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By Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, September 1, 1997

Independent newspapers
flourishing on UH campus

This summer, University of Hawaii undergraduates William J. Matsuda, Micheal Lee and Ryan K. Ozawa sat on the beach in Waikiki discussing ways to enhance campus life.

Their answer came in an alternative campus newspaper aimed at providing Manoa's nearly 20,000 students this school year with an independent voice.

It is among a handful of student-generated newspapers cropping up this fall throughout the UH system.

The Associated Students of UH recently published 15,000 copies of its first newspaper, while students at UH-Hilo have resurrected the Scor, an alternative weekly publication.

"We all decided it would be great to have our own newspaper and to no longer be a part of a larger organization but be at the top," said Lee, a junior in journalism.

Their monthly publication, called the University aVenue, debuted this week with 5,000 copies distributed to students as well as a full-text online site on the World Wide Web (http://www.uavenue.com) which is constantly updated.

Lee, who handles photos, said he wanted a greater exchange of information on campus not limited to official publications such as Ka Leo O Hawaii, the daily student newspaper, or Ku Lama, the weekly UH systemwide newsletter.

Ford Island bridge
in 'exclusive club'

More than 11,000 cubic yards of concrete and 900 tons of reinforcing steel have gone into the new Ford Island bridge.

The Navy says the $78 million, 1-mile bridge is "comfortably ahead of schedule" and in line to be dedicated in May.

The bridge connecting the Halawa side of Pearl Harbor to Ford Island has been fully laid and by the end of the month will be paved with concrete.

"By mid-September we hope to be able to drive construction vehicles to Ford Island," said Navy Lt. Pete O'Hara, project engineer.

He noted that the bridge's unique feature is a retractable 930-foot-long concrete pontoon section in the middle of the 4,700-foot causeway.

"It is only one of six floating concrete bridges in the world," said O'Hara, who has been on the project almost since it began in late January 1966. "Four others are in the state of Washington, and there is another in Canada.

"We're in a kind of exclusive club when it comes to floating bridges."

Carpenters reach
tentative settlement

A threatened strike by union carpenters in Hawaii was averted yesterday when negotiators reached a tentative contract settlement.

The pact must be ratified by Carpenters Union members and companies represented at the bargaining table by the Hawaii Employers Council.

Union leader Walter Kupau said he was confident his membership will approve the newly negotiated contract.

Terms of the proposed agreement weren't disclosed. But a union spokesman said the two sides came to terms over increased wages and benefits.

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Police/Fire


By Star-Bulletin staff

Boy, 4, killed in fall
from Atkinson building

A 4-year-old boy died yesterday at Queen's Hospital following a fall from the 11th floor of a Atkinson Drive apartment building.

Detectives are still trying to question the victim's mother, who speaks Japanese, about the incident.

The boy was pronounced dead at 7:10 p.m., about an hour after a passer-by found him on the pavement. The boy, whose name has not been released, was at home with his mother and several other children when he fell off the balcony.

Teens hospitalized after
crash that killed girl, 17

Two teen-agers injured in Friday night's auto crash on the H-1 freeway near the Waikele off-ramp that killed another teen remain hospitalized at Queen's Hospital in fair condition.

The accident claimed the life of a 17-year-old Kapolei girl, whose identity has not yet been released by the medical examiner's office.

The injured youths, ages 18 and 17, and a boy, 17, who suffered minor injuries were in a GMC Jimmy sports utility vehicle that struck a metal guardrail and flipped over, skidding about 800 feet on its roof.

The traffic fatality was the 53rd this year on Oahu.

Officials looking closely
at suspicious home fire

Authorities are investigating a fire that ripped through a Ponohale Street home Saturday night.

The blaze, which investigators view as suspicious, caused $200,000 in damage to the structure and $60,000 to its contents, said a Honolulu Police spokesman.

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