McKinley graduate to be honored
Maj. Ladda "Tammy" Duckworth will be honored by the McKinley High School Foundation at a dinner Thursday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Coral Ballroom.
Duckworth, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot in the National Guard, will be recognized for her commitment to serving her community and country. Her helicopter was shot down in Iraq, and she suffered the loss of both legs and the use of her right arm, according to a release.
Carl Takamura, president of the foundation, said, "Maj. Tammy Duckworth is truly inspirational, exemplifying the values of the McKinley Code of Honor: Honesty, Industry, Courage and Love."
A 1985 McKinley graduate, Duckworth ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic candidate for a U.S. House seat for Illinois' 6th District last year. She later was named director of Veteran Affairs for Illinois.
A silent auction and cocktails at 5:30 p.m. will precede dinner.
Contributions exceeding $50 a seat are tax-deductible, according to the nonprofit foundation. Proceeds will fund scholarships for McKinley graduates.
For more information, call the McKinley High School Foundation at 536-3832.
School flu shot program begins
About 66,000 public and private school students in Hawaii will receive flu shots from now until January.
The state Health Department's "Protect Hawaii's Keiki: Stop Flu at School" program will also provide vaccination for nearly 9,000 teachers and school staff.
The school-based vaccination program is a partnership between the state Departments of Health and Education, the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools and Hawaii Catholic schools.
Health officials project more than 88,000 doses of vaccine will be administered because many children under age 9 require two doses.
Health Director Chiyome Fukino said preventing the spread of flu among children at school can reduce its spread at home and in the community.
Forum set on post-partum blues
Post-partum depression can affect up to 15 percent of new mothers annually -- about 2,700 in Hawaii, says Marya Grambs, executive director, Mental Health America in Honolulu.
Mild to severe symptoms, from "baby blues" to psychosis, can occur, she said. "It can deeply impact families and so early awareness is critical."
A free public seminar is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at Central Union Church, 1660 Beretania St., to discuss how to identify someone who might be suffering from post-partum depression.
Seminar will discuss labor law
The Hawaii State Judiciary will hold a free seminar on labor law from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Supreme Court conference room.
"Labor Law: Termination, Unemployment, and Other Issues in Employment Law" will have attorney Christopher Yeh as the featured speaker.
Yeh, a partner with Marr Hipp Jones & Wang, received his law degree from Harvard Law School.
The event is part of the "Lunch 'n' Learn the Law" program.
Animal rescue workshop planned
A workshop to train volunteers who want to help animals affected by floods, hurricanes and other disasters will be held Oct. 27 at the Oahu Veterans Center.
The session is sponsored by the United Animal Nations and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Participants will prepare to take part in the UAN's Emergency Animal Rescue Service, which shelters animals during disasters.
The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and costs $50 a person in advance, $60 at the door, if space is available. The fee includes lunch, a T-shirt, an ID badge and a handbook.
Volunteers must be at least 18. To register, visit www.uan.org or call (916) 429-2457.
Police, Fire, Courts
High-profile suspect nabbed
A kidnapping and burglary suspect who was recently featured on the public-access TV show "Hawaii Island's Most Wanted" turned himself in to police Saturday.
Harry Hose, 44, was arrested in connection with a June 26 home invasion robbery in Honomalino, Big Island police said yesterday.
He was charged Sunday with kidnapping, burglary and theft. He was also charged with theft and burglary for a Sept. 20 burglary in Captain Cook and with criminal promotion of marijuana on Wednesday, police said.
His bail was set at $50,500.
Teenager arrested in Waianae attack
Police arrested a teenage boy who allegedly attacked a 45-year-old man and chased him to his apartment in Waianae early yesterday.
Police said that at about 1:50 a.m. the victim was at a public pay phone when the suspect and another male started beating him for no apparent reason.
The suspects allegedly followed the victim to his apartment, where they broke a window and tried to open the door. The victim kept hitting their hands away from the doorknob, police said.
Officers arrested a 17-year-old boy who was still at the man's apartment when they arrived. The teenager kicked and damaged the patrol car. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and criminal property damage.
Police were still searching for the second suspect.
Home break-in suspect caught
Police arrested a 19-year-old man who allegedly broke into a woman's Makiki apartment Sunday and was sitting on her bed while she was sleeping.
The 29-year-old woman awoke at about 5:45 a.m. Sunday to find the man sitting on her bed and watching her, police said.
The man fled, and the woman reported the incident to police.
She did not know how the man entered the home, police said.
Later during the day, the woman saw the man in the area and called police again. Police arrested him on suspicion of unauthorized entry into a dwelling.
The man, who lives in Makiki, was released pending investigation.