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Heat Wave, Fatal Crash, Flag Exhibit Top The News In Greenwich For Week

Robert Carley, of Darien, poses with a photograph in his new exhibit, Flags Across America, at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.
Robert Carley, of Darien, poses with a photograph in his new exhibit, Flags Across America, at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Robert Carley

GREENWICH, Conn. -- A weeklong heat wave, the death of a teenager in a crash and the opening of a colorful exhibit of flag photographs at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich topped the week's news in town.

Here is a look at the highlights:

Robert Carley, who has visited 43 states and taken more than 30,000 photographs, opened an exhibit of his work , “Flags Across America,” at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.

Residents were encouraged to conserve energy and keep cool as a weeklong heat wave baked the town and the region. High temperatures and humidity combined to make it feel hotter than 100 degrees on many days. Many people sought refuge in official cooling centers .

A 19-year-old Greenwich man died when his car struck a stone wall on Riversville Road at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Greenwich Police Department.

With prices at the pump jumping nearly 20 cents nationally in the past week, drivers in Greenwich are now facing gas prices among the highest in the nation. The average in the state is $4.01 per regular gallon, compared with the national average of $3.70, according to AAA. Prices in Greenwich are averaging 15 to 35 cents more.

Connecticut came in third in a study posted on CNBC.com that calculated the number of wage earners who make more than $343,000 per year, the top 1 percent of the U.S. population. The study found there are 1,345 Connecticut residents in that category, meaning one out of every 2,657 people has an "ultra-high net worth." We were second to only Wyoming and New York.

A two-time Ethiopian Olympic runner and Westport resident collapsed and died Monday, but doctors at Yale-New Haven Hospital were able to deliver her baby.

The dean of a prestigious Catholic high school in Manhattan was arrested in Wilton, police said. The Darien man was charged with possession of heroin.

Gov. Dannel Malloy turned out to help the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk celebrate its 25th anniversary.

I.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Greenwich, turned to Buzzfeed to make a call for cuts in student loan rates.

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