Free Lolita! After 45 years in captivity, acitivists want a Salish Sea orca returned to her home waters
Rachel Belle | January 16, 2015 2:36 pmThis Saturday there will be rallies around the world in support of Lolita, the Orca whale from the Salish Sea, who has been in captivity at a Miami water park for the past 45 years. Ralliers want Lolita returned to her home waters, and they're meeting at Seattle's Alki Beach on Saturday to get their message heard.
Wisconsin radio station says no Seattle music until after Sunday's NFC Championship
Rachel Belle | January 14, 2015 5:31 pmNirvana, Pearl Jam, Heart, Jimi Hendrix, starting today you won't hear a lick of Seattle music on 94.5 The Lake in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In support of the the Packers, the radio station has banned all Seattle music until Sunday, when they say the Packers will crush the Seahawks in the NFC championship game.
Old school: Kirkland first graders are using typewriters every day
Rachel Belle | January 05, 2015 5:47 pmKids in Brad Coulter's first grade class at Kirkland's Lakeview Elementary school go back in time every day for an hour. He has dug up a typewriter for each student in the class, and that's how they complete their daily writing assignments. Mr Coulter says he's not a hipster, the typewriters motivate the kids to write.
A Seattle sushi chef brings traditional Japanese New Year cuisine to the PNW
Rachel Belle | December 31, 2014 5:15 pmFor Americans, New Year's Eve is the big party. But in Japan it's all about New Year's Day with family and food. People traditionally eat osechi-ryōri, lacquer boxes filled with dozens of small delicacies. In Seattle, chef/owner of Sushi Kappo Tamura, Taichi Kitamura and his crew have been preparing osechi for the last month. He explains the symbolism of the foods inside the lacquer boxes.
Seattle's Top Ten Toys chooses crafts and creativity over computers
Rachel Belle | December 23, 2014 4:12 pmThere is no "Frozen" merchandise at Top Ten Toys. No video games either. The store specializes in toys that are "Less violent, more educational, more multicultural, less sexist, more environmental, all of that politically correct stuff." We'll tell you the top selling toys of the year, most of them old classics.
To tweet or not to tweet: When is it ok for local government to say no to social media?
December 16, 2014 5:53 pmA Seattle woman, attending King County committee meetings, was told she was no longer allowed to live Tweet the meetings. She feels like her 1st Amendment rights are violated. But the county said they wanted to create a trusting environment where everyone was focused on the task at hand. Just because it is legal and "normal" to post everything to social media, does it mean we should always be allowed to do so?
Maybe Marshawn Lynch is just an introvert
Rachel Belle | December 15, 2014 6:31 pmMarshawn Lynch is famous for dodging interviews. He's dodged so many the NFL has fined him $100,000. But what if he's not just trying to rebel or hide from his fans, maybe he's just an introvert who isn't comfortable with public speaking and sharing all of his thoughts and feelings with the world? Susan Cain, the country's leading introvert expert, helps us understand the mind of an introvert.
How to save a historic Seattle building from condo fate
Rachel Belle | December 10, 2014 6:29 pmSeattle is the fastest growing city in America, and many of the city's beautiful buildings have been demolished to make room for newer, bigger, modern-looking condo buildings. Here we explore how to save a building by making it a city-approved historic landmark.
A Jewish mother & a rabbi ponder: Should Rachel Belle get a Christmas tree?
Rachel Belle | December 08, 2014 5:54 pmBeing Jewish, I have never had a Christmas tree, and I never cared or considered getting one. Until two weeks ago, when I saw a snowy tree tied to the top of a car and thought it might be nice. This story is my journey to a decision about whether or not to get a Christmas tree, or as some might call it, a Hanukkah bush. You'll meet my mother, a rabbi and a local Jewish woman who just got her first tree at age 47.
You can now eat a Tom Douglas meal while flying the friendly skies
Rachel Belle | December 05, 2014 5:34 pmAlaska Airlines has started serving a brisket chili over a Yukon gold potato, created by Seattle Chef Tom Douglas, and there\'s more to come next year. But did Tom manage to elevate above the typically, notoriously bad airline fare? Rachel Belle got a taste.
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