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November 26, 2013
The Associated Press

Governor appoints attorney to UH board

HONOLULU - Gov. Neil Abercrombie has appointed Honolulu attorney Jeffrey Portnoy to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents.

The governor said Friday that Portnoy's leadership, insight and expertise will prove a valuable asset to the UH system.

Portnoy will serve on an interim basis while the state Senate considers his nomination.

Portnoy has been an attorney with Cades Schutte LLP and has been a member of the state bar since 1972. His areas of specialty include media, insurance, employment and product liability law.


Veteran task force to improve services

HONOLULU - The University of Hawaii is forming a task force to improve services for military veterans.

The university said Friday that it wants the task force to help different campuses within the university system to learn from each other's successes.

Task force results and recommendations will be shared at a systemwide conference at Manoa next spring.

The 15-member group may work with veteran students and recent veteran graduates to understand what barriers they have faced and what contributed to their success.

They may also identify federal policy changes that would help student veterans. They may also make recommendations to federal officials and Hawaii's congressional delegation.

The task force is chaired by Chris Manaseri, dean of student services at Leeward Community College.


Pesticides blamed for children feeling ill

EWA BEACH, Oahu - Emergency responders have treated eight elementary schoolchildren and two adults who complained of feeling sick from the smell of pesticides in Ewa Beach.

Emergency Medical Services spokeswoman Shayne Enright says those treated Monday morning were at Pohakea Elementary and Kaimiloa Elementary.

State Department of Education spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz says an 11-year-old girl was taken to a hospital as a procedural measure because her parents couldn't immediately be reached. Dela Cruz says the girl and those who were treated at the scene are fine.

Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Terry Seelig says a nearby resident had sprayed a pesticide called malathion. Seelig says the concentration was likely too strong. Firefighters

diluted it with water and put foam on the yard to suppress the vapors.



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