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.

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

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.

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NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

The picture was taken on July 10. Juno was 2.7 million miles from Jupiter at the time. The color image shows some of the atmospheric features of the planet, including the giant red spot. You can also see three of Jupiter's moons in the picture: Io, Europa and Ganymede.

The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped vegetables and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.


BBC Arts Editor Allays Your Art Fears In 'Looking'

Oct 25, 2012

Before his 2010 installation for the Tate Modern's Unilever Series, in which the former London power station-turned-art museum annually commissions a work for its cavernous Turbine Hall, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei said, "I try not to see art as a secret code." He then filled the hall with 100 million handmade porcelain sunflower seeds.

At least he wasn't trying to be cryptic.

BBC arts editor and former Tate Gallery director Will Gompertz feels our pain. In his wonderfully plainspoken, intelligent new book What Are You Looking At?: The Surprising Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art, Gompertz says that art today "puts us all at risk of looking like suckers." We're afraid we'll end up "believing in something that isn't there" or "dismissing a revelatory work of art because we don't have the courage to believe."

What Are You Looking At? mitigates that risk. It's an insightful love letter to modern art and an irreverent rejection of the notion that its pleasures are reserved for a chosen few. "As with most seemingly impenetrable subjects, art is like a game," the author writes, "all you really need to know is the basic rules and regulations for the once baffling to start making some sense."

The book explains those basic rules over 20 chapters — easily cherry-picked before your next trip to a museum — which track art's evolution from Impressionism onward. Each hums with engaging history and entertaining anecdotes, cheeky asides and accessible, illuminating criticism. Of Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds, for example, Gompertz writes, "The artist was referencing the vast Chinese population and reminding the world that his fellow countrymen are not one singular mass that can be thoughtlessly trampled upon, but a collection of single people with their own hopes and needs."

Gompertz describes the complicated role galleries play in the art world. On the one hand, they make art accessible by providing a space in which the public can view a work and suspend disbelief. But on the other hand, the "pointy-headed boffins" who run galleries often make art perplexing. "At best their talk of 'inchoate juxtapositions' and 'pedagogical praxis' baffles visitors," Gompertz says. "At worst it humiliates and confuses and puts people off art for life."

The book's chapter on cubism is perhaps its finest. Gompertz tells us how the movement originated in the post-impressionist works of Cézanne, and he vividly draws the relationship between the movement's two giants, Picasso and Braque. He points to the scientific and technological innovations that contributed to cubism's momentum and explains how total abstraction became its legacy. Most importantly, the author tells us in plain English how cubism works. "Think of a cardboard box," he says. "Braque and Picasso were metaphorically pulling it apart and opening it out to make a flat plane, showing us all sides at once."

The only knock against What Are You Looking At? is that it doesn't come with its own slideshow. Although the book contains about 70 illustrations, you'll want to have a look at everything Gompertz describes, even when there's not all that much to see. For instance, Robert Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing, in which the artist erased one of Willem de Kooning's drawings so he could include it in his collection of white works, somehow only makes sense when you lay eyes on it. So keep your iPad close.

When he describes the complex relationship between Paul Gauguin and his Tahitian subjects, Gompertz says that what ultimately made the Frenchman a great artist was his "ability to communicate ideas and feelings that were both unique to him and universal to us all."

Gompertz may not be a great artist. But by that standard, he certainly measures up.

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