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 19, 2013

The average price of gasoline is taking a bite out of our pockets.  Gas prices have increased every day for more than a month and analysts say pump prices could climb higher.  According to AAA Alabama's Daily Fuel Gauge report, the statewide average price for regular is $3.61 today, that's four cents higher than Monday's price.  The national average price for regular is $3.74 a gallon, a one-cent hike from Monday's price. 

ASU Lecture Series

A nationally known sociologist and scholar says health related issues are in our national interest to address.  Harvard University Professor, Dr. David Williams was on the campus of Alabama State University Monday for the inaugural Distinguished Lecture Series.  Williams believes states like Alabama are cheating their citizens by not participating in the new health care law.  Dr. Williams is on the faculty in the school of Public Health at Harvard. 

Alabama's Small Business

Small business has a significant impact on Alabama's economy.  According to an annual report issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Alabama's small business employed more than 768,000 employees in 2010.  The majority held jobs in companies with anywhere from 20 to 499 workers.  The SBA's Office of Advocacy also found that minority self-employment saw the largest growth in the state over the last decade.  More information can be found at 

Roby Military Cuts

U.S. Representative Martha Roby is scheduled to speak to the Dothan Rotary Club today about current Congressional issues including automatic federal spending cuts set to take effect March 1st.  Roby has criticized the potential impact of the automatic cuts, also known as the sequester, on the military and has called for replacing them with cuts based on budget priorities.  The sequester will take effect unless Congress agrees on an alternative.