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 6, 2013

Stillman College will be the new opponent in next year's Turkey Day Classic football game.  Tuesday, Tuskegee University announced its football team will not play in the annual football game against Alabama State University.  The Golden Tigers said their final game of the 2013 season will be November 9th against Miles College.  Tuskegee officials said the move will allow the team to play in the NCAA Division two playoffs if they're eligible. 

Montgomery's 13th Homicide

Montgomery police say a 76-year-old woman is jailed in connection with the murder of her 77-year-old husband.  Madie Ivey is accused of killing Dave Ivey at an apartment in east Montgomery.  Police believe the couple got into an argument that escalated into violence.  Authorities said the victim died after being struck in the head.  Police responded to the homicide Tuesday afternoon about 3:45 p.m.  Madie Ivey was being held on a $75,000 dollar bond.  It was Montgomery's 13th homicide of 2013. 

Democratic Pushback

In response to last week's forceful passing of School Accountability legislation by Republicans in the Alabama Legislature, Democrats are deliberately slowing down the legislative process.  Senators are asking that bills be read in their entirety and are also using the full allotted time to speak on each bill.  Democratic Representatives spent hours at the podium talking about the Accountability legislation.  Jefferson County's Representative Patricia Todd complained that protocol was not followed in approving the bill.  Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh contends no rules were broken during passage of the bill.  He says the fallout will be worth it if students have a chance for a better education.