State roundup for November 27
Scientists study Oahu munitions
HONOLULU (AP) — University of Hawaii scientists are studying chemical weapons the Army dumped in deep water off Oahu decades ago.
The Army-funded researchers said Friday they’re sending submersibles to collect samples near munitions at depths of 600 feet or more.
The submersibles will gather sediment, water and biological samples near weapons and at control sites. They’ll analyze the samples for explosives and chemical agents.
The military used the ocean as a dumping ground for munitions between 1919 and 1970. Records show the Army dumped 16,000 bombs five miles south of Pearl Harbor after World War II.
The Army plans to publicly release a report on the data, but doesn’t expect the report will be ready before January 2015.
The study expands on research done in the same area a few years ago.
$5M to pay for rail project art
HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu rail system’s 21 train stations are going to get a makeover.
The Honolulu rail project is reserving about $5 million to buy art work to dress up the system’s 21 train stations.
The city expects to invite artists from across the nation to compete for a chance to win commissions. It also may offer the public an opportunity to participate in the artist selection.
The nearly $2 million from the local Art in Transmit program is expected to cover the cost of contracts with about 10 artists. Lisa Yoshihara, with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, says the city wants the art to reflect Hawaii’s multicultural landscape as well as the community in which the station resides.
Boy killed when vehicle overturns
WAILUKU, Maui AP) — A boy was killed on Maui when the vehicle he was riding in overturned.
Police say the 12-year-old Kula boy was killed late Sunday afternoon.
Connor Ellis died at the scene of the crash. Police say the 44-year-old Kula resident who was driving the vehicle was treated and released from Maui Memorial Medical Center.
Police say the accident occurred when the driver swerved to avoid a tire on Pauwela lighthouse road and the vehicle overturned.
Man snorkeling at resort dies
HONOLULU (AP) — A man who was snorkeling at Honolulu’s Hilton Hawaiian Village lagoon has died.
The man, believed to be in his 50s, was taken by ambulance Sunday in critical condition to Straub Medical Center, where he died.
An autopsy was to be done Monday afternoon to determine the cause of death.
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