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.


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Feb 22, 2013

Democrats in the Alabama Senate are having trouble pressing their top issue.  Senate Minority Leader Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile offered a resolution Thursday urging the Republican governor to reconsider his decision no to expand Medicaid.  The Senate's Republican leader, President Pro Tem Del Marsh, cut off debate on the resolution by getting it sent to the Senate Rules Committee.  Figures says expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act is the top priority for the Senate Democratic Caucus because it would add 300,000 Alabamians to the Medicaid rolls and create jobs.  She says the caucus won't give up on its efforts to get Gov. Robert Bentley to reconsider. 

Scottsboro Bill

The Alabama Senate voted 29 to 0 Thursday for legislation designed to allow for the pardons of the Scottsboro Boys.  The bill gives the State Parole Board the authority to pardon certain felons after their death, a power it currently doesn't have.  As it so happens, a new exhibit opened last night at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur focusing on the Scottsboro Boys.  That's the bill's sponsor, Republican Senator Arthur Orr from Decatur.  The legislation advances to the House where Senator Orr is confident it will receive a similar vote.  The Scottsboro Boys were nine young black men convicted by all-whites juries of raping two white women aboard a train in north Alabama in 1931.  One of the women later recanted her story. 

Montgomery Murder Cases

Authorities in Montgomery County and the state of Alabama are offering $10,000 dollar rewards for information that would help to solve three murder cases.  At a recent news conference, District Attorney Ellen Brooks said the rewards are being offered for an arrest and conviction in the April 2011 slaying of 19-year-old Arkita Stevenson, a pregnant woman, who was shot and killed in the 200 block of Fleming Road. 

A second unsolved homicide involved the murder of 50-year-old Robert Brown.  Brown was found shot to death in May 2011 in the 4,000 block of Amesbury Drive. 

A third murder case yet to be solved pertains the killing of 26-year-old Dermaine Belser.  The victim was slain in November 2011 in the 500 block of Juliette Street. 

The Crimestoppers program is offering an additional $1,000 dollar reward for any of the cases. 

Disney World Donations

Donors have given thousands of dollars to help the boy who was held hostage for days in an underground bunker.  An online campaign raise more than $10,000 dollars to send 6-year-old Ethan Gilman and his family to Disney World.  Authorities say another $7,000 dollars was given to the child, much in small donations in birthday cards.  Dr. Phil McGraw of the "Dr. Phil" TV show made a donation through his foundation.  Dale County Probate Judge Sharon Michalic has appointed two attorneys to help manage the donations and protect the interests of the boy, who lives with his mother in Midland City.