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.

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.


WVAS Local News

Jan 16, 2013

Rivers are rising and flooding continues to be a threat as rain keeps falling across much of Alabama.  A flood warning is in effect for most of western and northern Alabama, and a flood watch covers the rest of the region.  The National Weather Service says as much as one inch of additional rain could fall today, increasing flooding problems since the ground already is saturated with water.  Forecasters say snow is possible Thursday in north central Alabama, with light accumulations on grass. 

Flu Shot

Public health officials continue to say it is not too late to get a flu shot, higher than normal levels of influenza continue to spread across the nation, including Alabama.  State Health Officer, Dr. Don Williamson said there is an adequate supply of flu vaccine.  Alabama public health officials say more than one million doses of flu vaccine were delivered to the state. 

Call to Men

Alabama State University is partnering with One Place Family Justice Center to host an event this evening designed to engage young men in the prevention of domestic and sexual violence against women and girls.  The "A Call to Men" inaugural event will be held tonight form 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the John Buskey Health Science Center.  The event will feature a presentation by Ted Bunch, co-founder and co-director of " A Call to Men" followed by a panel discussion.  The event is part of a national initiative to increase the participation of men to reduce domestic and dating violence against women and girls. 

Montgomery Mall

The old Montgomery Mall on McGhee Road is a step closer to getting new tenants.  The Montgomery City Council last night approved an ordinance allowing the Board of Education and a private company to share the property's parking lot and utility lines.  The Montgomery County School Board has plans to use the former Parisian building to house a technical education center.  In addition, the Montgomery Fire Department plans to put a fire station in the former Steve and Barry's store.  The City Council delayed action on an ordinance that would allow a developer to build an apartment complex in the Taylor Lakes subdivision.  Homeowners have been protesting the proposed project.