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Mon, 03/03/2014 - 05:59
County pursues new waste site • Suspect sought in park robbery

Island Images

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 05:59

Physicist recognized isles' value to space research

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 05:59
Franklin Schowengerdt, regarded as a visionary leader of space research programs in Hawaii, has died of cancer in Alexandria, Va. He was 77. Schowengerdt, a physicist and former program director at NASA, was the founding director of the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, also known as PISCES.

Restaurateur inspired wave of Italian eateries in Hawaii

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 05:59
A chef whose Manoa Valley restaurant served as the training ground for restaurateurs of Italian cuisine on Oahu for decades has died. George "Cass" Castagnola died Feb. 2 with relatives by his side in New Jersey. He was 81.

Shuck 'em up! Locally grown oysters for sale

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 05:59
Kualoa Ranch obtained a permit on Feb. 20 allowing them to sell locally grown oysters, in the hopes of turning oyster farming into a multimillion-dollar industry for Hawaii.

GMO labeling measures appear doomed

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 05:59
GMO labeling bills will not advance in the state Senate by an internal procedural deadline this week, diminishing the chances that labeling will be passed at the Legislature this session.

Council members welcome plan to cut vacant positions

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 05:59
City Council leaders said they are generally supportive of Mayor Kirk Caldwell's plan to eliminate roughly 600 vacant job positions and cut the funding for additional slots, a plan projected to save $37 million annually for the money-strapped city budget.

New York Times: Big-money donors demand larger say in party strategy

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 05:53
The Republican donors who have financed the party's vast outside-spending machine are turning against the consultants and political strategists they once lavished with hundreds of millions of dollars.

Warm-weather cities experience brisk business as travelers flee bitter cold

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 05:53
Because they know how miserable people are, warm-weather destinations in Cali­for­nia, Arizona and Florida have stepped up their enticements. Trains and billboards in Chicago have been plastered with ads showing beaches and pool scenes.

Corrections

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 05:53
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Island Images

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 05:53

Rape, robbery, other charges tossed out over mental illness

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 05:53
A state judge dismissed all charges Wednesday morning against a 49-year-old man accused of beating and raping a woman in a Mililani restaurant after determining that the defendant, Joseph Navas, will never be mentally fit to stand trial.

Increase in height limit sought for Waikiki project

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 05:53
A Waikiki developer’s request to raise the legal height limit for a planned high-rise condominium/hotel tower along Kuhio Avenue will go before the Honolulu City Council Zoning Committee on Thursday.

City Council refuses mayor on garbage fee

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 05:53
Mayor Kirk Caldwell's plan to begin charging Oahu property owners for trash pickup was dumped Wednesday after the City Council Budget Committee said constituents had voiced overwhelming opposition to the plan and that the administration failed to give enough reasons to support it.

Kauai Council OKs noisy-dog measure

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 05:53
The Kauai County Council approved a proposed ordinance that could address incessant barking from dogs. The Council voted 5-1 Wednesday for Bill 2516, introduced by Councilwoman JoAnn Yukimura, which imposes fines for people who fail to silence their pets.

Robbery victim dies after weeks in coma

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 05:53
The daughter of a Waikiki woman who died Wednesday after a violent purse-snatching incident made a plea for those responsible to turn themselves in.

Isle Obamacare nonprofit afflicted

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 05:53
The head of the Hawaii Health Connector acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that the state-based insurance exchange won't be sustainable beyond this year. "We're not even close to breaking even," Tom Matsuda, interim executive director of the Connector, told state lawmakers.

Whatever Happened To: Rusti the orangutan

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 05:53
Question: Whatever happened to Rusti, the 315-pound Sumatran-Bornean hybrid, who was brought to the Honolulu zoo in 1997?

Kokua Line: Restaurants are required to display prices for liquor

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 05:53
Question: My wife and I went to a restaurant near the Ward Theaters. They have a liquor and wine menu with a vast number of choices, but absolutely no prices.

911 Report

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 05:53
Smell leads man to decomposed body • OCCC inmate arrested for alleged escape • 2 hikers rescued on Hahaione Ridge • New camera technology nabs Mililani man