FROM Nick Heil
Tragedy on Mt. Everest Puts Spotlight on Sherpas Since Edmund Hillary got all the credit for the first ascent of Mount Everest, the role of his sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, has been recognized as at least equally important. Now, an avalanche has killed 16 sherpas in the worst disaster in the mountain's history. A sherpa boycott might mean the end of this year's climbing season. In Nepal, where $700 is the average salary, a mountain guide can earn up to $6000 during the three-month season. Is that enough? What do sherpas do? Nick Heil is Digital Editorial Director of Outside magazine and author of Dark Summit : The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.