State campaign code ruled unconstitutionalThe state's voluntary Code of Fair Campaign Practices violates the free speech rights of political candidates and is unconstitutional "on its face," according to a federal court ruling issued Friday.
Judge Helen Gilmore ordered the Campaign Spending Commission to remove its censure of Roger Ancheta, who ran unsuccessfully against state Sen. Randall Iwase in 1998.
The commission censured Ancheta in 1999 after finding that a campaign brochure contained personal attacks on Iwase that violated the code. But Gilmore ruled that "attempts to regulate speech through the Code of Fair Campaign Practices has the potential of prohibiting or chilling a substantial range of protected speech."
Ancheta, in a statement, said the right to comment on an opponent's record is fundamental. The suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Simons & Viola.
Oahu urban streams hazardous, study saysSome Oahu urban streams contain DDT residue and have high levels of toxic pesticides chlordane and dieldrin, according to a federal study.
The chemicals, now banned, were commonly used to control insects. Residues are now found in stream bottoms.
Virtually any urban stream may be expected to contain dangerous pesticides in streambed sediment and in fish and other forms of life found there, the study suggests.
The six streams studied by the U.S. Geological Survey in the fall of 1998 were Kaneohe, Manoa, Nuuanu, Poamoho, Waikele and Waihee streams.
Akaka takes the oath from Gore
Kamehameha Schools to get state checkKamehameha Schools was to receive a $14 million check today from a settlement with the attorney general's office -- the result of a two-year battle with the former five trustees of what was known as Bishop Estate.
The payment will close years of controversy over alleged mismanagement by trustees -- Henry Peters, Richard Wong, Lokelani Lindsey and Gerard Jervis -- who were removed from office. Oswald Stender resigned in 1999. They have all denied any wrongdoing.
Straub taking applications for research scholarsThe Straub Foundation is accepting applications for the 2001 Summer Student Research Program from college and university students.
Research scholars will be assigned to projects, offered hands-on experience in clinical research and participate in a formal research/education curriculum during an eight-week program.
Selectees are chosen on the basis of academic performance, interests and letter of recommendation. Priority is given to students from Hawaii.
Eight to 10 scholars will be invited to volunteer in the 2001 Summer Student Research Program and will have the opportunity to participate in an incentive cash awards program.
For information and an application form, call the Straub Foundation at 808-524-6755. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a personal interview to learn more about the program. Deadline for applications is Feb. 12.
TomorrowSome events of interest
7 p.m., McCully/Moiliili Public Library: McCully/Moiliili No. 8 Neighborhood Board monthly meeting. Info: 527-5749.
7 p.m., Pauahi Recreation Center: Downtown No. 13 Neighborhood Board monthly meeting. Info: 527-5749.
7 p.m., Kailua Recreation Center: Kailua No. 31 Neighborhood Board monthly meeting. Info: 527-5749.
Burt Lum is president of NetEnterprise. His first name and the name of his company were incorrect in an article Friday about a high-tech job expo.
Tim Steinberger is the city's new deputy director of environmental services. A story Saturday incorrectly called him the director. Mayor Jeremy Harris has yet to name a director.
Leroy Miranda remained in critical condition this morning at Maui Memorial Medical Center, following a motorcycle accident Monday. A story yesterday reported his injuries correctly, but a headline said he had been killed in the accident. The Star-Bulletin apologizes for the incorrect headline.
Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers
Police identify body found at base of cliffHILO -- Police have identified a woman whose body was found at the base of cliff in the Puna District as Ute "Sunami" Leinmuller, 41. Her place of residence was not released.
Leinmuller was found Friday at the base of a 40-foot cliff at Kehena beach. Police are asking anyone who saw the woman at Kehena that morning to call them at 961-2384.
Pedestrian, 88, dies after hit by city busEusebia Rarallo, 88, died last night after being struck by a city bus in Waipahu.
The bus was westbound on Hiapo Street and was turning left onto Paiwa Street when it struck Rarallo in the crosswalk at 4:50 p.m.
She was taken to Queen's Medical Center, where she died at 9:30 p.m.
Police said glare may have been a factor in the accident.
Rarallo's death is Oahu's fourth traffic fatality of the year.
Two cops hurt trying to thwart theft from carTwo officers were injured yesterday at the Pali Lookout while trying to stop a vehicle from fleeing the scene of a theft from another car. Two male suspects escaped and remain at large.
Police were monitoring the site in response to a recent rash of thefts from autos there.
Shortly before 3 p.m., one of two young men in a late-model Saturn allegedly popped the trunk of a parked convertible and removed some items.
One officer had a hand injury while trying to stop the car from leaving the lot. The other was injured when she was struck by a metal gate after it had been rammed by the suspects' vehicle.
Both officers were taken to Queen's Medical Center, where the female officer was held overnight for observation. The other officer was treated and released. The suspect vehicle was using stolen license plates, police said.
Kaimuki bank robbery suspect to be arraignedA Kaimuki man suspected of robbing two banks last month was to be arraigned before a federal magistrate today.
The FBI said that Miles Kaneshiro, 40, robbed the Kaimuki branch of American Savings Bank on Dec. 27 and the Makiki branch of First Hawaiian Bank on Dec. 23.
He was arrested last night and charged with two counts of bank robbery. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.
Victims of yesterday's traffic fatalities ID'dThe medical examiner's office has identified victims of two traffic accidents yesterday morning as Lorrie Wiley, 32, of Waimanalo, and Mauricio Cabe, 85, of Kaneohe.
Wiley was driving on Kalanianaole Highway when her car was struck by a 1988 Chrysler in front of Olomana Golf Course at 5:25 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
In Kaneohe, Cabe was hit by a van while walking outside of the crosswalk near Star Market. He died at Queen's Medical Center at 6:50 a.m.
Kapolei, Kalihi men named in road deathsThe medical examiner's office said Kwang Yul Yoon, 45,of Kapolei was the victim found in a Toyota 4Runner that crashed into a riverbed off Old Farrington Road.
His cause of death was deferred.
The medical examiner also identified Benjamin Capania, 79, of Kalihi as the pedestrian who died Saturday after being struck by a car the day before.
Witnesses sought in Windward murderAnyone who may have seen a white 2000 Chevrolet Express van with Hawaii license plate 947TPF on Kaneohe Bay Drive at about 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve is asked to contact police.
Murder victim Song Chol Marshall's van was found burning on Christmas Day in Mapunapuna and his body found in a dumpster in Waimanalo.
Call CrimeStoppers, 955-8300, or Dets. Harold Fitchett or Larry Tamashiro at 529-3115.