SN News June 11, 2012
Samoa News June 11, 2012
Samoan holding a stick shot dead by AK police… 2 Invasive species hitching a ride on tsunami debris 6 Manny Pacquiao loss strikes hard in homeland B1
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Little Vake’ae Sola’i Mo’ungatapu Faingaa, the infant being held in her mother’s arms, was recently discharged from the LBJ nursery with a clean bill of health following life-saving surgery and extraordinary nursing care by the LBJ nursery and maternity ward staff. Pictured here, L-R: Nelma Godinet, Certified Nursing Assistant3; Mele Tali, CNA; the happy mother Makueta Fainga’a; Amber Rogers, Nurse Practitioner for the pediatric department and Edna Hala, R.N. Baby Vake’ae had been in the ICU, and then in the nursery for some 46 days following her birth in April, when the LBJ surgical staff performed something very close to a miracle to save her [photo: tlh] life. (See story inside on page 3.)
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‘Pardon of Kings’ Five will represent AS at 2012 noted a prisoner Olympics; 3 are locally-based granted amnesty
By Jeff Hayner Samoa News Reporter by Samoa News Staff
Among the 35 prisoners given amnesty as part of Samoa’s 50th Independence celebration, was former Cabinet Minister, Leafa Vitale, who was jailed for murder. The Samoa Observer reports that during the official ceremony last Friday, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Lupesoliai Malielegaoi warned Government, Church and Village leaders that no one is above the law. “It doesn’t matter who it is, even leaders of countries, if you break the law you must be prepared to face the consequences.” Tuilaepa then told the pardoned prisoners to embrace “your new-found freedom… You must discard antics of old and use this freedom wisely for the good of your families and community;” and reminded the 35 prisoners that alcohol was probably a factor in their criminal activities. “Curb your tempers, even the most wise of leaders can be led astray by wild tempers at the spur of the moment,” Tuilaepa said, noting that amnesty is not something to be taken lightly. “The decision by the Head of State with advice from Cabinet was not made lightly. The decision was made with the silent guidance of the Spirit of the Lord.”
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American Samoa will be represented by five athletes in the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England that will be taking place from July 27 to August 12. At an announcement last Friday afternoon, the American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC), announced the names of the athletes who will be representing the territory in the Summer Games, with three of the five being present at the announcement. The five representing American Samoa are Alexandra Nichole Morgan age 19 (Track and Field/Discus), Elama Fa’atonu age 18 (Track and Field/100 meters), Ching Maou Wei 26 (Swimming/ 50 meter Freestyle), Megan Fonteno 19 (Swimming/ 100 meter freestyle) and Nathaniel Tuamoheloa 18 (Wrestling 96kg Freestlye). “Today we introduced three athletes who were available for interview that will be going to the Olympics and representing American Samoa,” said the President of the ASNOC Ken Tupua. “We want the community to know who we have
that will be representing American Samoa in the Olympics. Ching Maou and Nathaniel Tuamoheloa will soon be departing the territory for Manchester, England for two months of training, while Elama Fa’atonu will be heading out to Australia at the same time, for a little more competition before the games.” When asked how they think they will perform at this highest stage of competition, the three locally-based athletes all stated that they are going there to try their best and to represent American Samoa as best they can. Ching Maou and Tuamoheloa also said that they would like, upon their return from the games, to give back to American Samoa by teaching the youth of the territory not only about their respective sport, but about the positive gains they can derive from it. Fa’atonu on the other hand stated that he has plans to serve his country upon his return by joining the military. Morgan and Fortuno were not present for interviews and are the off-island based athletes
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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Staff reporter
Weekend death being treated as a homicide
The Criminal Investigation Division with the DPS at a residence and a place of business in Satala where a 56-year old man was found dead in his bedroom. A neighbor told Samoa News they suspect the man died a few days ago, because his car has never moved since it was parked there on Friday and the man suffered from health problems. L-R Detectives Sili Sea, Alfred Te`o, John Seumanutafa [Photo: Ausage Fausia] and the CID Commander Captain Lavata`i Ta`ase Sagapolutele.
The Criminal Investigation Division with the Department of Public Safety is investigating the death of a 56-year old Chinese man in Satala over the weekend. The Commander of the CID Captain Lavata’i Ta’ase Sagapolutele confirmed with Samoa News that they are investigating the death and are treating it as a homicide, unless it’s proven otherwise. The CID Commander declined to give further details surrounding the investigation. The Chinese man was found dead in his residence early Sunday morning by the landlord, Tiana Tamaseu, who lives behind the house and store the man was renting. She said the man did have health problems. Tamaseu was present when police detectives were at the scene. She told Samoa News that the deceased’s vehicle had not moved since Friday. Samoa News was told on the scene that the landlord of the residence and store came to pick up the rent from the Chinese man on Thursday, Friday and Saturday — knocking on the door but no one answered. She returned early Sunday morning and knocked, only this time when no one answered she contacted police, who arrived to find the Chinese man dead on his bed.
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Samoan holding a stick shot dead by police in Alaska…
By LISA DEMER Anchorage Daily News
The ‘Career One Stop Center’ sponsored by the Hawaiian Holding Company, held a Job Fair last Saturday at the Veterans Administration Club House in Tafuna. The job fair attracted about [photo: Jeff Hayner] 300 individuals, who attended in hopes of getting assistance to find a job.
An Anchorage police officer shot and killed a man in Mountain View on Saturday night after he was acting aggressively and walking toward the officer with a big stick, according to police. The shooting of Shane Tasi, 26, is under investigation and the officer’s name will not be released for three days, both of which are standard in such cases, said the police spokesman, Lt. Dave Parker. The officer is considered a veteran, Parker said. Police began getting calls about a disturbance in Mountain View just before 9:30 p.m. One caller said a man was yelling at passing cars. Another said he was attacking a neighbor’s dog. He was wearing black shorts and was bare chested, police were told. Several officers went to the location, in the 700 block of North Bunn Street. Tasi lived in a fourplex there. He was married, Parker said, but the lieutenant didn’t know if he had children. A neighbor said she used to see him playing with his children outside. Parker only had preliminary reports to review and said it wasn’t yet clear how many officers were outside their vehicles as the situation escalated. One neighbor, Laura Martin, said she watched the incident unfold while smoking a cigarette outside. She said she saw three or four officers standing in the area. Why didn’t the officers subdue him, given that he didn’t have a gun? Parker said the investigation will determine whether deadly force was justified. Under police policy, it generally should only be used to protect life, he said. Some officers were just arriving and the man was moving toward the officer who ultimately shot him, Parker said. “He was brandishing a stick, like a weapon,” Parker said. “I can kill you just as easily with a stick as I can with a baseball bat or an ice pick, or a knife. I mean, it’s a dangerous situation.” Anchorage police officers generally carry pepper spray, but only a few have Tasers, which allow the user to stun and subdue someone acting aggressively, Parker said. This officer had pepper spray but not a Taser, he said. The Anchorage Police Department is gradually equipping all officers with Tasers. Would a Taser have made a difference? That will be addressed by the investigation, Parker said. Police interviewed witnesses late into the night, Parker said. More than one told police separately that the officer tried repeatedly to get Tasi to put down the stick. “But the guy was closing in and the officer had to take action,” Parker said. Martin said as she saw it, Tasi was not going after the officer. When police came, he was having an argument with three teenagers. He was chasing them with the stick, “not the cops,” she said. She doesn’t understand why he was shot. She was shook up and cried after the shooting. She’s from Kwigillingok, a village southwest of Bethel, and has only lived in Anchorage since last year. “I thought I’ve seen everything. But this is the first time I’ve really seen something,” Martin said. As Tasi got close to the officer, the officer fired a police pistol, striking him. The man was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. No one answered the door at any of the apartments in Tasi’s building Sunday afternoon. Parker didn’t have details on the dispute with the neighbor over the dog. Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators are conducting the investigation.
LA Co. fatal police shootings rise by 70 percent…
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of suspects killed by police in Los Angeles County has risen nearly 70 percent in 2011 over the previous year. The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday that 54 people were killed by law enforcement in 2011 countywide. In about two-thirds of the cases, the person was armed with a gun, knife or other weapon. In 12 cases, the person was unarmed. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says the majority of shootings are legitimate responses to serious threats. He says police have become more adept at responding quickly to violent situations. Fatal police shootings this year, however, have fallen back to 2010 levels. The increase in police killings come at a time when murder rates have fallen to historic lows — 612 homicides were recorded countywide last year.
