Lingle sours on baseball's image
As a young girl growing up in St. Louis, Gov. Linda Lingle collected baseball cards, and Hank Aaron was one of her heroes.
So when the San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds broke Aaron's record of 755 home runs on Tuesday, Lingle was one of the millions paying attention. But she said in an interview yesterday that the suspicions about Bonds' use of steroids puts the record under a cloud.
"I don't have any knowledge of what Barry Bonds may or may not have taken. I would just hope that sports overall gets its act together as it relates to drugs and artificial enhancements," Lingle said.
"I think it is sad to have a cloud over this kind of record," she added.
The governor, who was rooting for her hometown Cardinals when they won the World Series last year, praised Aaron's speech after Bonds' record-breaking home run.
"Aaron was a big hero of mine in the days that I collected baseball cards, and he was a person who always excelled in a very low-key way," she said.
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Stars swirl in the sky as a meteor from the Perseid meteor shower is seen crossing the swirl at upper left. This is a 75-minute time exposure from the summit of the Big Mountain near Whitefish, Mont.
Meteor shower will spice up sky
Conditions for the annual Perseid meteor shower are good this year because of a new moon, the Bishop Museum planetarium reports.
The shower can be seen from dark to dawn tonight through Wednesday, radiating from the Perseus constellation in the northeast, the planetarium said.
Sky & Telescope magazine said the shower will reach its peak Sunday night, with activity picking up after midnight until dawn.
"Perseids can appear anywhere and everywhere in the sky," it said. "So the best direction to watch is wherever your sky is darkest."
3 indicted in murder attempt
Three suspects in the alleged kidnapping and shooting of a 23-year-old woman who was left to die in a Big Island forest last month have been indicted on counts of second-degree attempted murder and kidnapping.
A grand jury indicted Rodney Bohol Sr. and two alleged accomplices -- sisters Jody Lassen, 34, of Hilo and Danolin Souza, 36, of Orchidland -- Wednesday on two counts each of second-degree attempted murder, according to the county Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
The three suspects were arrested in connection with the July 27 shooting of a woman found in a remote forest area in Kau. The victim, who was found by three men in an area 60 miles south of Hilo, is recovering. Her name has not been released.
Bohol is being held without bail. The women are being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each.
Convict allegedly assaulted girl
A 49-year-old convicted murderer from Laupahoehoe was indicted Wednesday on four counts of first-degree sexual assault against a 12-year-old girl.
Peter Bailey allegedly assaulted the girl July 22 at a Hilo-area church.
Court documents said Bailey picked up the girl to take her to choir practice. According to documents, the girl told police that Bailey pulled her shirt over her head, rubbed oil on her breasts and fondled them. She also said he molested her with his fingers and raped her.
Bailey was originally supposed to have served a minimum of 35 years for the 1979 murder of a 17-year-old girl, but he only served 20 years and was released in 2003.
Coming this weekend in your Star-Bulletin:
The New Seven Wonders of the World were announced last month, so we figure it's time to select some Wonders of Hawaii. After all, we have some wonderful stuff in the islands, right? The nomination process begins Sunday.
Business: Mitch D'Olier, chief executive of Kaneohe Ranch Co., talks about the vision he has for Kailua and the changes that have already taken shape.
Travel: Tour the Alii Kula Lavender Farm on Maui on the slopes of Haleakala and immerse yourself in all things lavender, from bath products to lemonade to chocolates. The farm's more than 10.5 acres features 45 varieties of lavender plants, 55,000 in all.
Police, Fire, Courts
Kauai house fire shuts main road
WAILUA, Kauai » A house fire in the Wailua Homesteads caused about $25,000 in damage and closed a major Kauai road for about an hour.
The fire in the home on Olohena Road broke out at about 8:15 a.m., and firefighters were able to contain the blaze in the master bath and bedroom upstairs in the two-story home.
No one was home at the time of the fire.
The fire was fully extinguished at 9:15 a.m., and Olohena Road, the main thoroughfare to the Wailua Homesteads, was reopened by 9:45 a.m.
Fire officials believe that the cause of the fire was electrical in nature.
Man burned trying to get belongings
ANAHOLA, Kauai » A Kauai man suffered first- and second-degree burns early yesterday morning when he ran back into his burning house for personal items.
The man, whom county officials did not identify, was one of four people inside the Anahola home when the fire started at about 12:45 a.m. yesterday.
He was treated at the scene, taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital and then airlifted later yesterday morning to Straub Clinic & Hospital for further treatment, county officials said.
Firefighters from Kapaa and Lihue battled the fire for an hour and 41 minutes before it was extinguished at 2:41 a.m.
Damage to the five-bedroom wooden structure and its contents is estimated at $420,000.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Maui brush blaze chars 16 acres
A brush fire consumed 16 acres in Kula, Maui, yesterday afternoon.
The fire started at about 2:30 p.m. near Mauna Place off Copp Road at a University of Hawaii agriculture research station, a county spokeswoman said.
No buildings were damaged and no one was injured, said spokeswoman Mahina Martin.
The fire was contained by 5 p.m., Martin said.
3 are arrested in pineapple theft
Police arrested three Ewa men Wednesday who allegedly stole more than 200 pineapples from a Kunia pineapple field.
Police said the suspects, ages 35, 47 and 63, were seen by security guards at about 6:50 p.m. picking pineapples.
Police were called, and when they walked the men back to their van, they found the pineapples in the cargo area.
All three men were arrested for investigation of second-degree theft.
Missing student found in Bay Area
A 24-year-old Chinese student who was reported missing since July 31 was found yesterday in San Francisco.
Police said Liu Liu is receiving proper care in San Francisco.
Liu was a graduate student at the University of Hawaii and had last been seen at a friend's home in Hawaii Kai, where she was staying for the summer.
She was reportedly distraught and had last been seen July 31.
Police issued a CrimeStoppers bulletin Wednesday and located her in San Francisco yesterday.
3 men arrested in Makiki mugging
Police arrested three men who allegedly robbed another man who was walking home in Makiki early yesterday.
Police said the victim, 19, was walking home near the 1500 block of Keeaumoku Street, just mauka of the H-1 freeway, at about 1:50 a.m. when he was approached by five males. The group assaulted the victim and took his watch, wallet, keys and cell phone, police said.
Police were called and found three of the suspects, two of whom are 19 and one who is 18. All three were arrested for investigation of second-degree robbery. One of the 19-year-olds was also arrested on suspicion of detaining stolen property for allegedly having the stolen items on him.