State briefs for August 2

Crew makes trip to recover deceased rower’s boat

HONOLULU (AP) — A sailing crew embarked from Honolulu on a mission to locate and recover the boat of Paralympian who died during a solo attempt to row from California to Hawaii.

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The three-person crew left the Hawaii Yacht Club Wednesday to search for the craft piloted by Angela Madsen, who died in the Pacific Ocean last month.

Madsen turned 60 years old in May during the crossing attempt that began in Marina del Rey, California. The U.S. Coast Guard located her body June 22, two days after Madsen sent a message saying she planned to enter the water to make a repair.

The mission by Capt. Russ Johnson and crew members Janell Clark and Jackie Troller could last two weeks as they search for Madsen’s boat, which was last known to be more than 860 miles from Hawaii.

Madsen’s boat, Row of Life, carried two transmitters that sent a final location Friday before becoming caught in Hurricane Douglas.

The crew expects to spend about five days aboard Johnson’s sailboat, Blue Moon, before reaching the spot where Madsen’s boat is likely to be.

University of Guam to start year with mostly online courses

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The University of Guam has announced that it will offer most courses online for the upcoming semester to limit the spread of COVID-19 because of surges in case numbers.

“In certain cases, limited-contact hybrid courses will be available and, only when it is absolutely required, face-to-face classes will be offered,” university Senior Vice President Anita Enriquez said.

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The semester is scheduled to start Aug. 18.

The university implemented enrollment caps for online classes and will continue standardized courses through a learning management system, the Pacific Daily News reported.

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