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. 31: To Call It Quits

Nov 27, 2012

At the end of Treme's season three, with only an abbreviated season four to come, we find many characters walking away from opportunities. Spoiler alert for what follows.

Lt. Colson leaves his job with an emphatic physical statement. The Lambreaux family walks away from the national jazz center project in Congo Square. Janette tries to leave her own restaurant. Antoine seems to be accepting that his calling is more in teaching than performing. Davis calls it quits on his music career. Annie is on the verge of quitting on Davis. Everett leaves town, his story done but with lasting change unresolved. Even LaDonna, among the most willfully determined characters in the show, isn't prepared to file a civil suit to follow up on the mistrial of her rapist.

To help recap the soundtrack of the action, here once again is WBGO's Josh Jackson.

Patrick Jarenwattananon: Davis "retires" from the music business — he'll be back, I'm sure — with his song "I Quit," courtesy of some "full ghetto" exhortations from a special guest (and some viral video assistance). Who is that?

Josh Jackson: That's Cheeky Blakk from the Lower 9th Ward. She's one of the major players in the bounce movement in New Orleans, along with folks like Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby and Katey Red. Cheeky has been delivering for decades, making her one of the legends of the scene. She has collaborated with Rebirth Brass Band and Galactic. Cheeky is renowned for her purple rhymes in songs about twerking and other carnal activities. She recently described herself as a "baby Millie Jackson." If you like your lyrics raw, that's how she serves it.

PJ: Kermit Ruffins gives Davis a gig, as we learn, to help cheer him up. Of course, it ends up being at a Bar Mitzvah in the suburb of Metairie — and the guest of honor winds up outclassing Davis as a pianist in the New Orleans standard "Tipitina." What else did we hear at that party?

JJ: We heard Kermit and the band (Derrick Freeman on drums and Kevin Morris on bass) put an island spin on "Holy Cow," a classic Allen Toussaint composition for the singer Lee Dorsey. Then Kermit revisits Chris Kenner's "Sick and Tired," a song that Kenner recorded for Imperial Records. Fats Domino later brought it to a wider audience.

PJ: Before that scene, we saw Antoine show up to a gig at the Spotted Cat. I recognized the trumpeter as Shamarr Allen — there sure are a lot of singing trumpeters in New Orleans.

JJ: Louis Armstrong is still the standard for greatness, and Shamarr invokes that lineage as a starting point. "Meet Me on Frenchmen Street" is one of Allen's more traditional songs. He's a very versatile musician who puts his talent wherever he can stylistically. That includes entertainment, production and playing some serious trumpet as the situation warrants. Also, props to a guy who puts his digits on blast. His recent recording, a rock-oriented effort, is 504-799-8147.

PJ: We later learned Antoine was recruiting Shamarr for the Gigi's/LaDonna benefit concert at the Blue Nile. Let's run down what we saw there, with at least one Neville, Trombone Shorty and Big Sam, Jill Sobule, Tom McDermott, John Boutte, a Little Freddie King cameo, the reunion of Antoine Batiste's Soul Apostles and lots of trombone players.

JJ: The show at the Blue Nile starts with "What You Want From Me," featuring the core funk unit of drummer Johnny Vidacovich, bassist George Porter, guitarist June Yamagishi and Ivan Neville on keys. Later, we see the trombone-driven band Bonerama playing "And I Know," from the Bringing It Home record. Then we get an extra dosage of trombone with Trombone Shorty and Big Sam Williams joining the proceedings, as Jill Sobule sings one of her early singles, "When My Ship Comes In."

Antoine and the Soul Apostles reprise their lowdown take on "Can I Change My Mind" from an earlier season. LaDonna chats it up with bluesman Little Freddie King while he's hanging at the bar. Tom McDermott gets into the action with "Lizinha," a Brazilian number he recorded on his Choro do Norte album. And with McDermott behind him, John Boutte takes Little Willie John's "Let Them Talk" for a spin.

PJ: Annie's saga finds her moving on up to another league, with an album release and a New York show. But we also see her return to Jazz Fest for a gig. By now, that band has come up with a repertoire that regular viewers will recognize.

JJ: The Bayou Cadillacs play the Red Stick Ramblers' "Katrina" on the Fais Do Do stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. They are doing the hard work of building their audience one gig at a time.

PJ: Finally, what was playing in this episode that you heard? Other than the closing montage set to "Tipitina," of course.

JJ: While Davis McAlary visits the best record store in town, Louisiana Music Factory, there are a number of tunes — notably singer Clint Maedgen and the New Orleans Bingo Show's "Looking for That Lucky 5." Saxophonist Lance Ellis gets his smooth tone into "Voodoo Love," and Holley Bendtsen, founder of the Pfister Sisters, purrs in "Laissez Faire" with pianist Amasa Miller.

Donald Harrison's "Young MJ" played on the radio at Desautel's restaurant. The Lambreaux family dined to Miles Davis with vibraphonist Milt Jackson playing "Changes" from a Prestige recording, Quintet/Sextet.

David Torkanowsky's "Blues for Charlie B" plays briefly in Lambreaux's earbuds before the montage. That's a song in honor of Charlie Bering, a wonderful jazz impresario who ran a club called Lu and Charlie's and booked great modern jazz around New Orleans for decades, including Jazz Fest. There have been some attempts to augment the presence of modern jazz since his death in 1998, but I'm not sure anyone has been able to fill the void left after his departure.

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