Today’s Buzz features Nestle’s water plundering in Michigan, cyclists = winning, and supporting mental health through urban planning. I’m freezing my buns off visiting the in-laws in the Chicago suburbs (the closest Pokestop is a 15 minute walk away – send help!), so today’s buzz is an ode to the delicious deep dish pizza along with other treats Chicago has to offer.

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Why Nestle pays next to nothing for Michigan groundwater: To say that Michigan is an ideal state in which to operate a bottled water factory is something of an understatement. Nestle Waters North America, the world’s largest bottled water company, shipped the first bottle from its Ice Mountain plant in Stanwood in May 2002. Since then, the company has extracted billions of gallons of groundwater from underneath Michigan and has paid next to nothing for it.

How to Support Mental Health Through Urban Planning: This group advocates designing cities with emotional well-being in mind. The Tokyo-based psychiatrist Layla McCay founded the Center for Urban Design and Mental Health over a year ago, and it’s grown at a more rapid pace than she expected. “Be careful of finding an unmet need,” she jokes, noting that much of her time is now spent running the center. The organization aims to harness knowledge about urban design and mental health that is already out there, but isn’t being shared as much as it could, particularly with policymakers who can implement it.

Cyclists Are Winning Commuting: If commuting is a contest, cyclists are winning. They’re more likely than drivers, walkers, and straphangers to get to work on time and feeling good.

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China ‘closely following’ Donald Trump comments on nuclear weapons policy: China said Friday that countries with the largest nuclear arsenals should take the lead in disarmament, after President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin said they wanted to strengthen their nations’ nuclear capabilities.

Security Council Condemns Israeli Settlements As U.S. Abstains From Vote: The U.N. Security Council has approved a resolution condemning construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, after the U.S. abstained from the vote rather than vetoing the resolution outright.

Donald Trump Makes War on Celebrities: As stars avoid inauguration bookings, the president-elect tries to divide America’s population from its popular culture.

Obama’s Weak Defense of His Record on Drone Killings: His choices made unjust strikes predictable and inevitable—and with Donald Trump poised to take power, the precedents he set are all the more alarming.

Local Gov Confidential

How to Make an Affordable City More Affordable: Pittsburgh created a trust fund for affordable housing. Now it just has to find the funds to fill it, and the places to build new housing.

Police Arrest Suspect In Toddler’s Road-Rage Death In Arkansas: A man who police believe killed a 3-year-old boy in an apparent fit of road rage was arrested in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday night. The U.S. Marshals Service says Gary Eugene Holmes, 33, was taken into custody without incident.

Obama To Give Final Presidential Speech In Chicago Next Month: President Barack Obama has selected Chicago’s McCormick Place as the site of his final presidential speech. He’ll be returning to his hometown to deliver the speech Jan. 10, just days before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

New Orleans’ Beloved Santa Makes The Twitterverse Believe In Christmas Magic: Twitter has a theory about Santa Claus — he might be a lot farther south than the North Pole. The tweet that started it all came from an account dedicated to celebrating “everything NOLA.” It featured a photo of Santa, holding a baby as he does, and a caption: “If you’re from New Orleans 9/10 you got pic with this Santa.”

Rent Starts At $1,900 A Month For A Studio At Centrum’s Wicker Park Apartments: We at Chicagoist have made a point of chronicling the rise of some of Chicago’s newest apartment towers—and the sky-high rents that seem to go with the territory. After looking at the news of local developer Centrum’s permit to build a sprawling apartment complex at the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Division Street in Wicker Park, we revisited the nearby Centrum Wicker Park, where leasing for the 6-story rental building is underway.