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September 25, 2012
The Associated Press

UH president cites suit, pressure for post

HONOLULU - University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood says the school created a $200,000-a-year position for former athletic director Jim Donovan because of pressure to reinstate him and a threat by Donovan's lawyer to sue.

Greenwood spoke at a special state Senate committee hearing on botched athletic department plans to hold a Stevie Wonder benefit concert.

She said that Gov. Neil Abercrombie didn't tell her what to do about Donovan, who was on leave during an investigation into the concert. But she says the governor advised her that the Senate president and House speaker had conveyed constituent concerns to him, and reinstating Donovan was the best action.

Abercrombie issued a statement after Greenwood spoke saying he clearly told the UH president his sole concern was fairness and even-handedness.


Honolulu gets radiation-detection device

HONOLULU - Honolulu officials have acquired a device that will allow for detecting radiation on any debris from the Japan tsunami.

City officials say debris arriving in Hawaii is unlikely to be radioactive, but the $15,000 hand-held device is a precaution. KITV reports the machine was paid for with funding from the Department of Homeland Security.

The Smiths Detection Rad-Seeker arrived Friday, the same day it was confirmed that a blue plastic bin found floating off Waimanalo is Japan tsunami debris.


State impounds vessels at Ala Wai Harbor

HONOLULU - State land resources officials have impounded three boats that were illegally moored in one of Hawaii's largest recreational harbors amid complaints from regular tenants.

An Oahu official for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said that such harbors have waiting lists for paying tenants. Meghan Statts says there's often illegal moorings at Ala Wai and Keehi Small Boat Harbor because they're the "only harbors where live-aboards are allowed." She says the problem is not unique to Oahu but more boats are impounded there because it's the home port for the majority of registered vessels.

If a boat is impounded, the state's boating division takes inventory of what's aboard and a marine surveyor values it. It is then offered at public auction or destroyed.



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