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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for February 25

Morning Buzz 2.25.20
Posted at 10:38 AM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 10:38:10-05

1. After months of searching, Grand Rapids Public Schools has named their next superintendent.

The district announced they've voted to offer the job to Dr. Leadriane Roby. She's currently working at a district in Minnesota.

If Roby accepts, they'll start hammering out a contract. This comes after former Superintendent Teresa Weatherall-Neal retired last year.

The district had been close with a couple finalists last year, but restarted their efforts.

2. It's time to let the good times roll, because it's Fat Tuesday!

Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, is the final day to let loose and indulge before Ash Wednesday.

Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans are in full swing with lively parades, delicious food and beads.

3. It's IHOP's annual National Pancake Day.

Customers can get a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes at restaurants today. If you're really lucky, you might win free pancakes for life.

The giveaway contest includes 250,000 individual prizes like bikes, scooters, and jackets. One grand prize winner gets free pancakes for life.

The day is also a fundraiser, and you're encouraged to donate to its partner charities.

4. Donut lovers, listen up! Krispy Kreme is launching its delivery service this weekend.

Beginning Saturday, Krispy Kreme will start delivering across the county. Customers must be near one of the 350 U.S. locations, and in most cases they have to be 10 miles from a shop.

Order through the Krispy Kreme app or website with a $5 fee.

Being that Saturday is February 29, Krispy Kreme will deliver free donuts to hospital staff and parents of Leap-Day babies.

5. One family gets to spend more time with their beloved dog thanks to cloning technology.

Marley lived with his family in San Diego for 12 years before he died. He even saved them from a snake once while on a hike.

That's when the couple decided they owed their lives to him. So five years after Marley passed, they cloned him into Ziggy the dog.

A company called ViaGen made it possible. Its website says a clone costs around $50,000.