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11 Advertiser 10 SATURDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2009 A A I 'I' NEWSPAPER 3 BREAKING NEWS 247 AT H0N0LULUADYERTISER.COM HOME FINAL 75 cents on O'ahu $1 .00 on Neighbor Islands INSIDE TODAY 10 efe 30 years to life Llerg mmmimmmp" ii.wwm-" iiipwmi'Piuiuiimiip iiiie, 1 ftV 'a Under a state "three strikes-law passed in 2006, prosecutors added 1 0 years to the minimum time Alapeti Tunoa left, must stay in prison. GREGORY YAMAMOTO The Honolulu Advertiser Alapeti Tunoa Jr. beat Janel Tupuola to death with shotgun in street BY JIM DOOLEY Advertiser Staff Writer Prosecutor Peter Carlisle called the crime an "inhuman, barbarous, merciless slaughter of a young woman," and urged that Alapeti Tunoa Jr. serve from 30 years to life for killing Janel Tupuola last year. Circuit Judge Randal Lee com plied with the request, saying the sentence sends a message to the community that "domestic violence will be treated seriously." Tunoa bludgeoned Tupuola, 29, to death with a shotgun a year ago.

Witnesses said Tunoa, who stands more than 6 feet tall and weighs some 340 pounds, first rammed Tupuola's car with his vehicle, then dragged her onto the street and smashed her head SEE TUNOA, A2 Navy warship stuck on reef I Goodies and grinds galore Punahou Carnival has plenty for everyone, but the fun ends today; ISLAND LIFE D1 Caregiver sentenced Big Island woman receives 20 years for abusing girl HAWAII B1 Changes at Star-Bulletin Paper announces 1 7 newsroom layoffs, new tabloid format BUSINESS B5 THE ADVERTISER'S BLOCS CountdowSP' to St. Damien Mary Kaye Ritz shares the latest news on the Kalaupapa priest who's on his way to becoming Hawaii's first saint. Read her comments and post your own at H0N0LULUADYERTISER.COM BLOCS TO SUBSCRIBE, CALL 538-NEWS 4 sections, 36 pages mm auUut. iJL imuiiMiiiiii mi mmnnfiiftifciTi iiin i. ,1 Tugs unable to free missile cruiser that ran aground off airport BY WILLIAM COLE Advertiser Staff Writer One of the biggest and most technologically advanced warships based at Pearl Harbor ran aground in 17 to 22 feet of water half a mile off Honolulu International Airport's reef runway.

No one was injured in the incident, which was reported around 9 p.m. Thursday, the Navy said. Navy tugs tried early yesterday morning to nudge the 567-foot-long guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal off the sandy and rocky bottom, but were unsuccessful, officials said. Crew members on the Clean Islands, an oil recovery vessel that was positioned behind the Port Royal as a precaution, said the water was so shallow they could see the bottom. The Navy said divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One from Pearl Harbor and the salvage ship USS Salvor would try to tow the warship.

An initial attempt to free the Port Royal between 11 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. yesterday was not successful, the Navy said. Officials said the guided missile cruiser left port Thursday for several days of sea trials. The cruiser was in drydock for routine maintenance until about a month ago.

Shore-based Navy SEE SHIP, A2 Photos by RICHARD AMBO The Honolulu Advertiser ABOVE: The USS Port Royal sat very visibly yesterday stuck off the airport's reef runway, in 1 7 to 22 feet of water. BELOW: The crew remained on the grounded ship yesterday morning, and a rear admiral and other brass arrived. mm Area of detail O'AHU HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT jSt Ke'ehi Lagoon SWT 0 V2 Mile 'TfV" THE ADVERTISER'S VIDEO REPORTS Public defender talks about plea bargain Prosecutor Carlisle speaks of 3-strikes law And more photos from the sentencing UK H0N0LULUADV1RTISER.COM Bipartisan deal cut on $820B stimulus Senate compromise includes slashing $100B from original package BY SHAILAGH MURRAY AND LORI MONTGOMERY Washington Post WASHINGTON Against a backdrop of rising unemployment, Senate Democrats struck a hard-won deal with a handful of Republican moderates to scale back spending in a massive economic stimulus bill, virtually guaranteeing Senate passage of the legislation but also assuring arduous final negotiations with the House. The compromise represented a dramatic finale to a tumultuous and frustrating week for Democrats pushing the legislation, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, saw the limitations of an expanded majority and a band of GOP centrists came to appreciate the very high price they can extract for their votes on key measures. The bipartisan deal was cut after two days of talks and would eliminate more than $100 billion from the original $920 billion bill, dropping its price tag to about SEE STIMULUS, A5 California furloughs leave some feeling pain BY JUDY LIN Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif.

California drivers who needed to renew their licenses or registration found no one to help yesterday at the Department of Motor Vehicles. The doors to the state health agency were locked, too. Even Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's emergency services office was dark. Hundreds of state offices closed because there was nobody to run them: More than 200,000 state employees had to take the day off yesterday without pay to help ease California's budget crisis.

Schwarzenegger ordered employees to take two unpaid days off a month, hoping to save the state $1.3 billion through June 2010, when the mass furloughs are expected to end. SEE FURLOUGH, A5 ini mi inn hi mm a a The Honolulu Advertiser 2 Word on street: Pro Bowl, Isles a good match Classifieds B9-18 Comics D6 Crosswords D2 Movie ads JP5 Nation and World A3 Obituaries B2 Stocks B7 TV listings D4 Weather A4 T.I i 'i ii Wii i i iiihiw (44444) rt Not aN burwi irk iAM 'Everybody who enjoys football loses out' if game leaves for good BY GORDON Y.K. PANG Advertiser Staff Writer It didn't matter if they were football fans or nonfans, locals or visitors, practically everyone interviewed in Waiklkl yesterday said they think the Pro Bowl's run has been good for Hawai'i and that its absence will be a negative. "We're in the middle of the Pacific, it's an opportunity for us to be exposed around the world," said Faith Mahelona, 52, a Trr Wai'anae resident who was at the Pro Bowl Festival at Kapi'olani Park yesterday along with throngs of other football fans. As for the NFL and its players, Mahelona said, Hawai'i offers "that aloha that can only be found over here." A 30-year string of Pro Bowls at Aloha Stadium ends after to- SEE PRO BOWL, A2 'I i'rfi I1M COPYRIGHT, 2009 "40901 "0000 A GANNETT NEWSPAPER NORMAN SHAPIRO The Honolulu Advertiser James Saltorre showed off some fancy drum work with the Niners Noise crew yesterday at the Pro Bowl Festival at Kapi'olani Park.

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