State briefs for February 13
Kauai rejects bid for free legal help
LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — Kauai County won’t be getting free legal services to help defend an ordinance regulating the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops by large agricultural businesses.
The county said it received only one response to a request for pro bono legal services. But the county rejected that attorney’s submission, partly because of a lack of relevant qualifications.
Last month, three biotech companies filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to block the county from implementing the law when it goes into effect in August.
The county said several firms previously offered pro bono attorneys for lawsuits expected in response to the bill passing.
The county council on Wednesday heard a $75,000 funding request to hire a law firm.
Arrest made in weekend stabbing
HONOLULU (AP) — A 45-year-old Waikiki man was charged with attempted murder in a weekend stabbing.
Bail was set at $250,000 for Charles Crawford. He is suspected of stabbing a 34-year-old man about 8:15 p.m. Sunday on Lemon Road in Waikiki.
Paremedics from Honolulu Emergency Medical Services Division transported the injured man to a hospital. He was in critical condition.
Police arrested Crawford at his home near Kuhio Beach.
Man found dead in Ala Wai named
HONOLULU (AP) — A man found dead last week in the Ala Wai Boat Harbor was identified as an Indiana resident.
The Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as 63-year-old Terry Summar of Crown Point.
The cause of death was not disclosed and additional tests are planned. Honolulu police listed the case as an unattended death pending results of the examination.
Summar’s body was found floating in harbor at 8:40 p.m. Thursday.
UH Manoa to host condom fair
HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus is promoting safe sex with a Valentine’s Day event called “Condom Fair 2014.”
Friday’s event, sponsored by the university’s Health Promotion Office, will feature games and prizes, including condom roses, condom lollipops and educational materials.
The university said the purpose of the fair is to “promote a healthier lifestyle through the appropriate and consistent use of condoms.”
The fair isn’t meant to promote sexual activity but to educate that condoms are the safest way to protect against sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies.
The university said the fair is designed to educate students about healthy relationships in a “fun and relaxed atmosphere.”
About 2,000 students are expected to attend.
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