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 4, 2013

A law enforcement official says a 5-year-old boy has been safely released after a weeklong standoff between police and the boy's abductor.  The law enforcement official briefed on the situation said Monday that Jimmy Lee Dykes, the man accused  of kidnapping the boy from a school bus and fatally shooting the bus driver is dead.  It was not immediately clear how Dykes died.  Earlier Monday, officials had said they had been sending food and medicine to Dykes and the boy in the bunker. 

Scottsboro Boys

A group of lawmakers announced Monday that they will introduce legislation at the start of this year's regular session to exonerate the Scottsboro boys.  Senator Arthur Orr of Decatur says a resolution will declare that the nine black youths were, quote, "the victims of a grave injustice."  Legislation enabling the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant a pardon to deceased individuals for acts at least 80 years in the past will also be brought in order to allow the Board to pardon the Scottsboro boys.  The nine youths were convicted by an all-white jury of rapping two white women on a train in 1931.  The case went to trial multiple times and resulted in two U.S. Supreme Court Rulings, one requiring that defendants receive effective counsel and another barring the exclusion of blacks from criminal juries.  

2013 Legislative Session

Alabama legislators convening Tuesday in Montgomery will faces issues ranging from abortion to guns.  The House Republican Caucus is pushing a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to restrict guns in Alabama.  Two Democratic leaders are backing a bill to allow people to keep guns locked in their vehicles at work. 

Toomer's Corner Trees

An Auburn University official says the iconic Toomer's Corner oak trees will likely be removed a few days after an April 20th football game.  Officials determined the trees are unlikely to survive despite efforts to save them after they were poisoned with herbicide.