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 27, 2013

A Montgomery man is jailed on a high bond following his arrest on a reckless murder charge.  35-year-old Andre Mosley was arrested Tuesday morning after police said a car driven by Mosley crashed into a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Rosa Parks and the West Boulevard.  A passenger, 41-year-old Zack Lykes of Montgomery was killed, two other passengers were treated for minor injuries.  Lykes was the city's third traffic fatality of the year.  Mosley's bond was set at $75,000 dollars. 

Missing Child Bill

The Alabama House has passed a bill that makes it a crimes to fail to report that a child is missing or that a child has died to law enforcement officials.  The House voted 95 to nothing Tuesday to pass the bill by Representative Juandalynn Givan of Birmingham.  The bill now goes to the Senate for debate.  Givan told legislators that her bill was motivated by the case of Caylee Anthony, the young Florida girl whose body was found near her home.  The bill requires that a child be reported missing in "a reasonable time period" but does not define how long that would be. 

Voting Rights Hearing

The nation's highest court takes up the weighty issue today of balancing the protect minority voters.  Justices will hear a challenge of a part of the Voting Rights Act that forces some states, including Alabama, to get approval before they make any changes in the way elections are held.  The State of Alabama is siding with Shelby County. 

Creek Indians Casinos

A new national study says Alabama's Creek Indian casinos have experienced record-setting growth for the fourth year due to the state's crackdown on privately operated casino.  The Indian Gambling Industry Report said today revenue for Alabama's Indian casinos grew by 26.4 percent in 2011.  That was the fourth straight year where Alabama led the nation in revenue growth for Indian gambling. 

Rosa Parks Statue

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks is taking her place among American historical figures in the U.S. Capitol building.  President Barack Obama and top leaders in Congress are scheduled today to help unveil a 9-foot likeness of Mrs. Parks in Statuary Hall.  Parks help invigorate the civil rights movements in December 1955 when she helped to inspire the Montgomery Bus Boycott. 

Unsolved Triple Murder

A Montgomery family wants answer in connection with an unsolved triple homicide that occurred January 13th near Union City, Georgia.  Two males and a female, all from Montgomery, were found dead in a car off an Interstate 85 exit ramp.  Tuesday, the niece and sister of 24-year-old Cheryl Colquitt- Thompson spoke to the media and asked the public for any information regarding their family members' murder.  Two other victims, 33-year-old Quinones King and 43-year-old Rodney Cottrell also were slain.  The Central Alabama Crimestoppers program said sheriff's investigators in Clayton County, Georgia, have only one lead in the case.  There are no suspects.