Maple Elementary School is among the first Blue Ribbon Schools selected in the 2006 No Child Left Behind — Blue Ribbon Schools Program.
The Seattle school received a certificate last week from U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and Deputy Assistant Secretary Cindi Williams.
The 250 public and private K-12 schools are being honored for helping close the achievement gap and for students who achieve at very high levels. A second group of schools will be announced in October when more data on achievements is available.
"These schools show what wonderful accomplishments can be made when we focus on the bottom line in education — student achievement," Spellings said. "All these schools have students from all subgroups who've made impressive test gains or who scored in the top tier on state tests. They are outstanding examples of how all students can achieve to higher standards."
A Sudanese man living in Washington state has been reunited with his three younger siblings after five years of struggle with the U.S. government to get them out of his war-torn homeland.
Ater Malath, 30, sought help from local relief agencies and approached almost every congressional office in the area in his quest to bring his brother and two sisters to America.
Assisted by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Malath last week was reunited with his younger siblings, Mary, 21; Peter, 19; and Martha, 17.
VATICAN CITY—Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, the Zambian prelate who angered the Vatican by getting married in 2001, has been excommunicated for again defying the Holy See by installing four married men as bishops, the Vatican said Tuesday. The Vatican said Milingo, 76, was "automatically excommunicated" under church law for the ordination of the men at a church in Washington on Sunday. The Archdiocese of Washington said Sunday that the installations, which took place at the Imani Temple, were not valid.
Milingo is in a condition of "progressive, open break with communion with the Church," the Vatican said in a statement.
The Seattle Seahawks rolled all over the New York Giants Sunday at Qwest Field and are off to a 3-0 start this season. Next week the team faces the undefeated Chicago Bears, who have the league's No.6-rated offense and a big, No.4-ranked defense. In front of the largest crowd ever at Qwest Field — 68, 161 — the Seahawks unleashed an air assault en route to their 42-30 win over the Giants. League MVP Shaun Alexander finished with a club-record 102nd touchdown of his career. But there was a down side — Alexander will not play this Sunday and will be out an unknown number of weeks. After Sunday's game, it was confirmed that he had cracked a bone in his foot.
The African American Reach and Teach Health Ministry, Freedom Church of Seattle, local churches and health providers will sponsor a day of health and wellness activities as part of the federal Department of Heath and Human Service's "Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day" campaign.
The Seattle Public Library invites preschoolers, parents and caregivers to special story times in October at local libraries around the Seattle area to highlight Fire Prevention Month. Firefighters from the Seattle Fire Department will read books on fire safety and display firefighting equipment
Larry Taylor, left, talks with fellow prostate cancer survivor Leo Ward at the Let's Talk About It Prostate Cancer Education Program, held Sept. 25 at the Safeco Jackson Street Center. The program was designed for African Americans to learn more about this potentially deadly disease. For more information about upcoming workshops, call 206-461-6910 or visit www.multi-culturalhealth.org.
PacifiCorp will be allowed to increase its rates by only 5 percent — much less than the 13 percent hike it had requested from the Oregon Public Utility Commission earlier this year.
The commission is allowing overall rates to go up next Jan. 1 by 5 percent, which would raise the average residential customer's bill by about $3.