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 24, 2013

Montgomery firefighters were busy overnight.  Fire units responded to an apartment fire on Gas Light Curve last night around 9 p.m.  Fire Department officials said two apartments were heavily damaged, displacing two families.  There were no injuries. 

Another blaze overnight caused heavy damaged to a house in the 1400 block of Ferguson Street.  Three people inside the dwelling managed too escape unharmed.  The two residential fires remain under investigation. 

No Decision

There is still no decision regarding VictoryLand's application for a liquor license.  The Chairman of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control said the four member panel expects to rule within 15 days on the casino's request.  The panel concluded an all-day meeting about 5 p.m. Wednesday and Committee Chairman, Joe Adams said it will review mounds of evidence. 

Alabama Schools

The Alabama Board of Education will hold a work session today to discuss ways to keep Alabama schools safe.  The work session will be held at the Gordon Persons Building in downtown Montgomery.  Superintendent Tommy Bice has asked superintendents across the state to submit the safety plans for their schools in light of last month's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.  Some state lawmakers say they expect school safety to be a major issue in the upcoming session of the Legislature that starts February 5th. 

Senator Hinton Mitchem

Funeral arrangements are set for a long-serving member of the Alabama Legislature, former state Senator Hinton Mitchem of Union Grove.  Mitchem died Tuesday after a long illness.  He was 74.  Visitation will be Friday afternoon at Adams Funeral Home in Albertville.  The service will be at 2:00 Saturday afternoon at Moss Service Funeral Home in Cullman.