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November 9, 2012
The Associated Press

Pearl Harbor-based destroyer returns

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR HICKAM - A Pearl Harbor-based destroyer is back in Hawaii after a deployment lasting more than seven months.

The guided missile destroyer USS O'Kane participated in two Joint Air Defense Exercises and carried out missions with carrier strike groups while deployed to Asia and the Middle East.

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Damien Memorial School is shown Thursday in Honolulu. Two former students of the school are suing a former teacher, the school and the Catholic diocese of Honolulu for alleged sexual abuse they suffered in the 1980s.
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The crew also participated in several community relations projects while stopping in Singapore, Bahrain and Thailand.

The O'Kane returned to Pearl Harbor on Thursday morning. It left Hawaii in March.


Two former students sue school, diocese

HONOLULU - Two former students of Damien Memorial School in Honolulu have sued one of their former teachers, accusing him of sexually abusing them while they were high school students in the 1980s.

The lawsuit names Brother Robert Brouillette and seeks unspecified damages. It also names the school and the Catholic diocese of Honolulu for allegedly allowing Brouillette to abuse the boys.

The lawsuit was filed in state court in Honolulu on Wednesday under a new state law providing a two-year window for sexual abuse claims involving minors even if the statute of limitations expired. Brouillette has not been criminally charged.

Brouillette was convicted of possessing child pornography in 2000, and the Missouri sex offender registry lists him as living near St. Louis. He couldn't be reached for comment.

Damien President Bernard Ho said through a spokesman he hasn't seen the lawsuit and can't comment. The Honolulu diocese declined to comment.


Boats run aground; one setting on reef

HONOLULU - The owners of two boats that ran aground off Oahu are talking with salvage companies.

Hawaii News Now reports that the Department of Land and Natural Resources says one of the boats is aground on living coral and close to an area used for marine tourism.

The 40-foot boat went aground about midnight Tuesday on the reef near the Ahu O Laka sandbar in Kaneohe Bay. The boat's hull is flooded and listing to one side. It has about 30 gallons of diesel on board.

The second, 36-foot vessel went aground on rocks in Waianae on Monday. The owner says he has no insurance and is hoping to remove his boat "landward."


Visitor critical after nearly drowning

WAIKIKI - A 51-year-old visitor to Hawaii nearly drowned off Waikiki.

Hawaii News Now says that lifeguards performed CPR on the man before paramedics took him to the hospital. He was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon.



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