Tuesday, July 14, 2015
- The first spectacular photos of Pluto, explained by a UW Carl Sagan Fellow
Nine years, three million miles and $700 million later, we are finally getting the very first high resolution photos of Pluto, thanks to a NASA spacecraft called New Horizons. Seattle astronomer Dr Sarah Ballard tells us what we're looking at and why this mission was so significant. Also - is Pluto a planet or not?!
Monday, July 13, 2015
- Fewer Americans are getting their pilots license, both recreationally and commercially
In the last five years alone, the number of Americans who have a pilot's license has dropped by 34,000. It's simply too expensive for most, plus the magic and excitement that used to surround air travel has subsided.
Friday, July 10, 2015
- Ring My Belle: In New York City: a hair braiding class for dads of daughters
1. On Tuesday we will see clear photos of Pluto for the first time! 2. A couple spent $100,000 to make sure their third child was a girl. 3. In New York, a class for dads on hair braiding. 4. Hallmark is in trouble. turn on the nostalgic music and send a few cards out, would ya?
Thursday, July 9, 2015
- A giant slip n' slide is coming to Queen Anne
Will it be the new Mercer mess?
- Does another warm El Niño winter mean another snowless season at the ski resorts?
Forecasters are predicting El Niño will continue to blow warm air on western Washington through the winter months, and possibly all the way through spring. But even after last year's dreadfully dry ski and snowboard season, folks at Steven's Pass don't seem too worried about the conditions this winter.
- Ring My Belle: Unhappy with Seattle? Move to Bellingham!
1. Unhappy Seattleites are moving to Bellingham, according to a new Seattle Weekly article. 2. The principal of a Salem, Oregon, elementary school sent home a letter to parents that said the school will call the state's Department of Human Services if parents don’t pick up their children on time each day. 3. The average size of an American woman is 14, but retailers aren't getting in on the plus sized action.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
- Death to the wedding cake! Modern couples are choosing doughnuts and pie instead
Modern couples are choosing to shun the classic wedding cake in favor of fun handheld treats like doughnuts, ice cream sandwiches and macarons.
- Ring My Belle: A 1,000-foot slip'n'slide is headed to Seattle's Lower Queen Anne next month
1. We now get the back story about President Obama's decision to sing "Amazing Grace." And we hear Hillary Clinton's alleged Spotify playlist. 2. A 1,000-foot slip'n'slide is headed to Lower Queen Anne next month. 3. Being busy with acts of kindness can help people who suffer from social anxiety to mingle more easily.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
- Ring My Belle: Paula Deen brings a little bit of racism back to the Internet
1. Paula Deen is back in hot water after a photo of her and her son, who was painted in brown face to look like Ricky Ricardo, popped up on Twitter. 2. Paul Allen has created SmartCatch, so seafood eaters can find restaurants who serve sustainable fish. 3. Summer camps for adults.
Monday, July 6, 2015
- Toddlers and senior citizens play together daily at West Seattle's Intergenerational Learning Center
West Seattle's Intergenerational Learning Center is a preschool that is located inside of an assisted living facility for the elderly. The kids, ages six months to six years, read stories, sing songs, do art and bake cookies with the residents, whose average age is 90. There are about 500 similar facilities across the country.
- Ring My Belle: Seventeen hundred people RSVP to watch 'Singles' at the Seattle 'Singles' apartment complex
1. More than 1,700 people RSVP'd to attend a showing of the movie 'Singles' at the 'Singles' apartment complex in Seattle. But neighbors said: HELLO NO. 2. The only surviving inmate, who broke out of a New York prison about a month ago, will spend the rest of his life in solitary confinement. 3. We learn that Bill Cosby purchased Quaaludes with the intent to drug women. 4. A new hashtag #TatCalled is about women wanting men to stop acknowledging their tattoos on the street.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
- Get your own, personal superhero action figure made by Bellevue's You Kick Ass
Send a photo of your face to Bellevue's You Kick Ass and they will use a 3D printer to create a superhero action figure with your face on it. Mark Cuban invested $100,000 in the new company on the reality show "Shark Tank."
- Ring My Belle: Why buy toys for your kids when you can rent them
1. A Seattle woman started a business called Rent the Toy Chest, so you can rent toys for your kids, instead of buy them. 2. A northern California women ended up giving birth alone, in a field with no cell service, and to get attention she started a fire that ended up causing a wildfire. 3. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are divorcing but living together to raise the kids. Sort of. 4. In Everett, mannequins have been placed around the downtown to spread awareness about teen homelessness.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
- Edith Macefield's Ballard home could be demolished
The saga of Edith Macefield's 115 year old home continues. Out of 38 bidders, a mother and daughter were chosen, and they planned to open an Edith Macefield themed coffee and pie shop. But the home is too expensive to get up to code, so it will be donated (or demolished) and the land will go up for sale.
- Ring My Belle: Religion is not an excuse not to vaccinate your kids in California
1. The Girl Scouts of WesternWashington were given a very generous $100,000 donation, but they gave it back when the donor said it couldn't be spent on transgender girls. 2. If you have an iPhone, ask siri what zero divided by zero is. 3. California has past a new law requiring nearly all kids be vaccinated if they are attending school. 4. A man was falsely imprisoned, on death row, for 30 years. When he was finally released, he died a year later.