Paseo lawsuit: Can undocumented workers sue and win?
Rachel Belle | November 12, 2014 6:13 pmSeattle's beloved Paseo abruptly closed yesterday, denying sandwich lovers their cult status, Cuban-style sammies. But then a lawsuit surfaced: four Hispanic, former Paseo employees are suing the owners, saying they weren't paid overtime or given breaks during long shifts. A Seattle lawyer says wage theft is VERY common, but undocumented workers rarely sue out of fear.
Couple drives around the world in their tricked out VW van
Rachel Belle | November 10, 2014 5:45 pmBrad and Sheena Van Orden were bored of their 9-to-5 routine, so they saved up their money and took off on a two-and-a-half year road trip that took them on adventures around the world. They just landed back in the US and chose Seattle as their new home.
Seahawks chow down on southern comfort food after every home game
November 07, 2014 3:27 pmThe Seahawks eat lean and clean all week, but after a big, taxing game the healthy diet goes out the window. The Seahawks are fed New Orleans cooking from Seattle food truck Jemil's Big Easy after every home game.
The psychology behind hoarding, and the local company who'll help you clean up your act
Rachel Belle | November 05, 2014 6:29 pmA Seattle woman hasn't allowed a single person into her home for five years, embarrassed that it's completely jammed packed with garbage and stuff. A secret hoarder, she's now working with Bio Clean, a local company that specializes in cleaning up hoarder houses, murder scenes and anything else that no one else wants to clean up.
A culinary pho-nomenon: The history of pho in Seattle
Rachel Belle | November 04, 2014 4:20 pmIt's hard to walk a few blocks in Seattle without stumbling upon a pho restaurant. But I wondered what sparked the popularity of this Vietnamese soup in our city. What's the history behind it? Here you'll meet the owner of Seattle's first pho restaurant & the Governor who opened the state's doors to Vietnamese immigrants.
Girl Scout leaders desperately needed, being a parent not required
Rachel Belle | October 31, 2014 2:02 pmThe Girl Scouts of Western Washington says there are 2,600 girls in 17 different counties who are on a waiting list to join a troop, but there jsut aren't enough troop leaders. In this story, we meet a woman who became a Girl Scout troop leader 12 years ago, despite not being a parent or ever having been a Girl Scout, and stuck with her troop until they recently graduated from high school. The troop's story of success and friendship is truly inspiring.
Why Google when you can ask the know-it-alls at the Seattle Public Library
Rachel Belle | October 28, 2014 6:22 pmSeattle Public Library's Quick Information Center (QIC) has been operating since 1976, and it's still going strong even with the Internet. A staff of 25 will try and answer any question you throw at them, over the phone, in five minutes or less. They receive about 300 calls a day.
Less stuff, more experiences: How to clear your kids' toybox clutter
Rachel Belle | October 27, 2014 6:30 pmMany parents struggle with their kids' overflowing toy chests. They can't stop buying toys, their kids get too many toys as gifts. California's Bea Johnson lives a zero waste lifestyle, which means her family usually chooses experiences over physical gifts. She talks about how her family got rid of 80% of their possessions to live the simple, happy life.
Vacant Seattle Buildings Explode with Art & Music Before Demolition
Rachel Belle | October 21, 2014 5:45 pmA Seattle arts collective called Love City Love has been making deals with developers to use vacant buildings as art spaces before they're knocked down and replaced with condos. Their latest space is a former Azteca/Don Eduardo Mexican restaurant on Eastlake, and this time the developers offered them the space.
Meet the woman who will clean up Ebola in Washington state
Rachel Belle | October 20, 2014 5:39 pmTheresa Borst owns Bio Clean Inc: "We clean up after suicides and homicides, decomposed bodies, meth lab cleanup, hoarders, industrial accidents, car accidents, trains, planes, automobiles, oil spills, sewage, mold. Everything gross that nobody else wants to do." And the King County Health department has asked her to help create protocol, and do any actual clean up, if someone in our state is exposed to Ebola. She explains how she'll do it.
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