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5 stories to follow: June 17

Get your work week started with five stories to know about:

5 stories to follow: June 17

Rutgers incoming athletic director Julie Hermann answers a question during a news conference outside of the university´s Hale Center in Piscataway, N.J., Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Hermann says the problems she encountered as a women´s volleyball coach at Tennessee are part of the reason she´s a good fit as a sports administrator. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Rutgers incoming athletic director Julie Hermann answers a question during a news conference outside of the university's Hale Center in Piscataway, N.J., Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Hermann says the problems she encountered as a women's volleyball coach at Tennessee are part of the reason she's a good fit as a sports administrator. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) AP

Get your work week started with five stories to know about:

1. New Rutgers AD: Already embattled Julie Hermann officially takes over as the new athletic director at Rutgers University today. Controversy has erupted over the choice of Hermann to lead the university's athletic department: Volleyball players at the University of Tennessee accused her of emotional abuse, and a jury awarded damages to an assistant coach at Tennessee who said Hermann fired her for becoming pregnant. Hermann was picked to take over at Rutgers after a video showing basketball coach Mike Rice abusing players led to series of departures, including former athletic director Tim Pernetti.

2. New flood maps: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released new preliminary flood maps for New Jersey, giving Superstorm Sandy victims more information as they decide whether to rebuild.

3. U.S. Open recap: Justin Rose won the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore. Catch up on anything you missed from the tournament with Philly.com's full coverage.

4. McDonald's lawsuit: A Pennsylvania McDonald's worker has filed a lawsuit after the fast-food joint would only pay her using a debit card that had multiple fees attached.

5. Obama to G-8: President Obama is headed to the G-8 summit, where Syria, security issues and the economy are expected to top the agenda. Meanwhile, a new CNN poll shows that the president's approval rating has taken a hit in the wake of revelations over government surveillance programs, responses to the attack in Benghazi and the IRS scrutinizing tax-exempt applications by tea party groups.

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