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POSTED: Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Beachgoers at North shore report shark

City ocean safety officials will determine this morning whether shark warning signs will again be posted at Papailoa and Laniakea beaches on the North Shore.

Signs went up yesterday after beachgoers reported an estimated 8-foot shark feeding on a turtle at about 11:30 a.m.

Ocean safety personnel who responded did not see a shark, but did see a turtle that appeared to have been bitten by a shark, according Emergency Services Department spokesman Bryan Cheplic.

Lifeguards do not have a tower at Papailoa Beach, but ocean safety personnel “;will continue to patrol both Papailoa and Laniakea to warn swimmers and beachgoers of the potential threat,”; according to an EMS statement.

The warning signs were taken down yesterday at the end of the day, as is routinely done.

Gill to be remembered at service

A public memorial for former Hawaii Lt. Gov. Tom Gill, who also served in Congress and the state House, will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Church of the Crossroads.

Gill died June 3 at 87.

Members of the public are also invited to upload photos and post tributes in his honor at www.unitehere5.org/tomgill.

Gill is best remembered for his writing and passage of civil rights legislation, including the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964. He played a major role in shaping the Democratic Party in Hawaii and helped change the political power structure of post-World War II Hawaii.

He was elected to the Territorial House of Representatives in 1958 and later to the state House. Gill served in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was elected to the office of lieutenant governor in 1966.

Shooting suspect is held on $2M bail

The suspect in a fatal shooting Friday in a karaoke nightclub parking lot made an initial appearance in District Court yesterday.

Phillip Dejesus Deleon, 33, of Waianae is facing second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, reckless endangering and firearm charges in the death of 35-year-old Shawn Powell.

The city medical examiner says Powell bled to death from a gunshot wound in his heart.

Police charged Deleon with attempted murder because they say he shot at a witness before fleeing. They arrested him at Honolulu Airport later in the day, waiting to catch a flight to Salt Lake City.

Deleon remains in custody unable to post $2 million bail.

Nominees sought for federal bench

The Hawaii Federal Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations to fill the seat formerly held by U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor, who has become a senior judge.

The nine-member commission will select a list of candidates, from which U.S. Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka will select and forward to the White House for consideration.

Nomination and application forms can be found the following Web sites: http://www.hsba.org, inouye.senate.gov/ Press/Judicial-Selection.cfm and akaka.senate.gov/public/ judicial.html.

Application forms can also be sent to the commission at Chairman, Hawaii Federal Judicial Selection Commission, Suite 2100, ASB Tower, 1001 Bishop St., Honolulu 96813. Completed application forms must be delivered or mailed no later than Sept. 4.

Foundation gives $1M to UH-Hilo

The J.M. Long Foundation has given $1 million to the College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii-Hilo.

The University of Hawaii Foundation says the money will support the construction of the initial phase of a health sciences complex on the Big Island.

The college's teaching, research, study, administrative and faculty office spaces are currently distributed across the UH-Hilo campus and the city of Hilo.

The site of the new health sciences complex is situated on 10 acres adjacent to UH-Hilo's astronomy and science museum, Imiloa Astronomy Center.

The College of Pharmacy was founded in 2006.

Joseph M. Long, co-founder of Longs Drug Stores, created his foundation in 1966.

S. Korean envoy to meet in Hawaii

South Korea's nuclear envoy will meet key U.S. diplomats in charge of North Korea policy in Hawaii this week to talk about how to handle the communist country in the wake of its latest nuclear and missile tests, his office said yesterday.

Envoy Wi Sung-lac plans to meet U.S. special envoy Stephen Bosworth and Ambassador Sung Kim, a State Department official in charge of continuing nuclear talks on North Korea, today and tomorrow. Their discussions will be a brainstorming session aimed at finding ways forward, the Foreign Ministry said.