December 30, 1997 |
A search continued for noted Russian mountain climber Anatoli Boukreev, who was feared to have died on 26,500-foot Mt. Annapurna after an avalanche swept him away Christmas Day, the Tourism Ministry said. Boukreev, 39, was a subject of the best-selling book "Into Thin Air," in which author and fellow climber Jon Krakauer criticized his role in a 1996 expedition on Mt. Everest that cost eight climbers' lives.
April 5, 2012 |
The road to hell is typically paved with good intentions. For Greg Mortenson, it was laid down with two New York Times bestsellers, hundreds of public appearances and the idea that Afghanistan and Pakistan could be saved if you built enough schools in them. Hidden beneath those efforts appear to have been “significant lapses in judgment” involving charity money. Those lapses have led the Montana state attorney general to toss Mortenson out of his own charity, the Central Asia Institute, and now to force him to pay back $1 million, according to the results of an investigation announced Thursday. “The story of Central Asia Institute and Greg Mortenson evokes notions of the best of our aspirations to do good and the generosity of the American public,” Montana Atty.
August 29, 2004
Having just read Jon Krakauer's "Under the Banner of Heaven," I was very interested in the article on Flora Jessop and her crusade to free the women held captive by an extremist religion ("Flora's War," by Matthew Heller, Aug. 1). It is appalling to learn that this offshoot of the Mormon Church is subsidized by our welfare system and is allowed to practice polygamy with little interference from law enforcement agencies. Women raised in this environment are brainwashed into believing that they have no rights and must marry--often in their early teens--whoever is chosen for them, bear children and be a household drudge.
December 14, 2003 |
Timothy Treadwell, the avowed bear man of the Alaska wilderness, lived poor and little known for most of his 46 years despite a desire for the spotlight of celebrity. He claimed to have led a life of drugs, brawls and booze until, in the late 1980s, he found his way to the grizzlies, most recently in Katmai National Park and Preserve on the Alaska Peninsula about 300 miles southwest of Anchorage. His cause: to save them from hunters and poachers who apparently didn't exist.