When the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union last month, the seaside town of Port Talbot in Wales eagerly went along with the move. Brexit was approved by some 57 percent of the town's residents.

Now some of them are wondering if they made the wrong decision.

The June 23 Brexit vote has raised questions about the fate of the troubled Port Talbot Works, Britain's largest surviving steel plant — a huge, steam-belching facility that has long been the town's biggest employer.

Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Cairo, completing the penultimate leg of its attempt to circumnavigate the globe using only the power of the sun.

The trip over the Mediterranean included a breathtaking flyover of the Pyramids. Check it out:

President Obama is challenging Americans to have an honest and open-hearted conversation about race and law enforcement. But even as he sits down at the White House with police and civil rights activists, Obama is mindful of the limits of that approach.

"I've seen how inadequate words can be in bringing about lasting change," the president said Tuesday at a memorial service for five law officers killed last week in Dallas. "I've seen how inadequate my own words have been."

Mice watching Orson Welles movies may help scientists explain human consciousness.

At least that's one premise of the Allen Brain Observatory, which launched Wednesday and lets anyone with an Internet connection study a mouse brain as it responds to visual information.

The FBI says it is giving up on the D.B. Cooper investigation, 45 years after the mysterious hijacker parachuted into the night with $200,000 in a briefcase, becoming an instant folk figure.

"Following one of the longest and most exhaustive investigations in our history," the FBI's Ayn Dietrich-Williams said in a statement, "the FBI redirected resources allocated to the D.B. Cooper case in order to focus on other investigative priorities."

This is the first in a series of essays concerning our collective future. The goal is to bring forth some of the main issues humanity faces today, as we move forward to uncertain times. In an effort to be as thorough as possible, we will consider two kinds of threats: those due to natural disasters and those that are man-made. The idea is to expose some of the dangers and possible mechanisms that have been proposed to deal with these issues. My intention is not to offer a detailed analysis for each threat — but to invite reflection and, hopefully, action.

Alabama authorities say a home burglary suspect has died after police used a stun gun on the man.  Birmingham police say he resisted officers who found him in a house wrapped in what looked like material from the air conditioner duct work.  The Lewisburg Road homeowner called police Tuesday about glass breaking and someone yelling and growling in his basement.  Police reportedly entered the dwelling and used a stun gun several times on a white suspect before handcuffing him.  Investigators say the man was "extremely irritated" throughout and didn't obey verbal commands.

It can be hard to distinguish among the men wearing grey suits and regulation haircuts on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. But David Margolis always brought a splash of color.

It wasn't his lovably disheveled wardrobe, or his Elvis ring, but something else: the force of his flamboyant personality. Margolis, a graduate of Harvard Law School, didn't want to fit in with the crowd. He wanted to stand out.

Montgomery Education Foundation's Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy was spotlighted Wednesday at Carver High School.  The academic-enrichment program is for rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in the Montgomery Public School system.  Community Program Director Dillion Nettles, says the program aims to prevent learning loss during summer months.  To find out how your child can participate in next summer's program visit Montgomery-ed.org

A police officer is free on bond after being arrested following a rash of road-sign thefts in southeast Alabama.  Brantley Police Chief Titus Averett says officer Jeremy Ray Walker of Glenwood is on paid leave following his arrest in Pike County.  The 30-year-old Walker is charged with receiving stolen property.  Lt. Troy Johnson of the Pike County Sheriff's Office says an investigation began after someone reported that Walker was selling road signs from Crenshaw County.  Investigators contacted the county engineer and learned signs had been reported stolen from several roads.

Pages

Basketball Golden Boy May Be Playing His Own Sport

Nov 25, 2012

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LIFE IS A BALL GAME")

SISTER WYNONA CARR: (Singing) Life is a ball game being played each day...

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It's Sunday morning, so that means NPR's Mike Pesca is with us for our weekly chat about sports - and frankly, whatever else strikes our fancy. He's up in New York. Hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hey. Maybe woodworking.

MARTIN: Who knows?

PESCA: Scrapbooking.

MARTIN: Yes! OK, so Thanksgiving Day, my family and I ran this little race - this little 5K, in Washington - and while I was running, I was catching snippets of conversations; I eavesdrop, from time to time. And I passed this group of guys; and they were going on and on about this kid at Grinnell College, this basketball player who set this crazy record - 138 points in a single game. I mean, everyone's still talking about this. Is this kid some kind of basketball golden child?

