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June 14, 2012
The Associated Press

Suit alleges abuse by priests in Hawaii

HONOLULU - Another lawsuit against the Diocese of Honolulu has been filed under a new Hawaii law providing a two-year window for claims of sexual abuse against minors to be made, even if the statute of limitations has lapsed.

Attorneys for an unnamed Los Angeles man filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming that he was sexually abused by two priests while a boy growing up in Hawaii. The suit claims that as a child, he was sodomized in 1973 by the Rev. Joseph Henry at St. Anthony's in Kailua. The suit says the boy reported the abuse to several years later to Rev. Joseph Ferrario, who also sexually abused him.

In 1982, Ferrario was installed as bishop of Honolulu. Both priests have since died.

The diocese did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Endangered crow population tops 100

KAILUA-KONA - Hatchlings on the Big Island have helped give a significant boost to the population of an endangered Hawaiian crow.

Eight alala have hatched so far this year in a captive breeding center in Volcano. That brings the entire population to more than 100 birds. Their numbers dwindled to as few as 20 in 1994.

The alala is one of the rarest forest birds in the world, and none has been seen in the wild since 2002.


Hawaii closes area where rock hit girl

WAIALUA, Oahu - The state has closed an area where a 12-year-old girl was knocked unconscious by a falling rock near a North Shore Oahu YMCA camp.

Warning signs were posted at various access points in the area, advising the public of the dangers and closure of the hillside area near Camp Erdman.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said the area is not sanctioned for rock climbing.

Fire officials say the girl was hiking with a group Monday when the rock weighing as much as 25 pounds hit her as the group was getting a safety briefing at a climbing wall.

Hawaii News Now reported that the state said the YMCA did not have permission to take children to the climbing area. YMCA would not comment Tuesday.

The girl remains hospitalized.


Big Island papaya trees vandalized

HILO - Big Island police are investigating vandalism to papaya trees in Puna.

Workers in the area told police they saw two male teens or young adults knocking over about 35 trees and hitting the fruit with sticks Monday. They were seen fleeing on bicycles and then getting into a pickup truck. Damage is estimated at $1,750.

Last year, 10 acres of papaya trees appeared to have been chopped down by machete.



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