Repairs to take PBS off the air
Hawaii Public Television viewers can expect a 12-hour station blackout on July 27 because of a renovation project at KGMB, where PBS Hawaii's main transmitter is located.
The shutdown from midnight July 26 to noon July 27 will affect only those receiving PBS signals through antennas. Cable viewers will not be affected.
School vendors to sell only healthy drinks
Only healthy drinks will be available in Hawaii public school vending machines starting next year under a new policy adopted by the Board of Education.
The permitted drinks, available only outside meal times, will be milk, flavored milk, water and fruit juice containing no less than 50 percent real juice.
The new policy governs elementary, middle and high schools and is expected to be implemented by July 1, 2007, when new vending machines contracts go into effect.
Under the previous policy, 80 percent of each vending machine's beverage selection had to be "healthy." The tightened policy raises that requirement to 100 percent.
Maui settles EPA lawsuit for $5,700
Maui County agreed to pay $5,700 in a recent settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to review risk management plans for hazardous chemicals at three facilities.
The Wailuku/Kahului, Lahaina and Kihei Wastewater Reclamation Facilities were cited for deficiencies during an agency inspection in 2004.
Both the Lahaina and Kahului facilities were assessed $1,525, while the Wailuku/Kahului facility was assessed $2,650 in penalties.
Mid-Pacific senior wins poetry award
Mid-Pacific Institute senior Kelli Anae
placed third in the National Endowment of the Arts' Poetry Out Loud national championship in Washington, D.C. Anae, a resident of Louisiana displaced by Hurricane Katrina, is living with relatives in Hawaii. She was accompanied by teacher John Wat.
» Mizuki Ogawa, a junior at Sacred Hearts Academy, has been accepted into the Junior Statesmen of America Program. The month-long summer program of intense political debates and workshops will be conducted at Princeton University.
» Marissa Fong, a junior at Sacred Hearts Academy, will attend the Girls Lead Leadership Program, a six-day conference in Washington, D.C. The course will focus on women's history, leadership traits and skills, women in science and the media, financial wellness and global gender issues. It is sponsored by Lead America.
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Mechanic is killed by runaway bus
A 59-year-old mechanic died yesterday after being crushed by a city bus he was repairing just before 5 p.m. near Tripler Army Medical Center. The bus was on an incline when it fell on the man, dragging him for about 100 feet and causing "massive trauma," said Emergency Medical Services spokesman Bryan Cheplic. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Man brandishing spear gun arrested
Police arrested a man who allegedly threatened another man with a spear gun Sunday.
The suspect, 51, and the victim, 64, had been arguing about access to state land near the 48-000 block of Waiahole Homestead Road at about 9:15 a.m. when the suspect made the threat, police said.
Patrol officers responding to the scene recovered the weapon and arrested the suspect for investigation of first-degree terroristic threatening.
Vehicle collision was over victim's girlfriend
Police arrested a 67-year-old man who allegedly crashed his vehicle into another man's vehicle because the second man was giving his girlfriend a ride home Saturday night.
Police said both the victim, 56, and suspect were at a liquor establishment when the victim decided to take his intoxicated girlfriend home. Police said the suspect became jealous and followed the victim's vehicle and allegedly rear-ended it three times.
When they arrived at the victim's girlfriend's home in Makiki, the suspect and victim got out of their vehicles and fought. The younger man suffered injuries to his hands and arms. Police arrested the suspect for investigation of first-degree criminal property damage and third-degree assault.
Couple tries to extort owner of stolen phone
Police arrested a couple after they allegedly tried to extort money from a man whose cell phone was stolen during a robbery on Friday.
A friend of the 21-year-old man whose phone was taken called the cell phone and asked the people who answered for his friend's phone back. A 24-year-old woman said that she would return the phone for $80 and agreed to meet the next day to make the exchange, police said.
The cell phone owner told police about the arrangement, and plainclothes officers were present on Saturday when the owner met with the woman and a 22-year-old man in Wahiawa at about 10:10 a.m.
The owner of the phone told the woman that he only had $30, and that was when the male suspect brandished a pocketknife, police said.
Undercover officers then arrested the suspects for investigation of second-degree extortion. The male suspect was identified as a Schofield Barracks soldier. Police said neither suspect was linked to the robbery during which the phone was stolen.
Both were later released pending an investigation.