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 14, 2013

The Alabama Senate passed a House Bill today that will mandate the repayment of $437 million dollars recently taken from the Alabama Trust Fund to help shore up the General Fund budget.  Democratic Senator Quinton Ross from Montgomery opposed the bill.  Republican Senator Bryan Taylor from Prattville added an amendment that provides for an automatic annual appropriation to the Alabama Trust Fund.  He maintains that the money should be paid back.  Since an amendment was added to the legislation, the House must concur before it goes to the Governor for his signature. 

Alabama Settlement

The state of Alabama is set to receive part of a $29 million Toyota Motor Corporation settlement over safety concerns.  State Attorney General Luther Strange announced Thursday that Alabama will receive nearly $642,000.  The settlement stemmed from concerns over some of the company's vehicles unintentionally accelerating.   

Dodd-Frank Law

Alabama is among ten states challenging the sweeping financial overhaul law that was enacted to fix the financial crisis.  Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and other state attorneys general said in a statement the law known as Dodd-Frank gives power to the Treasury Secretary to liquidate banks with only 24 hours notice without notifying creditors or shareholders.  Strange contends the law violates the Constitution and has the potential to threaten Alabama's pension funds and other state interests. 

New Park

Alabama Power and the City of Montgomery have partnered to build a new park.  The project slated to be complete in April will feature picturesque views of the Alabama river, picnic and fishing areas along with a boat ramp for canoes, dragon boats and kayaks.  The park has no official name, it's located on Morris Street off Maxwell Boulevard.