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

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Ghost Boy: Trapped in his mind and body for 12 years, Martin Pistorius finally speaks

When he was 12 years old, South Africa's Martin Pistorius got sick, and eventually lost all ability to speak or move. Doctors said he had the intelligence of an infant and he was ignored in care centers for more than a decade. But Martin's brain was fully functioning, and he was trapped in his mind and body for more than a decade until someone finally helped set him free. His new memoir, "Ghost Boy," tells his amazing story.

Curry, pho, adobo & pancakes: How food intertwines with Seattle hip hop

Two years ago, Blue Scholars' DJ Sabzi rapped about pho, now Jamil Suleman and Spekulation have released a rap about curry. And that's just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce) when it comes to the connection between hip hop and food in Seattle.

You're Fired! When nice people have mean jobs

Sometimes really nice people have really mean jobs. Parking attendants, tax auditors, we assume these people are jerks. But often times they really are perfectly nice people, just trying to do their seemingly villainous job. I spoke with three people whose job is to be the bearer of bad news.

Local transgender community reacts to Bruce Jenner's transition

Some of the media coverage of Bruce Jenner's announcement to transition from man to woman has not been very kind or graceful. So we spoke with a local trans woman, and a Seattle psychotherapist, about what it means to be trans and how important it is to come out, after years of pretending.

Edith Macefield's Ballard house is foreclosed, going up for auction

In 2006, Seattle's 84 year old Edith Macefield made international headlines when she refused to sell her Ballard home to developers. They offered her a million dollars, but she refused to budge, so they built a block long, five story shopping center called Ballard Blocks around her little 108 year old house. Now, six years after Edith passed, the house is in disarray, it's owner filed for bankruptcy and the house is going up for auction. No one knows who might buy it or what might be done with it.

Meet Grumpy Cat's manager, a Seattle native who manages the Internet's richest cats

Ben Lashes saw a niche and he filled it. The Seattle native manages Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat and Keyboard Cat, scoring the living Internet cat memes parts in Super Bowl commercials and movies. When he's not making that meow money, he's fielding questions like, "Wait, is that actually a real job?"

Beat the winter blues with an indoor beach at Seattle's Hedreen Gallery

Two Seattle artists, interested in the idea that we are constantly bombarded with stimuli, created a 10x10 beach-in-a-box to bring some peace and calm to a normally busy day. Individuals can reserve time at the "beach" and spend some alone time on the heated floor, while listening to ocean waves and seagulls.

Need to make bail? GoFundMe is a modern day bail bondsman

Crowd funding websites like GoFundMe are used to raise money for anything you can think of, including bail money to get loved ones out of jail. An Illinois woman shares her story, about how GoFundMe got her mother out of jail, which basically saved her life.

The post-football season blues: What will you do on Sundays?

Win or lose, when football season is over, die-hard Seahawks fans go through emotions, simply because their beloved sport is on hiatus. I chatted with three fans who discuss how they feel, and what they do to soften the post-season blow.

Mama Sherman returns to Super Bowl

There are a lot of Mama's boys who play for the Seahawks, but only one of them is an official Campbell's Chunky Soup Mama's Boy.

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