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.


'Treme,' Ep. 30: Doing One Thing Right

Nov 19, 2012

Nearly three seasons in, the character Davis still puzzles many of us who watch the show Treme.

He certainly cares. Whether leading historical tours or launching R&B operas for royalty-abuse awareness, or throwing himself into various protests, he has a winning drive to do right by his hometown. Davis lives to participate in the New Orleans music community, and the earnest charm of his homerism isn't lost on other characters around him.

At the same time, he's a whiny brat. He's uncomfortable with the privilege of his upbringing, yet moans when its largesse can't rescue his schemes or buy him acceptance. He aspires to work with the top tier of musicians in town, but clearly isn't on their level, and doesn't put in the effort to fix that. And as a boyfriend, he's so self-absorbed as to take Annie's presence for granted, even meddling drunkenly in her successes — not to mention cheating on her. It is implied, though never stated, that he's a tiny bit jealous of Annie's success.

We heard his intrusion as Annie's Bayou Cadillac band tracked "This City" in the studio. Then we hear him working out an angry new song called "I Quit" at his piano. For the rest of this episode in music, here's Josh Jackson of WBGO.

Patrick Jarenwattananon: The new school and old school of jazz trumpet are in effect in this episode. We see Delmond play a Freddie Hubbard tribute at Irvin Mayfield's venue — with Irvin Mayfield.

Josh Jackson: We have a very good band onstage saluting Freddie Hubbard at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse, a performance venue inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street. Since this is in a highly trafficked area for tourism (i.e. the French Quarter), the Jazz Playhouse is a good location for generating audiences.

Mayfield is a Grammy-winning trumpeter who likely could have left home to seek his fortune, but instead cultivated his own thing in New Orleans. He and Delmond talk about his abandoned attempt to create a national jazz center, a process that Mayfield explains candidly. Incidentally, they're playing Hubbard's "Open Sesame," the title song from Freddie Hubbard's 1960 debut for Blue Note Records. That's Ronald Markham on piano, David Pulphus on bass, drummer Adonis Rose and trombonist Michael Watson joining the trumpeters.

PJ: And, of course, there's also Lionel Ferbos, a living legend if ever there was one. You've actually written about him before, briefly, for the blog, but remind us: Who is this guy who's been playing since before the Great Depression?

JJ: Lionel Ferbos is now 101, and he still plays music with a beautiful and sunny disposition. That's a remarkable accomplishment. I think he lives for those Sunday-night shows at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe. Ferbos played in a WPA band during the Depression, and he's the last survivor of that band. There aren't many musicians anywhere who can say their careers started in 1926. Antoine Batiste sits in as the band plays "Pretty Baby" — Ferbos was in the ensemble that played music for Louis Malle's film of the same name.

PJ: To close out the episode, we have a more uplifting moment when Antoine's student Jennifer plays for a church band. I notice there's an all-female brass band in front of the choir.

JJ: Those are The Pinettes, a brass band originally named after The Pinstripe Brass Band. The founder, Jeffrey Herbert, was a member of the Pinstripe Brass Band. He was also a band instructor at St. Mary's Academy, an all-girls school. The band has survived now for more than two decades, enough time for a whole new generation to keep the flame lit. Appropriately, they're playing "This Little Light of Mine."

PJ: What else did you recognize in the background this episode?

JJ: David Torkanowsky, a fine musician, producer and sometime DJ presence on WWOZ, contributes some ephemeral notes to this episode. His "Bywater Pocket" plays in a café — the Bywater is a neighborhood in the 9th Ward of New Orleans. Another original, "Dew Drop Pocket," named in honor of a historic venue that hosted the hippest of the hip in its heyday, plays on the radio in a moving vehicle. Also, "Davenport's Tippin'" plays when Janette loses her cool in the kitchen. That song is named after the great New Orleans trumpeter Wallace Davenport, who for a time played with Count Basie. Torkanowsky clearly has a thing for swing, considering he includes terms like "pocket" and "tippin'" in these song titles. No shame in that.

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