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By Colin Nickerson and Colin Nickerson,BOSTON GLOBE | March 21, 2000
EKATI DIAMOND MINE, Northwest Territories -- When the mercury drops to minus-40 degrees and below, steel bulldozer blades scraping rock sometimes shatter like a champagne bottle flung against a ship's bow. Great tusks of frozen breath dangle from the beards and nostrils of miners in the immense open pit, where the blink of an eye can bring blindness as eyelashes freeze instantly to the lower lid, as if spot-welded. But the digging goes on around the clock and in all weather at North America's only diamond mine, barely a year old but already producing more than $1.3 million a day in precious gems.
By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF | October 5, 1997
Mungo Park, a Scottish explorer whose life was as exotic as his name, dove into 18th-century Africa and found that the forest primeval could be boring."
By Marego Athans and Marego Athans,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | May 29, 2001
PRUDHOE BAY, Alaska - For three decades, this place has been all about oil, an eerie-looking industrial complex of wells, rigs, turbine engines, trucks and worker camps plunked down in the middle of nowhere, all feeding the trans-Alaska pipeline, which has carried 13 billion barrels of crude to market since 1977 and transformed Alaska into a modern society. Natural gas was discovered in abundance here while companies were drilling for oil, but much of it has been injected back into the ground for later use because there was no way to get it to market.
By Geoff Boucher and Geoff Boucher,Los Angeles Times | August 17, 2008
HOLLYWOOD - George Lucas, looking overheated under the midday sun, gamely worked the red carpet recently at the world premiere of the latest cinematic installment to his space saga, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. At one point, Lucas was photographed with one of his most avid fans, a grinning, chubby fellow from Pennsylvania who showed up at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre wearing two-day stubble, a sweat-stained shirt and a brimmed frontier hat that Indiana Jones would admire. That guy, Dave Filoni, also happens to be the director of Clone Wars (which opened this weekend across the U.S.)
By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | October 27, 1995
It happens every season about this time, a team rising from the depths just like a mummy marching his bandages out of a swamp in an old Boris Karloff movie. It cheers the hearts of fans, owners and particularly those individuals with money to cast to the winds and eager to join the expansion parade.Come on down, Hartford, the price is right!Through their first dozen games last year, the Whalers were having their problems, winning just two games, both against Ottawa (9-34-5). The Whalers' slow start was no surprise.
By TRUDY RUBIN | November 8, 2005
PHILADELPHIA -- When the tsunami swallowed huge swaths of South Asia in December, the United Nations appealed for $1 billion in emergency aid. The appeal reached 80 percent of its goal in 10 days. Governments and ordinary citizens all around the world dug deep to help. But by the time a massive earthquake devastated a remote Himalayan region of Pakistan on Oct. 8 and killed at least 73,000 people, the world was reeling from donor fatigue. The Niger famine, the genocide in Darfur and devastating hurricanes in the Southern United States - all that giving had emptied people's wallets.
By MARY HARRIS RUSSELL | December 4, 2005
Klondike Gold Alice Provensen Simon & Schuster. Ages 7-10. There was more than one gold rush in 19th century North America, and this book is written as the record of one Bill Howell, who takes off from Boston in 1896 to head for the Yukon River. The Canadian government required anyone who was crossing into the Northwest Territories to bring a year's supply of food, medicine, clothing and tools. Bring and carry. Feel the heft of it: 800 pounds of flour and 300 pounds of bacon, just for starters.
By Tricia Eller | December 26, 1999
Winter wonderland at YellowstoneYellowstone typically conjures up thoughts of summer days spent sightseeing in the wilderness against a backdrop of lush green. That background will turn to white with next month's introduction of the wintertime "Wonderland Package." The five-day package combines two of Yellowstone's best assets -- education and adventure -- then tosses a little luxury and snow into the mix for pizazz.Limited to 12 participants, the package begins each morning with tours of the park by private snowcoach or van, followed by educational outdoor activities -- from wildlife watching in Lamar Valley to backcountry skiing near Old Faithful.
By CLARENCE PAGE | April 18, 1995
Washington. -- My, what a fuss is being made about ''Jefferson in Paris.''The movie starring the hopelessly miscast Nick Nolte, dramatizes Thomas Jefferson's life in Paris in the years immediately after the founding of the United States.The movie is causing talk because it also dramatizes the hotly debated love affair Jefferson is alleged by some historians to have had with Sally Hemings, a slave girl.That was enough to get me into the local theater, although I soon wished I had gone to ''Tank Girl'' instead.
By Chicago Tribune | December 23, 1990
NAIN, Newfoundland -- This northernmost community in Labrador is also its biggest Inuit village where natives still wish one another silaki -- except on days when it's kannivuk.In English, that translates roughly into, "Have a nice day." Or in bad winter weather, "It's snowing."The unique richness of Inuktitut, the ancient language of the Inuit, comes across in the extraordinary number of words they use to describe the treasures and traditions of everyday life in the frozen North.There are said to be more than 30 words for snow, for example, about half as many for ice and different terms for the same animal depending on where it is seen in the wild.
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