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Fire leaves family homeless
A family of four was left homeless yesterday when fire gutted their 'Ewa Beach home and caused an estimated $200,000 in damage.
Four fire companies responded to the 1:12 p.m. fire at 91-863 Hamiha Place and had the blaze under control at 1:20 p.m., said Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Capt. Richard Soo.
No one was home at the time of the fire. The Red Cross was assisting the family, a 54-year-old man and his 53-year-old wife, and their two children, ages 25 and 24.
Soo said the police arson investigator yesterday was probing the cause of the fire.
Hotel picket pleads guilty
Of the 26 people arrested on misdemeanor charges of blocking the entrance to the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki last week, one pleaded guilty yesterday. The rest pleaded innocent.
The arrests were made Wednesday during picketing by the Local 5 Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union. The man who pleaded guilty paid $100 in fines and returned home to Alaska, said Honolulu attorney Tony Gill, who is defending most of those arrested.
Gill's younger brother, union Secretary-Treasurer Eric Gill, was among those arrested.
A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 10 in District Court, Tony Gill said. The maximum penalty is a $200 fine and six months in prison.
Manoa library closure planned
The Manoa Public Library will be closed for six days starting Aug. 19 while new bookshelves are installed in the children's section. The book drop will remain open.
The library will reopen at 10 a.m. Aug. 26.
For more information, call 988-0459.
Sheridan Street on agenda
The Ala Moana/Kaka'ako Neighborhood Board will discuss a Vision Team plan for traffic calming on Sheridan Street at its monthly meeting, 7 tonight at the Makiki Christian Church, 829 Pensacola St.
The board also will hear reports from Jan Yokota of the Hawai'i Community Development Authority and Christine Ruotola of Victoria Ward Ltd.
Talks explain laws on rentals
The Hawai'i State Judiciary is sponsoring a free session on landlord-tenant law at noon tomorrow in the Supreme Court courtroom, 417 S. King St.
Attorney Anne Anderson of Neeley & Anderson LLP will provide an overview and describe tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities as spelled out in most leases.
Jason Kanda of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii will speak about fair housing laws and the private rental market in Hawai'i, including protected classes, prohibited practices, and remedies.
For more information, contact the Hawaii State Judiciary's Public Affairs Office at 539-4909.
Racquet club contest to begin
Kailua Racquet Club will host its Men's Night Doubles Tennis Tournament, beginning 5 p.m. Sunday and continuing through Aug. 3 at the club, 629 Oneawa St.
The tournament features Hawai'i's top amateur talent, including five-time winner Ryan Ideta and last year's winner, Erik Sandblom, teaming up.
Tournament sponsors receive a clinic, dinners and reserved seating. Proceeds support junior tennis.
To become a sponsor, call Bill Aldenderfer at 230-2238. For more information, call Bruce Nagel at 262-2057.