by Teri Hunkin, Samoa News staff writer
Heroic surgery saves an infant girl at hospital
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“Men who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above all, the great of the earth.” So said Voltaire, a philosopher of another continent, another era. Living — and thriving — today in Tutuila is an infant girl, born very ill, whose parents would agree with that assessment from another time and place, when the practice of medicine did not have the advantages (or the complications) that it has in our day. Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia is a medical term for “a hole in the diaphragm at birth”, and it is not one of the first things a new mother wants to hear. The diaphragm is the muscle that is responsible for breathing, as it helps the lungs expand and contract, and separates the lungs from the rest of the organs. It is an unusual condition, but not unheard of. According to LBJ pediatrician, Dr. Mike Favazza, one in 4,000 babies are born with this problem, and Dr. Favazza said he has seen these cases in the States. In early April, Makueta Faingaa of Pavaiai and her husband Tevita were the proud parents of a baby girl, and according to the mother and her doctors, the baby was full term and the delivery uneventful. The infant, however, was experiencing respiratory distress, having trouble breathing, and the doctors were puzzled as to why. Lab work was ordered which indicated no infection, and the portable x-ray machine was out of service, but when the baby was stabilized enough to be taken into the main x-ray unit, that finally gave the doctors their answer. The infant’s stomach, intestines and spleen had all been pushed up through the hole in the diaphragm, into the chest cavity. The baby’s heart was pushed far to the right. The congenital diaphragmatic hernia had made this strange occurrence possible. Relaying the story of the events which followed the diagnosis, Dr. Favazza, who had been on vacation at the time of the baby’s birth, said that when he returned that he, along with all the LBJ pediatricians were discussing the case following their daily rounds. The next thing the new parents heard, was the hospital searching for a way to get the baby off-island for emergency care. But there were roadblocks to come. Visas for the parents, who are Tongan passport holders, was an issue. And then the baby began to “rapidly deteriorate” and that’s when the doctors realized that there were few choices left to save the child. “If the infant had been stable, breathing without help, eating without a tube, then we might have been able to send her to Hawaii,” said Dr. Favazza. “But the baby took a turn for the worse, and wasn’t getting enough air,” he said, and called colleagues in Oakland, California about the case. He connected LBJ Chief of Surgery, Dr. Kamlesh Kumar with a pediatric surgeon in California. The two discussed the case, and after consultation with other LBJ professionals and the parents, Dr. Kumar made the decision to operate. According to chief of Pediatrics, Dr. James Marrone, it was Dr. James Sunia, LBJ’s chief of anesthesia, who carefully considered putting the baby to sleep. Anesthesia is well known to be difficult and risky, even with the adult population, Dr. Marrone said. After serious consideration, and understanding the risks, given that it was a newborn baby, Dr. Sunia concurred with his colleagues, and agreed to the procedure. Along with assistant surgeon, Dr. Robert Gayapa, and the operating room team, they embarked upon a delicate surgery which many professionals at LBJ and elsewhere have called “heroic.” PEdIATRIC SuRGERy It takes nine years of training to become a pediatric surgeon, and that is after college and Med School, said Dr. Favazza. “You could put all the pediatric surgeons in the U.S. in a room, and they would probably all know each other. There might be 100 or so, it’s an extremely specialized field,” he said. “After a full general surgery residency of five years, two years of research, and after that, two years of fellowship training, you are ready to embark upon your career as a pediatric surgeon.” He added, “You’re nearly 40 when you’re ready to take this on.”
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Justice tossed to the ground
by Ipu Avegalio Lefiti GuEST EDIToRIAL
The new solar Seiko Chronograph dive watch is a dream come true for our daily Samoa lifestyle and adventures.
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By Barry Markowitz
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Back in the good ‘ol days (better in retrospect?) our Toa Samoa warriors used to bring back those wonderful heavy Seiko self wind dive watches from their tour of duty in Vietnam. They would pick them up for $35-$50 in Hong Kong and bring them back to the islands. I had several I picked up used for $20. They seemed to last forever if you got them cleaned every three years. Yet because they were absolutely waterproof, looked so macho, and required no yearly battery replacement, any time a respected matai visited us, my wife would make me give mine up... even before the dreaded “malo, malo.” My dearest darlingest wife is always right... she reminds me daily. And yes I have observed our matai are generally quality guys that have served our family with wisdom and dignity. Only thing is... all those classic Seiko automatic self winders vanished. No more $20 swap meet or pawnshop specials. After searching for years I finally found the new and improved magic Seiko. The new Seiko Solar Chronograph is 200 meters depth worthy, with a screw down crown, Hardlex scratch resistant crystal, full stainless steel case.... and fantastically requires no battery changes since it is solar powered. Yup, I am reckoning 10 years maintenance free. If you care, da buggah only loses 15 seconds a year. This solar capability is critical for us who live or spend time in Samoa. And I guess we don’t have a shortage of sunlight most of the year. While we have people in Tutuila and Apia that can replace your battery, they probably can’t have it pressure tested without sending it to New Zealand, Oz, or the US Mainland. A conventional quartz dive watch might cost you $15 to change a battery plus $70 to have it pressure tested if you do proper annual maintenance. After grabbing the latest Samoan CD’s at Mr Lava Lava and treating my mates to brown bottle Vailimas... I am my usual mativa self with no $85 for annual repairs. My work entails jumping on and off purse seiners (limping in my case), shooting videos for hours in cannery cold storage, standing in the rain for days shooting our Manu Samoa, our gridiron football kids, shoot for hours in furnace like live lava fields, and sadly covering hurricane, tsunami and earthquake devastation. Not once did I mention diving a hundred meters. Might free dive 35 ft if a fe’e looks yummy. So while the Seiko Solar Chronograph is built for diving, we have dust, tropical downpours and guaback plantation rough roads which always test our watch. When I shoot news or documentaries I have deadlines to change locations, meet for interviews or meet my deadlines. I do not have the courage to defy my bosses Patty or Rhonda on deadlines. If I ever fail them they might make me cover those...
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On April 12, 2012, the Multi-Disciplinary-Team Against Family Violence held a conference which brought together the Culture, Church & Law, asking how they can work together to combat family violence. One of the guest speakers was a high talking chief who represented the Samoan Affairs Office. What was so alarming with his presentation was his admission to supporting child abuse through disciplinary actions by beating them, and advocating how he gets over on the law--by beating his children where the bruises cannot be seen. His statement elicited a sporadic and uncomfortable smattering of laughter among the prestigious audience that represented every agency and Non-Government Organization that protects victims of child and family violence. Was his public admission on this very important forum a preview of the horrors to come in this day and age? Were all the Chiefs and pulenu’u in Samoan Affairs Office well represented in their attitude towards child violence that day? Case in point: High Chief Tupusemanuiaaeaualetupusemalaia Muagututi’a Muaivasa Tauoa and his sister, the grandmother of the victim in the Tone Pulou case have taken the ifoga to a higher level of perversion in our Samoan culture. Accepting the money and the fine mats from the offender as an apology for his repeated rape of a child is like accepting payment for sex that was provided by a pimp. This is another form of selling and bartering children or better yet ‘Domestic Trafficking’ for personal gain. The victim’s ordeal has been rendered as an inconvenience and she has been dehumanized at the cost of $500.00 O le mea tonu lava lea e tau o le lafoa’i o le amiotonu i le eleele. (Justice tossed to the ground) —Tone Pulou and his family have chosen the tainted way to escape his punishment and wipe away the real issue. He raped a 13-year old child continuously until he was caught and like a coward he fled the island to Australia though Apia and was eventually arrested and extradited from Honolulu. HC Muagututi’a and his sister are of the same blood and mind. They are not the parents of this child. Yet our cultural respect for our chiefs and unquestioned filial love for our elders has turned justice into a sewage pit. A sexual violation of a child, who is forced into motherhood and sold dirt cheap, buried under tons of vile excuses, ignorance and cowardice is being sanctioned by our own Samoan culture. Through the Muagututi’a and the Pulou families, the Ifoga has been reduced to a mockery of justice designed to cover its own bets. Because High chiefs and elders are instigating this travesty, are we still proud of our nation whose twist in the culture protects child rapists, pedophiles and murderers? Will our honorable High Chiefs and Elders on the bench sustain such a notion? Will our members of the clergy remain comfortably silent behind their pulpits? Tone Pulou’s repeated rapes were not done in the public’s eye nor were they done in front of her family. It was all done in stealth to rob this child of her innocence and youth. So why is there such a parade of public family discussions followed by accepting bribes and apologies for the sake of village or family peace? Meanwhile the rapist is far removed from the illusive danger from the victim’s family or whoever would have the courage to champion her? For the sake of the readers, this child was personally violated to the core and every fiber of her young being. Is there not enough compassion by the offender and his family to face and prostrate themselves publicly before this child victim, to give her a sense of justice and closure, that she is a valuable human being worthy of respect? Is it so offensive for our culture to force the offender to do his time as a man rather than forever being a smelly odor in the sight of her family and all of Samoa as the ‘ teacher rapist’ whose family got him off, a stigma he alone searched for himself? This farce of an ifoga is a foul stench full of ignorance that is going viral, infecting every Samoan in the universe. The rape of this child was NOT an accident. It was premeditated and continuously executed for his own pleasure. I am appealing to the elders and High Chiefs who are in the position to make a difference in our laws to be proactive in executing justice, rather than choosing to just cluck their tongues and turn away. The so called restitution is not about money or ie toga. It’s about true remorse and doing the right thing. This is just one example of how the law will submit under the Pinocchio rule of a wooden heart and a long growing nose… or is there any hope for the future of our children? The children we keep heralding in almost every speech — that they are the hope for tomorrow and the future? © OSini FAleAtASi inc. reServeS All rightS.
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The local Filipino community, friends and families, packed the Samoa Sports Center in Tafuna, last Saturday evening, to celebrate their 114th Independence Day. Amongst the honored guests that evening was Lt. Governor Faoa Ipulasi Sunia, who told the local Filipino community that although he could not help them with their immigration status, he can help them in making sure their sponsors are doing right by them. Young and old joined in the festivities which included an elaborate feast that boasted of Filipino cuisine, traditional dancing and singing, and a fashion show. Pictured are a group that participated in the fashion show — they are called ‘Slores de Mayo’ — an equivalent of the Spaniards’ Cinco de Mayo, where the Phillipines honor the Virgin [photo: K. Jargon] Mary every May.
