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5 Things to Know Today: July 16, 2012

Good morning, White Lake and Highland, here's what you need to know about today.

1. The weather

The National Weather Service says we can expect sunny skies, with a high near 92. Monday night will be mostly clear, with a low around 72.

2. Gas prices

According to DetroitGasPrices.com, the lowest reported gasoline price in the White Lake area as of Sunday night was $3.49 per gallon at the gas station. In Highland, the Citgo station on Milford Road had the lowest gas price, $3.47.

3. On this day in history

According to History.com,in 1945, at 5:29:45 a.m., the Manhattan Project comes to an explosive end as the first atom bomb is successfully tested in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The scientists and a few dignitaries had removed themselves 10,000 yards away to observe as the first mushroom cloud of searing light stretched 40,000 feet into the air and generated the destructive power of 15,000 to 20,000 tons of TNT. The tower on which the bomb sat when detonated was vaporized. The question now became-on whom was the bomb to be dropped? Germany was the original target, but the Germans had already surrendered. The only belligerent remaining was Japan. A footnote: The original $6,000 budget for the Manhattan Project finally ballooned to a total cost of $2 billion.

4. In the news

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