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

Mar 1, 2013

The City of Selma's population will double in size over the weekend as thousands of people converge on the west Alabama city for this year's Bridge Crossing Jubilee Celebration.  Vice President Joe Biden and other nationally-known figures and celebrities will be in Selma for Sunday's march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  Senator Hank Sanders said this weekend's events are a stark reminder about this week's court fight over the Voting Rights Act.  The Bridge Crossing Jubilee will be held Sunday afternoon. 

Parks Statue in Montgomery

One day after a monument to civil rights icon Rosa Parks was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, a resolution was introduced in the Alabama House for a similar monument to be placed at the state Capitol in Montgomery.  The resolution was introduced by Representative Alvin Holmes of Montgomery.  Holmes' says the money for the monument could be raised if the state can't afford the approximate $200,000 dollar cost.  Holmes says he would donate $25,000 dollars.  He said the monument would be similar to the one in the U.S. Capitol. 

School Flexibility

Alabama's governor said several early supporters of a school flexibility bill were not consulted about adding tax credits for private school attendance because he knew they would oppose it.  Despite intense opposition from Democrats, Republicans used their super majority to push a school through the Legislature after adding tax credits for parents who move their children from a failing public school school to a private or parochial school.  State school Superintendent Tommy Bice said it will have a negative impact on public schools.  Sally Howell the executive director of the Alabama Association of School Boards said she was "bushwhacked."  Governor Robert Bentley called the bill the most significant piece of legislation passed in years and he will sign it into law. 

Racial Integration Anniversary

Members of Congress are visiting the University of Alabama to see the place where former Governor George Wallace made his "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door" against racial integration 50 year ago.  The leaders will be in Tuscaloosa today for the commemoration program.  The delegation led by Georgia Congressman and Alabama native John Lewis will visit Montgomery Saturday to lay a wreath at the Civil Rights Memorial.  The group will join Vice President Joe Biden in Selma for Sunday's annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee.