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.

Copyright 2016 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.

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 8, 2013

A 19-year-old male is facing a capital murder charge allegedly for killing a 35-year-old Montgomery man.  Montgomery police said Roderick Blue is accused in the December 13th shooting death of Jerome Dunklin.  Authorities initially thought the victim was critically injured in a traffic accident at the intersection of South Perry Street and Mount Vernon Drive.  But an autopsy revealed that Dunklin was shot.  Police said Blue was already in the county jail on an unrelated charge.  He is being held without bond. 

Crime Prevention

Dozens of Montgomery area churches and their staffs were provided with crime prevention tips last night at First Baptist Church on North Ripley Street.  The Montgomery Police Community Policing Bureau held the seminar in the wake of last month's armed robbery at Maggie Street Baptist Church.  Those in attendance said the training seminar was informative and helpful. 

Group Lawsuit

A coalition of civil rights organizations is suing to stop part of Alabama's immigration law requiring officials to post lists of illegal immigrants in the state's court system online.  The federal court suit was filed Thursday on behalf of four Latinos in Montgomery County who were accused of fishing without a state fishing license.  The Southern Poverty Law Center said the law is designed to humiliate and make life difficult for immigrants regardless of their status.  The state has posted no names so far.  The attorney general's office had no comment. 

More Firefighters

Montgomery Fire/Rescue has new funding to hire additional firefighters.  Mayor Todd Strange has told the city has been awarded a $3 million dollar grant from the Federal Department of Homeland Security.  The Mayor said the grant could allow the city to hire up to 28 firefighters.  Montgomery Fire/Rescue operates 15 fire stations across the city and employs more than 400 firefighters.  Montgomery's Fire Department services have an ISO rating of two, it is among the highest ratings in the state.