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August 28, 2012
The Associated Press

Ruling puts halt to rail construction

HONOLULU - City officials have halted construction on Honolulu's rail transit project after a state Supreme Court ruling sided with a Native Hawaiian woman suing to protect ancient Hawaiian burial sites along the route.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation said in a statement Monday that it hasn't determined final details from the court decision. But it says no new construction will be done in the meantime until archaeological survey work is completed.

The agency says it's acting to avoid additional legal costs.

The ruling issued Friday said the city should have completed a full archaeological survey on the entire project, instead of in phases. Paulette Kaleikini's lawsuit claimed the city didn't properly survey whether construction would disturb ancient Hawaiian remains.


Hawaii woman charged with assault

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A federal grand jury in Anchorage has indicted a 56-year-old Oahu woman on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a flight attendant.

U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler said Kyong Cha Lee of Aiea struck the female flight attendant with both hands Aug. 19 on an Alaska Airlines Flight from Hawaii to Anchorage.

Loeffler said Lee also used profane language to threaten the flight attendant.

Prosecutors said the maximum penalty for a conviction is six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

The FBI and Anchorage airport police investigated the incident.


No charges for sailor in shotgun threat

HONOLULU - A 22-year-old Hawaii sailor arrested for allegedly threatening his wife's friends with a shotgun won't be prosecuted.

Prosecutors declined to bring charges against the Pearl Harbor sailor. The standoff required evacuating homes at Moanalua Terrace Navy Housing last week.

Police say he was armed with a shotgun when he arrived home and threatened the two women and their children. The women picked up their children and ran out.


Security studies center adds building

HONOLULU - A Waikiki school for military officers and defense experts is expanding.

The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies dedicated its new Maluhia building during a ceremony Friday. The $12.7 million building has several seminar rooms and a student lounge.

Uniformed officers and civilians from dozens of Asian and Pacific nations come to the Fort DeRussy center for classes and professional exchanges.

The center currently has 73 fellows, including representatives from India and Pakistan and China and Taiwan.

Pacific Command commander Adm. Samuel Locklear told a crowd at the ceremony that the center is essential to promoting peace in the region.



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