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The Week: Aug. 7-13

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / crussell@staradvertiser.com

    broken main causes mccully mess A water main break Thursday caused the asphalt to buckle at the intersection of McCully and Algaroba streets. Part of McCully Street was closed for hours, inconveniencing motorists on the artery to Waikiki.

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LOCAL

» A class-action lawsuit was filed Wednesday on behalf of students of Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind, alleging that education officials knew there was a group of boarding students who "bullied, terrorized, assaulted, robbed, sodomized, raped" as many as 35 students. Police have arrested three boys who are former or current students of the school on sex assault charges.

» Gov. Neil Abercrombie urged the federal government Thursday to pick up more of the tab for providing social services and education in Hawaii to migrants from Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau. Hawaii spent $114.9 million for services in 2010 for an estimated 12,000 Pacific migrants in the state.

» The remains of Maui native Kraig Vickers, a Navy explosives expert who was one of 30 U.S. service members and eight Afghans killed Aug. 6 when insurgents shot down their helicopter in Afghanistan, was returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Tuesday. Also that day, more than 200 surfers carried flowers out to the Virginia Beach, Va., surf in honor of Vickers, 36, who lived there with his wife, Nani, and their three children.

» An attempted-murder suspect kept Maui police at bay in a 50-hour standoff at a Kahului house. Police cornered Josiah Okudara, 22, at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Shots were heard inside the house but people inside were allowed to leave and police said it was not a hostage situation. Police evacuated 25 neighbors. He surrendered Friday afternoon.

» Commercial boating operations in Kauai’s Hanalei Bay will be regulated, under rules approved Friday by the Board of Land and Natural Resources. Businesses will be required to have a state permit to load or unload passengers at the bay, conduct kayak tours, give water-sports lessons and other activities.

» The Queen’s Medical Center said it is planning a $100 million renovation over the next 15 years.

MAINLAND

» Stocks in the United States ended higher Friday as the markets found their bearings, ending one of the most tumultuous weeks on Wall Street in years. Stock markets swung wildly in the previous four trading sessions, driven by worries over European debt, the congressional impasse over the debt ceiling and fears of another recession.

» A test flight of an experimental military aircraft traveling at 20 times the speed of sound ended prematurely Thursday when the arrowhead-shaped vehicle failed and stopped sending back real-time data to engineers and scientists who were monitoring the mission.

» Republicans and Democrats named 12 members last week to the new congressional committee tasked with striking a debt-cutting compromise. While members of both parties expressed urgency over controlling budget shortfalls, others were pessimistic that the panel would overcome political divides.

WORLD

» An airstrike Monday by international forces killed some of the Taliban insurgents responsible for the downing of a U.S. helicopter last weekend in which 38 U.S. and Afghan troops died in eastern Afghanistan, including the militant who launched the fatal rocket-propelled grenade, the U.S. military said Wednesday.

» London and other British cities were swept by violence after police fatally shot a man in north London. Hundreds of stores were looted, buildings were set ablaze and five people died in the mayhem that spread over four nights across England. More than 2,100 people were arrested.

THIS WEEK: AUG. 14-20

LOCAL

» Tuesday: Sentencing hearing on theft conviction of former City Councilman Rod Tam, Honolulu District Court. Tam pleaded guilty Nov. 24 to charges that he overcharged the city for meals, and to campaign finance violations.

» Tuesday: State Board of Education Student Achievement Committee will discuss proposed changes to high school graduation requirements, 8:30 a.m., Queen Liliuokalani Building, room 404.

» Wednesday: Gov. Neil Abercrombie will provide a status report on his plan for "A New Day in Hawaii."

» Wednesday: State Reapportionment Commission discusses preparations for issuing draft proposals for public comment, 2 p.m., State Capitol, Room 329.

MAINLAND

» Monday: President Barack Obama will be on a bus tour of the Midwest, with stops in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, through Wednesday.

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