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.


The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

Nov 9, 2012
Originally published on November 10, 2012 8:06 am

Autumn Leaves edition.

  • RIP Uncle Ted: The trumpeter Ted Curson died last weekend, the New York Times has confirmed. Curson is remembered for his brief association with Charles Mingus, but also carved out a long-lasting career as a composer/bandleader in his own right. In 1964, after the passing of Eric Dolphy, he made an album called Tears for Dolphy, one of his best — we consider his life (and music) now in memoriam. Here's an October 2006 story on where he was at age 71. [JazzTimes: Ted Curson: More Than A Survivor]
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant: At the 2010 Monk Competition, a 21-year-old Cecile McLorin Salvant, only a few years into studying jazz singing, took home the first prize with a confident display that involved no scatting and a lot of gumption. A few years later — still very new to jazz singing — she has returned to the U.S. and is preparing to release her debut album. Ben Ratliff heard her recently and tracked her down for a conversation which touches on her provocative repertoire, her "outsider" stance on blackness in America and how new she is to it all. I'm ready for this record. [The New York Times: A Young Vocalist Tweaks Expectations]
  • Modern Jazz History: In the early 1990s, a group of young musicians coalesced in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, to organize around promoting original compositions. It was a different scene then, where the false dichotomy of "uptown" and "downtown" scenes allowed little space for their middle ground, and they worked hard at booking shows, making (pre-Internet) newsletters and generally raising awareness that they existed. The Jazz Composers Collective is now defunct, but you know some of its members as bassist Ben Allison, or pianist Frank Kimbrough, or saxophonist Ted Nash. A reunion festival hits this week in New York, and Time Out New York has a nice piece; the Wall Street Journal does too but it's behind a paywall. Or, our friends at The Checkout had them into the studio to talk and play. [WBGO's The Checkout: Jazz Composers Collective Studio Session]
  • Eye Of The Hurricane: Hurricane Sandy hit downtown New York City hard, flooding parts of lower Manhattan, swamping the subways and knocking out utilities for nearly a week. That happens to be where many of the city's big jazz clubs are too, which form the "core infrastructure of jazz in New York." Nate Chinen surveyed the road to reopening and the city's sense of "uh, is it OK to see music again?" [The New York Times: Back in the Groove After the Storm]
  • Miles Davis, 1985: Miles Davis was always a candid interview subject. As unearthed by The Guardian and the archive Rock's Backpages, he certainly was in 1985 — around the time of You're Under Arrest — when he spoke to an NME writer for a career-spanning talk. Highlights include: opinions on a young Wynton Marsalis, modern standards, the "greediness" of Bird and Coltrane (he gives an alternate explanation of Charlie Parker's nickname) and clothing choices. This is a fun one. [The Guardian: From Rock's Backpages: Miles Davis]

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