It annoyed me to read in your cover story on redefining wealth about LuAn MitchellHalter, who spent exorbitant amounts of money on a Ferrari (“The myth of rich” Aug. 2). I have nothing against Ferraris— if you are rich, and you are a hard-bitten driving enthusiast, then by all means indulge your passion.
IT CAN BE dangerous being a good Samaritan. Just ask gas-station attendant Kevin Venn, 20, of Richmond, B.C., viciously beaten after he tried to intervene in a violent dispute between a man and a woman. Or Don Miller, 48, of nearby Port Moody: his earlymorning drive became a desperate race to get a woman to safety—with the man she had been running from shooting at them.
Swarms of locusts are devouring their way through the precious arable land of nine parched North African countries. Aid workers fear the insects will rip through war-ravaged Sudan-or even cross the Red Sea and eventually hit Iran, Pakistan and India.
Brian Price knows a thing or two about overcoming odds. Price, 28, beat cancer as a kid and now, as the coxswain on Canada’s men’s eight rowing team, has a new goalOlympic gold. Just before leaving for Athens, Price and teammate Ben Rutledge visited Camp Oochigeas, a camp near Parry Sound, Ont., for kids with cancer.By JEFF HARRIS
1. THE DA VINCI CODE, Dan Brown (60)_2 2. BIRDS WITHOUT WINGS, Louis de Bernières (3) 1 3. THE RULE OF FOUR, Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason (9) 4 4. THE FULL CUPBOARD OF LIFE, Alexander McCall Smith (12) 9 5. THE COLLECTED STORIES, Carol Shields (3) 3
When Paul Collins’ son Morgan was 2, he could read, spell and do arithmetic in his head. But he would not, or could not, respond to his name. Collins’ remarkable Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism (Raincoast) combines an affecting account of Morgan’s diagnosis with the history of autism as seen in old records of strange behaviour.
Grade 12 is a time for graduating students to put the pedal to the metal—quite literally in the case of 18-year-old Jessica Wind and her classmate of the same age Tyler Marshall. The two members of the drag racing program at W.J. Mouat Secondary School in Abbotsford, B.C., 60 km southeast of Vancouver, marked their grad year with screaming car engines and smoking tires.By KEN MACQUEEN
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