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 veggies 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.

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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.

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Father Of Yankees' Girardi Dies; Inspired His Son, Who Will Keep Managing

Oct 11, 2012

There's sad news today that "Jerry Girardi, the father of New York Yankees manager and East Peoria native Joe Girardi," has died in Metamora, Ill., Peoria's Journal Star reports.

Jerry Girardi was 81. He had suffered for the past several years from Alzheimer's disease. According to the local funeral home, he died on Saturday.

Joe Girardi has been in the Yankee's dugout for each of the team's three playoff games so far against the Baltimore Orioles. The American League Division Series began on Sunday. New York Post baseball columnist Joel Sherman has posted on Twitter that he has "confirmed Joe Girardi IS managing Game 4 tonight" as well. Last night, New York came from behind to beat Baltimore 3-2 and take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five series.

According to the Journal Star, Jerry Girardi's funeral will be held Monday in Peoria. If the Yankees advance to the American League Championship Series, Monday would be an "off" day.

In September, author Gay Talese wrote a long profile of Joe Girardi for The New Yorker (abstract here). Talese reported that:

"When Girardi is not preoccupied with the health and performance of his team, his mind is often on his father, Gerald. ... Girardi phones his father once a week to have a one-way conversation; for the past three years, Gerald has been unable to communicate."

Joe Girardi told Talese that "my dad was always there for me. ... He's the one who played catch with me, he was the one who took me to Cubs games where I could seem my favorite players."

Talese went with Joe Girardi on a visit to Jerry Girardi at the assisted-living home where the older man was living. It's a compelling scene as the son talks with the father — another one-way conversation. At the story's end, Talese writes:

"Before leaving the room, [Joe Girardi] looked again at his father, leaned forward, and kissed him on the forehead. 'I love you, Dad,' he said.

"He turned and walked toward the exit, waving at the attendants at the front desk, and finally, before leaving the building, he said, this time to himself, 'I love you, Dad.' "

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