Northwest Digest

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Two cars set on fire next to burned house

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ANCHORAGE - Authorities were investigating the fourth fire around an Anchorage home where the original fire killed an 18-year-old man.

Police and firefighters responded to two car fires over the weekend near the home where an accidental fire killed Justin Vera earlier this month and a suspicious fire destroyed the house the next day.

The second car fire occurred Sunday morning, 12 hours after the first car fire in the 1200 block of East 11th Avenue.

Police followed tracks in the snow to find a "person of interest," a juvenile who might have been involved in the second car fire. No arrests were immediately made, Sgt. Bob Glen said.

"This absolutely is not a coincidence," Glen said of the two car fires. "We think the vehicle fires are probably related."

Margaret Sullivan dead at age 82

ANCHORAGE - Margaret Mary Eagan Sullivan, the wife of former Anchorage Mayor George Sullivan, died Tuesday. She was 82.

Sullivan was Anchorage's first lady from 1967 to 1982. Shewas the mother of nine children.

Sullivan was born on Jan. 15, 1925, in Fairbanks. After graduating from high school, she attended nurses' training at Providence Hospital in Seattle. She worked in the summers at Alaska Freight Lines, where she met her husband-to-be.

George Sullivan was elected to the Anchorage City Council, then appointed to the Alaska Legislature, and eventually elected mayor in 1967.

Cruise ship tourists infected with virus

HONOLULU - A highly contagious virus that causes stomach flu sickened about 220 passengers aboard a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship that returned Monday to Honolulu after its weekly seven-day cruise around the islands, officials said.

Lab tests confirmed a norovirus - which causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea - aboard the Pride of Hawaii, said Janice Okubo, spokeswoman for the Hawaii Department of Health.

"It's one of the common viruses we've been seeing on cruise lines," Okubo said. "Most of the time, people recover."

The Norwalk-like virus infected about 9 percent of the ship's 2,500 passengers, NCL said. Virus symptoms typically last a day. No passengers were hospitalized as a result of the illness, NCL said.

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