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 18, 2013

The Alabama House is scheduled to consider abortion legislation on Tuesday.  The lower chamber is expected to debate a bill by Republican Representative Mary Sue McClurkin of Pelham to strengthen the standards that abortion clinics must meet in Alabama.  The bill would require the clinics to have a physician available during an abortion and would make it a felony for a nurse, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant to dispense abortion-inducing medications. 

Trespassing on School Buses

Two bills are moving through the Alabama legislature having to do with trespassing on school buses.  Republican Senator Cam Ward of Alabaster says his bill would make it a Class A misdemeanor to board a school bus with intent to do bodily harm.  The bill has made it out of committee and Ward predicts it will reach the Senate floor this week.  A companion bill is making its way through the House by Republican Representative Alan Baker of Brewton. 

New GED Test

Adult who've begun working toward their GED are being urged to finish this year, before the test for a high school equivalency diplomas changes and they have to start all over.  The GED Testing Service is introducing a new version of the national test on January 1st, 2014.  Developers say the first major changes since 2002 will align the test with the new Common Core curricula adopted by most states to increase college and career readiness. It also will shift test-taking from pencil and paper to computer. 

Tossed Murder Conviction

A state appeals court has thrown out the conviction and death sentence of a Vietnamese man tried for killing four children in 2008 by throwing them off a coastal bridge.  The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Friday the trial of Lam Luong should have been moved outside of Mobile County because "publicity surrounding the murders completely saturated" the community.  Judges have sent the murder case back to Mobile County Circuit Court.  Prosecutors say Luong killed the four children, whose ages ranged from 3 years to 4 months, by throwing them off the Dauphin Island bridge one-by-one into the Mississippi Sound.