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Arizona Memorial to be open on Friday

The USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center will be open Friday despite President Bush's executive order for federal government offices to be closed in respect for the late President Ronald Reagan.

The USS Arizona Memorial will open at 7:30 a.m., and the first program will begin at 7:45 a.m. Tours will be conducted normally. All 388 national parks will be open, including all visitor facilities and services.

The order declared that federal offices and programs may be kept open at the discretion of agency heads.

Reagan, the nation's 40th president, died June 5.

Former Hawaii bishop in Virginia hospital

PORTSMOUTH, Va. >> The new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Va., was hospitalized yesterday after feeling sick earlier in the day, the diocese said.

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, the former bishop of the Hawaii diocese, was admitted to Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center by a physician who ordered a series of tests, said Anne Edwards, the bishop's secretary. The examination found nothing wrong.

Edwards told the Honolulu diocese that the bishop was expected to be released today.

DiLorenzo, 62, who was installed in Richmond on May 24, was hospitalized in 2001 for heart-related health problems. He underwent heart catheterization at St. Francis Medical Center on Aug. 28, 2001, after a stress test revealed some blockage of arteries. Doctors decided that surgery wasn't necessary, said Hawaii diocese spokesman Patrick Downes. DiLorenzo was hospitalized in Philadelphia for five days in September 2001 after developing a pulmonary embolism.

Mauna Kea telescope to get silver coating

HILO >> In a first for astronomy, the 26.6-foot-wide main mirror of the Gemini South telescope in Chile has been coated with silver to better reflect visible and infrared light, the Gemini Observatory in Hilo announced.

The success means that the same process will be used on the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea by the end of the year, observatory spokesman Peter Michaud said.

Although silver has been used on smaller telescope mirrors, this was first time silver, instead of aluminum, was used on a large mirror, he said.

Silver reduces heat from the telescope, making its 26.6-foot mirror as sensitive in some ways as a 36-foot mirror, the observatory said. The layer of silver on the telescope mirror is so thin that only two ounces were used to coat the mirror. In both the Chile and the Mauna Kea instruments, the main mirror is a 24-ton piece of glass.

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff


Man found dead identified

The Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man whose body was found in a field in Red Hill last week as Lawrence Medeiros of Honolulu.

The 43-year-old man's body was found in an open field near the First Assembly of God church at 3400 Moanalua Road about 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The medical examiner is awaiting test results to determine the cause of death.

Police said the area where the man was found is known to be frequented by homeless people.

Woman arrested over counterfeit money

Police arrested a 20-year-old woman for allegedly trying to buy a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste with counterfeit money.

Police said that yesterday at 9:50 a.m., the suspect entered a Kalihi convenience store and attempted to purchase the toothbrush and toothpaste with a $20 bill.

The store clerk became suspicious and tested the bill with a counterfeit bill marking pen.

Police were called and arrested the suspect for first-degree forgery.

Boyfriend charged for alleged threats

Police charged a 43-year-old Alewa Heights man with kidnapping and first-degree terroristic threatening in connection with an alleged attack on his girlfriend in April.

Police arrested Herbert Gabriel on Sunday on a warrant in an unrelated case and charged him with the crimes Monday.

Police said on April 19, Gabriel argued with his girlfriend, forced her into her car and drove her to various locations, where he beat her.

Gabriel also threatened her with a knife and cut her neck, police said. She escaped by jumping out of the moving car and called police. Gabriel was being held in lieu of $25,000.

Fire burns small area on Waahila Ridge

Motorists on the H-1 Freeway were alarmed to see smoke drifting from the wooded area near the Waahila Ridge State Recreational Area yesterday afternoon.

Callers reported the sight of the smoke at 3:22 p.m. Firefighters found a burned-out area of about 150 square feet and few flames.

Because the fire was in a remote area, firefighters had to hike in with shovels and small containers of water. It took about two hours until the fire was fully extinguished. Investigators believe the fire may have started from an unattended cookout by homeless people who live in the area.


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