The Boston Citgo sign, all 3,600 square LED feet of which has served as the backdrop to Red Sox games since 1965, is now officially a "pending landmark."

Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s in the U.S., avoiding World War II and its aftermath. He was a well-known fixture on the art scene in Monterey, Calif. — and that's where the largest collection of Dalí's work on the West Coast is now open to the public.

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The middle of summer is when the surprises in publishing turn up. I'm talking about those quietly commanding books that publishers tend to put out now, because fall and winter are focused on big books by established authors. Which brings us to The Dream Life of Astronauts, by Patrick Ryan, a very funny and touching collection of nine short stories that take place in the 1960s and '70s around Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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.

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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.

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Mice watching Orson Welles movies may help scientists explain human consciousness.

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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.


Who Should We Honor On Presidents' Day?

Feb 22, 2013



And now it's time for BackTalk. That's where we lift the curtain on what's happening in the TELL ME MORE blogosphere. Editor Ammad Omar is with us. What's going on today, Ammad?

AMMAD OMAR, BYLINE: Hey, Michel. So a lot of people are at the end of a short week, even though it might not feel like it. Monday was Presidents Day if you can remember that far back. And we mentioned on the show that it's a day when we celebrate our nation's presidents. But, Michel, Loretta Adamo(ph) from White Plains, New York, wrote in to tell us that that is not exactly true.

She writes: I thought that the third Monday in February is observed in the United States as a legal holiday in commemoration of the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I don't want to celebrate Taft, Buchannan, Harrison, Bush, or Clinton. Let's keep the holiday to honor Washington and Lincoln as originally intended.

Well, Michel, just to make sure we checked with our library and Loretta is right. So feel free to ignore Taft and Harrison and Buchannan next year unless you really like those guys, I guess.


MARTIN: Anything else?

OMAR: Yes. We do have something else. Last year in January we talked a little bit about a controversy surrounding LEGO. They're introducing new toys that were aimed at girls. Let's hear a little bit of tape from an ad promoting the new line of LEGOs.


UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: New LEGO Friends. Welcome to beautiful Heartlake City. I'm Stephanie. I'm going to a party at the new cafe with my friend Olivia.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: That's me. I just finished decorating my house. Time to chill with the girls.

MARTIN: All right. Chill with the girls. How about that, Ammad?

OMAR: I mean, not everyone was happy with that, Michel. If you remember, you spoke with a woman named Bailey Shoemaker-Richards who told us that the whole thing was stereotypical. She was so against it that she got tens of thousands of people to sign a petition on telling LEGO to stop it.

Some consumer groups were with her as well. Well, LEGO didn't stop and this week they're reporting a 25 percent boost in sales and they say that's thanks in part to those new LEGOs aimed at girls. That came out to an extra $1 billion in sales for LEGO last year. The company says it couldn't keep up with demand for those LEGO Friends sets in the U.S. and they sold three times more of them here in the States than they expected.

MARTIN: Chilling with the girls. Yeah. How about that?

OMAR: There you go.

MARTIN: In the beauty salon. Yes. Anything else?

OMAR: All right. Last bit of news, Michel, on a much more serious note. It's about a very famous swim coach, Rick Curl. His swimmers have won Olympic medals and all sorts of honors at the national and local levels as well. Back in August we spoke with Kelley Currin. She was a swimmer and she had dreams of going to the Olympics too.

But she told us she was abused by Curl starting back when she was just 13 years old. Well, Rick Curl pleaded guilty to sexual abuse charges yesterday in a Maryland court. His sentencing is scheduled for May and according to published reports, he could face up to 15 years in prison.

MARTIN: Well, thanks, Ammad for that news update.

OMAR: Thank you, Michel.

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