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June 30, 2012
The Associated Press

Application shows Honolulu rail delay

HONOLULU - An application for federal funding for Honolulu's rail line shows that the city has again delayed the opening date for the line's first stretch.

The initial segment from Kapolei to Aloha Stadium is now expected to open in mid-2016. It was previously expected to open in late 2015.

The city on Thursday released details of its formal application for $1.55 billion in federal funding.

The application submitted to the Federal Transit Administration includes a new financial plan that shows that the overall cost has declined slightly to $5.16 billion. That price doesn't include about $100 million that the city spent on planning and design.


Residents oppose sandbar alcohol ban

KANEOHE - Some windward Oahu residents are upset about the state's plan to ban alcohol from a popular sandbar during three-day weekends that include state holidays.

About 100 residents mostly opposed to the ban spoke out a community meeting Thursday.

The state has been trying to crack down on drinking and illegal drugs at the Kaneohe site since a fight broke out last year on Memorial Day at a harbor where boats load and unload passengers from the sandbar. The fight ended in the death of a 26-year-old man.

The state's land board approved the ban last year. The Department of Land and Natural Resources wants to make that ban permanent.

Hawaii News Now reports the department says last year's trial period proved successful.


Blogger sues police over beating claim

HILO - A civil suit alleges that two Big Island police officers beat up a blogger.

Damon Tucker's lawsuit filed Thursday claims he was assaulted while filming a fracas in front of a nightclub last year.

The lawsuit also claims that the officers damaged his iPhone and Nikon camera.

Attorney Lee Loy said the lawsuit came after an attempt to settle with the county.

Puna Patrol Officers James Waiamau and Matthew Bartz are named in the suit, which doesn't name the county or the police department.

A police report says Tucker shoved his camera into victims' faces, was combative and appeared intoxicated. A misdemeanor charge of obstructing government operations was later dropped.

Deputy Corporation Counsel Joseph Kamelamela denies any wrongdoing by the officers.



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