Space man to speak to students
A former NASA astronaut who was the first commander of the International Space Station will speak to Kapolei Middle School students tomorrow.
Capt. William M. Shepherd will talk to 400 students from 1:40 to 2:20 p.m. at the school's cafeteria. His visit is intended to generate science interest through space and exploration.
Shepherd is in Hawaii for aerospace activities marking the 38th anniversary of Apollo 11's landing on the moon.
A former Navy SEAL, he became an astronaut and flew three flights as a mission specialist on the space shuttles Atlantis, Discovery and Columbia. He was program manager and deputy program manager for the International Space Station.
In 1996, Shepherd was selected as commander of the first crew to live aboard the space station. He trained for four years in Russia before he and two cosmonauts boarded a Soyuz rocket to the station in 2000. After a 141-day, 58-million-mile mission, he returned to Florida on the shuttle Discovery in 2001.
During the mission, in March 2001, two Waianae High School students spoke with Shepherd via amateur radio as the space station passed over Hawaii.
Chaminade gets $10,000 grant
The Alexander & Baldwin Foundation gave $10,000 to Chaminade University last month to partially fund a comparison macroscope for Chaminade's forensic sciences program, according to a news release from the school.
The comparison macroscope allows students to compare separate objects or separate slides. "Using the new macroscope will help forensic sciences students develop a wide range of skills from comparing bullet striations and fingerprints to comparing soil samples," said Dr. M. Lee Goff, the director of Chaminade's forensic sciences program.
The university is paying the rest of the $25,000 cost of the macroscope, said a spokeswoman.
Lecture to link faith, environment
"Spiritual Ecology: Exploring the Relationships between Religions and Environment" is the topic of a free lecture Aug. 1 on the University of Hawaii's Manoa campus.
Leslie Sponsel, director of UH's Ecological Anthropology Program, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Yukiyoshi Room 012 of Krauss Hall.
Spiritual ecology encompasses many people's conviction that solutions to the world's environmental crisis must come from key changes in how humans relate to nature. It assumes no single religion is either the cause or the cure for the situation, a release about the talk said.
Sponsel's talk will explore spiritual ecology as a social, political, religious and environmental movement from a scientific and academic perspective.
The event is part of the UH Outreach College Sakamaki Lecture Series. For more information, visit www.outreach.hawaii.edu/summer or call 956-8246.
Police, Fire, Courts
This Kalihi bank robbery suspect was photographed Friday. CLICK FOR LARGE
Robbery suspect turns himself in
A 20-year-old Kalihi man who allegedly robbed a Kalihi bank Friday while lugging a skateboard is facing federal bank robbery charges.
The man turned himself in to police yesterday afternoon at the main police station after a CrimeStoppers bulletin was issued Monday.
He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree robbery.
Police said the man was wearing a beanie cap and carrying a skateboard when he entered the Kalihi branch of Bank of Hawaii, located at 1956 N. King St., about 2:20 p.m. Friday
The man allegedly presented a demand note to the teller and fled with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
The man, however, did not use the skateboard as a getaway vehicle, police said.
Police credited the digital surveillance camera, which provided a clearer image of the suspect than a VHS surveillance camera would have.
Digger sparks fire at UH-Hilo housing
Big Island firefighters responded to a small fire Monday at the Hale Kawili off-campus housing for the University of Hawaii at Hilo on West Kawili Street.
About 8:30 a.m., an excavator digging a sewer trench damaged an underground electric line, causing a short affecting four buildings of the complex, according to a news release from the Hawaii County Fire Department.
An outlet in Building 19 ignited some contents and a window covering, and two TV sets in another building emitted smoke, according to the release.
The fire was out when firefighters arrived. It caused about $5,000 in damage, according to the release.
Man arrested after alleged sex assault
A 39-year-old Waimanalo man, who allegedly sexually assaulted his stepdaughter's friend Sunday, was arrested yesterday.
Police said the friend, a 19-year-old woman, was allegedly sexually assaulted between 3 and 3:30 a.m. Sunday. The man was arrested yesterday on first-degree sexual assault.
Kalihi girl accuses man of sex abuse
A 48-year-old man was arrested yesterday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Kalihi two months ago, police said.
The teenager said she was sexually assaulted by a family member, police said.
Police arrested the man on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault. The case is pending further investigation.