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State roundup for Aug. 28

Ruling halts building of rail

HONOLULU (AP) — City officials have halted construction on Honolulu’s rail transit project after a state Supreme Court ruling sided with a Native Hawaiian woman suing to protect ancient Hawaiian burial sites along the route.

The ruling says the city should have completed a full archaeological survey on the entire project, instead of in phases. Paulette Kaleikini’s lawsuit claimed the city didn’t properly survey whether construction would disturb ancient Hawaiian remains.

Kaleikini’s lawyers with the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation say that in meeting with city and rail officials Monday, the city agreed to stop construction.

Flight attendant attacked on jet

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal grand jury in Anchorage has indicted a 56-year-old Oahu woman on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a flight attendant.

U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler says Kyong Cha Lee of Aiea struck the female flight attendant with both hands Aug. 19 on an Alaska Airlines Flight from Oahu to Anchorage.

Loeffler says Lee also used profane language to threaten the flight attendant.

Ewa hospital to reopen on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — A hospital will be reopening in west Oahu.

The Queen’s Medical Center and St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii announced Monday a deal has been reached to reopen Hawaii Medical Center’s Ewa facility that closed last year.

Queen’s says it’s committed to investing about $50 million for the former Hawaii Medical Center West campus. The sale is scheduled to close in October and Queen’s hopes to open the hospital by the fall of next year.

St. Francis Healthcare System sold its two hospitals to Hawaii Medical Center in January 2007. Hawaii Medical Center later went bankrupt.

The hospitals’ closures have put pressure on the island’s remaining emergency rooms.

No charges for Hawaii sailor in shotgun threat

HONOLULU (AP) — A 22-year-old Hawaii sailor arrested for allegedly threatening his wife’s friends with a shotgun won’t be prosecuted.

Prosecutors declined to bring charges against the Pearl Harbor sailor. The standoff required evacuating homes at Moanalua Terrace Navy Housing last week.

Police say he was armed with a shotgun when he arrived home and threatened the two women and their children. The women picked up their children and ran out.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday a spokesman for the city prosecutor’s office declined to comment.

Hawaii’s largest synagogue elects new board leader

HONOLULU (AP) — The newly elected board president of Hawaii’s largest Jewish temple will begin searching for a new rabbi.

Sunday’s election affirmed the ouster of Temple Emanu-El’s Rabbi Peter Schaktman, whose contract wasn’t renewed during a raucous meeting in May that involved police.

The losing slate had fought to keep the rabbi. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser ( ) reports Cliff Halevi and the eight others running on his slate won.

An estimated 60 out of 230 families have left the Honolulu congregation in the last year. Without their dues, the synagogue’s finances are in jeopardy.


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