Nelson Mandela dies at age 95Thursday, December 5, 2013 9:00am
- JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa's president says Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. Jacob Zuma says "we've lost our greatest son."
UN chief calls Mandela 'a giant for justice'
- UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Nelson Mandela was "a giant for justice" whose "selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom" inspired many people around the world. "No one did more in our time to advance the values and aspirations of the United Nations," he told reporters soon after Mandela's death was announced Thursday. "Nelson Mandela showed what is possible for our world, and within each one of us, if we believe a dream and work together for justice and humanity," Ban said. "Let us continue each day to be inspired by Nelson Mandela's lifelong example to keep working for a better and more just world." The U.N. Security Council interrupted a meeting on the tribunals for former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and stood for a minute in silent tribute to Mandela.
Going beyond Balto, film shows life-saving dog runThursday, December 5, 2013 8:45am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A documentary detailing a 1925 delivery of life-saving serum by Alaska sled dog relay teams is opening the Anchorage International Film Festival on this week. The 5-day run to Nome on Alaska's western coast after a deadly diphtheria breakout is detailed in "Icebound," by filmmaker Daniel Anker. A national theatrical release is set for spring. The film is narrated by actor Patrick Stewart and explores the 674-mile race against death, using black-and-white photos and film footage, interviews with survivors or their descendants, modern mushers and historians, and longtime Alaska journalists. The National Endowment for the Humanities provided $695,000 in funding for the film, which came in at nearly $1 million. The official medical record counted five diphtheria deaths in Nome, but many believe there were more.
Former lawmaker remembered for community activismThursday, December 5, 2013 8:30am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A former Fairbanks lawmaker is being remembered for his love of learning, his decade in the legislature and his sauna parties for fellow homesteaders and friends on Chena Ridge. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 85-year-old Niilo Koponen died Wednesday at the Fairbanks Pioneers Home. Koponen and his wife, Joan, moved to Fairbanks in 1952 and cleared trees to plant hay and raise animals. Karjala Koponen says his father bought a bulldozer and cleared his own land helped neighbors. The sauna at the homestead was shared with neighbors short on running water. He helped organize a credit union and a volunteer fire department. The Democrat won a seat in the state House in 1982. He left a decade later when Joan Koponen was seriously injured in a car crash.