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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for December 6

Posted at 10:29 AM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 10:51:29-05

1. One Kindergartner in Kent County is excited to finally be adopted, and asked his whole class to be there for it.

Kindergartners filled the courtroom as 5-year-old Michael was officially adopted by his foster parents. The judge say sit's a crowd she's never seen before.

When she asked Michael's classmates what he meant to them, many of them called him their best friend.

Michael's new parents say they are very happy the adoption has been finalized, and thankful to his teacher for helping make the day so special.

2. Red Hot Chili Peppers front-man, Anthony Keidis, needs help celebrating his father's 80th birthday.

A wolf dog sanctuary wants you to help make it special. Blackie is a fan of Howling Timbers in Muskegon, which rescues and provides a safe haven for wolves, wolf dogs, and other exotic animals that have been englected, abused, or abandoned.

The sanctuary is a non-profit and runs entirely off donations and volunteer work. Howling Timbers says many times Blackie has helped them keep their doors open. As a thank you, they want to flood his mailbox with birthday cards on Saturday.

For information on how to send letters to Black, go to their Facebook page.

3. Their school colors are green and white, but it's the color purple putting Michigan State University on the map.

Researchers there have cooked up a new take on potato chips. It's taken more than 20 years to develop this salty purple snack.

Thanks to some special breeding between the spuds and an anti-oxidant found in blueberries, grapes, and red wine, purple potato chips were born.

Despite the fruity vibes, the chips are not sweet. The potato chips are now available for purchase online and through the Great Lakes Potato Chip Company.

4. Beyond Burger fans can now buy their fake meat in bulk. For the first time, the Beyond Burger is coming to Costco.

The plant-based burger company will be selling an eight-pack of patties at the chain for $14.99, but the packs will only be available at select stores.

The company's popularity exploded this year. Last month, Dunkin began selling a meat-substitute breakfast sandwich and a KFC in Georgia is testing out its chicken alternative.

5. NASA is shedding new light on the sun's mysteries. The space agency revealed never-before-seen images of the star's atmosphere, capturing its powerful magnetic field and bursts of energy particles.

The unprecedented pictures are all thanks to NASA's Parker Solar Probe.

Launched in 2018, it holds the record for closest-ever spacecraft to the sun and will get increasingly closer over the next six years. So far the probe has completed three of 24 planned trips through parts of the sun's corona.

Scientists hope the close-up images will give new insight into how the star impacts our solar system.