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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for January 7

Posted: 10:57 AM, Jan 07, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-07 10:57:41-05
Morning Buzz 1.7.20

1. Another major blow int he chain retail scene: Pier One Imports announced it will close up to 450 stores.

The chain lost half of it's businesses to online shopping. Pier One says it will also shutter distribution centers and layoff several people at its corporate office in Texas.

It's unclear right now how many workers will be out of a job.

2. Win a chance to watch the Super Bowl in person, all you have to do is donate to the American Red Cross.

The organization is in critical need of blood donors, especially from those who have Type O.

Donate between now and January 19 to be entered into the contest.

The winner will receive two tickets to the big game as well as entry to the official NFL tailgate, round-trip airfare, among other perks.

Find donation locations and more information by heading to RedCrossBlood.org/superbowl.

3. If you know anyone with a fitness tracker, you've probably heard them talk about getting their steps in.

The Fit-Bit and other trackers automatically set a goal of 10,000 steps a day for users, but fitness experts say there's not a lot of science behind that number.

It actually started a marketing tool to sell a pedometer back in the 1960's and become a standard simply because it's easy to remember. Experts tell USA Today that you should set your owl goal.

They say figure out your steps for a regular day, then aim to get 2,000 more than that.

Most people take between 4,000 and 5,000 steps daily.

4. Space-X just launched 60 miniature Internet Satellites in an attempt to improve star-gazing.

It's the first step to compromise with astronomers who say satellites are spoiling their view of the night sky. The ones that were just launched are testing a new "dark coating" feature that's meant to cover up bright lights.

Space-X eventually wants to use the experimental satellites to provide global Internet service.


5. $5 Hot and Ready Pizza, will now be delivered to your doorstep.

The service started this week at 90 percent of its stores. The chain stopped delivering over 20 years ago.

The prices will be the same as on the take-out menu but there is a charge for delivery.