By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, July 22, 1996

Blind vendors sue city

Blind vendors who say they lose about $100,000 annually to illegal state contracts filed a suit this morning, asking for accounting since 1981 and restitution.

Evan Shirley, attorney for about 60 blind vendors, alleged that the City and County of Honolulu has illegal contracts that place vending machines in more than 50 locations, instead of using vendors. He said the machines average about $100,000 annually, which should go to a pension and retirement fund for the vendors.

"They don't have much money," Shirley said, adding that average annual blind vendor income is $25,000. "This would be helpful for their retirement."

State and city attorneys could not be reached for comment.

Shirley said illegal vendor locations include satellite city halls, fire and police stations and the Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Teens due back from Atlanta

A group of 87 Kauai teen-agers was expected to return home tomorrow, disappointed that promised jobs and housing at the Olympic Games vanished.

The teen-agers left Kauai 11 days ago for Atlanta, where they hoped to work and enjoy the Olympic Games.

But since Friday nothing has gone right.

The teen-agers have been staying in a school gymnasium in Forsyth, Ga., about 60 miles south of Atlanta after being kicked out of another school lodging because a fire marshal said it was too crowded.

The teens' trip fell apart last week when the Summer Games Employment Services Group of Atlanta failed to come up with the promised jobs.

Solar car team faces funding gap

Some Big Island students are gearing up to race the sun again.

But first, the Konawaena High School team needs to raise about $75,000.

The money would pay for building a solar car and taking about a dozen team members to Australia for the World Solar Challenge in October.

In the 1990 race, Konawaena took first place among high school entries. That success was the subject of the fictionalized movie, "Race the Sun," this year.

Team adviser Bill McKown says students on the team learn about getting something done in the real world.

For expanded versions of these and other stories,
see today's Honolulu Star-Bulletin.


By Star-Bulletin staff

Waimanalo woman held for attempted murder

A 43-year-old Waimanalo woman was arrested for attempted murder and drunken driving last night after she allegedly drove off in a Jeep Cherokee that struck a police officer.

The officer, felled by the left-side view mirror of the vehicle, was treated at Castle Hospital.

Two Makiki men charged
with domestic violence

Two Makiki men have been charged in separate domestic-violence cases that occurred Saturday. Shane Ogawa, 26, of a Liloliho Street address is charged with third-degree assault and first-degree terroristic threatening for allegedly firing a spear gun at his stepfather and then beating him. William Naeole Sr., 40, of Prospect Street was arrested in Waimanalo and charged with first-degree terroristic threatening.

Other Police/Fire headlines
in today's Star-Bulletin:

  • Woman killed in Maui fall ID'd as Raylene Guitierrez
  • Two men held in robbery of two Lahaina residents
  • Traffic fatality near airport ID'd as Charles Chang, 71, of Makaloa
See expanded versions in today's Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

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