5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS MORNING

Your watercooler cheat sheet

Beyonce

Good morning.  Here are a few things you need to know this morning.

Want less crime in your neighborhoods, plant more trees. A new study finds that, in Philadelphia greener neighborhoods have significantly fewer crimes than non-vegetated areas. And this effect held true even after the researchers controlled for socioeconomic factors. (Discover Magazine)

Palm Beach socialite turned designer, Lilly Pulitzer has passed away at the age of 81. (The Associated Press)

The situation at Rutgers University isn’t getting any better.  The FBI is investigating whether a former Rutgers basketball employee tried to extort the university before he made videos that showed former coach Mike Rice shoving and kicking players and berating them with gay slurs. (Huffington Post)

Gas prices seemed to be on the decline.  Here’s a list of the 10 states where gas prices are plunging the most. (USA Today)

If 37 percent of American adults aren’t in the labor force, then what exactly are they doing? (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Bonus

Apparently not everyone was a fan of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s recent trip to Cuba.  Two congressmen from Florida sent a letter  to the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to “express concern” and request information about Beyoncé and her husban Jay-Z’s vacation in Cuba. (Slate)

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