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July 5, 2012
The Associated Press

Company reports rise in synthetic urine in testing

HONOLULU - A Hawaii drug-testing company says the use of synthetic urine to foil drug tests is up 37 percent from the previous quarter.

Diagnostic Laboratory Services Inc. said Tuesday that the mysterious uptick comes after a year of steady decline. Scientific Director of Toxicology Carl Linden said about 70 tests out of 6,000 contained synthetic urine, compared with about 50 from the previous quarter.

Diagnostic Laboratory Services is Hawaii's largest locally owned drug-testing company.


Hawaiian language on the 'severely endangered' list

HONOLULU - University of Hawaii linguists have helped compile a catalog of the world's endangered languages.

It was also compiled by the Institute for Language Information and Technology at Eastern Michigan University.

The Endangered Languages Project launched recently as a website developed by Google and backed by the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity. The website is sponsored with a grant from the National Science Foundation.

According to the website, Hawaiian is considered "severely endangered."

Experts estimate that only 50 percent of the languages that are alive today will be spoken by the year 2100.


Panel files suit to define authority of Kauai mayor

LIHUE - The Kauai County Police Commission will leave it to the court to define the mayor's powers to suspend or discipline the police chief.

The question stems from Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. placing Chief Darryl Perry on leave earlier this year while the county investigated an employee complaint. Perry claimed that only the police commission had the authority to do so, while the mayor insisted that authority belongs to him.

The mayor later allowed Perry to return to his job.

The lawsuit seeks a ruling that the commission has sole authority to suspend or discipline the chief.


Donation doubles reward for info on woman's death

LIHUE - An anonymous donation has doubled the reward for information in the murder of a Kauai woman.

It's been about two years since Amber Jackson was found murdered. The Garden Island reported this week that the individual donor increased the reward to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of her killer.

The 57-year-old Riverside, Calif., native was living on Kauai for about 10 years before her body was discovered in a remote, wooded area of the island by a pig hunter in 2010. She had previously been reported as a missing person. An autopsy determined that the Hawaii State Teachers Association employee was a victim of an assault.

Kauai police say the investigation continues.



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