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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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.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

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.


Money Is The Object And The Subject In History's 'The Men Who Built America'

Oct 15, 2012

The most curious things about History's new miniseries The Men Who Built America are right there in the title: the notions that men alone built America, that America was primarily crafted by its industrialists, and that infrastructure is "built" by the businessmen rather than the workers. The series follows J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Henry Ford, and John D. Rockefeller from just after the Civil War through World War I. As History puts it in their press materials: "These men took a failed experiment in democracy and created the greatest superpower the world has ever seen." (It seems curious for History's reliably "USA! USA!" brand to call the United States a "failed experiment" as of the end of the Civil War, but there you have it.)

The series is primarily made up of photographs and reenactments, sometimes accompanied by voiceover narration, and talking-head interviews with people like Donald Trump, Ted Turner, Russell Simmons and Mark Cuban, who aren't exactly historians but who talk a lot about business and greatness and America and the entrepreneurial instinct. But if you're into the history of buying and selling railroad stock and how early industrialists tried to get over on each other, there's some interesting history to be found here, regardless of whether you think this is the primary building of America. Once Rockefeller and Vanderbilt get sparring over cartel-building, the material is there for an intriguing show about how big business worked in a very different era.

Unfortunately, that history is presented in just about the dullest way possible; the reenactments are very corny and the narration falls flat. At one point, at least on the rough cut version I saw, the narrator says of an attempt to foil Vanderbilt, "If you come at the king, you shouldn't expect to win." The historical reference goes back at least as far as Ralph Waldo Emerson, widely quoted as saying, "When you strike at the king, you must kill him." It was then famously referenced by The Wire, which translated the phrase, "If you come at the king, you best not miss." Closing it with "you shouldn't expect to win" without stressing the fundamental point, which is that strikes at a king can be successful but must be adequate to finish him off, sort of misses the point of the saying.

Granted, there may not be a lot of overlap between the audience for The Wire and the audience for this.

There's a lot of footage of actors playing angry men reading business letters from each other while the music tells you whether to be tense, sad, or excited. There are the usual shots of oil gushing from wells and trains hurtling along tracks. And after every commercial, they provide a summary of our story thus far, which seems more than a little like overkill.

You probably have a good idea of whether this is up your alley or not. Interestingly, the trailer does all it can to mask what the show actually feels like; this trailer has at least three times the whiz-bang of anything you'll find in the show itself.

There is certainly an audience for this kind of programming, which feels a lot like a tricked-out version of an elementary school filmstrip. It's not a complex view of the world — anyone for whom this period wasn't so prosperous or miraculous is mentioned only as collateral damage from the oil and rail wars. But if you can imagine making a documentary and using Donald Trump as one of your experts, then it's probably something you might enjoy.

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