Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Lecture focuses on changes in news media

Frank Rich, a newly appointed associate editor for the New York Times, will speak on "The 24/7 Media Culture" at 7 p.m. today at the University of Hawaii-Manoa Campus Center Ballroom.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Rich will discuss how the American media have changed dramatically over the past decade beginning with the first Gulf War. He will also discuss other news broadcast stations that followed the 24-hour, seven-day cycle such as CNBC and MSNBC, the acceptance of the Internet and changes in the way news is gathered and presented.

Travel industry school opens new tech facility

The University of Hawaii-Manoa School of Travel Industry Management is opening a state-of-the-art technology learning facility which will connect students and faculty to the world and provide for distance learning programs.

The school will hold a grand opening from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday of the Gee Technology Learning Center, named for Dean Emeritus Chuck Yim Gee, who led the school from 1968 to 1976.

The center is equipped with an executive videoconferencing suite, a multimedia computer-learning laboratory and a multipurpose computer room and laboratory.

The facility will allow students and faculty to access experts around the world via the videoconferencing suite, and in turn, the UH TIM faculty can share its expertise with other institutions.

It will provide a resource in travel industry education, enabling the school to use programs on and off campus through distance learning.

Discussion addresses art foundation's plan

The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts has scheduled a series of "talk story" sessions to discuss its strategic plan for the next five years.

The plan will serve as a guide for the foundation's direction for fiscal years 2003 to 2007.

Oahu meetings are scheduled for:

>> Today, Windward Community College, Akoakoa Room 107-109.

>> Tomorrow, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Linekona Art Center.

>> Thursday, Campbell Building, Laulima Room, Kapolei.

Reservations are requested but not required. Call 523-8688 or e-mail

For those unable to attend but who would like to make suggestions, call or e-mail for a kit.

Those interested are encouraged to take a two-page survey for written comments on the plan.

Visit to download the survey and receive information about the foundation.



>> Hawaii Covering Kids, a project of the Hawaii Primary Care Association promoting children's health insurance, has received contributions to match its four-year $700,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

>> The Hawaii Community Foundation donated $50,000 from its Robert Emens Black Fund for media outreach activities targeting adolescents and immigrants, and to develop an electronic application for Med-QUEST applicants.

HMSA Foundation gave $54,000 to complete statewide data research and for Kahuku and Kauai Local Project outreach workers. The Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation contributed $24,500 from its Henry & Dorothy Castle Fund for community workshops for personnel serving young children.

>> ASSETS School celebrated the recent opening of an expanded and upgraded library and resource center in Honolulu, thanks to the following contributors: Donald G. Brace Foundation, Edith Wilcox, Judith King, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, Cooke Foundation Ltd. and Mabel Burchard Fischer Grant Foundation.

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Corrections and clarifications

>> The name of Kilohana United Methodist Church was misspelled as Kilohani in a column and headline on Page D1 Saturday.

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Managing Editor Frank Bridgewater at 529-4791 or email him at

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Police seek suspect in attack on prostitute

Police are looking for a man who allegedly attacked a prostitute with a hammer and robbed her of her purse, leaving her with a broken jaw.

The victim, 47, was taken to Queen's Medical Center in guarded condition after a passerby found her at Nuuanu Avenue and Judd Street about 4:30 a.m.

The victim reported that a man picked her up in downtown Honolulu about 10 minutes earlier, and he tried to take her purse as he was driving. During a struggle, the man hit her numerous times on the head and face with a hammer, she said.

Man allegedly strikes dad with a kendo stick

Honolulu police arrested a 43-year-old man for allegedly attacking his 80-year-old father with a kendo stick yesterday morning at a Noe Street address in Kalihi Valley.

The suspect was arrested by patrol officers who saw him carrying a martial arts weapon, police said.

The elderly man was struck on the right side of the head, police said, but details of his injuries were not available.


Mother turns in son in vending-machine theft

The mother of a 23-year-old Pearl City man turned her son in to police yesterday for allegedly stealing a Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper vending machine.

The mother told police she found her son pounding on a machine outside her home and called police.

The machine was stolen from a Hoolehua Street location, police said.

The son was arrested on suspicion of second-degree theft and released without charges, pending investigation.


1 person rescued in N. Shore high surf

The big waves that pounded the North Shore yesterday should be diminishing today, National Weather Service forecasters said.

Forecasters downgraded yesterday's high surf warning to a high surf advisory this morning.

They said waves should go down to the 15-foot-high range today.

Waves reached up to 30 feet late yesterday, water safety officials said, but caused no serious problems. Except for one rescue off Laie Point, beachgoers heeded warnings to stay out of the ocean, they said.

In the rescue, Kahuku firefighters swam into 12- to 20-foot surf to help a 17-year-old girl who could not make it back to shore.

Water safety officials helped by towing the girl back with a personal watercraft.

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