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.

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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.


Women Can Be Abusers Too

Dec 12, 2012
Originally published on December 12, 2012 4:40 pm

It's been one of those weeks that makes you not want to open the paper, not want to turn on the news. A young woman with a child in her arms was killed by the father of that child, who then flees and goes on to take his own life.

You might think I am talking about the Kansas City Chief's Jovan Belcher, who shot his girlfriend and his baby's mother, Kasandra Perkins, to death and then drove to the team's practice facility, where he took his own life. But incredibly, I'm not.

If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, then you might know I am actually talking about another young couple. A young woman named Selina Brown was killed Sunday evening as she tried to board a city bus with her child, who was also wounded in the shooting. Earlier this week, it was reported that Brown's longtime boyfriend, the father of her child, was named as her killer. He too is now dead.

As you might imagine, many people are struggling to make sense of this — and some people think they know. Variously, we've heard it's about our American love for guns. Others say in the case of Jovan Belcher, it's about athletes' sense of entitlement. For some, it's a culture that places the prerogatives of men above the dignity and safety of women.

Can I just tell you, I credit the pain, the fear, and the sadness that provokes the outrage. But I feel that our rush to claim the moral high ground obscures some hard questions — and perhaps harder truths.

Let's take the whole question of access to guns. As Craig Whitney points out in his new book Living with Guns, gun violence has actually been falling dramatically in this country, although the number of guns in circulation has not.

In fact, Whitney says there are some 100 million handguns in the U.S. right now and the prospect that any significant number of these will be turned in or confiscated by the government seems more a fantasy — like those made up sports leagues — than a real plan for addressing a real problem.

And then there is the troubling matter of relationship violence. Here too, the outrage is quick to surface, but less so are some surprising facts. According to the latest figures available from the Justice Department, as horrifying as the incidents are, the number of murders of intimate partners has fallen dramatically in the last 20 years.

While it is true that women and girls are the majority of victims of family murders, men and boys accounted for 42% of victims; hardly a small number. But this is something we rarely hear about. And when we do hear about domestic violence aimed at men, it's as likely to be as a joke on a late night talk show than in a news report. Do you think I'm kidding? I'm not. Here's The Tonight Show on November 14th:

"Here's something I mentioned last night. A woman in Arizona ran over her husband with her Jeep because she blamed him for Obama getting re-elected. See, I don't think the woman is being fair. If Obama hadn't saved the auto industry, she wouldn't have been able to run over her husband with an American-made car."

In this case the man survived, thankfully. It should be said that maybe we think it's OK to joke about it because we assume that if a wife harms a husband, then the wife must have been pushed to the brink. That might be so, but that is why we also need to look at issues like mental illness. We also need to look at some of the reasons that people experiencing violence make the decisions they make.

Princeton professor Devah Pager's work showing that young black men with no criminal record fared no better in their job searches than white men just out of prison, may explain why black women in particular may be reluctant to call for help until it is too late. Maybe it's out of fear that the men in their lives will pay a price far out of proportion to what these women intend or want.

Remarkably and tragically, according to news reports, the stepfather of the young woman killed in D.C. earlier this week is a veteran D.C. police officer and even he apparently could not persuade her to end the relationship that ended up costing her her life.

Murder is a terrible thing and even when relationship violence does not end in death, it's an ugly thing. But it seems to me that the stereotyping of men as only and always the villains and women as only and always the victims ignores the reality of toxic relationships and the social forces that the people in them know all too well.

It also seems to me that we spend more on wings and popcorn on a football Sunday than we do on the kinds of interventions that might actually make a difference in relationship violence. Outrage matters, but facts matter more. I think they're out there, if only we take the time to listen.

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