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July 13, 2012
The Associated Press

Moped rider dies in fall down Oahu cliff

HONOLULU - A man driving a moped is dead after plunging off an east Oahu cliff.

Honolulu police said it is believed that the 52-year-old man was speeding near the scenic Lanai Lookout when he hit the guardrail and fell onto the rocky shore below.

The man fell 75 to 100 feet and wasn't wearing a helmet.

The man was transported to The Queen's Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.


Miami teen rescued from surf recovering

HONOLULU - A Florida teen rescued when he was swept out to sea in Hawaii said he's lucky to be alive.

It's been more than a week since tour guide Nolan Reed jumped into dangerous surf off the Big Island to pull Miami 15-year-old Matthew Alzate to safety.

Matthew is recovering in a Honolulu hospital where he was flown to but another 15 year old from White Plains, N.Y., who was also swept away remains missing. Rescuers have called off the search for Tyler Madoff.

The teens were part of an adventure tour group's kayaking expedition when they were hiking July 4 near the Captain Cook monument. While resting at a tide pool, large waves swept them into the ocean.


Rail still hot topic in mayoral race debate

HONOLULU - The city's planned rail project dominated a debate between the candidates vying for Honolulu mayor.

Wednesday's debate at the KITV studio was aired on rival Hawaii News Now's stations because the ABC affiliate is blocked from Time Warner Cable. KITV's owner Hearst Television Inc. and the cable provider are in a contract dispute.

Former Gov. Ben Cayetano reiterated his concerns about the $5.26 billion rail project, which he vows to stop if elected. Opponents incumbent Mayor Peter Carlisle and former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell said it's not likely he could put the brakes on the project.



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