What's inside your Star-Bulletin this weekend:
Stryker on schedule
The 25th Infantry Division's nearly $1 billion conversion of its 2nd Brigade Combat Team into a Stryker brigade is proceeding on schedule, Army officials say.
Publish your own book
Writer Peter N. Forman proves that a self-published book doesn't have to be a tacky, amateurish tribute to one's own ego. His "Wings of Paradise" is an admirable account of Hawaii's airline industry.
What's all the fuss about with geishas? A panel discussion next week at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii dissects the stereotype.
Energized debate looms
Gov. Linda Lingle's energy bill, which she plans to unveil this week, appears to have the support of key Democrats in the Legislature. But industry is not entirely convinced of its merits.
Mixed market outlook
Most local stock-pickers are looking for a flat to down year in the stock market, but there's always a bull in the bunch.
Hula Bowl and golf coverage
See coverage of tomorrow's Hula Bowl game at Aloha Stadium. Also, we'll provide highlights from the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai, as the world's best 50-and-over golfers head into Sunday's final day of play.
Police, Fire, Courts
Suspect surrenders in pedestrian's death
A 21-year-old motorist wanted for allegedly running over an elderly woman on Nimitz Highway turned himself in yesterday, police said.
He was arrested for negligent homicide and fleeing the scene of an accident.
The crash happened at about 10:22 a.m. Tuesday when 86-year-old Betty Santiago was struck while trying to cross Nimitz Highway at Sumner Street. The Wahiawa woman later died.
Police found the car believed to be involved in the crash on Tuesday night. The white 2000 Dodge Stratus was parked along Pupukahi Street in Waipahu. The registered owner of the car was believed to be in his 20s.
Homeless man held in 2 bank robberies
Honolulu police arrested a 25-year-old homeless man Wednesday for allegedly robbing two banks within six days.
Police said the suspect robbed the American Savings Bank at 1296 S. Beretania St. on Dec. 29, then robbed the Hawaii National Bank at 1163 S. Beretania St. on Jan. 5.
In both cases, police said, the suspect lifted his T-shirt and showed tellers that he had a handgun tucked into his waistband and demanded money, then fled on foot with cash.
Police said the suspect was identified through a fingerprint comparison and arrested for two counts of first-degree robbery.
Boyfriend arrested in assault and robbery
Police arrested a 52-year-old man after he allegedly robbed his girlfriend and then burned her with a cigarette last year.
Police said that on June 1 in the Waiahole area, the suspect pointed his pocketknife at his girlfriend, 47, demanded her wallet and took about $80 in cash.
He then allegedly extinguished his cigarette on the victim's chest, punched and slapped her, then told her he was going to kill her. Windward Oahu Crime Reduction Unit officers found the suspect recently and arrested him for first- degree robbery, second-degree terroristic threatening and domestic abuse.
Boy, 10, arrested after librarian is hit in face
Police arrested a 10-year-old boy after he allegedly struck a substitute teacher several times for trying to take away his Walkman radio.
The incident took place Wednesday at a Haleiwa school library at 10:35 a.m. Police said the teacher, 58, noticed the boy listening to a Walkman while the rest of the class listened to the librarian tell a story.
She told the boy to put the Walkman away, but he refused, so she tried to take it away and send him to the office, police said. Instead, the boy allegedly struck her several times in the face. Police arrested the boy for assault, and he was released pending an investigation.
5 men wanted in theft of 2 men's backpacks
Police were looking for five men who allegedly attacked two other men in Waikiki early Wednesday and took their backpacks.
Police said the victims, ages 30 and 40, met the suspects while drinking on the beach at about 12:40 a.m.
One of the suspects allegedly tried to search one victim's backpack, then assaulted both of them, hitting one of the men in the head with a beer bottle.
Police said the suspects then ran off with the victims' backpacks. The case is being investigated as a first- and second-degree robbery.
Brush fire briefly threatens homes
HILO » A brush fire reported at 11 p.m. Wednesday burned 25 acres and threatened seven homes during the night near Paauilo, 38 miles north of Hilo, the Fire Department said.
The fire was contained at about 1:45 a.m. today, with no structural damage or injuries, they said.