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May 25, 2014
The Associated Press

Hawaii lawmaker visits Philippines

HONOLULU - Hawaii lawmaker John Mizuno and his wife, May Besario Mizuno, are visiting the Philippines to assist in rebuilding efforts after natural disasters last autumn.

May Besario Mizuno is the president of the Congress of Visayan Organizations. That group of Hawaii organizations is contributing funds with the Philippines charity Gawad Kalinga to build at least 20 homes in two villages.

One will be on the island of Bohol, the site of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in October. The other will be on Leyte, an island slammed by Typhoon Haiyan in November.

John Mizuno, the vice speaker of the state House of Representatives, said in a news release that the project is personal for him and his wife. They have relatives who survived the typhoon and are trying to rebuild their home.

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Shooter parole eligible in 2141

HONOLULU - A man convicted of murder in a Honolulu highway shooting spree won't be eligible for parole for over a century.

The Hawaii Paroling Authority on Wednesday set a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 130 years for Toby Stangel. He will be up for parole in 2141.

The earliest he'll be able to request a reduction in sentence will be in 2071, when he will be 87 years old.

A judge last year sentenced Stangel to three consecutive life terms.

Stangel was convicted of the 2011 murder of Tammy Nguyen. The mother of 10 was shot in her minivan.

He then shot and injured two other motorists on the H-1 freeway, kept driving and shot at two police officers.

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Public provides input for center

HONOLULU - The University of Hawaii has unveiled plans for the future center named after the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, incorporating ideas that came from the public.

University officials say many of the ideas for the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership came from workshops with students, faculty and community members.

The 15,000- to 20,000-square-foot center will be on the Manoa campus, on the site where the aging Henke Hall now sits.

The university provided a preview showing off contemporary design elements including glass walls, archival space for Inouye's collections and a roof section designed to capture trade winds for natural ventilation.

The university backed off on its accelerated timeline for the center, previously estimated at $25 million, after criticism from the public and after deferring to the wishes of Inouye's family.

Jennifer Sabas, the senator's former chief of staff and now director of the Daniel K. Inouye Institute Fund, said it was a difficult decision but necessary to allow more transparency and more time for planning.

Architects visited other congressional centers nationwide for ideas during the design phase.

The designs face another year of tweaking, and construction is expected to take up to two years, said Ben Lee, vice president of Clifford Planning & Architecture of Honolulu. The New York firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects is also involved.

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Oral surgeon loses Hawaii license

HONOLULU - A Big Island oral and cosmetic surgeon with 27 formal complaints - including a man's death and a woman in a coma - is no longer allowed to practice in the state.

Dr. John Stover voluntarily revoked his license and agreed not to be involved in any medical or dental procedures in Hawaii ever again. The Hawaii Medical Board voted to accept the settlement.

Meanwhile, Kristen Tavares remains in a coma after a wisdom-teeth extraction. Her father, Joe Tavares, said he's glad Stover won't work in Hawaii again. Another complaint against Stover is in the death of Curtis Wagasky, who had one tooth removed.

Even though Stover closed his three offices on the Big Island in April, patients can still file legal actions against him.

 
 

 

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