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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
- Find a hike, or help build a trail, with the Washington Trails Assocation
Fifty-six percent of Washingtonians hike, but most hikers probably don't know that many of the state's trails are maintained by volunteers. Last year, 3,600 WTA volunteers did 124,000 hours of work on federal, state and local trails. WTA also has a killer website, perfect for finding your ideal summer hike.
- Ring My Belle: Sesame Street is as good an education as going to preschool
1. Airlines might change the requirements for carry-on bags and make them even smaller! 2. Costco is selling a ton of cars because they have eliminated the most annoying thing about car shopping: haggling. 3. Sesame Street is just as good as preschool education. 4. Pizza Hut has a new box that doubles as a movie projector.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
- Washington has more craft spirit distilleries than any other state, and more to come
Washington has more craft spirit distilleries than any other state, Seattle has more than any other city and King County more than any other county in the US. In 2008 a law changed, allowing craft distilleries to exist, and this month new legislation is making it even easier to do booze business.
- Ring My Belle: Can a grown man splash about in the Seattle Center fountain without parents calling the cops?
1. Is it wrong for single adult men to swim in public places like swimming pools and fountains? 2. After years of controversy over the elephants at Woodland Park Zoo, Zoo CEO Dr. Deborah Jensen announced her resignation. 3. Portland is able to sustain all of its residents on food grown within 50 miles, Seattle is not.
Monday, June 8, 2015
- A 24 hour parenting simulation turns Seattle teens off to the idea of having babies
Back in the day, a high school health teacher might give students a raw egg, or a ten pound sack of flour, and tell them to take care of it like it was a baby. But any parents can tell you this sounds more like pancake batter than parenting. At Seattle's Nathan Hale High School, students get lifelike baby dolls that are programmed to cry at random times throughout the day and night.
- Ring My Belle: Why Seinfeld won't perform on college campuses
1. Despite protests, and lawsuit threats, Captain Dave Button lead a rafting trip down the Stillaguamish River, past the site of the Oso Landslide. 2. Jerry Seinfeld won't perform on college campuses because they're too PC. 3. In LA, the first ever CatCon!
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
- Seattle DJ Marco Collins is the subject of the SIFF film The Glamour and the Squalor
Marco Collins is a legendary DJ. While working at 107.7 The End in the early 90's, Marco was the first in the world to play Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Weezer, and the list goes on and on. This week is the world premiere of the documentary, "The Glamour and the Squalor," a film that explores Marco's rise and fall in the drug heavy grunge music scene.
Monday, June 1, 2015
- Less buying, more borrowing: A new Seattle app connects you with your neighbors
MyNeighbor connects neighbors who need to borrow something, like a lawnmower or a car seat, with neighbors who are willing to share theirs. It means less buying, less time schlepping out to the story, and a chance to meet your neighbors.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
- It's almost harbor seal season, and you can help keep them safe
Puget Sound beaches see more harbor seals than any other marine mammal, but when some people see them hanging out on the sand they think the seal is in danger. They're usually not. But the Sno-King Marine Mammal Response volunteers field calls and respond to beaches to calm situations and make sure the seals are left alone.
- Ring My Belle: Want to get someone to do something? Ask them on a Post-It
1. A Seattle couple won a million dollars in the lottery, but didn't know it. 2. In Edmonds, the city government wants to regulate tree removal on private land. 3. Scientists are testing whether MDMA, the active ingredient in Ecstasy, may help treat social anxiety in adults with autism. 4. Sending someone a message on a Post-It is far more effective than email.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
- Ring My Belle: Ezell's fried chicken truck was stolen!
1. Ezell's fried chicken truck was stolen! and returned, thanks to Twitter. 2. Seattle will soon have a paid, membership-only library for people who like their books with a side of quiet. 3. A new study says that just looking at nature, even simulated nature, can help your brain work better. 4. Geoducks are a hot item on the black market!
Sunday, May 24, 2015
- Ring My Belle Weekends 5-24-15
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
- Ring My Belle: The first dinosaur fossil has been found in Washington state
1. Took em long enough! The state's first ever dinosaur fossil has been found in the San Juan Islands. 2. Seven out of 10 teens surveyed said they don't use birth control because they don't want their parents to find out what they're up to. 3. LA has passed $15 minimum wage and Tacoma is trying to get it on the ballot. 4. The City of Seattle is trying to make sure musicians get paid when they perform in local venues.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
- One year, one Tacoma family, 59 national parks
President Obama recently created an initiative called Let's Get Every Kid In A Park, giving 4th graders and their families free access to every national park in the country starting this fall. So a Tacoma mom and her two daughters, one of them an incoming 4th grader, are spending the next year traveling the country, and beyond, visiting every one of them.
- Ring My Belle: No more water guns, ninja stars or cannons for the Boy Scouts
1. The Boy Scouts have forbidden water gun fights, saying Boy Scouts are kind, and it's not kind to point a gun at each other. 2. A Florida woman has been jailed for not circumcising her son. 3. A new WSU study says women speak to their small children in baby talk, men do not. Women talk more to their children, but men use a more varied vocabulary. 4.Seattle Public Library branches will now offer lendable mobile hotspots.