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January 8, 2010
The Maui News

The Associated?Press

UH faculty union asks court to stop cuts in pay

HONOLULU - The labor union that represents University of Hawaii professors is asking a state court to halt planned pay cuts that UH President M.R.C. Greenwood wants to impose.

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly on Thursday filed a request for a temporary restraining order with the 1st Circuit Court.

The papers also ask the court to force arbitration of a grievance the union filed over a 6.7 percent salary reduction Greenwood has ordered to start this month.

Greenwood recently rejected the grievance.


10-foot shark spotted off Maili Beach on Oahu

HONOLULU - Warning signs were posted at Maili Beach on Oahu after a police officer reported seeing a 10-foot shark.

The public information officer for Honolulu's Emergency Services Department, Bryan Cheplic, said the warning signs were posted Thursday by lifeguards who cleared the water.

Cheplic said there were no other sightings of the shark.

He said the signs will stay up until at least this morning.


Draft EIS for Big Island telescope placed on hold

HILO- The University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy is delaying work on an environmental impact statement for a telescope to be situated atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island.

Plans had called for a draft EIS early this year for the Panoramic Survey Telescope And Rapid Response System, better known as Pan-STARRS.

But the institute said the draft will be delayed for a year to 18 months while astronomers focus on fine-tuning the telescope's prototypes on Haleakala on Maui.

The project would replace a nearly 38-year-old University of Hawaii 88-inch telescope.



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