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Hyles Files: A Season to Endure

Jul 27, 2017

Montgomery Museum Director is Retiring

Jul 27, 2017

   The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts has announced that its director of 23 years is retiring. Mark Johnson was appointed in 1994 and is the museum’s longest-serving director in its history. In that time, the museum has received some 3 million visitors, collected 17-hundred pieces of art and undergone three major renovations or expansions. Another project to add a sculpture garden is currently in progress. Johnson will be awarded the honorary title of Director Emeritus by the museum’s board. His last day is August 15. Dr.

 Montgomery Public Schools has announced the return of the Transportation Hotline. The number allows parents to find information like pick-up and drop-off times and the location of bus stops. MPS Communications Officer Tom Salter says the hotline has been a useful tool for several years now.That number is 334-223-6900. Salter encourages parents to call before the first day of school to avoid a last minute crush of callers. The Montgomery Public School system has about 30-thousand students and approximately 15-thousand ride a school bus. 

   A Montgomery man has been hit with a capital murder charge in a deadly shooting from last week. Police say 27 year old Johnel Travis has been arrested on the murder and attempted murder charges. He is accused of killing 73 year old Rebecca Quillin and seriously wounding a man while in the 27-hundred block of Sumter Avenue Friday night. Investigators say the shooting occurred during the course of a felony. The victims reportedly knew their assailant. Travis has been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility without bond. 

Arrest Made in Most Recent Homicide in Montgomery

Jul 24, 2017

   Police have now made an arrest in a homicide that occurred Sunday night in Montgomery. According to a statement, the police department has charged 22 year old Rachard Johnson of Montgomery with murder in the shooting death of an adult male. It happened in the 48-hundred block of Park Towne Way around 6:30pm. The victim’s name has yet to be released. Investigators say it appears the shooting stemmed from an argument over a woman. Johnson has been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a 150-thousand dollar bond.

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North Korea has launched "one unidentified missile" from its northern Jagang province, the South Korean Defense Ministry announced in a statement. The Pentagon confirmed to NPR that it has also identified a missile launch from the North.

Citing the Japanese chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, The Associated Press reports the missile "flew for about 45 minutes and appeared to have landed in the waters of Japan's exclusive economic zone."

There have been no immediate reports of damage.

Nicotine will now be at the center of the Food and Drug Administration's effort to regulate tobacco, the agency said, announcing that it will aim to lower the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to a level that will help curb addiction.

When social interactions become racially charged, sometimes even the most woke among us are prone to faux pas. What do you do when your dad pretends not to speak English whenever your gringo boyfriend comes around? Why does your coworker scowl at you every time you drink Fanta? Should you automatically cut off contact with someone who doesn't like hip hop, or is there a way to compromise?

Thomas Wheeler, who has been leading the Justice Department's civil rights unit, informed staffers there Thursday that he would be leaving the post, according to two sources familiar with the communication.

Patti Bown On Piano Jazz

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As the swinging pianist in the Quincy Jones Orchestra, Patti Bown (1931–2008) kept the music moving. In honor of her birthday on July 26, Piano Jazz remembers Bown with this encore from the early years of the program. Bown joins host Marian McPartland to talk about the role of women in jazz.

It has been 80 years since J.M. Barrie died. It has been even longer since Peter Pan's creator penned The Reconstruction of the Crime with humorist E.V. Lucas — and yet in all this time, editor Andrew Gulli says the brief play the pair pulled together never glimpsed the stage or even the printed page.

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.6 percent between April and June.

It was nice comeback from the tepid 1.2 percent annual growth rate of the first quarter and more in line with the turbo-charged growth of 3 percent that has been promised by the Trump administration.

The latest growth was partially driven by an increase in consumer spending. It's a positive sign that Americans are opening up their wallets, especially since consumer spending makes up about 70 percent of the economy.

Since the Enlightenment, champions of progress have urged us to break free of the chains of tradition.

Just because "we've always done it this way," is no reason to keep doing it this way. It is irrational, it is dumb, indeed, it is frequently dishonest, to cling to traditions, they say. If we aim to understand the world and control it — the abiding ambition of all empirically minded thinkers — then surely we can dispense with the baggage of inherited convention.

Stung by the new threat of American sanctions, Russia's Foreign Ministry says the U.S. must downsize its diplomatic and technical staff in Moscow and other cities. The ministry is also suspending the U.S. Embassy's use of two sites — a storage facility and a dacha on an island in the Moscow River.

The ministry says the U.S. has until Sept. 1 to cut the number of its staff at the Moscow embassy and at three consulates to match the exact number of Russian diplomats who are working in the U.S. — 455 people, according to the ministry's announcement.

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