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Caldwell to detail rescue of funding for Housing First

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 05:29
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said his administration has found funding to revive a planned Housing First initiative to give some homeless shelter.

Candidates try to distance themselves from the pack

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 05:29
Six of the seven announced Democratic candidates for Hawaii's 1st Congressional District seat stepped up efforts to separate themselves from the rest of the field during a forum Monday, while attempting to make special appeals to a largely older crowd.

Panel considers pick for state health chief

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 05:29
The Senate Health Committee held an emotional hearing Monday as senators began vetting Gov. Neil Abercrombie's appointee for director of the Department of Health — a position left vacant when Director Loretta Fuddy died in December after a plane crash off Molo­­kai.

Full plate of new rules on the menu

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 05:29
A new wide-ranging set of food safety rules went into effect Monday for some 10,000 restaurants, lunch wagons and food establishments in Hawaii, but the state Health Department will not begin enforcement until June.

Hanohano, under siege, has talking-to

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 05:29
State Rep. Faye Hano­hano met privately Monday with House leaders to give her side of the controversy that has swirled around her conduct.

China training for 'war' on Japan, Navy expert warns

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 05:29
The director of intelligence for the U.S. Pacific Fleet is warning that China is training for a "short, sharp war" with Japan and is expanding its forces at a time of U.S. defense budget cuts and questionable resource commitments to the Pacific.

New York Times: Hate the Taste? Just You Wait

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:46
A life breaks down into epochs, with bright dividing lines between them. There's the period of impotence and innocence before a driver's license, and the insurance premiums and speeding tickets after. There's pre-mortgage, when a landlord handles plumbing emergencies, and post-mortgage, when you're on your soggy own.

New York Times: California Endangered Species: Plastic Bags

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:46
LOS ANGELES » On a recent drizzly day, Esha Moya found herself standing outside a grocery store in South Los Angeles, her half-dozen paper bags falling apart in the rain, wishing she had a few small items that had been free and plentiful her entire life but are now banned in this city: plastic shopping bags.

Corrections and Clarifications

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:46
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Kokua Line: ‘Underground problem’ kept lanes shut last week

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:46
Question: Who can I contact to complain about the roadwork on Wai­alae Avenue? A couple times during the workweek during rush hour, they closed one to two lanes at 7 a.m., causing traffic to severely back up on Wai­alae. Why can’t they wait until rush hour is over to minimize the impact?

Newswatch

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:46
Internships offered at isle media outlets • Banker pleads guilty to theft from various hui

911 Report

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:46
Counterfeit $125K gets traveler caged • Suspect arrested in Manoa incidents

New York Times: Obama worried about effects of waging cyberwar in Syria

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:46
WASHINGTON » Not long after the uprising in Syria turned bloody late in the spring of 2011, the Pentagon and the National Security Agency developed a battle plan that featured a sophisticated cyberattack on the Syrian military and President Bashar Assad's command structure.

Parents dismayed by lack of empathy from others

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:46
Donna Ylen stood helpless outside a high school office as her 19-year-old autistic son, with the mental capacity of a 4- to 7-year-old, "went ballistic," crying out, "Mommy, mommy, help me!"

Measure to regulate drones nearly flies off course

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:46
In drafting legislation to regulate the budding unmanned aerial vehicle industry, legislators nearly excluded all uses of the devices, except by law enforcement — the opposite of their intent.

Ocean Watch: Eyesight plays role in keeping fish in schools

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:46
One of my most memorable snorkeling experiences occurred several years ago in Tonga. The incident involved only one species, but that was the beauty of it. Thousands of identical, 6-inch-long, silver fish let me swim in their school.

Hawaii was No. 2 in shark bites last year

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:46
Hawaii tallied the second-highest count of shark attacks of any place on Earth last year, according to the University of Florida's annual International Shark Attack File report released last week. Only Florida had more shark attacks, with 23.

Sharks tweet warnings to Aussie beachgoers

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:46
The state of Western Australia is using some of the same technology that shark researchers are using in Hawaii, except they're going a step further to warn beachgoers of individual sharks in near-real time on Twitter.

Researchers are urged to value native 'science'

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:46
In her keynote address at Sunday's opening of the 17th biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting, National Geographic explorer Elizabeth Kapuuwailanui Lindsey shared a memory about her late mentor, Pius "Mau" Piai­lug, the esteemed Micronesian navigator whose work to preserve traditional way-finding practices influenced generations of modern Polynesian voyagers.

Kokua Line: It is illegal for homeowners to burn leaves, trash in yard

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:46
Question: I live in Kaimuki. My neighbor constantly is burning dry leaves from his mango tree. The smoke is terrible and going into all the neighbors houses, especially during Kona winds. Is burning leaves and brush and old branches allowed?