When a floating dock the size of a boxcar washed up on a sandy beach in Oregon, beachcombers got excited because it was the largest piece of debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan to show up on the West Coast. But scientists worried it represented a whole new way for invasive species of seaweed, crabs and other marine organisms to break the earth’s natural barriers and further muck up the West Coast’s marine environments. And more invasive species could be hitching rides on tsunami debris expected to arrive in the weeks and months to come. “We know extinctions occur with invasions,” said John Chapman, assistant professor of fisheries and invasive species specialist at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. “This is like arrows shot into the dark. Some of them could hit a mark.” Though the global economy has accelerated the process in recent decades by the sheer volume of ships, most from Asia, entering West Coast ports, the marine invasion has been in full swing since 1869, when the transcontinental railroad brought the first shipment of East Coast oysters packed in seaweed and mud to San Francisco, said Andrew Cohen, director of the Center for Research on Aquatic Bioinvasions in Richmond, Calif. For nearly a century before then, ships sailing up the coast carried barnacles and seaweeds. Now, hotspots like San Francisco Bay amount to a “global zoo” of invasive species and perhaps 500 plants and animals from foreign shores have established in U.S. marine waters, said James Carlton, professor of marine sciences at Williams College. They come mostly from ship hulls and the water ships take on as ballast, but also get dumped into bays from home aquariums. The costs mount into the untold billions of dollars. Mitten crabs from China eat baby Dungeness crabs that are one of the region’s top commercial fisheries. Spartina, a ropey seaweed from Europe, chokes commercial oyster beds. Shellfish plug the cooling water intakes of power plants. Kelps and tiny shrimp-like creatures change the food web that fish, marine mammals and even humans depend on. A 2004 study in the scientific journal Ecological Economics estimated 400 threatened and endangered species in the U.S. are facing extinction because of pressures from invasive species. It is too early for scientists to know how much Japanese tsunami debris may add to the invasive species already here. “It may only introduce one thing,” said Cohen of the Aquatic Bioinvasions research center. “But if that thing turns out to be a big problem, we would rather it not happen. There could be an economic
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By JEFF BARNARD, The Associated Press
‘Invasive species’ take ride on tsunami debris
➧ Invasive species ride debris
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impact, an ecological impact, or even a human health impact.” The dock, torn loose from a fishing port on the northern tip of Japan, was covered with 1.5 tons of seaweed, mussels, barnacles and even a few starfish. Volunteers scraped it all off, buried it above the high water line, and sterilized the top and sides of the dock with torches. But there was no telling whether they might already have released spores or larvae that could establish a foothold in a bay or estuary as it floated along the coast, said Carlton. One thing they know is that the bigger the debris, the more likely it has something on it. Chapman estimated there were hundreds of millions of individual living organisms on the dock when it washed up on Agate Beach outside Newport, Ore. But even a small plastic float that washed up on a beach in Alaska carried a live oyster, said Mandy Lindeberg, research scientist at the NOAA Fisheries Auke Bay Laboratories in Juneau, Alaska. The smaller bits of plastic expected to make up most of the tsunami debris won’t have anything except species they picked up at sea, said Carlton. On the dock, about half the plant species already exist on the West Coast, said Gayle Hansen, a research marine taxonomist at Oregon State University, who has spent hours with her eye scrunched up against a microscope examining samples from the dock. Among the exotic seaweeds was one known as wakame, which has become a nuisance around the world, but is not yet found in Oregon, she said. Whether hitchhiking species will survive here depends on randomness, she said. Seaweeds probably would not have survived to reproduce in the crashing surf at Agate Beach. It’s the wrong kind of environment. But if they had floated into Yaquina Bay, very similar to their home waters in Japan, they could grow and reproduce. Lindeberg said, “The only defense for invasive species is early detection. Just like cancer.” While monitoring is relatively cheap, say $30,000 to watch nearby waters for species from the dock, trying to stop an established invasion is expensive. California spent $7 million trying to eradicate a seaweed, she said. She said she hoped there would be funding for monitoring tsunami invasive species. James Morris, a marine ecologist and invasive species specialist at the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, in Beaufort, N.C., said the idea a natural disaster like the tsunami could introduce a new avenue for invasive species is intriguing.
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by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Staff reporter
Governor thanks A’asu and Alataua for performances
Local Filipino children sit patiently as they wait for the chance to perform during the celebration of the Phillipines’ 114th Independence, which was held at the Samoa Sports Center in Tafuna [photo: K. Jargon] last Saturday evening.
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Governor Togiola Tulafono used his radio program to thank A’asu village and the Alataua county for an outstanding performance at the celebration of Samoa’s 50 years of independence, commending the villages for the traditional presentations of sua (ta’alolo), as American Samoa’s gifts for Samoa. The gifts included a tanoa (kava bowl) and $10,000 USD. He added the tanoa was made specifically for this important event, which was created out of a tree found in Vatia. According to the governor, the tanoa has the Samoa flag engraved around it. Togiola said he took it to heart the address by Head of State his highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi that Samoa is not a nation but a brotherhood and a family. Togiola also commended Vatia who won the cricket championship in Samoa. He also brought up the complaints made by the public in pertaining to the preparations for the trip to Samoa. “Let’s not dwell on it but move forward and be happy as the head of state stated we are a brotherhood and a family.” The governor said on his radio program a dinner was held at the U.S Embassy Vailima, which was attended by the Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese and the Masiofo, Her Highness Filifilia Efi. The dinner was hosted by the office of the US Ambassador. Also in attendance at the dinner were Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele and Gillian Malielegaoi. Togiola said at this dinner he thanked the Head of State and the Prime Minister and congratulated Samoa for achieving 50 years of independence. Among the callers to the governor’s program, was a man who asked Togiola, “if we are a family of one then why is the LBJ hospital raising the fees for foreigners to a $100 to see the doctor?” The man said given the hike fee, it’s better to get on the plane to Apia to see a doctor. Togiola responded that the reason the fees would be high for foreigners is because they are not residents of the territory. He added, this also applies to American Samoa residents who are in Apia — they too also have to pay higher fees because they are not residents of Samoa. The governor added that this goes for American Samoa students who attend school off island; they have to pay higher fees as well because they are not residents in those states. Togiola noted that given all of this no one can be rejected from the hospital for any medical treatment. The governor blamed the Senate for not approving the measures, which the House of Representatives approved pertaining to providing financial assistance to the medical cener. He said only four senators approved this bill. Another caller noted that salaries for the top officials at the hospital are very high and yet the hospital financial status is not steady at this moment and their salaries should be reconsidered.
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EL CENTRO, Calif. (AP) — A California water agency director has resigned his elected office several days after a neighbor posted online video that shows the official apparently hitting his stepson with a belt for dropping a baseball during a game of backyard catch. The neighbor turned in the video to sheriff’s investigators last week, and Anthony Sanchez was arrested on Friday on suspicion of felony child abuse. The Imperial Valley Press reports that Sanchez’s lawyer said Saturday that Sanchez has quit his post with the Imperial Irrigation District that oversees water and electricity supply and distribution in the Imperial and Coachella valleys. Ryan Childers says no charges have been filed against his client and the facts of the case will emerge during the sheriff’s inquiry. Sanchez was elected to the board in 2006 to represent Calexico and other cities.
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FATHER PlEAdS GuIlTy IN CONNECTION WITH ASSAulTING dAuGHTER A man charged by the government on allegations that he threatened his daughter with a knife and then at gunpoint will be sentenced on July 27 after he entered a guilty plea before the High Court last week. Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant to protect the identity of the victim. The father was initially charged with unlawful use of a weapon, third degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, and private peace disturbance, however he entered into a plea agreement with the government. The defendant pled guilty to assault and possession of an unlicensed firearm and private peace disturbance while the government moved to dismiss the remaining charges. Chief Justice Michael Kruse last Friday, accepted the plea agreement and dismissed the remaining charges. According to the government’s case the father was upset at his daughter when someone called his cell phone. A confrontation with his daughter about the call accelerated into the defendant threatening his daughter with a knife, telling her to leave the house, and when the daughter refused to leave, it’s alleged the defendant then fetched a rifle and pointed it at his daughter, telling her to leave. According to police the father threatened to kill his daughter while he held the gun to her face. The defendant told police that he was only trying to scare his daughter. Police confiscated the rifle and the knife that were alleged to have been used during the incident. lORRAINE “lOlA” REId District Court Judge John Ward has rescheduled another status hearing on the government’s case against Lorraine “Lola” Reid accused of misappropriating funds belonging to the American Samoa Sailing Association (ASSA) without proper authorization. Reid is charged with embezzlement and stealing, which are both felony charges. The request came from the prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Cable Poag who has received a check from the defendant, returning the money to ASSA. Poag in the last hearing moved for the court to dismiss the criminal charges noting the defendant had already written a check returning the money. Poag noted last Friday the check is in the
government’s possession, however the check is yet to be handed over to the ASSA and until the check is cleared by the bank, the government will not proceed with the dismissal motion. Reid is out on bail of $5,000 and is represented by Asst. Public Defender Karen Shelley. According to the government’s case, on February 3, 2011 James McGuire filed a complaint with the Department of Public Safety regarding the ASSA Bank of Hawaii account, which was allegedly used by Reid for personal use. Court documents say that Reid was the primary signer on the subsidiary corporation for the ASSA bank account, and that she abused her fiduciary responsibility and signed a number of ASSA Junior Sailing fund checks made out in her name, and cashed them. According to the government’s case, Reid made a written statement to the police saying that she was took funds in the form of six checks — made out to her — out of the ASSA Junior Sailing fund “to keep the kid’s money safe from McGuire,” and admitting to cashing the checks from August 12, 2010 to November 15, 2010, payable to herself and endorsed by herself without a second signature. FREd FATuESI PROBATION REVIEW Standard review for drug defendant Fred Fatuesi of his probation was held last Friday before Chief Justice Michael Kruse. Former police officer, Fatuesi was placed on a five year probation following a police raid of his vehicle and home in Pago Pago where drugs were found in 2009. Police confiscated five plastic baggies of methamphetamine or “ice” from Fatuesi’s vehicle three years ago. He pled guilty to unlawful possession of crystal methamphetamine. In 2009, the Chief Justice sentenced Fatuesi to five years, which was suspended. He was placed on probation with the condition that he serve 20 months in jail. However, the jail time was stayed under the condition that he would attend and successfully complete the Teen Challenge International drug treatment program in Hawaii. In his last probation hearing in 2011, the court was told Fatuesi is complying with all conditions of his probation except for the $5,000 fine. Last Friday’s hearing revealed the defendant has paid his fine in full. Kruse rescheduled another probation review in six months, noting the defendant has fully complied with his probation.
