The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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The middle of summer is when the surprises in publishing turn up. I'm talking about those quietly commanding books that publishers tend to put out now, because fall and winter are focused on big books by established authors. Which brings us to The Dream Life of Astronauts, by Patrick Ryan, a very funny and touching collection of nine short stories that take place in the 1960s and '70s around Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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.


Book News: Hilary Mantel Has 'No Regrets' About Kate Middleton Remarks

Mar 8, 2013

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Booker Prize-winning author Hilary Mantel is defending widely criticized comments she made in a speech earlier this year in which she compared Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton to a "jointed doll on which certain rags are hung." Mantel told the BBC in a radio interview: "It was a matter of taking the words completely out of context – twisting the context – and setting me up as a hate figure. I have absolutely no regrets at all. What I said was crystal clear." Mantel's speech, which was reprinted as an essay in the London Review of Books, was a call for respectful treatment of royals by the press (which, as some have pointed out, is a little ironic given the media reaction to this controversy).
  • Journalist Nate Thayer was enraged earlier this week when he says The Atlantic asked him to repurpose one of his articles for its website for no money – just the promise of "exposure." Thayer said no — angrily — and told New York Magazine that "exposure doesn't feed my [expletive] children." But The Atlantic might have dodged a bullet — author Jeremy Duns says some of the quotes in Thayer's article were "repurposed" from another journalist's work without proper citation. Duns says he uncovered several problematic passages, and New York Magazine claims to have found even more. Thayer denies any wrongdoing, telling the Columbia Journalism Review, "I will defend to the death my reporting and attribution of this piece."
  • The New Republic's Noreen Malone reinvents the idea of "acknowledgments" in her article about Sheryl Sandberg's seven-and-a-half pages of thanks in her new book: "And of course I could not fail to thank Martha Stewart, who I tweet at with some regularity and who continues to be my inspiration as a woman who doesn't let rules, pursuant to the federal penal code or otherwise, get in the way of her tastefully cruel mien. Any errors herein are a copy editor's or an intern's, and anyone I have forgotten to mention, it is because I secretly hate them."
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, on the Senate floor Wednesday as he supported Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster: "Let me just begin by quoting a modern day poet. His name is Wiz Khalifa."
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