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

Feb 1, 2013

State Representative Alvin Holmes is calling for the removal of the Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard.  The Montgomery Democrat claims that General Perry Smith repeatedly refused his request for a breakdown of National Guard Officer's rank by race and color.  Holmes says the head of the National Guard is required to respond to a state representative.  Representative Holmes says he made the request due to a number of his constituents in the National Guard complaining of being passed over for promotion.  The governor's office has now supplied the information, according to Holmes, but he still wants General Perry ousted from office. 

Ongoing Hostage Situation

Hostage negotiators near Midland City are still trying to get a gunman to release a five-year-old boy who was snatched off a Dale County school bus Tuesday afternoon.  Neighbors said the child is being held by 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, who's in an underground bunker on his property off U.S. 231.  Dale County authorities have acknowledged Dykes could hold out for days. 

Senator Figures

Alabama Senate leaders met with new minority leader Senator Vivian Figures Thursday in preparation for the upcoming legislative session.  The Democrat from Mobile is the first woman to serve as minority of majority leader in the legislature.  Figures says her style of leadership should encourage a productive session.  Both Lt. Governor Kay Ivey who presides over the Senate and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh expressed their confidence in Figures as the new minority leader.  The regular session is set to begin February 5th. 

Identity Theft

Federal prosecutors in Montgomery are pleading with Alabama residents to safeguard your personal information and be vigilant in watching for identity theft especially as the tax filing season begins.  The warnings come from U.S. Attorney George Beck Jr. He said Thursday nine people, all from the Montgomery area, have been arrested in recent days and eight others are scheduled to be sentenced today in federal court.  Another three individuals are scheduled for sentencing next week.  The feds says the Montgomery Region ranks second in the nation for identity theft.