ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, MAYOR SWORN IN FROM HAWAII: ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage residents were met with overcast skies Monday as their mayor took the oath of office — not in Alaska — but in sunny Honolulu, where it was warm, with classic Hawaii temperatures of 80 degrees.
Far from the temperatures that hovered in the upper 50s in his hometown, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan wore a splashy Hawaiian shirt for his swearing in.
Sullivan had a previously scheduled family vacation and reunion in Hawaii, where his wife has family. The city calls for a mayor to be sworn in on July 1 or as soon thereafter as practical. But Sullivan doesn't return to Alaska until July 16.
To meet the July 1 requirement, Sullivan arranged to have a live video link established between Anchorage City Hall and a lawyer's office in Honolulu where he took the oath of office for his second term as mayor. Sullivan was re-elected in April.
A state judge administered the oath, and Sullivan repeated it in Hawaii. Once that was completed, he and his wife Lynnette donned leis.
Afterward, he took questions from reporters attending the video broadcast in Anchorage at the mayor's city hall conference room. Asked why the family trip was scheduled when it was, Sullivan said the family reunion involved "a lot of different moving parts" and it was easier for him to arrange his schedule rather than have numerous people arrange theirs.
WEATHER FORCES WOUNDED WARRIORS TO ABANDON CLIMB: ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Poor weather and an injury have forced five wounded warriors to climb down North America's tallest mountain without summiting.
All but one of the Disabled Sports USA climbers lost limbs in wars from Vietnam to Afghanistan. The group includes two double amputees and two single amputees.
They began climbing Alaska's Mount McKinley on June 11, but poor weather stranded them for a week at the 14,200-foot level.
Climber and Disabled Sports USA CEO Kirk Bauer says in a Web posting that the group tried Friday to push through deep snow to the 16,200-foot level but one of the double amputees, Stephen Martin of Phoenix, injured his stumps.
JUDGE DISMISSES CHILD DEATH SUIT AGAINST STAPLES: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wrongful death lawsuit brought by a family whose 2-year-old plunged to his death at Staples Center after a 2010 Laker game was dismissed Friday, with the judge saying the parents put the boy in an "obviously dangerous situation."
Judge Susan Bryant-Deason dismissed the suit filed in May 2011 by the parents of Lucas Tang.
Lucas died after suffering massive head injuries in a 50-foot fall from the luxury box after a Lakers game against the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 21, 2010.
Before the boy fell, the Tang family was taking pictures in front of the Plexiglas barrier. Lucas fell off the barrier as the family was reviewing pictures, lawyers for Staples Center have said.
Bryant-Deason said in her ruling that even if the arena had a duty to supervise the child, there was no evidence the arena's actions caused the fall.