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➧ Kings Pardon: prisoners given amnesty…
Rev. Elder Mafi Oloapu, of the EFKS at Loimata o Apaula, gave the opening prayer and offered the pardoned prisoners advice. “Do not take this lightly, if you are truly repented, you should start walking the straight and narrow.” According to Samoa Observer on behalf of the pardoned, long time parolee Agafili Laau Tuitolovaa thanked the Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efo and the Government for the “pardon of kings”. “Only Kings behave like Kings and this has been the pardon of Kings,” said the famous Samoan writer. More than a hundred family and friends of the pardoned packed Tooa Salamasina Hall for the ceremony. Of the 35, only 10 were those still serving sentences, while the rest have been out on parole. One of the pardoned, is Leafa Vitale, who with another Cabinet Minister Toi Aokuso were convicted of plotting the murder of Luagalau Levaula Kamu and were jailed for life in 2000. Leafa and Aokuso had both served separately as Ministers of the Electric Power Cor-
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poration (EPC). Vitale told the Samoa Observer, “I really believe this is an answer for my pleas with God every morning and night to please forgive me for all the bad things I have done in this life.” Leafa’s son Alatise, who fired the shot that killed Luagalau, was also jailed for life. Aokuso died while he was serving his sentence, but Leafa and Alatise were paroled in 2010. Alatise was not among those pardoned. The pardoned prisoners are: Pesamino Faalogo, Pio Faapiano, Ioane Mamea, Sola Ati, Tuugalilo Onosai, Kapeteni Piula, Tuu Gafa, Newyear Alofilamau, Tifaga Aiono, Pesamino Ilalio, Tavita Inu, Fetui Taualoa, Agafili Laau Tuitolovaa, Isaako Tofa, Sale Tupai, Lamosa Maalomaiavao, Emosi Leasi, Alefosio Roebeck, Iese Filiga, Faamatuaina Ioasa, Auvaa Sila, Alofisa Telea, Sesela Afoa Mateo, Seumanu Nemaia Tuuga, Semau Faafiaula, Sione Sione, Logo Lualua, Pele Samoa, Aso Manusina, Toetu Lavea, Leafa Vitale, Tua Faapaia, Vaaiga Fiu, Peter Ulugia.
➧ Heroic surgery saves infant
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There are no pediatric surgeons in American Samoa. But there are doctors who are willing to go the limits of their skills, working with others, via tele-medicine, email, and all means at their disposal, to use their surgical knowledge and instincts to give patients a fighting chance. For the infant girl born with a hole in her diaphragm, the clock was ticking. The baby had “decompensated” to the point where it was not safe for air travel, explained Dr. Favazza. “Without that operation, the baby would have died.” he stated. The parents were told the circumstances, and understood that without surgery, there was no chance, and even with surgery, there were risks, and the baby might not survive. It was explained to Samoa News, that the surgeons went in, repositioned the baby’s stomach and intestines, put them in the area where they belonged, and sewed up the hole in the baby’s diaphragm... and all this without the benefit of specialized surgical equipment. Forty six days after surgery, little Vake’ae Sola’i Mo’ungatapu Fainga’a left LBJ. By all accounts she was a healthy baby, nursing well, with a head full of black hair, a beautiful smile, and an (understandably) grateful and happy mother. LBJ Nurse practitioner Amber Rogers noted “This baby is very, very lucky. What Dr. Kumar did was amazing.” Rogers also commended the Nursery nurses Edna Hala R.N., Mele Tali, CNA and Nelma Godinet, CNA3, for their extraordinary around-the-clock dedication to this baby. Speaking to Samoa News, the little girl’s mother said, “ We had to really think about this — and pray. We decided to let the surgery go forward. I owe thanks to Dr. Kumar and the other doctors. We thought she was going to die. Dr. Kumar brought my baby back from the edge of the grave.”
Local Filipino women proudly modeling one of their many traditional wears, called ‘Terno’ which was made popular by Imelda Marcos, wife of former Phillipine president, Fernidand Marcos. The women were part of the fashion show at the 114th Independence celebration held by the local Filipino community, at the Samoa Sports Center in Tafuna, Saturday, June 9, 2012. [photo: K. Jargon]
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FAMILY, DRUG & ALCOHOL DIVISION
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TO: MR. TOA (unknown last name) Fagatogo Village Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the above-named respondent that a petition has been filed before the High Court of American Samoa to determine your parental rights in a female child born on November 12, 2008, at LBJ Tropical Medical Center, Fagaalu, American Samoa. A hearing will be held after two months and ten days from the date of the first publication of this notice, in which the Court may enter an order that you have not acquired any parental rights to the minor child and place the child for adoption. If you have any objection, or wish to claim or assert your parental rights, you must appear within two months and ten days from the date of the first publication of this notice and file an objection or a claim with the Court. O LE FA’AALIGA E TU’UINA ATU ia te oe, le ua ta’ua i luga, ua i ai le talosaga ua failaina i le Fa’amasinoga Maualuga o Amerika Samoa e iloilo ai ou aia fa’a-matua i se teineititi na fanau o ia i le aso 12 o Novema 2008, i le Falemai i Fagaalu, Amerika Samoa. O lea iloiloga e faia pe a tuana’i le lua masina ma aso e sefulu mai le aso o le ulua’i fa’asalalauga o lenei faaaliga, ma e ono tuuina atu ai se poloa’iga a le Fa’amasinoga e fa’aailoa ai ua leai ni ou aia fa’amatua i lea teineititi. Afai e te tete’e, pe e te finagaloe faamaonia ou aia faamatua, ia e failaina se talosaga tete’e i le Fa’amasinoga i totonu o le lua masina ma aso e sefulu mai le ulua’i fa’asalalauga o lenei fa’aaliga.
➧ Weekend death a homicide?
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Samoa News visited the scene while the police detectives were gathering evidence. A strong foul odor was coming from the inside the man’s residence and place of business. Police have yet to identify the victim, and are attempting to locate his relatives on island. Tamaseu told Samoa News she moved to Satala in 1982 and the man’s family was already living there. She said her parents have moved off island and left the business to the deceased. She said the man has two children, currently living in the United States.
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➧ Five will represent AS at 2012 Olympics…
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chosen to represent American Samoa. Samoa News notes that there was no information offered as to how the five athletes were chosen — criteria or qualifications; nor was there any information on who will accompany the athletes on their Olympic journey, i.e chef de mission, coaches and officials. OFFICIALS AND COACHES — Tupua was asked by Samoa News for the names of those who would be the officials and coaches accompanying the athletes; but he said the information was not available. Gov. Togiola Tulafono and First Lady Mary Ann were mentioned as possibles on the list of officials, earlier in the year, but Samoa News understands they will be attending the Samoan Heritage Week celebrations in Hawai’i instead, which coincide with the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The event usually takes place the first week of August, and will be the last Samoan Heritage Week Togiola will be attending as governor of American Samoa. . Togiola has been the major supporter of this annual Hawai’i event for the last three years, with the American Samoa government contributing funds to its budget, an action which caused local lawmakers to question the source of funds. However, in 2010, after many complaints from the Fono, the governor moved not to use ‘unbudgeted’ funds; and unconfirmed sources have told Samoa News the local Department of Commerce has since used grant funds for the Heritage Week the past two years, which does not need Fono approval. To date, there is no government report on how much money has been used for the annual event, nor which grant or grants were the source of the money. WRESTLING — Several calls to Samoa News, as well as postings on Facebook have raised the question of CJ Floor, Jr. not being the wrestling athlete representing American Samoa in the 2012 Olympic Games. Floor, Jr. earned a spot for American Samoa to compete in the Olympics in the sport of wrestling, when he represented American Samoa in the African/Oceania Qualification Tournament that took place from March 16-18 this year in Morocco. He was able to pull out a Silver Medal in the 96kg class in Freestyle Wrestling. However, Samoa News has been told that due to a dispute between Carl Floor Sr., CJ’s father, CJ and the American Samoa Wrestling Association (ASWA), which is a member of the ASNOC, the organization has chosen not to take CJ as its Olympic athlete. Samoa News also understands CJ and his father have since started a petition along with American Samoa’s Professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Deutsch Pu’u to try and get the ASNOC to send CJ to the 2012 Olympics and remove the leaders of the local Olympic committee and ASWA. The petition can be found at: http://www.change.org/petitions/american-samoa-nationalolympic-committee-aswa-send-cj-floor-to-the-olympics-and-resign-from-leader-positions
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35 masina fa’asala ai Paul Solofa Falepuipui Hawaii
E 35 masina lea ua faasala ai e le Faamasinoga Feterale le alii sa avea ma pule o le polokalame o le School Lunch a le Matagaluega o Aoga a le malo, susuga Paul Solofa, e nofosala ai i le falepuipui, ina ua faamaonia e le vaega iloilo iuga lona aafia ai i le faatauina faasolitulafono o totoga o pasi aoga. O le alii o Solofa, lea ua 50 ona tausaga na tausala i moliaga e lua o le faalavelave lea i molimau a le malo atoa ai ma lona faalavelave i galuega a le faamasinoga. Ina ua ta’usalaina Solofa e le vaega iloilo iuga ia Ianuari na te’a nei, na taua ai e le itu a le malo le ono faasala o ia i le toese mo le 20 tausaga atoa ai ma le salatupe e $250,000 i le moliaga o le taumafai e faaleaga mea molimau a le malo, ae 10 tausaga e falepuipui ai ma le salatupe e $250,000 mo le moliaga o le faalavelave lea i galuega a le faamasinoga. Ae i le ripoti sa saunia e le Ofisa Faanofovaavaaia i le masina na tea nei, sa latou taua ai le ono mafai lea ona faasala Solofa i le toese mai le 41 masina e oo atu i le 51 masina le umi, o le mafuaaga lea na talosaga ai Solofa tauala atu i lana loia ina ia faamama lana faasalaga, ona e i ai aafiaga o lona soifua maloloina e manaomia ai lona i ai pea i lona aiga. O moliaga ua ta’usala ai Solofa na afua mai i le taimi ao avea o ia ma faauluuluga i le vaega o le Tupe a le Ofisa o Aoga. Sa toe tofia o ia na te vaaia le isi vaega i totonu lava o le Ofisa o Aoga, ao lei taofia faapagota o ia i le 2010, ao avea o ia ma faauluuluga o le polokalame o le School Lunch. Na amata taofia mai o ia i le masina o Fepuari na te’a nei i le falepuipui a le feterale i Honolulu, e faatali ai le lauina o lona faasalaga i le vaiaso na te’a nei. Na taua e le sui sooupu a le matagaluega o Faamasinoga a le malo tele ia Alisa Finelli e faapea, e leai se tupe na poloaina e le faamasino o Reggie B. Walton Solofa na te totogiina. E lei maua mai foi se faamatalaga mai lana loia fautua o Michelle Peterson, ina ua fesiligia e le Samoa News e tusa ai o le faasalaga a le ua molia. I le lauina ai o lona faasalaga na taua ai e le malo feterale e faapea, e tusa ma le $300,000 le tupe na gau ai le Ofisa o Aoga a le malo o Amerika Samoa, ona o le gaioiga faasolitulafono lea na aafia ai Solofa.
