The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii on July 12, 1991 · 1
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Friday, July 12, 1991
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Peter Pan's perfect flight Cathy Rigby and Company score a hit in the musical comedy at Biaisdell Concert Hall. PAGE D1 The i THE WORLD Anti-crime bill OK'd by Senate The Senate overwhelmingly approves a wide-ranging anti-crime bill that would impose new gun controls, reinstate the federal death penalty, curb death-row appeals, and stiffen sentences for crimes involving drugs and firearms PageA22 Gates gets back ' Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates strips of his command an assistant chief who denounced Gates' management methods to a blue-ribbon commission PagA21 HAWAII Federal prison U.S. Senate panel approves $10 million to build a federal prison here Page A9 LIVING Peter 'n' the Boyz "Peter Pan and "Boyz N the Hood" are reviewed and all thumbs are up Page 01 SPORTS Near no-no Scott Sanderson flirts with perfection but settles for a one-hitter in pitching the New York Yankees past the California Angels, 2-0 Page B1 MONEY No ho-ho-ho Economists may be saying the recession has bottomed out, but retailers aren't reflecting this optimism in their orders for Christmas Page A23 WEATHER TODAY TONIGHT Oahu: Mostly sunny lee sections. A few windward and mauka showers. High in the upper 80s. Mostly fair tonight except for a few windward and mauka showers. Low in the mid 70s. Trades 10-20 mph Isle, Mainland details, Page A2 Aloha THE INDEX 8 sections, 86 pages Ann Landers D6 Asia-Pacific news A21 Automotive classified SI -1 2 Classified ads B8-13.SM2 Comics, crossword, bridge A20 Editorials A14 Entertainment, movies D3,4,6-1 1 Global news A21 Horoscope A20 Letters to the editor A15 Living section 01-12' Money section A23-26 Obituaries . B14 People column D2 Ship arrivals, departures A25 Sports section B1-6 Stocks A24 TV schedule, highlights D4 Honolulu McmrimiffiLg H , " v Y A group of "ecliptophiles" a eclipse through their Sun Peeps and a variety of camera lenses and video equipment. 5 J i ' , , " , , V". " ' 1 t ' ,. Advertiser photo by David Yamada With an observatory atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island getting one of the best views of yesterday's spectacular, the moon blocks out the sun during totality. ,, . Bush may be here Dec. 7 President Bush to visit Japan just before Pearl Harbor Day, a trip that may bring him here for the 50th anniversary. PAGE A3 & 7t Hi r 4 " gathered at the Waikoloa Stables r7 b ( ' ' f V'.'-; j-- Advertiser gldDiry Jtk Advertiser photo by Rich Ambo on the Big Island to view the Mats t CI 1 1 : ' ' ( .e. : . ( , : Gulf War vet killed on eclipse skydive outing By Michael Tsai and Terry McMurray Advertiser Staff Writers A Kaneohe Marine a Gulf War veteran fell to his death at Mokuleia yesterday morning while on a skydiving trip scheduled to coincide with the solar eclipse. He was identified as First Sgt. William G. Boyd, 40. Boyd's wife, who was videotaping the jump, and at least one of their four children watched from the ground as he fell from the plane, said fire Capt. Tom Perkins of Waialua Fire Station. . The teen-aged son paddled out with rescuers on surfboards and in a kayak to the spot 400 yards offshore where his father hit the water, Perkins said. They found Boyd on the bottom, but efforts to revive him, including . cardiopulmonary resuscitation, ' on a surfboard, failed. - ' 1 ' Boyd apparently had been hit by the plane's wing before falling 8,000 feet into the water off of the Salvation Army's Camp Homeland a block from his home. - ' "He was bleeding quite a bit from injuries and we could make out ,a cut on his neck." State Hospital suit settled piiiil State settles federal lawsuit charging . if "f J unconstitutional conditions at the f if ''Aj. iO?, Hawaii State Hospital. PAGE A3 c fftoir scldim fftoir By Walter Wright Advertiser Staff Writer Yesterday's solar eclipse ranged from awesome to washout, depending on where you saw it. Those in the zone of totality the Big Island and a sliver of Maui who did get a glimpse of the rare event were treated to diamonds in the sky and hot pink prominences exploding off our star. Gov. John Waihee, who watched the once-in-a-lifetime eclipse from high atop Mauna Kea, called the event a "fantastic experience." "See you in 2106," he said, referring to the next total eclipse that will be viewed from Hawaii. Many more people on the other islands gazed through SunPeeps and marveled at the darkening morning of a partial eclipse. But clouds over many parts of the state including east Hawaii, most of Maui and the Windward portion of Oahu robbed thousands of a view that some had spent thousands of dollars and crossed thousands of miles to see. "It's a little bit of a letdown," Bishop Museum Planetarium Chairman Ken Miller confessed. But he added that he and hundreds around him were still thrilled at the spectacle of a day that dawned twice. William Abraham, a security guard from Hilo working Bishop Museum's Waikoloa Stables event, said, Tm not really disappointed. We got to see something that we'll never see again. "It's the breaks you gotta take, man," said Abraham, 58, who remembers looking through exposed film during an eclipse decades ago. Island hospitals and ophthalmologists reported only a few eye problems related to the eclipse. One doctor reported a patient complained of blurred vision after watcning tne sun through the clouds for about five minutes. Skydiver falls into sea Mokuleia Kikou st. w 'NDahu N Map area Advertiser graphic by Greg Taylor said Perkins. "We could find no vital signs." He said Mrs. Boyd had been filming the jump and was "very distraught." Boyd and three other people were scheduled to jump from a Skydive Hawaii plane at the high point of the eclipse, just before 7:30 a.m., said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Steven Badger. Boyd was sitting on the starboard wing strut of the single- XT rest ECLIPSE 1991 Inside: B Mauna Loa eruption false alarm. PAGE A4 D The eclipse through children's eyes. PAGE A5 Scientists thrill to a shining moment. PAGE A17 Big Island officials had a Cakewalk. PAGE A18 Your view depended on where you were. PAGE A19 To top it all off, an eruption of Mauna Loa volcano was reported as the eclipse waned. The reports proved false. The Big Island was girded for a mad crush of eclipse-gazers. But Big Island Civil Defense Director Harry Kim cut estimates of visitors in half, to 35,000, and reported that their arrival and departure through jam-packed Keahole Airport went off almost without a hitch. Tourism officials guessed that media repetition of gridlock warnings here may have kept some visitors away. Gridlock never came and, for some of those best prepared to see it, neither did the total eclipse. See Eclipse, Page A4 engine Cessna 182 waiting to jump when his reserve parachute accidentally opened, Badger said. Boyd was apparently pulled up into the wing when the parachute opened. Witnesses said the plane rolled over, Badger added. No other injuries were reported. Two of the remaining skydivers either jumped or were thrown from the plane when it rolled after Boyd hit the wing. The third remained on the plane, Badger said. Perkins and firefighter Barry Blomfield jumped into the water from the Honolulu Fire Department helicopter, pulled Boyd into a net and took him ashore. He was taken by city ambulance to Wahiawa General Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Perkins said. Boyd, a Marine for 22 years, . returned from the Persian Gulf in April, said Staff Sgt. Christopher Grey, a Marine spokesman. He was a member of Alpha Company B reconnaissance unit, 3rd Marine Regiment. Boyd had extensive parachuting experience, Grey said. Honolulu police, the FAA and the city Medical Examiner's Office are investigating the accident. I : i J

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