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Rachel Belle

Aleksa Manila: Counselor By Day, Drag Queen By Night

Aleks Martin is a drug and alcohol counselor in Seattle, but at night he transforms into Aleksa Manila, a glamorous drag queen who\'s donned hundreds of wigs and billions of sequins.

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Brings Smiles...But No Hot Dogs!

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile made a pit stop at the KIRO Radio studio today and Rachel Belle learned about who drives the 27 foot long hot dogs, the history of the Wienermobile and why there isn't a single hot dog on board.

Homeless Grandma? There's A National Senior Housing Crisis

Colleen Clark, 75, is trying to find senior housing, but she's found no availability for an elderly person with section 8 housing. Her issues have been confirmed by the City of Seattle Aging and Disability Services department. There is a national housing shortage for seniors that needs to be solved.

How to Grieve in the Era of Social Media

Social media has changed the way we grieve. Instead of an obituary, we can tell a loved one's story to thousands with a click of a mouse. These are two very different stories about grieving with social media. One, the wife of a Lakewood police sergeant killed in 2009, the other is about NPR's Scott Simon tweeting while his mother was in the ICU.

The Art of Speaking in Tongues

Last week, a Kentucky pastor died after refusing to be treated for a religion induced snake bite. That practice is only found in Appalachian churches. But speaking in tongues is a Pentecostal tradition that many of us don\'t quite understand. Rachel Belle explored the art of speaking in tongues with a Seattle woman who grew up doing just that.

Shop Cats: Meet the Kitties Who Help Purrsonalize Local Stores

The cat allergic aside, who doesn't love visiting with a friendly kitty who lives in a local shop? Here's a look at a few beloved shop cats in King County.

More Couples Are Choosing To Keep Their Money Separate

Nowadays couples are getting married older, so they're used to managing their own finances. So modern couples are trending towards separate bank accounts, even though their parents most likely maintain a joint account.

Bark and Bite: A Bellingham Lawyer Specializes in Animal Law

Attorney Adam Karp has worked on over 3,000 cases involving animals since he became passionate about protecting them in 1999. He helped a Lacey woman sue her ex-husband for killing her pet cat.

Float Your Cares Away in a Sense Deprivation Tank

At Float Seattle, you can spend an hour floating in super salty water in complete blackness and silence. It's called a sense deprivation tank and they're said to be a tool for meditation, a way to make up for lost sleep and a cure for all that ails you. Rachel Belle and Sean De Tore gave it a try.

An E. Coli Victim Wants King County Restaurants to Have Very Public Health Inspector Ratings

After getting E. Coli at a Seattle restaurant, with four stars on Yelp but a bad track record of health inspections, Sarah Schacht decided to do something. She wants King County to provide a simpler way for diners to know a restaurants health inspection score. For example, a sticker on a restaurant's window could have an A-F rating.

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Ring My Belle on KIRO Radio
Tune in to KIRO Radio on Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 3pm for Ring my Belle with Rachel Belle.

Who is Rachel Belle?
Rachel Belle's "Ring My Belle" segment airs Monday-Friday on The Ron & Don Show at 4:37pm and 6:37pm. You can hear "Ring My Belle Weekends" Saturdays at 5:00pm Sundays at 3:00pm. Rachel is a northern California native who loves anything and everything culinary, playing Scrabble, petting cats and performing improv.

Please send Rachel your story ideas, weekend events and taco truck tips!



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