Lectures look at global warming
One of the world's leading climate researchers will present a free public lecture at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the University of Hawaii-Manoa Campus Center Ballroom.
Richard Alley, Evan Pugh professor of geosciences at Penn State University, will discuss "Get Rich and Save the World: Global Warming, Peak Oil and Our Future."
He also will lead a seminar open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the architecture auditorium on "Fraying at the Edges -- Sea Level and the Bizarre Behavior of Ice Sheets."
Alley has studied ice sheets for many years in Antarctica and Greenland and has published many articles on climate change and Earth's recent climate history.
He chaired a National Research Council study on "Abrupt Climate Change" and has served on other advisory panels and steering committees related to climate change. Alley is a popular source of information about climate change for television, radio and print outlets. His presentation here is part of the UH-Manoa Distinguished Lecture Series.
Donations for shelter are sought
The Salvation Army wants to open by September a transitional shelter in Manoa for women recovering from substance abuse but still needs $600,000 to complete the project.
The Family Treatment Services Transitional Home will consist of two houses for 12 homeless women and their children to help stabilize and reintegrate them into society. Salvation Army officials believe the transitional home will be the only facility in the state to provide long-term housing for homeless and recovering women and their children.
Officials have raised about $1.2 million for the $1.8 million project through grants from the City and County of Honolulu and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development but are asking for donations to cover the remainder of the cost.
"We have grown increasingly aware of the difficulty women with children face in finding affordable drug-free housing when they complete their treatment," said Linda Rich, executive director of Family Treatment Services. "This project has been a longtime dream of the Salvation Army."
For more information or to donate, contact Rich at 732-2802, ext. 201.
UH biologist lauded for research
A new gene therapy technique published by the University of Hawaii
and Medical College of Georgia
researchers is one of the top 10 in a list of the 100 most influential publications in the field last year.
In seventh place was a paper published by Dr. Stefan Moisyadi, molecular biologist in the Institute of Biogenesis Research, John A. Burns School of Medicine, and Dr. Joseph M. Kaminski, radiation oncologist at the Medical College of Georgia Cancer Center.
The Ion Channel Media Group scored gene therapy publications worldwide on the number of visitors who read a particular article in the "gene therapy portal," as well as other measures.
The work of Moisyadi and Kaminski "has implications for the gene therapy process by which human diseases are treated by introducing new genes in their DNA," said W. Steven Ward, interim director of the Institute for Biogenesis Research. He said the seventh-place ranking for their research "is important news for UH because it indicates that we continue to make important contributions to the world of science."
"Moreover, this work in particular has implications for Hawaii's developing economic program for biotechnology."
Police, Fire, Courts
Gambling case leads to 6 arrests
Six men were charged over the weekend in connection with an ongoing investigation involving alleged racketeering and illegal gambling.
The suspects' ages range from 29 to 40, and all were under federal arrest warrants for felony assault and racketeering. Police said the arrests were a result of an ongoing investigation involving the Honolulu Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; and the FBI.
Motorcycle crash badly injures pair
Two people injured yesterday in a motorcycle crash near Makua Cave had to be taken to the Queen's Medical Center by helicopter.
At about 2:25 p.m., a 62-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman were traveling east on Farrington Highway, east of Access Road A, when the man lost control. The motorcycle drifted off the right shoulder of the road into a dirt mound, police said.
Both riders were ejected from the blue Harley-Davidson Softtail motorcycle. They were not wearing helmets.
The man was in critical condition, and the woman was in serious condition, police said.
Police said both speed and alcohol were apparent factors in the crash.
Victims identified in 2 accidents
The Medical Examiner's office released the names of two men who died in separate vehicle accidents over the weekend.
Daniel K. Kekahuna Jr., 38, of Waianae died Friday night in an accident on Farrington Highway in Nanakuli at about 8:30 p.m.
A 40-year-old woman and a 9-year-old boy were also injured in the two-vehicle crash. The driver of the other vehicle escaped without injuries.
Sione O. Tamale, 25, died on the H-1 freeway at about 5:10 Saturday morning.
Tamale, of Waimanalo, was thrown from the vehicle. Two other men, 26 and 21, sustained critical injuries in the crash. The blue 2001 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling west on the freeway when it veered off the roadway and overturned near the Farrington Highway overpass in Makakilo.
Autopsies are scheduled for both men today to determine the exact causes of death.
Intruders caught in woman's car
Two men were arrested after they were allegedly seen relaxing in a woman's car.
At about 4:30 a.m. Friday, a 47-year-old woman called police when two men, ages 30 and 23, were seen inside her car in Kapolei. When police arrived, one man was standing outside the car while another was lying inside. Both were arrested on a charge of unauthorized entry.
3 arrested in copper wire theft
Police arrested three people yesterday for allegedly stealing copper wire from an area near the Pali Lookout.
At about 1 p.m. a witness called police to report a man carrying green-cable-covered copper wire and numerous electrical conduits hanging along the highway.
Police responded and arrested two men, 46 and 20, and a 42-year-old woman on suspicion of second-degree theft.
Police also recovered nine bundles of electrical wire and one bundle of rolled-up copper wire. An estimated cost of the wire was not available.