Five Things to Know Today, May 10

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Welcome to Thursday. Here are some things to know today.

The weather: Sunshine once again, but the high will only be about 77 degrees, the National Weather Service says. Enjoy it while it lasts. The low tonight will hover around a brisk 52 degrees.

Gas prices are little changed. The lowest in Lilburn reported to www.georgiagasprices.com for Wednesday was $3.48 (at QuikTrip, 4900 Stone Mountain Hwy near Stone Drive), and the highest was $3.59 (at Shell, 722 Harbins Road at Dickens Road, and at two other places).

Stars: The modern planetarium was made possible by the German optical firm Carl Zeiss in 1923 when it developed a projector whose lenses could accurately reproduce the night sky inside a domed room. The first public planetarium was opened just seven years later and remains a major astronomy education center today: The Adler Planetarium on Chicago ’s Lake Michigan shoreline. The science museum was named for its founder, businessman and philanthropist Max Adler. He dedicated the planetarium on May 10, 1930, saying he wanted to enable citizens of today to live a life richer and more full of meaning than was available for the citizens of yesterday.”  

Career. J. Edgar Hoover took charge of what was to become the FBI on this day in 1924. He stayed at the top of the agency for 48 years, until he died in 1972. Hoover was renowned for introducing modern policing methods, but also for keeping files of secrets on powerful people and infiltrating what he thought were un-American groups. Among others, he targeted the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for his civil rights work.  

Camp. Summer break is screeching towards us, with Gwinnett public schools letting out soon. Looking for activities for the kids? Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation lays out all its multiple offerings here of day camps for kids 6 and up and half-day morning camps for preschoolers. Camps have educational themes and some have a specific focus, including sports, technology, art, dance, and drama. The camps are located at parks all across the county, so check the ones near you.


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