State briefs for December 20

Developer pulls plan for ‘poor door’

HONOLULU (AP) — The plans for a proposed Honolulu high-rise were changed to take out a separate entrance for moderate-income renters.


The original plans reserved an entrance for market-priced condominium buyers and had renters using a different entrance, deemed the “poor door” by affordable housing advocates.

City Council member Kymberly Pine canceled a Zoning and Housing Committee discussion earlier this month because of concerns about the tower design. But Pine said the tower’s developer, ProsPac Holding Group, discussed concerns with key community stakeholders and reached a resolution.

Pine said the new plan calls for a corridor that will connect the two entrances so apartment and condo residents can use either door.

Vandals break into tomb, scatter remains

HONOLULU (AP) — Vandals broke into an Oahu cemetery tomb and scattered human remains, prompting a police investigation.

Volunteers cutting grass at Sunset Memorial Park found the desecrated remains this past weekend.

The volunteers said an empty cement box was found inside one of the tombs and a pile of bones and bone fragments was dumped in another tomb nearby.

“The thing now is we don’t know which cubbyhole the remains came out of,” said Peter Fernando, one of the volunteers who discovered the vandalism.

Fernando said the cemetery owner, the Rev. Lago Dozinn, assisted with handling the remains and resealing them.

Because Sunset Memorial Park doesn’t have regular maintenance workers or security guards, it’s unclear when the desecration happened.

Video explains how to prepare for nuclear attack

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam security officials released two videos to help residents prepare for emergencies, including a nuclear missile attack.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense said in a statement Tuesday that the videos aren’t connected to any imminent threat.

The first tells residents to stockpile emergency supplies and make an evacuation plan.

The second explains what to do if officials sound the attack tone siren, which would warn of a nuclear attack. It’s a different siren from the alert tone Guam uses to warn of tsunamis and other natural hazards.


The U.S. territory is advising residents hearing the attack tone siren to shelter in the closest concrete structure and wait until the all-clear is given. That could be hours later.

North Korea earlier this year threatened to launch missiles close to Guam. North Korea also has been developing nuclear weapons.

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