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POSTED: Monday, October 19, 2009

Tropical depression south of Hawaii

Forecasters say a tropical depression has formed far south of Hawaii and that it is expected to strengthen over the next two days.

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center said the depression's center was about 905 miles south-southeast of Honolulu yesterday afternoon. It is moving toward the west-northwest at about 15 mph.

Winds are about 30 mph, with higher gusts.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service issued a high-surf advisory for the south shores of the isles through 6 this morning.

The agency also issued a small-craft warning for the channels between the islands, with easterly winds of 27 mph and seas of 10 feet.

UH law school receives high marks

Two graduate school guides have given high marks to the University of Hawaii law school, according to a UH news release.

The UH law school was named as among the top 25 Best Value Law Schools in a survey compiled by the National PreLaw Magazine, based on tuition, bar passage and employment rates.

The Princeton Review's recently published “;Best 172 Law Schools”; college guide ranked the William S. Richardson School of Law as offering the “;Best Environment for Minority Students.”; The law school also placed second as the school “;Most Chosen by Older Students”; and fifth in the “;Most Diverse Faculty”; category.

The review's rankings are based on surveys of 18,000 students attending 172 law schools and on school-reported data during the last three academic years.

Dyslexia insights to be presented

Two free presentations will offer insights into the world of dyslexia Oct. 28 and Nov. 10 at the Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, 1226 College Walk.

The Hawaii Branch of the International Dyslexia Association will sponsor the events from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

For reservations, contact Margaret at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 538-7007. Seating is limited. Parking is $3.

Maui drivers may face ban on cell phones

WAILUKU » Maui officials are considering banning drivers from using any electronic device while behind the wheel.

The proposal introduced by Maui County Council member Joe Pontanilla follows a push nationwide to ban the use of devices, including cell phones, that distract drivers.

Honolulu already has a ban in place.

The bill would carry fines of up to $100 for a first offense and up to $250 for every subsequent violation.

Honolulu's fine is $67 for the first offense.

The proposal exempts drivers calling 911.