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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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."

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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.


Chimpanzee Politics: Election-Year Lessons On Power And Reconciliation

Oct 26, 2012
Originally published on October 26, 2012 10:17 am

Thirty years ago, the primatologist Frans de Waal published Chimpanzee Politics, a wonderful bombshell of a book that revealed the depth of chimpanzees' social complexity. Based on long-term observations at Arnhem Zoo in the Netherlands, many of de Waal's descriptions match comfortably with what chimpanzees in the wild have since been observed to do.

Status-striving, alliances and coalitions, acts of deception and moments of reconciliation are all found among the Arnhem chimpanzees. Sound familiar? De Waal concluded that human political activity "seems to be a part of an evolutionary heritage we share with our close relatives."

With a little more than a week to go in Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's battle for the American presidency, it's an apt time to revisit the book's message. No, I won't be comparing Obama and Romney to male chimpanzee rivals, using nonverbal displays in their contest for dominance. Instead, I want to use de Waal's insights as a springboard to reflect on what happens after the election, among the rest of us.

A chimpanzee leader, de Waal wrote in the book, "cannot impose his leadership on the group single-handedly. His position is granted him, in part, by the other chimpanzees." Further, chimpanzee political conflict can result in greater social bonding than had existed before. "After a conflict," he noted, "the opponents are attracted to each other like magnets," and may embrace each other or otherwise interact positively.

Chimpanzees, in other words, are political animals who understand shared power and the benefits that flow from reconciliation.

At Arnhem, two older males called Yeroen and Luit fell into what de Waal called a "protracted series of impressive displays and conflicts." Yet reconciliation was often a part of the picture, too. Following an altercation, "If neither of them was prepared to make the first reconciliatory move — by looking at the other, holding out a hand, panting in a friendly way or simply going up to his opponent — the two would continue to sit tensely opposite each other and it was frequently a third party who helped them out of the impasse."

By terming this third-party behavior mediation, de Waal underscored that it is a purposeful act — one undertaken, incidentally, by adult females.

I observed apes in captivity for many years and know that I'm cherry-picking to a certain extent here. For one thing, we're as closely related to bonobos as to chimpanzees. Bonobos are female-dominant or co-dominant, rather than male-dominant. My choice of chimpanzees here is not intended as any model of how things should be regarding sex, gender and political leadership in our society.

For another thing, chimpanzees may be violent. In fact, Luit was killed in a brutal manner, apparently via a coalition between Yeroen and another male called Nikkie. Status striving can end quite badly in chimpanzees.

But it doesn't always end that way. Our species has evolved a more elaborate brain and a more elaborate sense of empathy compared to our ape kin. We can build on the ape, indeed the mammalian, evolutionary bedrock of empathy that de Waal emphasizes in his later work (see also Eric Michael Johnson's interview with de Waal). Specifically, we can understand that whatever anxiety and fear we may feel about this election, supporters of the other candidate feel the same. Each of us can listen more, and drop the coarse epithets about the candidate we don't support. If we win, we can refuse to gloat.

The red-blue divide in the U.S. is a deep one, admittedly, with frequent demonizing of, and raging at, those who don't share our political perspective. Tension, at the very least, is the order of the day, and not only at the town, state or national level. Maybe you recognize your family in mine: five of us went out for a birthday dinner last weekend and avoided the topic of the election completely. Three of us support one candidate, and two the other, and previous discussions about this political split hadn't gone so well.

I did appreciate it when my 85-year-old mother said to me, privately, "I'm really afraid about the outcome of this election." That was code, of course. She meant she is afraid my candidate and not hers will prevail at the polls. Instantly I felt what she meant because I could have uttered that same sentence to her. That was our point of connection, and a uniquely human one.

Sure, I hope, pretty fiercely, that my candidate and his supporters are the ones celebrating on election night. But on November 7th? That's when winners and losers alike can reach out a primate hand in empathy and reconciliation.

You can keep up with more of what Barbara is thinking on Twitter: @bjkingape

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