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Se vaaiga atu lena i le taimi na tatala ai e alii leoleo suesue le taavale a le alii Saina lea na maua o maliu i totonu o lona fale, ma ua i lalo nei o le vaavaaiga a le Ofisa o leoleo le taavale a (ata AF) le alii ao faagasolo ai a latou suesuega i le taimi nei.
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O lo o faagasolo i le taimi nei suesuega a le Vaega Suesue o le Ofisa o Leoleo, i le faalavelave lea na maua atu ai se alii Saina o lo o maliu i lona fale i Satala, i le faaiuga o le vaiaso na te’a nei. Na faamaonia e le Taitai o le Vaega Suesue a le Leoleo ia Cpt. Lavatai Taase Sagapolutele e faapea, o lenei alii Saina e 56 tausaga lona matua ma “o le taimi nei o loo faagasolo suesuega a le Ofisa o leoleo e uiga i lenei mataupu, ma e le mafai ona ou talanoa atu i le mafuaaga o le maliu o lenei alii sei vagana ua maea suesuega o lo o faagasolo i le taimi nei”. “O le taeao nei na maua ai e leoleo le tino maliu o le alii Saina lenei, ma ua auina atu nei lona tino i le falemaliu i le falema’i i Fagaalu.” Ina ua asia e le Samoa News le nofoaga na tulai mai ai lenei faalavelave i Satala i le aoauli ananafi, na vaaia ai leoleo e to’alima o lo o faia a latou su’esu’ega. E toatasi le molimau na mafai ona fesiligia e le Samoa News e uiga i lenei mataupu, o ia lea o Tiana Tamaseu, o le tausoga o le tamaitai lea e ana ia le fale na mautotogi ai le alii Saina ua maliu, lea e sosoo lava ma le fale kalapu a le Karaoke i Satala. Na taua e le tina o Tamaseu i le Samoa News e faapea, o le alii Saina lenei ua tele tausaga o mau totogi i le fale lea, lea foi o loo faatautaia ai lana pisinisi o le faleoloa ma le faleaiga. Na taua e le molimau e faapea, o le aso Tofi na te’a nei na agai atu ai le tama a lona tausoga e piki mai le tupe mo le totogi o le fale, peitai na fiu e tu’itu’i le faitoto’a e le’i tatalaina lava, sei vagana ai le taavale o loo tu i luma o le fale. “Na toe alu atu le teine i le aso Faraile ma le aso Toonai e toe siaki le Saina mo le tupe o le rent, peitai na fiu foi e tuitui le faitotoa e lei tatalaina lava, o lea na ia viliina ai loa le ofisa o leoleo ananei i le taeao (taeao ananafi), ma o mai ai loa leoleo ua tatala le fale ma o i totonu, ma latou maua atu ai le alii Saina o loo maliu ai,” o le tala lea a le molimau. Na taua e Tamaseu e faapea, o le alii Saina ua mali e na o ia lava lona aiga, ona ua tete’a ma lona toalua ma ua alu lava le fafine ma ave le la fanau e toalua. “O le aso Sa na te’a nei na ma talanoa ai ma si tamaloa, ona ou fesili lea i ai poo a mai o ia, ae fai mai o ia ua ma’i, o le taimi mulimuli lena na gata mai ai le ma talanoaga ma le tamaloa,” o le molimau lea a Tamaseu. Na taua e Tamaseu, o nisi o faafitauli sa ia maitauina i le aiga o le alii Saina lenei, e aofia ai le tapuni o lana faleoloa ina ua le mafai ona toe faafou le laisene, tipi le pili eletise, ma atonu o nisi ia o faafitauli ua mamafa i lona mafaufau ao nofo toatasi ai na o ia i lona aiga. “O se tagata e filemu ma loto alofa i tagata, e iu ua faatele ona talepe e tagata lana faleoloa ma gaoi oloa ae finau pea o ia e fai lana pisinisi,” o nisi ia o uiga e manatua ai e Tamaseu le alii Saina ua maliu. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia firstname.lastname@example.org
Maua se alii Saina o maTogiola: Ana pasia e le liu i luga o lona moega Senate pili tupe, e leai
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ni siitaga a le falema’i
Na faailoa e le alii kovana i luga o lana polokalama i le faaiuga o le vaiaso na tea nei e faapea, ana pasia e le Senate pili tupe sa tuuina atu e le malo latou te pasia, e leai ni siitaga i pili a le falema’i e faia, e le faalogoina foi le oi o tagata i le taugata o pili a le falemai. E ui e le o se taimi muamua lenei ua saunoa ai le afioga i le matua ia Togiola Tulafono i lenei mataupu, ae ina ua ia toe saunoa ai i luga o lana polokalama na te’a nei, e silia ma le faatasi ona ia taua le fuaiupu lea, “ana pasia e le Senate pili tupe sa tuuina atu e leai ni siitaga a le falemai e faia.” O lea mataupu na tomua i ai mataupu na valaau atu i ai le atunuu i le kovana, ina au faaalia e se tootoo lona faanoanoaga i le tulaga ua i ai siitaga i pili a le falemai lea ua faalauiloa, ona e taugata atu pili o tagata mai fafo nai lo tagata Amerika Samoa ma i latou ua avea ma tagata nofomau. Na taua e le tootoo e faapea, afai o lea ua saunoa le Ao o le malo o Samoa, “O Samoa e le o se malo o le uso ma le aiga,” aisea la ua ese ai pili e totogi e tagata mai fafo ese pili e totogi e tagata Amerika Samoa, ae o lea ua fai mai o Samoa o le aiga e tasi. Fai mai le tootoo, o siitaga i pili a le falemai lea ua faalauiloa mai, e matua le gafatia lava e lona aiga pe a fuafua i lana siaki o loo maua mai i lana galuega, ma, afai o le tulaga lea o le a i ai pili a le falemai, e sili ai ona alu i Apia e talavai ai e taugofie. Na faamanino e Togiola i le tootoo le mafuaaga e ala ai ona eseese tupe e totogi e tagata mai fafo ma tagatanuu o Amerika Samoa i le falemai, ona o tulaga i tulafono a le malo, e pei foi ona i ai tulafono a isi atunuu e pei o Samoa faapea ai setete eseese a le malo tele. Mo se faataitaiga e pei ona saunoa le alii kovana, o fanau aoga a Amerika Samoa o loo malaga atu i setete i fafo e aooga ai, e maualuga atu pili o loo latou totogiina nai lo fanau aoga o setete ia, e
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IOE NA FA’AO’OlIMA I lONA AFAFINE O le alii lea na tuuaia e le malo i lona taumafai lea e faafefe lona afafine e ala i lona faalala i ai o se fana, atoa ai ma lona faaoolima ia te ia, ua ia tautino i luma o le faamasinoga maualuga e faamaonia tuuaiga faasaga ia te ia. E le o mafai ona faalauiloa le igoa o le ua molia ona o puipuiga lava ina nei faigofie ai ona iloa le na aafia i lenei mataupu. O le ua molia na uluai tuuaiga i moliaga o lona faaaoga faasolitulafono lea o se aupega, faaoolima i le tulaga tolu, umia faasolitulafono o se fana e lei lesitalaina, faapea ai ma le faatupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele, ae i lalo o le maliliega lea sa ia faia ma le malo ma ua talia foi e le faamasinoga, ua solofua ai e le malo le moliaga pito i mamafa o le faaaoga faasolitulafono o se a’upega mata’utia, ae tali ioe o ia i moliaga mama e tolu o loo totoe ai. I le tali ioe ai o lenei alii sa ia tautino ai i le faamasinoga e faapea, i se taimi o le aso 1 Aperila, sa ia faaoolima ai i lona afafine e ala i lona tapoina o ia i ona lima, atoa ai ma lona faia o ni amioga e faafefe ai o ia ina ua ia umia se fana le ituaiga o le pulutasi e le’i laiseneina i le Ofisa o Leoleo. Ua manatu loia o le a tuuina atu ni a laua fautuaga mo se faasalaga o lenei alii, pe afai e maeai ona saunia e le ofisa faanofovaavaaia se ripoti e uiga i le mea sa tupu, ae ua malamalama le ua molia, tusa lava pe finau loia i le faamasinoga mo se faasalaga mama mo ia, e pule le faamasinoga pe talia pe teena. Ua ia malamalama foi, e le mafai ona toe suia lana tali ioe ua tuuina atu i le faamasinoga, pe afai e tuuina mai se faasalaga a le faamasinoga ae le tusa ai ma lona manao. O tuuaiga faasaga i le ua molia na afua mai ina ua vili atu se tagata i lana telefoni, ma manao e fia talanoa atu i lona afafine, ma avea ai loa ma itu na ita ai le ua molia ma alu atu loa i le fale ma ia fesiligia lona afafine e uiga i le tagata na telefoni atu ia te ia. Na taua e le malo le faaoolima o le ua molia i lona afafine atoa ai ma lona faalala i ai o se fana. O loo tuma pea tuutuuga o loo tatala ai lenei alii i tua, e faatali ai le aso lea ua faamoemoe e lau ai lana faasalaga. MAPu lEOTA O le alii lea o loo tuuaia e le malo i lona faia lea o ni uiga mataga i le uso o lona to’alua, ua faatulaga e le faamasinoga lana iloiloga faapitoa e faia lea i le aso 22 Iuni i luma o le alii faamasino ia John Ward II. O Mapu Leota lea o loo tuuaia i le faatupu vevesi i nofoaga faitele. I faamaumauga a le faamasinoga o loo taua ai e faapea, a’o moe le uso o le to’alua a le ua molia, na faafuasei ona ia faalogoina se tagata o loo tago atu ia te ia, ina ua ia ala i luga sa ia vaaia ai Leota.
