Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for August 3

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1. Bissell is once again helping cats and dogs find their forever homes.

On Saturday, August 13 the Grand Rapids based nonprofit will pay all adoption fees at Humane Society of West Michigan from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Van Buren County Animal Control from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

They'll also thank families for choosing adoption with the gift of an Adoptbox.

Families will still be responsible for licensing fees, which vary by county from $7 to $12.


2. We are nearing the end of Movies in the Park series in downtown Grand Rapids.

This Friday is the second to last night for the summer series with '”Edward Scissorhands.”

The movie will be shown on the big screen at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, with Spanish subtitles.

It's completely free, but vendors will have food and drinks. Make sure to bring your ID if you plan on buying alcohol, or bringing your own.

It all starts around 7 p.m., with the movie starting at dusk.

The series wraps up August 19 with “Ferris Bueller's Day Off,” and the voter's choice movie.


3. Sport climbing and karate could soon be coming to the Olympics.

While most of the world is focusing on Rio, the International Olympic Committee will vote today on a recommendation to add a package of five sports.

These include baseball/softball, surfing, karate, skateboarding and sport climbing.

These sports would be introduced in Tokyo in 202 and would add 18 events and 474 athletes to the games.  In this summer`s Rio Olympics, which open Friday, more than 10,000 athletes will compete in over 300 events in 42 different sports.


4. If you've been to the dentist, you've probably been asked this question: are you flossing?

There's a new debate now over whether or not flossing actually has medical benefits.

The federal government has been recommending flossing since 1979. It's believed to help avoid gum disease, but this year when the government issued new guidelines to the Associated Press, it left flossing out.

The AP looked at research from the last decade, and says the evidence for flossing was weak and unreliable.  Still, dentists continue to urge patients to floss.


5. Lots of couples have their own tips and tricks for a happier marriage, and now there's a new study that could have the answer: drinking together.

The study, published in the Journals of Gerontology says older couples who drink alcohol together are happier than when only one partner drinks.

Researchers questioned more than 2,700 couples over 10 years.

The couples were married for an average of 33 years, and for most of them, it was the first marriage and they were all at least 50 years old.

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