PESCA: Yeah, and he benefited from the system. But I think the most important thing, in that anecdote, is if you're going to be talking about basketball in a race, you will get passed by a very swift NPR host.

MARTIN: (Laughter) Right, pushing a stroller. Mm-hmm.

PESCA: Noticed passed; you - yes, you passed them. So Jack Taylor of Grinnell benefits from a very interesting system. His coach - you know, Grinnell's a really good school. You have to have high math SAT scores to get in. You have to know that three is more than two. And his coach said, hey, if we shoot and make all these three-pointers, and we let the other team shoot a lot of two-pointers, we'll probably win. And that's sort of the cornerstone of his system; where the coach of Grinnell subs in player after player after player - 20 guys play in the game - and everyone in this game - against Faith Baptist - funneled the ball to Jack Taylor, who shot and shot and shot his way into the NCAA record book.

Now, this was great for Grinnell. You maybe never hear of Grinnell; no one had ever heard of Jack Taylor. But - you know, there was, of course, a backlash; Deadspin calling it a sham; Gregg Doyel, of CBS, said kid scores 138, nobody wins - actually Grinnell won by 75. So there's always this sort of, oh, we can't experience pleasure, sports, athletic anhedonia going on.

MARTIN: How come? I mean, what's the deal?

PESCA: OK. I mean, I think that there are some general rules, like don't run up the score - that, alone, is bad sportsmanship. But you have to take context into effect. Sports are, of course, an analogy for battle; and so we like to have some chivalry during our battles. But look at what was going on. This was a game where Jack Taylor was trying to set a record. And set a record, he did. And as far as the running-up-the-score argument, I think some context is important. Like, first of all, if I told you two teams were playing - right? - and one team beat the other by seven, would you call that a blowout, or running up the score?

MARTIN: I mean, no. I mean, it depends on the game, right? Like in soccer...

PESCA: That's right.

MARTIN: ...it would be a big win.

PESCA: Yes.

MARTIN: But in basketball, no.

PESCA: That's right. It depends on the game. In football, you know, seven points is just one touchdown. In soccer, it's ridiculous. And I submit that what Grinnell was doing, is actually playing a different game than the basketball that we know. It's not walking the ball up the court, and getting it to the guy who happens to be open. It's a concerted effort; waves and waves of players. And because there were so many possessions - Grinnell possessed the ball 123 times - there are big swings in the score. So you look at the final score and you say, oh my God, what a huge number. But then other games, where the score might be - you know, routinely, teams lose by 30 or 40 points; actually, those are bigger blowouts because there are so many fewer possessions of a game. The way Grinnell plays, the score could change dramatically. So I would excuse Grinnell on that point.

MARTIN: But - I mean, I don't get what the controversy is. This team still won, I mean, by more than 70 points.

PESCA: Oh, but the controversy is - you know, you should have shut the kid down; and he should have maybe only scored 99 points. But, you know, I would say a couple things. It's not 12-year-olds playing - this is called men's basketball. It's not a sport like football; no one's going to get hurt. And if you asked Faith Baptist, as some coaches - as some reporters did, they weren't at all annoyed by it. You know, no one likes to lose by that much. But they lost by 50 points a week earlier; they're not a very good team. And so they weren't upset to be part of history.

MARTIN: Just seconds left - it's Thanksgiving weekend. You want to say anything about football?

PESCA: I do. In the Lions game, the coach, Jim Schwartz, challenged a play where the Texans scored. And he would have won his challenge, if he had only kept his flag in his pocket. Because he challenged, he lost the ability to challenge. I surveyed a bunch of legal experts - like Gabe Feldman,of the Tulane Sports Law Center; Emily Bazelon, of Slate - and they could find no legal precedent to explain losing a right just by asking for your right. The only thing I could think of is when my kids ask, Daddy, can I have a ring pop? I say yes. Daddy, can I have a ring pop? I say yes. Daddy - if you ask for another ring pop, you're not going to have a ring pop. And I think that was...

MARTIN: That's the big lesson.

PESCA: ...the principle at stake. Yes.

MARTIN: NPR's Mike Pesca. Thanks so much.

PESCA: You're welcome.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LIFE IS A BALL GAME")

MARTIN: You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION, from NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.