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.


Fighting For Their Family, One Day At A Time

Dec 13, 2012

It would take a heart of stone — or zero tolerance for soap — to resist Any Day Now, a full-throttle weepie about a West Hollywood gay couple trying to adopt a neglected boy with Down syndrome.

Their quest might be an easier one today, when 16 American states permit joint adoption for same-sex couples, and all manner of family forms proliferate on and off-screen. But the film, loosely taken from real-life events, is set in 1979, when institutional homophobia was as common as pointy collars on loud print shirts. Both get ample play in a period piece that takes innocent joy in its cheesy trappings; the wigs are a fright, but never mind.

Intended or not, the movie's title, which plays off the Bob Dylan protest song "I Shall Be Released," implies a double meaning. Any day now may bring the salvation of Marco, a quiet, sweet boy bouncing from one inhospitable government facility to the next after being abandoned by his junkie mother (Jamie Ann Allman). Any day now, too, just beyond the horizon of this scenario, America will begin to come to terms with the LGBT community and the question of their civil rights.

The movie turns on one couple's legal struggle to adopt a child they've nurtured for more than a year, but it's also an improbable love story between three lost souls united by their outsider status. Abandoned when his mother finally goes to jail, Marco — played by the charming Isaac Leyva, who gets to show off his disco-dancing chops — is rescued by his neighbor, Rudy Donatello (Alan Cumming), a flamboyant drag artist who knows what it means to be down on his luck.

Cumming always gives good value, and his regular bursts into cabaret numbers are certainly an added bonus. Yet this instinctively ironic actor doesn't seem best suited to play the movie's most sentimental creation. A mouthy, heart-of-gold construct, Rudy dresses like Ratso Rizzo and comes on like The Fonz.

Still, there's something moving about the loving ease that grows between Rudy and his buttoned-up lover, Paul (Raising Hope's Garret Dillahunt, prevailing heroically over a preposterous rug), who's an ambitious district attorney with one foot still in the closet.

Their relationship, fortified by blossoming affection for the boy they've taken into their home, complicates the otherwise loaded die of a plot, which is piled high with hard-faced or weaselly adversaries, all of them either heedless or determined to bring down this happily cobbled together family. The bosses, judges and prosecutors can't just be haters; they have to look like haters too.

A former actor himself, Travis Fine is a sensitive director of his three leads, but he's an unsubtle writer of declamatory dialogue, and his lack of technical craft shows. In fact, Any Day Now is one of those rare films that works better on a small screen. In the movie theater, I was continually distracted by murky lighting, heads rising out of frame, and in-your-face close-ups that went nowhere dramatically. But viewed on DVD, the filmmaking flaws melted into the background of a bang-up, social-issue TV movie with a big heart and enough courage to play out an ending we may not see coming — but one that makes perfect sense in light of the madness that's gone before.

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