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 Story Of Bill And Lou: A Life And Death Animal Rights Controversy

Nov 29, 2012

At the dining halls of Green Mountain College in Vermont, one long-term goal is to offer meat only from animals raised and slaughtered in a humane way. Thirty percent of the student body is vegan or vegetarian, but that leaves 70 percent as meat eaters. Given the reality of meat-eating and meat-slaughtering habits in this country, this Green Mountain goal should be welcome news.

So why has Green Mountain been under attack by animal-rights advocates?

The story turns on two oxen named Lou and Bill who came to the College as youngsters, arriving malnourished from a dairy farm. For the next 10 years, the pair tilled the fields on Green Mountain's working farm. By all accounts, they enjoyed good lives. Then Lou sustained a leg injury, which did not improve with treatment or rest. As a community — administrators, faculty, and students — the College debated what to do, then announced in October that both oxen would be slaughtered and eaten.

All hell broke loose.

Many people raised questions about this plan, for example my friends Marc Bekoff blogging at Psychology Today and Bruce Friedrich blogging at The Huffington Post. This is understandable, especially given the intended killing of Bill, a healthy ox. But not everyone saw fit to stop there. Local family owned slaughterhouses in Vermont, and the College itself, reportedly became the targets of great hostility by protesters.

On November 11, citing his declining health, the College euthanized Lou. Bekoff and others have raised questions about that death.

Call me naïve — Angel Flinn over at Gentle World surely would — but I don't feel any great skepticism about the killing of Lou. It's excruciatingly hard to know when is the right time to end a sick animal's life, as bioethicist Jessica Pierce's new book on the topic attests. I certainly don't feel comfortable judging the matter from a distance, on abstract principle, especially when it was observed that Lou was in pain.

Of course, the question now is how long Bill will be allowed to live. On October 31, before Lou was euthanized, Green Mountain College President Paul J. Fonteyn said this:

We have decided to continue to care for the oxen until a date with a reputable USDA approved slaughterhouse can be obtained. In the meantime, Lou and Bill will not be sent to a sanctuary but will continue to stay with us in familiar surroundings. Eventually the animals will be processed as planned.

The College has made clear that the animals' role relates to sustainable farming, and that the plans for their slaughter and consumption must be understood in that framework. Although now, with Lou having been euthanized instead of slaughtered, it's only Bill who could be "processed."

So what's the upshot of all this?

I don't agree with Green Mountain's plan to kill Bill along with Lou. Sure, Bill might be experiencing sadness right now at the loss of his lifelong partner; my work on animal grief even suggests that this is a likely outcome. Nonetheless, as a healthy animal himself, Bill is entitled to live out his years at the home he has known. His life has value in and of itself.

Still, I see Green Mountain's commitment to sustainable farming, and to grappling with the hard issues surrounding the humane treatment of animals, as wholly admirable. From what I can tell, Lou was, and Bill is, known and loved as an individual by many at the College.

In my view, some animal rightists went too far with their responses to this case. They went after people in Vermont who should, instead, be appreciated for teaching about and living with complex environmental issues, including animal ethics.

The same cannot be said of people in charge of factory farms, a more appropriate target for animal activism.

You can keep up with more of what Barbara is thinking on Twitter: @bjkingape

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