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August 14, 2012
The Associated Press

Three Marines killed in Afghanistan

HONOLULU - The U.S. military says three Hawaii-based Marines deployed to Afghanistan to advise local police were killed last week in an incident that's under investigation.

The Department of Defense said Monday that the Marines died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province. The department isn't saying how they died. A news release said only that Friday's incident "is under investigation."

The Marines are Staff Sgt. Scott E. Dickinson of San Diego; Cpl. Richard A. Rivera Jr. of Ventura, Calif.; and Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley of Oceanside, N.Y.

Marine Corps Base Hawaii said that the three were deployed as logistics and facilities advisers with the Afghan National Civil Order Police Garrison Advisory Team

The Marines were assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division at Kaneohe Bay.


Seven sailors rescued off Kaena Point

LIHUE - Seven people are safe after their boat sank while sailing from Kauai to Oahu.

The Coast Guard rescued them early Monday 29 miles off Oahu's Kaena Point. There were no injuries.

The Coast Guard said they were all wearing life jackets when they had to abandon their 30-foot sailboat Cowabunga because it started taking on water.

Four of the sailors were hoisted out of the water onto a helicopter and flown to Lihue Airport. The others remaining in a life raft were taken on a boat to Nawiliwili Harbor.

They were returning to Oahu from a weekend sailing race. It was not known why the boat started taking on water.


Hawaii withholds private schools' funds

HONOLULU - Hawaii's Department of Education said it will not pay several months of back tuition to two private schools that serve special-needs students using public funds.

The department is withholding the payments until the institutions provide more information on what services were provided and why those services were necessary.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday that the state alleges Loveland Academy and Pacific Autism Center have failed to provide detailed billing for hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition charges over the last school year.

Representatives of the for-profit schools say they are being unfairly targeted and that withholding the payments has forced them to downsize.

During the 2010-11 school year, the state paid $9.4 million for 68 students at Hawaii private schools. Loveland and Pacific Autism Center received the highest amounts.


White House honors Waianae father of 11

HONOLULU - A Waianae father of 11 has been honored by the White House for his work as a parent-teacher association leader in his community.

The White House says Calvin Endo was one of 12 people nationwide honored Friday as "Champions of Change" for their PTA work.

The father of five girls and six boys retired from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard after 32 years of civil service and three years in the U.S. Army.

After retirement, he became Waianae High School's parent and community representative. He's also education chairman for the Waianae Neighborhood Board.



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