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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, April 28, 1999


Women's health
event set

Think of a mammogram as a special gift that could save a life this Mother's Day.

The state Health Department is sponsoring "Mammograms for Mother's Day" at an event at 11 a.m. May 7 at the state Capitol courtyard.

First lady Vicky Cayetano and others will speak about the importance of women getting regular examinations for breast cancer starting at age 40.

The department's Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, "Malama I Ke Ola 'o Ke Ola Na Wahine," provides free cancer screening tests to medically underserved women statewide.

The program began with three locations in July 1997 and now has 11. It has served more than 1,500 women.

Virginia Pressler, deputy director for health resources, said breast cancer hits more women in Hawaii than any other form of cancer and is the leading cause of death.

"Routine mammography and clinical breast examination are a woman's best defense," she said.

The Pap test has reduced cervical cancer, detecting and treating precancerous changes before cancer can start.

Native Hawaiian and Caucasian women are most likely to develop breast and cervical cancer and native Hawaiian and Filipino women have the shortest life expectancy after diagnosis, according to the Health Department.

Doug Kreider, coordinator of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, said more than 90 percent of these cancers can be cured with early detection.

"That's the purpose of the tests we are providing, to find cancer early so it can be eliminated, keeping women alive and families together," he said.

For more information about the program or where to go for exams, call the nearest unit of the American Cancer Society or the American Cancer Information Service of Hawaii at 1-800-4-CANCER. Press 1 for English, then 4 for a local information specialist.

Tapa

Youth congress
meets in October

A United Nations Millennium Young People's Congress will take place in Honolulu the week of Oct. 21.

People aged 15-18 from around the world will consider important issues in the future of the planet.

The October activities here will involve more than 250 young people from Hawaii who will be delegates, youth leaders, performers and volunteer stewards. The host committee also is recruiting 375 families now who will host delegates in their homes during the Congress. For more information, call 597-1952.

Tapa

Hawaii aircraft helps rescue Chuuk youths

A Hawaii Air National Guard C-130 aircraft assisted in rescuing four young fishermen near the Micronesian island of Chuuk.

Ranging in age from 12 to 19, they left Pulap Island, 125 miles west of Chuuk, Saturday for an intended one-day trip. When they failed to return on time, the U.S. Coast Guard launched a search from Guam.

The Air National Guard aircraft, on a flight between Japan and Guam, was asked to help. Late Monday, Hawaii time, the crew spotted the disabled boat about 54 miles west of Pulap, then circled over the vessel to verify it was the missing boat. Another fishing boat nearby later picked up the four youths.

Officer at Camp Smith nominated by Clinton

Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Earl B. Hailston has been nominated by President Clinton to be the commanding general of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force and head of Marine Forces in Japan.

Hailston is now serving as director of strategic planning and policy at the U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith.

The appointment means Hailston will be getting a third star.

DOE's Web site offers summer school listings

Oahu schools offering summer school -- including dates, hours, secondary school course offerings and contact numbers -- are posted on the state Department of Education's Web page at www.k12.hi.us.

The information is listed under "Public Documents." Information also is available by calling 586-3230.

Seventy-one public schools and the electronic "E-School" are taking registration for 1999 summer school programs.

Web site accepting messages of grief

A Red Cross Internet service may be used to send condolences, http://www.redcross.org, about recent school violence in Littleton, Colo., to families and individuals concerned.

By visiting this Web site, individuals link to the Crisis Condolence Center and can send a message including basic information about themselves - name, last initial, city, state and age. All appropriate messages will be forwarded for viewing.

"The American Red Cross shares the nation's sorrow over this tragic event," said Steve Bullock, acting American Red Cross president. "Our mental health volunteers and staff have done a remarkable job under very trying circumstances in providing counseling to the students, parents and teachers affected by the shooting."

Consumer law clinic planned for seniors

"Who's Watching Your Money? Protect Yourself and Your Money from Crooks, Scam Artists and Thieves."

That's the subject matter of an elder law clinic set for May 7 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Sears Ala Moana conference room (street level).

Call 537-1868 to register. The clinic celebrates Law Week and the International Year of Older Persons. Speakers will be from law-enforcement and watchdog agencies that protect consumers.

Sponsors are the University of Hawaii Elder Law Program, Cooperative Extension Service, Young Lawyers Division of the Hawaii State Bar Association, Elderly Affairs Branch of the City and County and Consumer Education and Information Association of Hawaii.

Cable show to focus on Kosovo situation

"Kosovo: An Analysis and Discussion of the Current Situation" airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday on public-access cable TV Channel 55.

Viewers may call in questions and concerns. Sponsors are the Matsunaga Institute for Peace, Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, and the University of Hawaii Globalization Research Center.

For further information, call 956-7427.

Kuakini Medical Center moves, improves unit

Kuakini Medical Center has a new, homelike area with private rooms for recovering patients who are there only for a day.

The hospital moved its Ambulatory Care Services Unit from the second floor into a larger area in the first floor's Waikiki Wing.

Ambulatory Care Services is used for patients who need minor surgery or procedures that don't require an overnight stay, such as cataract surgery, arthroscopy and biopsies. Patients are treated and go home the same day.

The new area has four private rooms that can accommodate up to 43 patients. Every bed has an attached close-captioned television.


Correction

Tapa

Bullet Beadie Dawson is a former attorney for Na Pua a Ke Ali'i Pauahi, an association of Kamehameha Schools parents, alumni and students. A story in some editions of yesterday's Star-Bulletin listed her association with the group incorrectly.


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Police, Fire

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Waianae man found beaten unconscious

A 37-year-old Waianae man, found unconscious and badly beaten early this morning, remains in critical condition today.

The man was found near Orange Street and Farrington Highway at 1:19 a.m., police said.

He had severe head injuries and was airlifted to Queen's Hospital.

Young woman charged with stabbing boyfriend

Police yesterday charged a 20-year-old woman for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend on Sunday.

Debra Lock was charged with second-degree attempted murder.

She is being held on $50,000 bail, police said.

Woman, 36, pulled from water at Kailua, dies

A 36-year-old woman died yesterday after being pulled from the water at Kailua Beach Park Monday, police said.

The woman died at Castle Hospital.

Motorcyclist killed after hitting van in Waianae

A 50-year-old Waianae man was killed yesterday when his motorcycle struck a delivery van.

The 12:18 p.m. accident was on Halona Road south of Ohemauka Place in Waianae.

Police said the driver of the cargo van, a 40-year-old Waianae man, was emerging from a private drive on Halona Road when the motorcycle struck the left side of the van.

The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

1,892 marijuana plants seized on Big Island

HILO -- Police seized 1,892 marijuana plants and arrested two people during an eradication operation yesterday, they said.

Police and other officials seized the plants in Waawaa and Kapoho in lower Puna and Eden Roc and Fern Forest in upper Puna.

A man, 39, and a woman, 37, were arrested in Eden Roc after 43 plants and 7.5 grams of dried marijuana were found on their property.


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