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July 22, 2012
The Associated Press

University of Hawaii urges more credits

HONOLULU - The University of Hawaii is urging its students to take more credits each semester so that they can graduate in four years.

In an effort to increase its graduation rate, the University of Hawaii is launching a "15 to Finish" campaign to urge full-time students to take 15 credits instead of the minimum 12.

In 2010, the flagship Manoa campus four-year graduation rate was 17 percent. At UH-Hilo, it was 12 percent.

Just one-third of full-time UH students take 15 credits a semester. Undergraduate tuition at the system's four-year campuses is capped at 12 credits, and additional credits are free.


Couple arrested for having sidewalk sex

KAILUA-KONA - A Kailua-Kona couple were charged with lewdness after officers caught them having sex on a public sidewalk.

Police said 35-year-old Dylan Trask Whelden and 33-year-old Margaret Manza were having sex Monday in front of a Kona business building.

A police spokeswoman said Manza spit and cursed at an officer who stopped the afternoon copulation.

They were both charged with open lewdness, a petty misdemeanor. Manza was also charged with disorderly conduct and harassment, and with stealing a $2 blouse from a Salvation Army thrift store.

Whelden couldn't be reached Wednesday at Hawaii Community Correctional Center where he was being held on $250 bail. Manza also couldn't be reached. It was not clear if she was still in custody or posted $1,600 bail.


NASA tests moon exploration techniques

HILO - NASA is conducting a nine-day field study in Hawaii to evaluate new techniques for exploring the moon.

The research is being done at a site near Hilo with lava-covered mountain soil similar to that in volcanic plains on the moon.

The project will test a device designed to map the distribution of water ice on the moon and drill into the lunar surface.

NASA said Tuesday that the lessons it learns will become increasingly important as it embarks on deep-space missions.

The agency says a human crew won't have to launch into space with all the supplies it needs but could instead go knowing that natural resources are waiting for them.

NASA is working with the Canadian Space Agency on the project. Hawaii's Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems is assisting.



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