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Ring My Belle
Daily musings from Rachel Belle of the Ron and Don Show.
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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Non-Profits Say a $15 Minimum Wage Could Kill Them
The $15 minimum wage discussion usually involves restaurants, but many non-profits and human services also pay minimum wage. Although they do want to pay employees a living wage, they think it must be done very carefully so they don't have to shut down important services and, in the end, let their employees go.
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Ring My Belle: Sentimentality is the enemy of cleanliness
1. Sentimentality is the enemy of cleanliness. Why spring cleaning is hard for us sentimentals. 2. A Florida school is now banned from giving kids Mountain Dew before they take a test. 3. At a White House event, a little girl give Michelle Obama her dad's resume, saying he's been out of work for 3 years. 4. Tori Spelling and her estranged husband are airing all of their dirty relationship laundry on the teevee.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
IRun4 Let's Runners Dedicate Their Workouts to Disabled People
IRun4 matches runners and athletes with disabled children and adults. The runner sends photos and messages to the person they're running for, motivating themselves to work harder and making their buddy feel special in the process.
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Ring My Belle: Should the Legal Smoking Age Be 21?
1. The King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Board is asking the Legislature to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco in Washington from 18 to 21. 2. Doctors are altering women's feet with surgery so they can wear high heels. 3. Clueless star, Alecia Silverstone, has a new parenting book that discourages vaccines and diapers.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Librarians Aren't Babysitters: How to Keep your Kid Safe at the Public Library
Stories have been circulating for years about how the King County Public Library System allows patrons to watch pornography at any of its branches. But, fed up with what she considers to be an unsafe place, a local tutor is warning parents about the nefarious behavior she's seen at the Redmond Library, and hopes they won't leave their children unsupervised.
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Ring My Belle: Best Office Package Delivery Ever: Two Newborn Kittens!
1. A fascinating story from a pedophile who says he's never acted on his fantasies, and he thinks his natural proclivity towards children is wrong. 2. An office worker opens up a package to find two newborn kittens! 3. Yesterday we heard that the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved powdered alcohol. Today they say: oops, we didn't mean to. Our bad.
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Monday, April 21, 2014
Edison, WA: Why So Many Young Artists Are Moving to this Teeny Tiny Town
According to the 2010 census, Edison, WA has a population of 133 people. It's a one intersection town that has one of everything that is awesome: amazing cafe, bakery, gallery, gift shop. And over the past 10 years young artists have been moving to this speck-on-the-map, which has made the town even more appealing to tourists. Here's a peak at small town life with a little bit of history.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014
Ring My Belle Weekends: How do you make your grilled cheese sandwich?
Host Rachel Belle visits with one self-defense campaign and is joined by local author and TV Host, Amy Pennington.
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Friday, April 18, 2014
Ring My Belle: Couples Who Sleep Close Are more in Love?
1. Someone is sending letters around a Ukrainian village, saying Jewish people need to register...or else. 2. Portland drained their reservoir because a teenager allegedly urinated into it. Now we learn that that much urine does not affect the water at all. 3. A Florida school district thinks parents need a dress code because they dress so sloppily. 4. A new study says that couples who sleep less than an inch from each other are happiest.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Who Would House and Hire a Felon? From Prison to Professional with Pioneer Human Services
A year ago, I introduced you to a group of women participating in The If Project at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor. This is an update on one of those women, who got out of prison in September. She is now housed and employed by Pioneer Human Services, a company that loves to hire felons and recovering addicts.
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Ring My Belle: PETA Wants the Obamas to Swap Out Hardboiled Eggs For Plastic Eggs
1. When an Idaho school district banned a Sherman Alexie book, a UW student raised money to send a book to every student who wanted one. 2. Being a female CEO means sometimes you get sexually harassed. 3. PETA wants Michelle Obama to stop hiding real eggs during the annual Easter Egg Roll and use reusable plastic ones instead.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
An Issaquah Teacher's Passion For Self Defense, Inspired by Brandi Carlile and a Brave Survivor
An Issaquah high school teacher took it upon herself to teach teenage girls self-defense, after learning about the Fight the Fear campaign. The campaign was co-founded by singer Brandi Carlile after her friend Jennifer Hopper barely survived a brutal attack that killed her partner, Teresa Butz.
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Ring My Belle: Future Foodies: Today's Teens Prefer Restaurants To Malls
1. Chrissy Amphlett, from the band The Divinyls, died of breast cancer last year and her song "I Touch Myself" is being used to help women fight breast cancer. 2. The art of being a female breadwinner. 3. A new report says that for the first time in 30 years, teens are spending most of their money on restaurants, as opposed to clothes and entertainment. It's a nod to today's food culture.
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Sunday, April 13, 2014
Ring My Belle Weekends: Why did the Skagit Valley become famous for tulips?
Host Rachel Belle covers stories around the Pacific Northwest.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Women: Run For Office in Washington State!
The National Women's Political Caucus of Washington is focused one thing: getting women elected. Only 32% of Washington state politicians are female & the caucus intends to change that.
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