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University of Hawaii student dies after workout

HONOLULU — Officials say an 18-year-old University of Hawaii student died after he collapsed during a workout at the recreation center on the Manoa campus.

Honolulu Emergency Management Services officials say medical personnel were called to the campus to a report of a student who stopped breathing Saturday morning.

The student was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

University spokesperson Dan Meisenzahl said in a statement that counselors are available to students and they will be reaching out to those who knew the man.

Committee delays decision on public safety director

HONOLULU — A state Senate committee delayed the decision on the confirmation of state Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda as he looks to continue overseeing the state’s prisons and jails, as well as the state’s sheriffs and narcotics enforcement divisions, for another four years.

The Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Committee on Thursday delayed making a decision on whether to advise the full Senate to reconfirm Espinda.

The committee will make a decision later this week, but not before an informational briefing today to discuss a recent riot at the Maui jail, among other issues.

Sen. Clarence Nishihara, who leads the committee, says he won’t support Espinda’s confirmation, but said he isn’t sure where the full Senate stands at this point.

Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to be reburied in Wyoming

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Relatives say the remains of a sailor who died when the Japanese sank the USS Oklahoma during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor will be brought back to Wyoming for reburial.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency identified the remains of Navy Machinist’s Mate 1st Class George Hanson last December.

Bob Gerard of Fort Collins, Colo., says his uncle will be interred in the family plot in Laramie, Wyo., later this year.

Gerard says he and his siblings submitted swabs of DNA to the agency about six years ago, leading to the positive identification.

Hanson was among the 429 crewmembers killed when the battleship capsized after being hit by aerial torpedoes during the surprise attack on military installations Dec. 7, 1941, on Oahu.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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