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December 14, 2012
The Associated Press

UH scientist discovers treatment that blocks poison from a box jellyfish sting

HONOLULU - A University of Hawaii scientist has developed a way to treat Hawaii box jellyfish stings and block the poison emitted by related species in Australia and other parts of the world.

Dr. Angel Yanagihara discovered a pore-forming toxin common to all box jellyfish. Then she developed an inhibitor that blocks the toxin.

The medical school professor has multiple patents for the technology. A company is licensing it and conducting clinical trials to bring the product to market.

Stings from Hawaii box jellyfish are usually just a painful nuisance. But the stings inflicted by related box jellyfish in Indonesia, Thailand and Australia can trigger heart attacks and even kill people.

The scientific journal PLOS ONE published Yanagihara's research Wednesday.


U.S. Marshals Service: Soldier arrested as he returned home from overseas duty

HONOLULU - The U.S. Marshals Service says it arrested an Army soldier who had just returned to Hawaii from deployment overseas.

Thirty-seven-year-old Shane Sanders was arrested without incident around 12:40 a.m. Thursday at the passenger terminal at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The Marshals say Sanders was returning from a deployment to Afghanistan, and arrested on a warrant out of Henry County, Ga., for alleged child molestation.

The alleged incident occurred in 2005, but Deputy Marshal Donna Diaz said the allegations only recently came to light. The warrant was issued in October.

Sanders will face extradition to Georgia.


Tsunami evacuation plan update set to receive $500K; public input to be sought

HONOLULU - A half-million dollars will be used to update Oahu's tsunami evacuation plan.

The Department of Emergency Management says it will begin rolling out the Oahu Emergency Evacuation Plan Project early next year. The project will entail identifying high-risk coastal evacuation areas on Oahu as well as developing a strategy for designating evacuation routes and putting up signs.

Public meetings are planned in high-risk areas to seek input from local residents and organizations as part of the one-year study. The project is being funded by a grant from the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization, with matching funding from the City and County of Honolulu.



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