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 25, 2013

A work session of the State Board of Education Thursday focused on school safety.  In the wake of last month's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, Alabama school officials are reviewing plans for various emergency scenarios, including an active shooter situation.  State Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice cautioned the board that no plan is foolproof.  Bice says an assessment of safety plans at all schools in the state is underway and recommendations are forthcoming, however he contends Alabama has some of the most comprehensive security measures in the country for its schools. 

Teens Arrested

Montgomery police say two teens suspected in a home invasion robbery at a residence on Glade Park Drive have been arrested in the death of their 20-year-old accomplice who was fatally shot during the incident.  19-year-old Keyon Butler and 17-year-old Orlando Bowen were arrested Wednesday, and have been charged with robbery and murder in the death of 20-year-old Deandre Robertson.  Police say the three were involved in a January 13th home invasion robbery and a homeowner shot Robertson in self-defense.  Butler and Bowen are being held on bonds totaling $135,000 dollars each. 

Multiple Arrests

Federal prosecutors say nine people from Montgomery and Elmore counties have been arrested in a drug bust for their involvement in a crack cocaine distribution ring.  Authorities said five people were already in custody for their involvement in the drug trafficking ring when the other nine were arrested Thursday.  A 57-count indictment charges them with intent to distribute over 280 grams of crack cocaine.  Authorities say eight of the suspects have also been charged with distributing powder cocaine.  Officials say if convicted, the suspects each face up to 10 years in prison. 

Sports Modification

The U.S. Education Department says students with disablilities must be given a fair shot to play on a traditional sports team or have their own leagues.  Officials plan to issue a directive  to the nation's schools.  Department officials say students with disabilities should be able to join traditional teams if "reasonable modifications" can be made to accommodate them.  There's no deadline for schools to comply. 

ASU President Search

A 15- member committee has been formed to select a new president for Alabama State University.  The ASU Trustee Board met Thursday afternoon at the Acadome and voted unanimously to approve the search committee.  Governor Robert Bentley said the panel does not have a timetable to find a new president.