Things you need to know on July 13.

Thanks to MetroNews Source for the following:

  • State environmental officials say there have been six bear sightings in Brookfield in the last year. The latest sighting was on Pasture Lane.  A resident reported that a bear spent some time in her yard early Saturday night. The bear stayed for a bit before running off into the woods as the homeowner's boyfriend and sons took pictures.This year's Christmas card perhaps?
  • Here's some great news for young people! The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative starts today and is aimed at people aged 16 to 24 who aren't working and aren't in school. The 17 companies doing the hiring include Starbucks, Alaska Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, and Walmart. Executives of those firms are looking to bring in more companies to join the initiative. For more info go online to 100K OPPORTUNITIES.ORG.
  • Baby you can drive my car .... a little cheaper.The latest Lundberg Survey of gas stations nationwide shows the national average for a gallon of regular is $2.83. That's down more than three cents over the past month and the lowest level since mid-May.
  • Baby I'm a rich man. A group of hikers in Germany stumbled on what seemed like a money tree after seeing 50 euro bills falling from its branches.Authorities discovered the equivalent of 200-thousand dollars in cash held in a plastic bag suspended from the treetop. A massive heat wave in the area over the weekend caused the elastic used to close the bag to break. That let several of the notes to slip to the ground. The hikers were given more than six-thousand-dollars as a reward for turning in the money to police. Better yet- if the owner of the cash doesn't come forward in six months, they will be entitled to the full amount.

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