UH programs earn national praise
Graduate programs in business, law and medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa are ranked in U.S. News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools 2008," according to a UH news release.
The geriatric medicine program at the John A. Burns School of Medicine made the list for the first time, coming in 12th in the nation.
The William S. Richardson School of Law moved up in national rankings, placing in the top 20 for its environmental law, diversity and low faculty/student ratio. It also was listed in the top 40 for first-time bar passage rate and for lowest student debt.
The international business graduate program at the Shidler College of Business was in the 21st spot nationally.
The U.S. News rankings are based on surveys of academic administrators and other professionals and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students.
The rankings will appear in U.S. News and World Report issue that appears on newsstands tomorrow.
Police, Fire, Courts
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Firefighters responded last night to a blaze at Piikoi Tower at 1556 Piikoi St. in Makiki. The side of the building was blackened by smoke from the seventh-floor fire.
Fire damages Makiki apartments
Firefighters extinguished a two-alarm blaze last night at a 20-story high rise in Makiki.
"There were flames jumping all over creation," said Rick Funk, who lives down the street.
Firefighters responded to a 7:42 p.m. call at Piikoi Tower at 1556 Piikoi St. and had the fire under control 20 minutes later, said Fire Department Spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig.
The fire started in unit 707 and damaged the eighth floor unit above it. The unit below also sustained water damage, Seelig said.
The unit was unoccupied since the last tenants moved about three weeks ago, Seelig added. No one was hurt in the fire.
Police shut down Piikoi Street as firefighters worked on the blaze.
Residents said the building was not equipped with sprinklers. Some residents complained that the fire alarms in the building did not work.
Seelig said it was too early to estimate the damage. The cause is also under investigation.
Police hold 'valet' in car break-in
Police arrested a 33-year-old man who allegedly pretended to be a valet and then broke into a woman's car to steal an Apple iTrip, an iPod accessory .
Police said that after a 22-year-old woman drove into a Waikiki parking lot at about 10 p.m. Friday, the suspect approached her and said he was a valet. The victim declined to have the car parked for her and parked it herself.
She returned to put a parking ticket in the car when she saw the suspect inside it. The man fled, and the woman saw her Apple iTrip was missing. The woman saw the suspect about two hours later and called police. He was booked on a charge of unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle.
Man, 33, allegedly threatens stabbing
Police arrested a 33-year-old man after he allegedly threatened his live-in girlfriend with a kitchen knife and then attempted suicide when the woman moved out.
Police said the suspect got into an argument with his 29-year-old girlfriend in their Waikiki apartment at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. The suspect allegedly threatened to kill her with a kitchen knife, then slapped her on the head twice.
The woman moved out at about 2:30 a.m. Friday to her uncle's house in Waikiki. The suspect allegedly tried to get in her uncle's house at about 11:30 p.m. that night and attempted to kill himself.
Police were called and arrested the man on charges of first-degree terroristic threatening and abuse.
Suspects sought from 2 robberies
Police are looking for suspects in two separate robbery cases that occurred Friday night.
At about 7:20 p.m. Friday in Kailua, an unknown man held up two women, ages 51 and 55, at gunpoint and took an undisclosed amount of money.
At about 8:10 p.m. Friday, a 19-year-old woman was sitting with a juvenile on a curb in the parking lot of a Kalihi 7-Eleven, when they were approached by an unknown man. The suspect pointed what appeared to be a handgun and demanded the juvenile's gold chain.
The suspects in both cases are described to be about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 140 to 150 pounds with black hair. Police are unsure whether the two cases are related.
Firefighters help hunter hurt in fall
Big Island firefighters rescued a hunter after he was injured from a fall yesterday.
At about 11:55 a.m., rescue officials went to a mountain forest area about a mile off of the 9.8-mile marker of Saddle Road. A male hunter whose age was unavailable reported a leg injury after a fall and could not get out of the area.
Firefighters blocked off part of Saddle Road to use as a helicopter landing zone. A chopper used a net to extract the man, who was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.