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Man arrested on Northwest flight for threatening child

Earl Quincey Washington, a 54-year-old male from Halifax, North Carolina, was arrested without incident on Aug. 21, 2001 and charged with assault. He was arrested on Northwest Airlines Flight 69, en route from Detroit, Mich. to Osaka Japan. Phillip B.J. Reid, special agent in charge of the FBI in the state of Alaska, advises that approximately two and half hours into the flight, Washington became agitated with a child seated behind him, at one point threatening to punch the child. Washington, using profanity, threatened other passengers and refused to follow the directions of the flight crew. Airport Safety Officers and FBI agents took Washington into custody at Ted Steven's International Airport as a result of his behavior. Washington is currently being held in the Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility awaiting an appearance before a U.S. Magistrate.


The Alaska Club West announces relocation and expansion

Andrew Eker, president of The Alaska Club Network, has announced a major expansion of The Alaska Club West. The company has leased the former Alaska Marketplace Building at the corner of Northern Lights Blvd. and Minnesota Drive and will build a new 42,000-square-foot club. A premiere women only club will be located adjacent to the new, expanded club. The Alaska Club West will vacate its current location, and relocated to a leased building in the Aurora Village Mall, and will reopen The Alaska Club West and The Alaska Club For Women in early 2002. The new club will include expanded locker rooms, a full-court basketball gymnasium, a state-of-the art group fitness room, a stretching studio, expanded food service, a social area, pro shop, tanning, massage, steam and sauna rooms and plenty of parking. The Alaska Club for Women will be open to women 18 and over and will include equipment suited specifically for female fitness, such as separate free weight, nautilus and cardiovascular rooms and locker rooms with extra amenities. For children, the club will offer infant and toddler childcare as well as a supervised play area for children. The area will include the second largest indoor play structure in the state (three levels, 70 feet long and 25 feet wide). The Alaska Club West will remain open in its current location, until the new clubs open early next year. The Alaska Club Network offers fitness facilities and expert health fitness counseling at nine clubs in Anchorage, Eagle River and the Mat-Su Valley. The clubs are Alaska's largest fitness facilities with more than 400 employees. For more information on club programs, visit the Web site at http://www.thealaskaclub.com .


Turn your vehicle into the ultimate tailgate party machine

With the college sports season just around the corner, many fans will be gearing up to host the ultimate tailgating party, but what does it take to accomplish this? People, food and drinks, but that's not all. It takes a car or truck and enjoythedrive.com, the consumer Web site from the Specialty Equipment Market Association has compiled a list of cool auto accessories that can turn almost any vehicle into a tailgate party machine.


Legal services available to students

Legal services are offered to all fee-paying students. Twenty-minute advisory sessions with a professional lawyer will cost $10 to students. First sessions offered are on Wednesday Sept. 12 from 1-5 p.m. Call the Union of Students at the University of Alaska Anchorage at 786-1205 for an appointment.