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Morning Buzz: November 17

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Morning Buzz: November 17, 2020
Posted at 9:50 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 09:50:23-05

1. Allegiant Air is adding two new destinations from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

According to an Allegiant Air press release on their website, two new non-stop destinations from Grand Rapids will go to Neward, New Jersey, and Destin, Florida.

Both new routes will begin flying out of the Ford Airport on March 5, 2021. Fares to Newark will start out as low as $59 each way. Fares to Destin will begin as low as $49.

2. Western Michigan is rolling out a new platform to help students stay connected and succeed during online learning.

It's called "You At Western" and it provides tools for Broncos to focus on their mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

It focuses on three domains, academic and career success, mental and physical health, and establishing community and social connections that matter.

The profile you make will track your goals and progress. The platform is also available to staff and faculty.

3. Family from around the country can still see each other on Thanksgiving thanks to Zoom.

The video conferencing app is giving away free unlimited video calls for Turkey Day. Normally a Zoom call is restricted to just 40 minutes unless you pay a minimum of $15 a month.

But in something to be thankful for, Zoom is free for everyone on Thursday, November 26, so your family gatherings don't have to be cut short.

So far Zoom's video conferencing competitors haven't announced whether they will match the Thanksgiving offer.

4. 2020 has many of us trying to cope with comfort foods. Cinnabon is capitalizing on that by selling its signature cream cheese frosting by the pint.

The topping is most recognizable for being drizzled on the chain's line of cinnamon rolls.

Now, for the first time, you can get the Cinnabon frosting separately for $6 a pint.

Find the frosting at hundreds of stores nationwide and even have it brought to your door through food delivery apps.

5. Today is a day to get out and hit the trails because it's National Take a Hike Day!

There are more than 60,000 trails in the U.S. National Trails System. Some of them are almost 200-years-old and track the footsteps of explorers like Lewis and Clark.

These footpaths can take hikers to cascading waterfalls, mountain summits, rock formations, dense forests, and every landscape imaginable.

There are even more trails when you consider those in local and state parks. You're probably within a 10-minute drive to many of them.