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Kel, Delta & Bumble: The Week's Biggest Newsmakers on the Week's Biggest News

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Kel Mitchell arrives at the Kids' Choice Sports Awards on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Home of the Good Burger…

Major Announcement Alert! Fans of 1990s Nickelodeon and All That!, in particular, could be in for a treat according to actor Kel Mitchell. During his visit to Cheddar this week, he revealed that a Good Burger sequel could be in the works at Paramount+. While nothing is set in stone, the actor, pastor, and now author said the groundwork is being set behind the scenes and the OGs from the first film, including Keanan Thompson, are onboard. While fans wait for GB2, Mitchell's new book "Blessed Mode: 90 Days to Level Up Your Faith," which focuses on self-love, confidence, and spirituality, might hold them over and help build their mental health simultaneously. Mitchell told Cheddar's Hena Doba he turned to prayer after realizing there were things affecting him that he needed to address. "There's some things I need to change in my life, and I have to renew my mind daily so that way I can respond in love and love myself and others," he said.

Flying With Delta

At this time last year many people were getting ready to spend the holidays at home due to the pandemic and a fear of getting loved ones sick. Fast-forward 12 months and people are traveling near pre-pandemic levels, thanks to a renewed sense of safety from COVID protocols and vaccinations. Delta Airlines CFO Dan Janki told Cheddar there hasn't been a notable slowdown in domestic travel plans this holiday, despite concerns about the new omicron variant, and they're planning even more vacations for 2022. "As we go into next year, we will run the airline, on average, about 90 percent restored to 2019 levels. That will build through the year," he told Cheddar. "We're expecting a very good summer both domestically and internationally." 

Sports Lead on COVID

Professional sports were one of the biggest outlets for Americans to find a reprieve during the height of the pandemic. With chaos ensuing outside of our homes, being able to watch basketball, baseball, or football was refreshing. But the role of sports leagues in our society is going beyond just entertainment. After the NBA's Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 in March 2020 and triggered a ripple effect of league shutdowns across the sports world, people have looked to see how professional sports handled the evolving nature of the virus. As the omicron variant now threatens the NBA's Christmas Day game, there are questions about what's in store for the rest of us. Dr. Robby Sikka, chair of the COVID Sports Society Workgroup, told Cheddar that while players are contracting the virus, they are not suffering more severe cases because most leagues have upwards of 90 percent vaccination rates. "If you're not vaccinated with three doses, you're at risk for getting more severe COVID and developing long COVID," he said. 

Pandemic Dating

Apparently, people have had enough of being alone during the ongoing pandemic and are out here pulling dates on Bumble. This week the online dating app released results from a survey that found people are all-in on PDA. Masks? What are those? If you're single and ready to mingle, there's a day specifically for you coming up in the new year called "Dating Sunday." You should note that Bumble's sex and relationships expert, Shan Boodram, said that more people are opting for alcohol-free first dates. "The new year is a time that we reinvent ourself. We imagine: what does the new us look like? What are we leaving behind? What are we picking up? And often what we want to pick up is connections that are aligned with who we are today," she told Cheddar.  
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