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.


'LUV': An Ex-Con Hero With Feet Of Clay

Jan 17, 2013

Few films trying to capture a child's experience of an adult world manage to nail the details. In real life, kids aren't typically the precocious sorts espousing wisdom beyond their years — kids fidget, they ask questions, they get scared. They act like kids.

So it's nice that, despite some cliched rhythms, the flawed-ex-con-makes-good drama LUV gets the details of childhood-cut-short heartbreakingly right. Writer-director Sheldon Candis, drawing on his own childhood relationship with his Baltimore drug dealer uncle, crafts a poignant and believable relationship between 11-year-old Woody (Michael Rainey Jr.) and the man he idolizes, his Uncle Vincent (Common).

Woody is a bright, inquisitive kid who has already dealt with an absent father and a mother in rehab; when Vincent comes to stay with Woody and his grandmother after a stint in prison, the kid responds to his uncle's charisma quickly.

Set in a single day, LUV follows Woody as he tags along with Vincent, who's taking the necessary steps to rebuild his life on the straight and narrow. He has himself a crisp new suit, a solid business plan for a waterfront crab shack, and an easygoing nature that charms nearly everyone and only rarely betrays the desperation beneath.

Skipping school to shadow his uncle has its perks — Vincent puts Woody in a tailor-made suit and makes it his mission to dispense the lessons every man should learn, teaching him to drive and even how to shoot a gun. At the same time, Vincent glosses over his own failings when Woody puzzles at why Vincent still steals and lies. He has to go wrong before he can go right, Vincent reassures Woody — and himself — as cracks begin to form in Woody's rose-colored vision of his role model.

Unable to get a loan for his restaurant as himself, Vincent reconnects with Cofield (Charles S. Dutton), an avuncular contact from the old days who hooks him up with a fake ID and a warning: Not everyone is glad he's out. Vincent served only eight years of a 20-year sentence, and his former mentor and boss Mr. Fish (Dennis Haysbert) is suspicious, especially with a couple of detectives (Michael K. Williams and Russell Hornsby) on Vincent's tail. When dealing with the vengeful Mr. Fish turns out to be the only way of getting money and his reputation cleared, Vincent obliges — and takes Woody as backup.

In the hands of another director, Vincent's decision to put his nephew in harm's way would only be appalling, but Candis draws a sense of damaged innocence and willingness to trust from Common that puts him closer to his nephew than to the other drug dealers and murderers. Betrayed by the people he once considered family, Vincent is truly alone, save for Woody, who also displays unexpected character when he is forced into a deal gone bad. "You never let them see fear," Vincent sternly tells Woody, but it's in the moments when Vincent is vulnerable with his nephew that the two form an honest connection.

A messy third act backtracks on some of the film's finer, even revelatory character moments from Common and Rainey, but the attention to detail remains. While Vincent makes a deal, Woody is told to go off and wait, and Candis' observant camera picks up Woody trying an oyster for the first time — he makes a face and spits it out. Even during the lead-up to the foreseeable final confrontation, Candis pauses while Vincent patiently shows Woody how to properly crack and eat a crab. The camera cuts deliberately to a steel-eyed Fish, across the table, and back to Vincent staring him down, the difference between a mentor and a manipulator clear.

Saved from its predictable plotline by a strong cast and a central relationship written and performed with sensitivity, LUV reveals the stakes of trusting in a role model and the costs when that person turns out to be human.

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