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HILO---A 16-year-old boy surfing along
the eastern shore of Hawaii's Big Island
was bitten in the legs by a shark over the
weekend in the second such attack in the
state in less than a week, authorities said
The boy was flown by helicopter on
Sunday to the Hilo Medical Centre, in the
island's largest city, and was listed in
satisfactory condition, said William Aila,
chairman of the state Department of Land
and Natural Resources.
Beaches along the Pohoiki coastline
were closed to the public after the incident
as a precaution, he said. Earlier on Sunday,
Hapuna Beach on the northwestern end of
the Big Island was shut down after
lifeguards there spotted a shark, but that
area has since been reopened, Aila said.
Aila said the teenage victim, who was
bitten across both legs, was in the water
at one of the few areas along the rocky
Pohoiki coast that are suitable for surfing.
He said details of the attack, including the
type of shark involved, were sketchy.
Hawaiian television station KHON-TV
reported that the boy was attacked from
behind or the side by an eight-foot, gray-
coloured shark while surfing at a spot
called Dead Trees in Pohoiki Bay, and was
pulled to shore by other people.
Lifeguard Nohea Matsuoka said the
victim suffered "two big lacerations to his
buttocks and his thigh." (AP)
Shark bites teen surfer's legs
NEW YORK---A pair of gunrunners smug-
gled firearms into New York City by hiding
them in luggage they carried on discount
buses that offered cheap fares and lesser
odds of getting caught, authorities said
An undercover city police officer posing
as a gun broker for criminal customers
bought 254 weapons from the men in dozens
of transactions since last year---the largest
gun seizures in the city in recent memory.
One of the guns was an assault rifle that
was disassembled and transported in a girl-
friend s zebra-striped bag, authorities said.
The alleged smugglers, Walter Walker and
Earl Campbell, were among 19 people arrest-
ed in New York and in North Carolina and
South Carolina---states where the guns orig-
inated---as the result of a ten-month inves-
tigation. Also charged was an aspiring rapper
Walker and Campbell were arrested earlier
this month by local police in their home
states, authorities said.
New York Police Department officials and
prosecutors announced details of the case
yesterday, citing it as another example of
a persistent black market in which firearms
from the South can sell for three times their
original price in the city. New York has some
of the nation s strictest gun-control meas-
ures and a mayor who has crusaded for
tougher laws in other states.
"There is no doubt that the seizure of
these guns has saved lives," Mayor Michael
Bloomberg said at a news conference.
Wiretap evidence showed that sellers in
the Carolinas knew the weapons were des-
tined for New York, said Special Narcotics
Prosecutor Bridget Brennan.
"Perhaps the two most disturbing aspects
of the gun-trafficking operation were the
simplicity of the business model, and the
complete indifference of the gun suppliers
to the mayhem their actions would cause
here in New York City," Brennan said.
The gun case was a spinoff of a drug
investigation in Brooklyn that turned up
Instagram photos of handguns and wads of
cash posted by the rapper. Wiretap and
other evidence led investigators to Walker,
29, and Campbell, 24, who were smuggling
guns separately but using the same mid-
dleman in New York City, authorities said.
The two tapped a loose network of sup-
pliers in their hometowns, authorities said.
Some guns were obtained on the black mar-
ket, while others were bought from gun
dealers using straw buyers to get around
Before heading to New York, Campbell
would get photos of the guns his suppliers
were offering and send the images to the
undercover officer. Both defendants would
travel to the city carrying a dozen or more
handguns, rifles and shotguns in bags that
were stowed in luggage compartments of
Chinatown-based carriers also favoured by
drug couriers, investigators said.
One of the discount bus companies
charges US$60 one-way from Raleigh, North
Carolina, to New York. The fare is about
half that charged by Greyhound. (AP)
254 guns moved
on cheap bus rides
Cops smash NY smuggling ring
FORT MEADE---Prosecutors yes-
terday asked a military judge to
sentence US soldier Bradley Man-
ning to 60 years in prison for the
biggest leak of classified documents
in the country s history. They said
he should spend the majority of his
life in prison, but their request is
far less than the maximum 90 years
he could face.
The recommendation came during
closing arguments in the sentencing
phase of Manning s trial.
Capt Joe Morrow did not say why
prosecutors were not seeking the
"He s been convicted of serious
crimes," Morrow said.
"He betrayed the US and for that
betrayal, he deserves to spend the
majority of his remaining life in con-
The judge said she would begin
deliberating the punishment today.
Manning was convicted on 20
counts, including six violations of
the Espionage Act and five counts
of stealing protected information.
The 25-year-old Manning leaked
more than 700,000 documents,
including Iraq and Afghanistan bat-
tlefield reports and State Department
diplomatic cables, while working in
early 2010 as an intelligence analyst
in Iraq. He also leaked video of a
2007 US Apache helicopter attack
in Baghdad that killed at least nine
people, including a Reuters news
photographer and his driver.
Prosecutors have called Manning
an anarchist computer hacker and
attention-seeking traitor. The sol-
dier s supporters have hailed Man-
ning as a whistleblower.
Manning took the stand last week
and apologised for hurting his coun-
try. He asked for a chance to go to
college and become a productive cit-
izen. Family members and a psy-
chologist testified for the defence,
saying the soldier felt extreme mental
pressure in the military because of
his gender-identity disorder during
the era when openly gay people were
not allowed to serve. (AP)
Lawyers want soldier accused of leaking info to get 60 years
New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly looks at some of the guns seized as part of
gun smuggling ring during a press conference in New York yesterday.
TRENTON---New Jersey has become the second
US state to ban licensed therapists from trying
to turn gay teenagers straight, with Gov Chris
Christie signing a bill yesterday barring so-called
California, the country s most populous state,
already has banned the practice, which gay rights
groups say is damaging to young people because
it tells them it s not acceptable to be whoever they
are.Some social conservatives say a ban on the coun-
selling would limit the ability of parents to do what
they think is best for their children.
In a signing note accompanying the bill, Christie
said he believes people are born gay and that homo-
sexuality is not a sin. That view is inconsistent
with the Republican governor s Catholic faith,
which teaches that homosexual acts are sins.
Christie also said the health risks of trying to
change a child s sexual orientation outweigh con-
cerns over the government setting limits on parental
choice. He cited potential ill effects, including
depression and suicide.
Gay rights activists applauded the ban but urged
Christie to reverse his opposition to gay marriage,
which he vetoed.
The conversion therapy bill passed both houses
of the New Jersey Legislature with bipartisan sup-
port. Assemblyman Tim Eustace, who sponsored
the bill and is openly gay, described the therapy
as "an insidious form of child abuse."
Last year, four gay men sued a Jersey City group
for fraud, saying its programme included making
them strip naked and attack effigies of their mothers
with baseball bats.
Brielle Goldani told lawmakers she underwent
electric shocks and was given drugs to induce vom-
iting after being sent to a camp at age 14 to become
Lawmakers also heard from Tara King, a coun-
sellor who said she should be allowed to "fix" what
patients, even under-aged clients, want fixed. (AP)
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