Five Things to Know Today, Oct. 18

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Welcome to Tuesday. Here are some things to know about the day.

The weather: There's a 50 percent chance of rain after 2 p.m., and we may have some thunderstorms as a cold front moves in. The high today will be about 79, according to the National Weather Service, and around 60 degrees tomorrow.

Gas prices are still rising, and on average a gallon regular in Georgia is $3.350, according to AAA. Nationally, the average is $3.462. In Lilburn, prices reported to www.georgiagasprices.com in the past 24 hours ranged from $3.25 (at Marathon, 119 Harmony Grove Road near Lost Grove Drive) to $3.43 (at Shell, 775 Beaver Ruin Road at Burns Road).

If you've made up your mind: Early voting began yesterday for the Nov. 8 elections. If you haven't yet decided, check Patch later today for news from last night's forum with the candidates for city council and mayor.

PJs and a good book: Lots going on at the pubic library this week, including a mid-week pajama party for ages 4-8 at the , Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. It's also Teen Read Week, with cool stuff all week, including "Manga and Candy Sushi" tomorrow at the .

Long line: To settle fights between colonists, English surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon finished drawing the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland on this day in 1767, nine years before the birth of the United States. That line was drawn generally westward as the young country expanded and the states south of the Mason-Dixon line lobbied to keep slavery, while those to the north wanted its end.

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