Na fafagu e le tina na aafia lona toalua o loo latou momoe e faailoa i ai le mea ua tupu, ae o le taimi lea ua toe savali ese atu le ua molia i le faitotoa ma agai atu ai i fafo. Ina ua fesiligia e leoleo le ua molia, sa ia matua teena ai lona faia o lea gaioiga i le uso o lona toalua, peitai na faaalia e le tina o loo aafia i leoleo, e le o se taimi muamua lea ua faia ai e le ua molia uiga nei ia te ia. O loo tumau pea tuutuuga o loo tatala ai Leota i tua e faatali ai le aso lea ua faatulaga e faia ai lana faamasinoga iloilo. dAVE TuPuA O le alii faiaoga mai le aoga a le Manumalo lea o loo tuuaia i lona tago i se tamaitai aoga, ua sauni o ia ma lana loia e tuuina atu le la mataupu e faatulaga se aso e faia ai lana faamasinoga iloilo i luma o le faamasinoga
faaitumalo. O le aso 22 Iuni lea ua toe tolopo i ai e le alii faamasino ia John Ward II le mataupu a le susuga Dave Tupua, e iloilo ai poo tumau pea lona manatu e faataunuu sona faamasinoga iloilo, afai e tumau pea lea manatu ona faatulaga loa lea o se aso e faia ai lea faamasinoga. O loo tuuaia Tupua i moliaga o lona taofia faapagota o se tagata i se auala sese, faapea ai ma moliaga e lua o le faaoolima i le tulaga tolu. O tuuaiga faasaga ia Tupua na afua mai i se faalavelave na tulai mai i le masina o Tesema 2011ina ua ia tago ma taumafai e faapipi’i atu le tino o le tamaitai aoga o loo aafia ia te ia. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia email@example.com
Le pulesili o le LBJ ia Michael Gerstenberger ao ia faailoa i nisi sa auai i le iloiloga lea na faia i le aso Faraile na te’a nei i Fagaalu, mafuaaga ua ala ai ona manatu le LBJ e sii totogi o (ata AF) ana tautua.
American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency
Request for comments on the American Samoa 2012 AS-EPA Nearshore Marine Water Quality Monitoring Plan
The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) has developed the AS-EPA Nearshore Marine Water Quality Monitoring Plan that addresses the need to monitor for nonpoint source pollution in American Samoa. A main group of pollutants that cause water quality impairments in American Samoa are pathogen indicators, specifically enterococcus in coastal recreation waters. Two objectives of the ASEPA Nearshore Marine Water Quality Monitoring Plan are to determine whether nearshore marine water quality meets the American Samoa Water Quality Standards (ASWQS) for enterococci, and to inform the public when coastal recreation waters do not meet ASWQS for enterococci, as well as the potential risks associated with the polluted waters. The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency has created a file that contains the ASEPA Nearshore Marine Water Quality Monitoring Plan, a summary of historical bacteriological data of coastal recreation waters, the American Samoa Water Quality Standards, and the advisory format used to give notice to the public that the coastal recreation waters are not meeting or are not expected to meet applicable water quality standards for enterococci. These documents are available to the public at the ASEPA office in Utulei. ASEPA invites public comments concerning the monitoring and public notification program regarding: (1) the beach evaluation and classification process, including a list of waters to be monitored and beach ranking; (2) the sampling design and monitoring plan, including sampling location and sampling frequency; and (3) the public notification and risk communication plan, including methods to notify the public of a beach advisory. Comments must be submitted in writing within 30 days of the published date of this notice. Submit comments to the ASEPA office or by mail to ASEPA Water Program, P.O. Box PPA, Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799. For more information, please contact Josephine Regis at 633-2304. Thank you,
Fanuatele Dr. T. F. Vaiaga’e, Director American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency
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ui o Amerika Samoa o le isi teritori o le malo tele, peitai e le avea lea ma itu e suia ai tulafono a setete ma isi foi atunuu o le lalolagi. Ae i le tulaga o siitaga a le falemai na taua ai e le alii kovana e faapea, “ua mafua ona tulai mai le faafitauli lea i pili a le falemai, ona ua teena e nisi o Senatoa pili tupe sa ou tuuina atu i ai.” Na taumafai Togiola e faamanino i le atunuu e faapea, e musu e faalaua’itele lana tala i le Fono Faitulafono, leaga e le o le Fono atoa lea o loo tete’e i ana pili tupe, sei vagana ai nisi o Senatoa alii ma tamaitai, aua e to’afa isi Senatoa sa latou palota ioe i ana pili tupe. O le fuafuaga a le alii kovana na mafua ai ona ia faauluina pili tupe nei, ona o le manatu e faaee lafoga i le atunuu, ina ia faasafua ai i le atunuu atoa le totogiina o tupe e fesoasoani ai i le falemai, ae afai e alu lava le tagata e totogi lana talavai, o le a sili atu ona mamafa ma faigata mo le atunuu e pei ona vaaia i le taimi nei. Saunoa Togiola, ua fiu foi e faamalamalama i le Senate le aano o pili tupe sa ia tuuina atu e fesoasoani ai mo le falema’i, peitai e foliga mai e le fia malamalama i latou, ma ua atagia mai ai i lona loto, e foliga mai e mafua ona le fia malamalama ona o loo fia tete’e i latou i le kovana. Na faamalulu Togiola i le atunuu ona o siitaga a le falemai e pei ona fuafuaina, peitai i lona talitonuga, e leai se isi alofaaga e aga’i i ai le falemai pe afai ua le pasia e le Senate pili tupe, nai lo le sii loa o totogi o ana tautua. O le masina fou lea ua faamoemoe le falemai e amata faamamalu ai ana siitaga ia ua faalauiloa mai, peitai na saunoa Togiola, e ui o lea ua fuafua le falemai e sii ana pili, ae o loo tumau pea lona faanaunauga, talosia ae toe sui finagalo o Senatoa o loo tetee pe a toe tauaofia le Fono i le masina fou.
$10,000 fai meaalofa ai Amerika Samoa ia Samoa
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➧ 35 masina fa’asala ai Solofa
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Fai mai le malo, ina ua amata ona suesueina e le FBI lenei mataupu, sa fai Solofa i le molimau autu a le malo ina ia pepelo i sui o le feterale, ma ia tago foi e faaleaga faamaumauga ina ia aua ai nei aliali mea sa latou faia. O le molimau autu a le malo i lenei mataupu, o le alii lea o Oscar Mayer, o ia lea o le pule a le kamupani o le Pacific Products. Fai mai foi le malo feterale, e oo mai lava i le aso na lau ai le faasalaga o Solofa o loo tumau pea lona tete’e na te lei faia se mea sese. O le alii lea na toalua ma Solofa i lenei mataupu, le susuga ia Gustuv Nauer, na faasala e le faamasinoga i le vaiaso na tea nei i le umi e 25 masina i le toese, i le maea ai lea ona ia tali ioe i le moliaga o le taupulepule e faataunuu le solitulafono o le faia o uiga tau faasese i polokalame a le feterale. E le o manino mai i le taimi nei pe faila e le malo feterale ni moliaga faasaga i le susuga Mayer.
