Avalanche Delays Holiday Tradition in Alaska’s Largest City

A holiday tradition in Alaska’s largest city for more than 60 years got off to a dim start this year.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A holiday tradition in Alaska’s largest city for more than 60 years got off to a dim start this year. A 300-foot (91-meter) wide, brightly illuminated star situated high above Anchorage in the Chugach Mountains is traditionally lit the day after Thanksgiving. However, when military crews arrived on Friday to light the star, only about half of the 350 or so bulbs worked. Airmen worked for three days in extreme conditions…

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