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July 30, 2013
The Associated Press

Surfer at Oahu hospital after shark bite

HONOLULU - A male surfer is in serious condition at an Oahu hospital after being bitten by a shark.

Hawaii News Now reported that a shark bit the man's right leg when he was in the water at White Plains Beach on Monday.

The man is in his 20s.

Ocean safety officials are advising beachgoers to stay out of the water anywhere within a one mile area of the sighting.


Magnitude-3.5 quake strikes off Oahu

WAIMANALO, Oahu - The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude-3.5 earthquake struck off the east coast of Oahu.

Monday's earthquake was centered about 8 miles east of Waimanalo Beach, at a depth of about 21 miles. Officials said it was not expected to generate a tsunami.

The quake comes as Hawaii is dealing with Tropical Storm Flossie. Central Pacific Hurricane Center acting Director Tom Evans said tropical storms and earthquakes are not related.

There were no immediate reports of damage.


Judge set to rule on defense in pot case

HONOLULU - A federal judge is expected to make a preliminary ruling on an issue related to using the religious freedom defense for the founder of the Hawaii Cannabis Ministry.

Roger Christie's attorney wants to raise the defense that he should be acquitted of marijuana trafficking charges under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The judge heard oral arguments Monday from attorneys about whether it should be up to a jury or a judge to determine if that defense can be used.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Kawahara said Judge Leslie Kobayashi indicated that she will have a ruling by Wednesday.


$1M to endow social work professorship

HONOLULU - The University of Hawaii has announced a new endowed professorship at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work.

The Richard S. Takasaki Endowed Professorship is being funded by a $1 million gift from the late Richard and Rose Takasaki.

The university said recently that the position will be held by a full professor in the School of Social Work.

It will be awarded on the basis of scholarly achievement in the field of social policy.



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