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September 9, 2012
The Maui News

Obama cracks a birther joke in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. - It's that birther thing again.

President Barack Obama was at an Orlando sports bar, snapping a University of Florida Gators' sign, sipping a pint and working a crowd when he walked up to a table with five children. One adult points to one of the boys, 7-year-old Andre Wupperman of Orlando, and informs the president that the boy was born in Hawaii.

The president, delighted, greeted the boy with a "shaka" sign. The boy gestured back.

"You were born in Hawaii?" the president said. Then he added teasingly: "You have a birth certificate?"

The patrons at Gator's Dockside, clearly aware of the discredited claims that Obama was not born in the United States, broke up laughing.

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Carlisle to lead 9/11 remembrance walk

HONOLULU - Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle will be leading a walk to observe the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Today's remembrance walk will include members of the Honolulu Police Department, the Honolulu Fire Department and other emergency officials.

The walk begins at 5 p.m. with a blessing and wreath presentation at Honolulu police headquarters. The procession will then stop at Honolulu Fire Department for a bell-ringing ceremony and then on to Honolulu Hale. The Royal Hawaiian Band will perform near the eternal flame in front of Honolulu Hale.

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Baby born on freeway during rush hour

WAIPAHU, Oahu - A mother has given birth to a boy on an Oahu freeway during rush-hour traffic.

Emergency Medical Services Assistant Chief Wayne Kruse says the woman in labor got caught in heavy rush-hour traffic in west Oahu on Wednesday morning.

Police were escorting her to the hospital but the birth was progressing too quickly so paramedics were called to help.

Kruse says the healthy boy was born on the side of the freeway near the Kunia offramp at 7:17 a.m.

Mother and son were then transported to a hospital.

It was the second time in recent days EMS and police helped deliver a baby on the H-1 freeway. A 23-year-old woman gave birth to a girl Friday near a Honolulu offramp.

 
 
 

 

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