5 Things You Need To Know Today: August 3

Cyclist struck on Beaver Street, sounds of the Big Bands on the Common, Urinetown on stage Framingham State, Orbison Tribute downtown and an Olympic update in today's column.

Our daily column, 5 Things You Need to Know Today, will help you to get your day started and offer you some fodder for water cooler conversation.

1. A cyclist was struck by a car on Beaver Street Thursday about 6 p.m. The woman, in her 50s, was taken to MetroWest Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the car, a woman, was not cited, but the crash is under investigation, police said.

2. If the weather cooperates, as scattered thunderstorms are predicted for this afternoon, the sounds of the Big Bands will fill the . Heritage POPS is scheduled to take the stage at 6:30 for tonight's summer

There is a scheduled at the Framingham Centre Common too from 5-7 p.m.

3. High-school aged students with the will stage the tonight at 7:30 in the Dwight Theater at   Advance tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for seniors and youth. Tickets at the door will be $2 more. Tickets available by calling 508-875-5554 or online at www.pacmetrowest.org.

4. Mark Poulin has been performing his for more than 15 years. Tonight, he will take the stage at at 8. Tickets are $18, $17 for seniors and students, $15 for members and $8 for children under age 12.

5. On Day 6 at the 2012 London Olympic games, Gabby Douglas won the women's all-around competition, winning gold for Team USA. tied for third, but gymnastics rules called for a tie-breaker and she finished out in fourth.

In the pool, Rebecca Soni broke the world record and won the 200 breaststroke and Michael Phelps won his 20th Olympic medal and 16th gold in beating Ryan Lochte in the 200 individual medley. Lochte took second for the U.S.

Today, Aug. 3 in London, track and field events get started and American Reese Hoffa could win gold in shotput.

In the pool, Phelps will swim in the men's 100 butterfly finals, Missy Franklin and Rhode Island's Elizabeth Beisel will swim in the 200 backstroke finals. And Cullen Jones and Anthony Ervin, of Team USA, will go for the title of world's fastest swimmer.

In women's soccer Team USA will battle New Zealand in a quarterfinal game. The U.S. women's basketball team will tip off against the Czech Republic.

It will be a busy day in tennis too as Roger Federer vs. Juan Martin del Potro and Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray in the men's semifinals. Serena Williams will look to advance to the women's finals  and with her sister Venus compete to make the women's doubles finals.


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