O se tanoa ma se tupe e $10,000 na fai meaalofa atu ai le teritori o Amerika Samoa ia Samoa, i le faamanatuina o le 50 tausaga o lana Iupeli Auro i le vaiaso na te’a nei, ma na saunoa le kovana sili o le atunuu ia Togiola Tulafono, o le tanoa lenei sa fau faapitoa ina ia faailoa atu ai le sootaga o Samoanalua i le lumana’i. O lenei tanoa tele sa fausia mai i se laau na saili mai i le vaomatua o le afioaga o Vatia, lea fo’i na molimauina e le atunuu i luga o le televise ina ua tauaao atu e fai ma meaalofa a Amerika Samoa mo Samoa i Sisifo. Saunoa Togiola e faapea, na mafua ona manatu e fausia se tanoa tele e fai meaalofa atu ai ia Samoa, ina ia mafai ai pea ona faataua tulaga faaleaganuu i le va nonofo o Samoanalua. “O le uiga o le tanoa lea sa tuuina atu, e ui ou te taofi e le mafai ona toe tuu faatasi Samoa i sona malo e tasi, ma, atonu e i ai ni aso e alu alu o le a taofi eseese taitai o le atunu i tupulaga o i lumanai, a ia silafia e Samoa, o le tanoa lea tatou te alofi ma fesilafa’i ai, ia aua lava nei motu le tanoa, o lo ta sootaga faa Samoa lena na faavae mai ai Samoa,” o le saunoaga lea a le afioga i le matua ia Togiola. O loo ta faa taamilo i le tino o le tanoa le ata o le 50 tausaga o le malo sa’oloto o Samoa, faatasi ai ma le ata o lana tagavai o loo ta faataamilo i lona tino. Fai mai le alii kovana i lana saunoaga, na ootia lona loto i le autu o le malelega a le Ao o le malo o Samoa ia Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, ina ua ia saunoa e faapea, “O Samoa e le o se malo, o le uso ma le aiga,” ma ua o tutusa ai le autu o le lauga o le fu’a ma le faamoemoe e pei ona momoli atu e Amerika Samoa i lana meaalofa mo Samoa, ina ia faatumauina pea le va faaleaganuu sa soifua mai ai Samoa i aso ua mavae, e ui o lea ua eseese faigamalo ae o Samoa lava ia o le aiga e tasi.
Na faaaoga e le alii kovana lana polokalame i le faaiuga o le vaiaso na te’a nei e faaleo mai ai le agaga faafetai o le malo, i afioaga ma au taaalo na fai mai sui o le atunuu i le faamanatuina o le fu’a a Samoa, ona o tapenaga lelei ma le matagofie sa latou alo atu i ai. E le gata o le afioaga i Aasu lea na taitai atu e le afioga i le alii Senatoa ia Lualemana Faoa, ae faapea foi i le itumalo o Alataua i Sisifo lea na taitaia atu e le afioga i le Fofoga Fetalai o le Maota o Sui, le tofa Savali Talavou Ale. “Faafetai i lo outou agalelei ma le lagolagoina o le faatalauula mai o le malo o Samoa, mo so tatou sao i le faamanatuina o lona aso fiafia, faafetai le tapena faafetai foi le faaeaea malo,” o le saunoaga lea a le alii kovana. Na molimauina uma e le atunuu i luga o le tautua a le alaata o le TV3 mai Samoa tulaga mataina ma le matagofie sa i ai faafiafiaga a Alataua, Aasu faapea ai ma Vailoa-tai i taimi o a latou faafiafiaga, e oo lava foi i le au kirikiti a le afioaga o Vatia lea na sola mai ma le talita o le siamupini ina ua faiaina ai au mai Upou, Savaii ma Niu Sila. Na faaiu le malaga a le alii kovana ma lana masiofo i Samoa ina ua laua tuu faatasia ma le Sui Amapasa o Amerika Samoa se aiga fiafia, ma valaaulia ai taitai o le malo o Samoa faapea ai ma taitai o isi atumotu e oo atu i le taimi lea e le’i toe fo’i atu, mo se avanoa latou te mafuta faatasi ai, ma momoli atu ai le agaga faafetai o le Ao o le malo o Samoa ma le alii palemia ia Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, e tusa ai o faaaloaloga uma sa faia mo le faamanatuina o le fu’a. Saunoa Togiola, e ui lava foi sa faalogoina le muimui o nisi o le atunuu ona o tapenaga sa faia mo Samoa, ae o le a faagalo le muimui ae saili pea i luma se ai mo le atunuu. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia firstname.lastname@example.org
Small Calif. town shocked by family murder-suicide
SELMA, Calif. (AP) -Neighbors of an Indian family killed in a murder-suicide grappled with allegations Sunday that the man accused in the shooting in a small California agricultural town was a former Indian army officer wanted for years for murder in his homeland. News of Saturday’s shooting boomeranged through the area’s close-knit Indian community, which numbers 15,500 in Fresno County, including about 750 in Selma, a small town surrounded by vineyards and peach orchards and known as the “Raisin Capital of the World.” The majority of Indians in the area are Punjabi Sikhs, like the family. Authorities have said the former officer, Avtar Singh, shot his wife and 2 children and gravely wounded a third child Saturday before turning the gun on himself. Investigators were still trying to determine a motive. “Our community is completely shocked,” said Rajbir Singh Pannu, president of the town’s Sikh temple. “It’s a really bad misfortune, especially for the children who died. Anybody who takes somebody’s life, in our religion that’s cowardice.” It was just more than a year ago that Singh was arrested after his wife said he had choked her. That set off a process that prompted the Indian government to seek his extradition days later in the 1996 death of a prominent lawyer and human rights activist in Kashmir, a disputed region in the Himalayas. Singh, who in recent years operated a small trucking business in Selma, was released on bail after last year’s arrest. It remained unclear Sunday why he was never extradited. In India, the lawyer and brother of Jalil Andrabi - the murdered human rights activist - blamed the Indian government, saying Singh’s family would still be alive if officials had tried harder to bring him to justice. “These lives could have been saved if a trial of Maj. Avtar Singh was conducted on time,” said Andrabi’s brother, Arshad. “We have lost that chance now. He was a known murderer and we are appalled that he was even shielded in the United States. It’s a failure of justice at all levels.” In Selma, community members were also disappointed that police did not send Singh back to India when his warrant came to light, Pannu said. “They should have taken him then and there, if they had evidence, and not let him kill more people,” he said. Neighbors and Indian community members said they knew little about the husband’s military past. “Not many people knew him. He didn’t tell anybody who he is or where he came from,” said Harry Gill, president of Punjabi Sahit, a Punjabi organization in the Central Valley. “The family didn’t attend any functions. They lived a very low profile life.” News of the murder-suicide reached Gill on Saturday at an Indian wedding attended by about 1,000 people. When Gill asked others about the family, no one knew much about them. Next door neighbor, Barbara Childers, said the family’s threeyear-old often rode his bike outside and the wife cooked with her window open. Singh fertilized Childers’ lawn a few days ago. “They were the most wonderful family,” she said. “They were helpful neighbors, the sweetest people you have ever met.” On Saturday, Childers said she heard 11 shots. Soon afterward, the neighborhood was evacuated by police. Singh called police around 6:15 a.m. and told them that he had just killed four people, Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Curtice said. A sheriff’s SWAT team was called in to assist because of Singh’s military background and the Indian charges against him, Curtice said. The SWAT team found the bodies of Singh, a woman believed to be his wife and two children, ages 3 and 15 in the home. All appeared to have died from gunshot wounds, Curtice said. The 17-year-old suffered severe head trauma. He remained in critical condition on at a Fresno medical center. On Sunday morning, two dozen classmates of the two older boys - the 15-year-old was known as Aryan and the 17-year-old was known as Chris - ran 5 miles from Selma High School to the family’s house to remember the boys. They said the two were well-liked and members of the school’s ROTC. “Chris was smart, funny and very motivated. He was very easy to get along with,” said 15-year-old Alexis Galindo, his classmate and neighbor. The boys told her that their father kept several weapons in the house, but they never mentioned any problems at home, she said. Christopher Cano, another classmate, said he last talked to Chris Friday night at the movie theater. “He was with his mom and brothers. They looked so happy,” he said. Cano said he texted Chris when he heard about the incident. “I’m still hoping he’ll text me back,” he said. The only other Indian family that lives on the same street said they also knew little of the Singhs. Abeda Desai said the family had no relatives in California, but the wife’s siblings lived in Canada, while the husband’s relatives were still in India. Selma police last had contact with Singh about two months ago when he called to complain that a reporter who was in the area wouldn’t leave him alone because of the murder warrant. The reporter, Kashmiri freelancer Zahid Rafiq, told The Associated Press that Singh also called him and threatened to kill him if he approached Singh for an interview. The human rights lawyer killed in 1996 disappeared at the height of protests in Indian-controlled Kashmir, where nearly a dozen rebel groups have fought security forces for independence or merger with Pakistan since 1989. More than 68,000 people, mostly civilian, have been killed in the uprising and subsequent Indian crackdown. A police investigation said Andrabi had been picked up from his Srinagar home by Indian troops and killed in their custody. The probe blamed Singh and his soldiers for that killing and also accused Singh of involvement in the killings of six other Kashmiri men. Singh had been charged in Kashmir only with Andrabi’s killing. But Kashmir police had also sought permission from the government of India for Singh’s prosecution in 6 other killings. Under India’s armed forces special powers act, federal permission has to be obtained before police can prosecute any army or paramilitary soldier posted in Kashmir. At the temple in Selma on Sunday, women in flowing tunics and pants, colorful shawls draped over their heads, kneeled on the right of the hall and men in turbans and scarves on the left while community leaders read prayers for the family during the Sunday service.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Catharine Leach is married and has two boys, age 2 and 8. She has a good job with a federal contractor and smokes pot most every day. While she worries that her public support for marijuana decriminalization and legalization could cost her a job or bring the police to her door, the 30-year-old Warwick resident said she was tired of feeling like a criminal for using a drug that she said is far less harmful than the glass of wine or can of beer enjoyed by so many others after a long day’s work. Like others around the nation working to relax penalties for possession of pot, she decided to stop hiding and speak out. “I’m done being afraid,” she said. “People in this country are finally coming around and seeing that putting someone in jail for this doesn’t make sense. It’s just a changing of the time.” Once consigned to the political fringe, marijuana policy is appearing on legislative agendas around the country thanks to an energized base of supporters and an increasingly open-minded public. Lawmakers from Rhode Island to Colorado are mulling medical marijuana programs, pot dispensaries, decriminalization and even legalization. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia now authorize medical marijuana and 14, including neighboring Connecticut and Massachusetts, have rolled back criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of pot. Rhode Island is poised to become the 15th state to decriminalize marijuana possession. The state’s General Assembly passed legislation last week that would eliminate the threat of big fines or even jail time for the possession of an ounce or less of pot. Instead, adults caught with small amounts of marijuana would face a $150 civil fine. Police would confiscate the marijuana, but the incident would not appear on a person’s criminal record. Minors caught with pot would also have to complete a drug awareness program and community service. Gov. Lincoln Chafee has said he is inclined to sign the legislation. One of the bill’s sponsors, state Rep. John Edwards of Tiverton, has introduced similar proposals in past years but the idea always sputtered in committee. Each year, though, he got more co-sponsors, and the bill passed the House this year 50-24. The state Senate passed it 28-6. Some supporters of decriminalization say they’d like to go even further. “America’s 50-year war on drugs has been an abysmal failure,” said Rep. John Savage, a retired school principal from East Providence. “Marijuana in this country should be legalized. It should be sold and taxed.” Opponents warned of dire consequences to the new policy. “What kind of message are we sending to our youth? We are more worried about soda - for health reasons - than we are about marijuana,” said one opponent, Rhode Island state Rep. John Carnevale a Democrat from Providence. A survey by Rasmussen last month found that 56 percent of respondents favored legalizing and regulating marijuana. A national Gallup poll last year showed support for legalizing pot had reached 50 percent, up from 46 percent in 2010 and 25 percent in the mid-’90s. Medical marijuana helped bring marijuana policy into the mainstream back in 1996, when California became the first state to authorize the use of cannabis for medicinal use. Other states followed suit. “It’s now politically viable to talk about these things,” said Robert Capecchi, legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group that supports the reduction or elimination of penalties for medical and recreational pot use. “The public understands that there are substances that are far more harmful - alcohol, tobacco - that we regulate. People are realizing just how much money is being wasted on prohibition.” Colorado and Washington state will hold fall referendums on legalizing marijuana. A ballot question on legalization failed in California in 2010. This month, Connecticut’s governor signed legislation to allow medical marijuana there. Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed cutting the penalty for public possession of small amounts of pot. Liberal state policies on marijuana have run into conflict with federal prohibition. Federal authorities have shut down more than 40 dispensaries this year in Colorado, even though they complied with state and local law. In Rhode Island, Gov. Lincoln Chafee blocked three dispensaries from opening last year after the state’s top federal prosecutor warned they could be prosecuted. Chafee and lawmakers then rewrote the dispensary law to restrict the amount of marijuana dispensaries may have on hand.
