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.


New 'Tune,' Same Key From Cartoonist Derek Kirk Kim

Nov 24, 2012

By the time cartoonist Derek Kirk Kim was 30 years old, his prodigious talents had already won him an Eisner award, an Ignatz award and a Harvey award, the top three honors of the comics field. Chalk that up to the simple fact that in the much-plaudited Same Difference and Other Stories, which he first serialized on his website and later self-published (it has since been collected and published commercially), Kim wrote what he knew: It's a story of self-deprecating, disaffected 20-somethings besotted with pop culture and beset by lassitude.

His characters — most, like Kim, Korean-American — didn't share their parents' rigorous work ethic, preferring to while away their days discussing love, life and bathroom habits as they struggled to understand and be understood by the world around them. Kim captured it all with empathic, wistful humor and deft, expressive line work.

Like Same Difference before it, Kim's latest graphic novel began life as a Web comic; the first pages of what fans have come to know as the Tune series appeared online in December 2010. At this writing, 18 chapters have been posted; Tune: Vanishing Point collects the first 10.

Kim eagerly revisits many of the subjects and tonal qualities that earned him so much initial acclaim. We meet Andy Go, a callow art student whose decision to quit school worries his parents, with whom — it may not surprise you to learn — he lives. He's crushing madly on fellow art student Yumi, though he's convinced he has missed his opportunity with her. Reluctantly, he attempts to enter the workforce, only to have his efforts repeatedly confounded. (Kim gets in a decent swipe at mainstream comics when Andy endures a lecture on the importance of realistic anatomy from a superhero comics editor whose walls teem with posters of women smuggling medicine balls under their spandex.)

It's engaging stuff — certainly Kim's artwork is cleaner, smoother and more expressive than ever. But it begins to feel awfully familiar. Andy is a funny but troublesomely voluble narrator whose running commentary is rife with metaphors that wheeze with effort ("as reliable as a mullet sighting at the Indy 500"). After a while, all those glib jokes at his own expense — which strike exactly the same characterizing note each time and serve only to underline what the artwork has already so efficiently established — distance us from Andy and from the book.

But just then — aliens! Mysterious, possibly sinister but cute-as-all-get-out aliens! When a pair of beings from an alternate universe recruit our young hero for a job that is not what it first appears, their presence adds to the tale exactly the z-axis the reader has been hungering for.

Once Andy's interactions with these helmet-headed beings (known as Praxians) take center stage, Kim gets out of his own way and lets his dialogue and his character's "acting" (body language, facial expression) take up the narrative load. As a result, Tune starts to move at a refreshingly crisp pace; jokes land lightly and true, and we find ourselves back on Andy's side for good.

The Praxians don't show up until the final chapters of this first volume, which, yes, ends on a cliffhanger. But this is by no means the first adventure tale to dawdle in the early going (Tom Bombadil, anyone?). And, as those of us who've read the next chapters can tell you, when this series really starts to hit its stride you'll be glad you were around for the starting gun.

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