Falun Gong symposium todayLocal members of the Falun Gong will hold an anniversary celebration from 9 a.m. to noon today at Magic Island to mark the founding of the spiritual movement in China in 1992.
Members will demonstrate the physical exercises that are part of the meditative practices in Falun Dafa beliefs. They will also answer questions about the movement which has been persecuted by Chinese government in recent years, said spokesman Martin Larsson. Speakers will discuss women's rights issues in China.
The event, which is open to the public, will be at the Waikiki side of the Magic Island parking lot.
LCC to give free Mother's Day concertThe Leeward Community College chorus and Kanikapila Singers will perform in a free concert billed as "a Mother's Day extravaganza" at 4 p.m. today at Kawaiahao Church.
The "Mom, We Love You" theme will be featured in music from show tunes to old gospel music favorites. The Northwest College Singers will be guest performers.
How Hawaii's delegates voted
U.S. SenateThe federal budget, which passed 53 to 47:
Daniel Akaka (D) -- n
Daniel Inouye (D) -- n
U.S. HouseThe federal budget, which passed 221 to 207:
Neil Abercrombie (D) -- n
Patsy Mink (D) -- n
Source: States News Service
>> The Malama Na Keiki Foundation has been named recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Hawaii Dental Service Foundation. The funds will be used to extend marketing activities that solicit planned gifts through the Malama Na Keiki Foundation Planned Gifts & Endowments Program.
>> Read Aloud America has been awarded an $8,000 grant by the George P. and Ida Tenney Castle Trust to expand the Read Aloud Program. Since the RAP's inception in 1999, more than 20,000 children and adults have participated in the program's family reading experiences.
>> UH-Manoa associate professor Virginia Bennett and professor Thomas Hilgers have been awarded 2000-2001 Fulbright Scholar grants. Bennett is a member of UH's department of European languages. Hilgers is a member of the department of English. The two are among 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who received Fulbright Scholar grants to lecture or conduct research in 140 countries around the world.
>> The E.L. Wiegand Foundation named Sacred Hearts Academy recipient of a $200,000 grant. The grant will be used to construct a new multi-purpose science lab. Sacred Hearts Academy will begin construction on the lab, to be named Wiegand Lab, in June 2001 with a planned completion date in August.
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[WINNERS & LOSERS]
[WINNERS]ADB opponents: Critics of the Asian Development Bank get their message across during peaceful protests of the bank's annual meeting, dispelling fears of Seattle-like riots.
Vietnam War hero: Joseph Kamaka of Maui is awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic rescue of his platoon commander 34 years ago.
Garden Isle homeowners: The Kauai County Council agrees to lower property taxes that Mayor Maryanne Kusaka has opposed.
[LOSERS]Phone users: About 3,500 homes in the Hahaione Valley and Hawaii Kai Drive area lose their phone service when a construction crew slices through a cable.
Gov. Ben Cayetano: The governor mounts a big campaign to get his side of the story out during the teachers strike, but it apparently doesn't work. His post-strike performance ratings plummet.
Computer users: Whether it is the "Homepage" virus or Chinese hackers, computers statewide, including those at the University of Hawaii and the City and County of Honolulu, are under attack from mischief makers.
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Police, Fire, Courts
By Star-Bulletin staff
Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers
Family loses home in Wahiawa fireA single mother and her three children will spend Mother's Day homeless after fire gutted their two-story Wahiawa house.
The house, at 40 Makani Ave., is two blocks from the fire station, but the second story was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived shortly after 5:52 p.m. yesterday, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Richard Soo.
The Red Cross is arranging temporary housing for the woman, 39, boy, 4, and girls, 6 and 15.
The children were not home and she was outside when the fire broke out, Soo said.
Policeman fires gun twice in pursuit of suspectA patrol officer fired two shots at a man after a foot chase in Kahala shortly after 4 a.m. yesterday, police said.
The officer tried to stop the man for a traffic violation on Kahala Avenue near Aukai Street. The driver of the car, which police said was stolen May 1, sped off and lost control, crashing into a wall at 4326 Aukai St. He then fled on foot to a construction site on Hakaha Street.
During a search of the area, the man appeared in the dark with what looked like a weapon, police said. The officer fired two shots and missed, and the suspect fled.
The suspect is described as between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing between 150 to 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black sweatband, a blue long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and carrying a black bag. The officer has been placed on a standard three-day administrative leave since his weapon was discharged, while an investigation is conducted.
Maui firemen improvise, but vacation home is lostMaui firefighters had to pump water from a nearby stream to extinguish a fire that destroyed a 2-story home in Haiku.
Acting Assistant Chief Jeff Shaffer said fire trucks couldn't get over a bridge about 3/4 of a mile from the structure so firefighters had to go on foot and use other vehicles to get to the scene. The fire was reported at 7:12 a.m. yesterday and took four hours to extinguish.
The home was used by a family for weekend getaways, Shaffer said. Damage is estimated at $70,000.