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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Investigators were searching Sunday for a gunman who killed three people - including two former Auburn University football players - and wounded three others at a pool party near campus after several men got in a fight over a woman, authorities and witnesses said. One of the wounded was shot in the head and critically hurt. Another was a current player, Eric Mack. Desmonte Leonard opened fire at the Saturday night party at an apartment complex near the university, Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said. Federal marshals and police were searching for Leonard, who faces three counts of capital murder. Slain were Edward Christian, who had not been playing because of a back injury, and Ladarious Phillips, who had previously quit playing football. The other person killed was 20-year-old Demario Pitts. Officials also said Xavier Moss and John Robertson were wounded. Robertson had been shot in the head and was in critical condition; Moss was released from the hospital. Police emphasized that the shootings didn’t appear to have anything to do with some of the victims being former or current players on the university’s powerhouse football team, which won the national championship in 2010. “The only connection that the Auburn football team has to this is they are victims of a brutal shooting. Sometimes the young men get a bad rap, I feel like, but they are the victims today,” Dawson said. Police urged the suspect to turn himself in. Authorities are also searching for two other persons of interest.
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Dawson said he did not know why the party was being held or what sparked the fight. “Them being football players really has nothing to do with this. They’re victims of a shooting,” Dawson said. Turquorius Vines, 23, said he was at the pool party Saturday evening at the University Heights apartments with one of his friend, Pitts. He said he and his friend were approached by two other men who started arguing with them over a woman. Vines said he punched one of the men, while Pitts hit both of the men over the head with a bottle. Either one or both of the two men then started shooting, he said. He said Pitts was shot and killed, while two others also were hit by gunfire. Vines said he had never met the men he was arguing with. “It’s like I lost a lung,” Vines said of losing his friend. “I don’t know how I’m going to survive this.” Several emergency vehicles converged overnight around the University Heights apartment complex where many students live. The building was swathed in yellow police tape. It appeared that the shooting happened in an archway near the apartment complex information center, near the edge of the parking lot. Five uniformed officers guarded the area, which was sealed off with crime scene tape, and a handful of crime scene investigators were at work. Mack, the wounded player, is a junior offensive lineman from St. Matthews, S.C. He played in five games last season. Coach Gene Chizik said Mack was expected to make a full recovery. Christian is an offensive lineman who was out last season while dealing with a back injury. Phillips was a backup fullback. Chizik said in April that Phillips had decided to give up football.
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Nik Wallenda performs a walk on a tightrope during training in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Now 33, he’s ready to live out that childhood fantasy when he attempts Friday, June 15, 2012 to become the first person ever to walk a tightrope directly over the brink of Niagara (AP Photo/David Duprey) Falls.
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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- Nik Wallenda can’t visit a new place without envisioning a wire strung high above his head: Linking buildings, landmarks, nations. Even as a 6-year-old at Niagara Falls with his parents, he pictured walking a tightrope over the raging, whitewater maw. Now 33, he’s ready to live out that childhood fantasy when he attempts Friday to become the first person ever to walk a tightrope directly over the brink of Niagara Falls. “It’s just natural,” Wallenda, a seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas, explained. “When I drive into a city, I’m always thinking, ‘It would be cool to do a walk there.’ It’s just the way I think and always have.” The daredevil is youthful and athletic, solidly built from gym workouts and a lifetime of training. But it’s the mental element, trusting in his skill and tuning out the potential danger, that can mean the difference between success and failure. “You can either talk yourself out of doing something or you can talk yourself into doing something,” he said. Since first stepping on a wire when he was 2, Wallenda, who lives in Sarasota, Fla., has earned six Guinness records. His family has been performing for audiences at circus-style shows for more than 200 years. The Niagara Falls walk set for Friday night, above a nearly 200-foot drop and through potentially high winds and vision-obscuring mist, will be unlike anything he’s ever done. Because it’s over water, the 2-inch wire won’t have the usual stabilizer cables to keep it from swinging. Pendulum anchors are designed to keep it from twisting under his elkskin-soled shoes on the 1,800-foot walk from the U.S. shore to Canada. A born-again Christian, Wallenda said he stays calm on the wire by talking to God, quoting scripture and praying. He also stays in touch with his father and chief rigging engineer, Terry Troffer, through an earpiece. And unlike his usual antics - Wallenda’s been known to make phone calls and lie down on the wire mid-walk - he may be more inclined to get from one side to the other as quickly as possible, a request from his 11-year-old son. “You can tell he is a little bit nervous about it,” said Wallenda, whose three children are normally so comfortable with what he does that he once spied his two boys playing Nintendo games while he walked 200 feet above them over the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh. Wallenda’s acrobat wife, Erendira, traces her own circus blood eight generations deep on her mother’s side and seven
on her father’s. “I always give (the kids) a hug and a kiss before I do anything,” said Wallenda, “but they’re used to it in a lot of ways.” About a dozen other tightrope artists have crossed the Niagara Gorge downstream, dating to Jean Francois Gravelet, aka The Great Blondin, in 1859. But no one has walked directly over the falls and authorities haven’t allowed any tightrope acts in the area since 1896. It took Wallenda two years to persuade U.S. and Canadian authorities to allow it. That it will be a Wallenda attempting the history-making walk only adds to the allure. The Wallendas, the first family of the high wire, trace their fearless roots to 1780 Austria-Hungary, when ancestors traveled as a band of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, animal trainers and a bit later, trapeze artists. The family has been touched by tragedy: Notably, Nik’s great-grandfather and the family patriarch, Karl Wallenda, fell to his death during a walk in 1978 in Puerto Rico. “I am carrying on the legacy and that does put a lot of weight on my shoulders,” Wallenda acknowledged, “but in no way have my parents or grandparents ever said, ‘Well, you need to do something bigger or better.’ “It’s kind of built into me,” he said, often quoting Karl Wallenda’s mantra: “Never give up.” Another son of a daredevil legend understands that drive. “Kaptain” Robbie Knievel, the now 50-year-old son of the late Evel Knievel, has been making dangerous motorcycle jumps since he was 8, and isn’t done yet. He made up his mind as a child that he’d continue his father’s legacy and remains committed today. “It’s something I want to do, carry on the name, the tradition,” he said by phone from his Vegas home, “to keep the name Knievel the most famous on two wheels. It’s just something I grew up with and knew I wanted to do.” It was his own father’s friendship with Karl Wallenda that steered Evel Knievel into performing. “I’m a dying breed,” the son said. “And Wallenda’s a dying breed.” Wallenda will have one safeguard, a tether that will keep him out of the water if he falls, but not on the wire. ABC, which is televising the walk, insisted on it. Wallenda said he only agreed because he’s not willing to lose this chance and needs ABC’s sponsorship to help offset some of the $1.3 million cost of the spectacle. The tether is another obstacle to contend with in a family whose shunning of safety devices is part of the appeal of the act. “Life,” he said, again quoting his great-grandfather, “is on the wire. Everything else is just waiting.”
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