they came to bring the body back fearing that he was killed. she had already rescues her dog when she adopted him from Noah. But when they had her come over to there car one of the officers started telling her of how they had idea to look at the ditches that are meant to block flooding. the ditches are 10 feet wide and really deep. after walking along it for about 100 yards he ended up finding him hiding in a berry bush with his rear end and tail still sticking out. she was relieved that they found him. if it wasn't for the police that didn't give up this little dog gets to sleep in a warm bed tonight.

Nick J.

Richie K.

No longer Black and white
More than 500 Chinese-Americans protested in front of California offices. Protestors were upset about the fact that they were trying repeal California's ban on affirmative Action in University admissions. In 1996 Calif. voters passed proposition 209 that barred the consideration of race in university admissions. Nationally, more than 1 quarter of high school students live in states where racial preferences are outlawed in public universities.
Seahawks lose Golden Tate, Breno Giacomini, and Chris Maragos
Starting Wednesday, Lions signed wide receiver/punt returner Golden Tate to a 5 year contract. Tate was leading punt returner for Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks, while he also was ranked 9th over all with 11.5 Avg returning points. Also gone is Breno Giacomini and Chis Maragos. Giacomini agreed to terms with Jets whos general manager who was vice president for 12 years. Maragos agreed to 3 year contract with the eagles and this was announced on the Seahawks website.

Coby K.

Obama to order strengthened overtime pay rules
Time and a half pay for extra work?

If you make over $455 a week Obama is going to sign a presidential memorandum on Thursday to make you eligible for time and a half pay for the extra work we do. It does not require congressional action but may take up to a year to implement. "Obama has put a focus this year on increasing worker pay, including a call for Congress to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10. He also issued an executive order requiring federal contractors to abide by the higher minimum wage." This federal minimum wage will help with income inequality and so will the time and a half pay for those people not making enough even after overtime.
Backers: Pass $15 wage in Seattle or we’ll put it on ballot
Does minimum wage need to raise to help low income families and do they want it.

They are recruiting volunteers aiming for about 1,000 ready to go door-to-door across the city to get the more than 21,000 signatures needed to pass the $15 minimum wage. "Wright, the chairman and CEO of the Seattle Hospitality Group, which is a partner in several hotels, previously said he agreed to serve on the mayor’s committee in order to help shape a proposal that had the backing of business, something he said the SeaTac measure lacked." The people around china town are starting to like the idea of the $15 minimum wage but there are people still thinking that it will be a job killer.

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Desi M.

Topic: Human Interest & Timing
In northern Alaska, a paleontologist by the name of Forrest Hoglund, discovered a new pygmy dinosaur. The Dinosaur, Nanuquqsaurus hoglundi,

Kids living in poverty have little chance at education
Topic: Significance, Local, timing, & proximity

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Katie S.

Do Chinese satellite images show missing plane debris?
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/does-chinese-satellite-image-show-missing-plane-debris/ Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 On early Thursday (March 13th, 2014) a Chinese government website released photos that appear to show three suspicious objects floating in the water. Could it be the missing Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing last Saturday night (March 8th, 2014) with 239 people on board? It could be the plane, "but there's a lot of debris in the ocean these days, and the Chinese are not saying they have found wreckage from the plane".

Russia Massing Military Forces Near Border With Ukraine http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/world/europe/ukraine.html Ukraine Crisis "MOSCOW — Russia’s Defense Ministry announced new military operations in several regions near the Ukrainian border on Thursday". Russia is starting to increase its military presence near the border of Ukraine as the Ukrainian crisis continues to grow. A deputy minister in Russia denied the build up of military forces, but the scene contradicted what he said ."They outlined what was described as intensive training of units involving artillery batteries, assault helicopters and at least 10,000 soldiers".

Hunter T.

Nobel Economists Go Head to Head Over $10.10 Minimum Wage
There was a letter a little while ago from some economists encouraging the $10.10 minimum wage, and then three other economists popped up arguing against it. The three against it stated that "We need a mix of solutions that encourage employment, business creation, and boost earnings rather than across-the-board mandates that raise the cost of labor."
Superstrong Artificial Muscles Developed From Fishing Line and Sewing Thread
Scientists have discovered that even though we have put a lot of research into crazy materials, such as carbon nanotubes or graphene, but we have just learned that we can make artificial muscles by twisting fishing line and string together, two materials you can find in most homes. In robotics hydraulics are twitchy and pneumatic lack fineness, but this new resource and be controlled with electricity with great accuracy. Also this fishing line muscle is about 100 times as strong as human muscle, and it could be used in prosthetics for injured people.

Amber W.

How To Help The Working Poor
Congress is currently debating on two proposals made to help out the working poor; the ones in poverty. These two proposals are raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour as opposed to its $7.25 an hour currently, as well as an increase in earned income tax, resulting in cash back to people with low earnings.

How Aid to the Poor Is Also an Investment
The U.S. debates on how our federal antipoverty programs are good investments. Studies have shown that food stamp programs, known as snap SNAP, used for nutritional foods for families with children show better health and economic outcome as adults. CBPP points out low-income families receive “$3,000” more of annual income compared to families who don’t receive added income.

Evan W.

Obama, Putin: Starkly differing views on Ukraine
The President's Differences
Barrack Obama and Vladimir Putin disagree over what is at stake in the Ukraine crisis. The disagreeing was made over a 90 minute phone call which made it difficult to find a resolution. From Obama's view, he thought that Russia's actions were "a clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty." He called for Russia to pull it's forces back and de-escalate tensions, he thinks they are just making it worse. While Putin thinks that Ukraine are posing threats to the citizens of Russia and that they have the right to protect themselves.
Longtime women’s athletic subsidy pads UW sports profits
UW Sports Profits
The University of Washington's athletics department once again counted itself as a member of an elite club. The UW Department of Intercollegiate Athletics posted it's best figures in the past decade, reaping a record of $8.9 million profit last year. State colleges in Washington grapple for their share of public funding while higher education costs steadily escalate, the UW continue to use annual funding to subsidize it's athletics department.

Tristen W.