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 28, 2013

Alabama Democratic Congresswoman Terri Sewell will host a town hall meeting in downtown Montgomery this evening.  Sewell, who represents the 7th Congressional District, said in a statement that she wants to hear from constituents and brief them on the issues before Congress.  The town hall meeting gets underway at 5 p.m. in the County Commission auditorium of the Montgomery County Courthouse Annex building on South Lawrence Street. 

No Pay Raise

Alabama's Governor says it's unlikely teachers and state employees will get pay raises in this year's budgets.  Gov. Robert Bentley says his staff has been studying the issue and the money is just not there for a state employee's pay raise, which would mostly have to come out of the cash-strapped General Fund Budget.  He said it also looks uncertain whether the funds will be available for a pay increase for education employees.  Mac McArthur, the executive director of the Alabama State Employees Association, says rank and file employees have not received a pay increase since 2008. 

Prison Report

A local attorney for inmates says a federal report detailing problems at Tutwiler prison for women is revealing.  Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative says the study "wakes people up" by showing what's going on at Tutwiler prison in Wetumpka.  Stevenson's organization last year alleged widespread abuse of inmates and sexual misconduct at Tutwiler involving corrections officers.  Alabama Prison Commissioner Kim Thomas said on Friday the study found an oppressive, intimidating atmosphere at Tutuwiler.  Thomas says officials will take aggressive actions to address allegations of rape.  But hew would not says how many employees have been fired or prosecuted in connection with sexual assaults. 

Firearms Amendment

Part of the Alabama House Republicans' legislative agenda for the upcoming session is the so-called "Firearms Protection Amendment."  Representative Mike Jones of Andalusia is sponsoring the legislation as a means to further protect the rights of gun owners.  The bill would add language to the state's constitution making the right to bear arms, quote, "fundamental" and it would raid the burden of review for state courts to restrict that right.  The legislation is a constitutional amendment and would have to be put on the next general election ballot, if it receives legislative approval.