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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for December 16

Posted at 10:33 AM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 10:33:42-05

1. Governor Gretchen Whitmer is making a stop in West Michigan to give back to the community.

Her office, Meijer, and Feeding America West Michigan are teaming up to donate more than 2,000 hams to food pantries across the state.

She will speak at Feeding America West Michigan in Comstock Park at 1:45 this afternoon and then visit Public Thread, a clothing store on Buchanan Avenue around 2:40 to encourage people to shop locally at small businesses over the holidays.

2. It's one of the Kent County Sheriff's Department's favorite days of the year. Dozens of kids who may not have gifts under the tree this year got to shop for toys alongside sheriff deputies.

The sheriff's department took kids Christmas shopping at the Plainfield Township Meijer on Sunday.

Most of the items on their list are things these kids need, like a pair of new shoes or some pajamas. This was the 18th year the department has done this.

3. Bissel Pet Foundation and local animal shelters, coming together this weekend to help find homes for homeless pets.

About 3,000 pets were adopted during the event across West Michigan, and that number is still going up.

Bissell Pet Foundation sponsors the event, reducing adoption fees to $25 or less. Some shelters were so overfilled they waived all adoption fees.

The organization has now found homes for more than 30,000 animals since this event started back in 2016.

4. The 2020 Summer Olympics are getting closer, and now there's images of what the stadium will look like.

The host city, Tokyo, unveiled the new $1.4 billion stadium on Sunday. It will seat about 68,000 people, and will be the site for opening and closing ceremonies for both the Olympics and Paralympics.

5. Thirsty for a cold brew, but don't want the risk of fizz everywhere when you open it from a can? Scientists may have just let all the air out of one theory, tapping the top, or sides, of the beer can to prevent fizz from going everywhere: it doesn't work.

Researches at the University of Denmark studied two volunteer groups, one group was given can that had been purposefully shaken up, and the other was given cans that had been left untouched. Both groups tapped their cans to see if the fizz lessened, and the beer was re-checking to see how much escaped after opening.

The results: tapping does no good to lessen fizz, whether beer was already shaken, or not.