Local News

Bills seek huge hike in funds to battle little fire ant, beetle

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:40
Hawaii lawmakers want to swat down a pair of invasive pests: the coffee berry borer and the little fire ant. Despite their quaint names, the insects pose considerable threats to Hawaii's fragile environment.

More disclosure sought on spending by lobbyists

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:40
With the arrival of today's deadline for lobbyists to report how much money supporters and opponents spent to influence Hawaii's same-sex marriage decision, critics say the state disclosure system is among the weakest in the nation and prevents a timely and complete tally.

New York Times: A push for French in New York schools, from France

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:40
NEW YORK » In the fugue of tongues on New York's streets, French has never been a dominant voice. And as surging numbers of Asian and Latino immigrants continue to tip the balance of foreign languages toward Chinese and Spanish, the idea of learning French, to some, may seem kind of quaint, even anachronistic.

New York Times: Phone alerts at stadium, for nearest gate or shortest beer line

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:40
Want to see the Vince Lombardi Trophy that goes to the Super Bowl winner? Take a left in 15 feet. Looking to buy some Super Bowl merchandise? Try the fourth floor of Macy's, straight ahead.

Kapolei soldier killed in insurgents' attack on Afghan base

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:40
A soldier who called Kapo­lei home died Jan. 20 in Kandahar province in southern Af­ghani­stan from small arms fire when he was attacked by insurgents, the Army said.

DNA sample in murder does not prove man's guilt, lawyer says­

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:40
The lawyer of a man accused of killing an 81-year-old woman more than 23 years ago told a state jury Monday that DNA evidence in the case can at best show only that his client had sexual contact with the woman.

Monsanto launches community outreach

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:40
A major seed company in Hawaii wants to improve its relationship with the community after two counties took a stand to regulate pesticide use and growth of genetically modified organisms.

Searches at Halawa prison stricter since guards' arrests

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:40
A 45-year-old prison guard accused of smuggling drugs into Halawa Correctional Facility was freed Monday after appearing in federal court, wearing white inmate garb, a belly chain, cuffs and leg shackles.

Governor receives list of 6 candidates for high-court post

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:40
Gov. Neil Abercrombie must now name Hawaii's next associate justice on the Hawaii Supreme Court from a list of candidates that includes four state judges, the state public defender and a private attorney.

Incidental Lives: Doctor from China found he'd left his heart in Hawaii

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:40
Years of intensive medical training in his native China taught Gong Hong Au about the mechanics of the human heart. An additional year of government-mandated study of herbal remedies and acupuncture unlocked the mysteries of traditional Chinese medicine.

Kokua Line: Call the state’s pest hotline to report strange insects

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:40
Question: Where can I send an insect I found in my yard for identification? I have never seen this insect before, but it looks like the beetle that they were talking about a few weeks ago.

Newswatch

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:40
51 pot plants taken in raid on Big Island • Hanalei facility won't accept mixed waste

911 Report

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:40
Third vehicle sought in fatal crash in Laie • Woman trying to light cigarette is burned

Kiss members add spice to Maui restaurant preview

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:40
PAIA, Maui » Looking every bit the rock stars that they are, all dark shades, tight jeans and pursed lips, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss welcomed county officials and other well-wishers Sunday to an event celebrating their soon-to-open Rock & Brews restaurant.

Heeding public's call, local president sought

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:40
The search for the next University of Hawaii president, now into its seventh month, is shifting to focus on finding a local candidate and possibly forgoing the hiring of an outside search firm.

Guard held in alleged smuggling

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 05:40
A 45-year-old prison guard was charged Sunday after he allegedly smuggled cigarettes, drug paraphernalia and narcotics such as meth­am­pheta­mine and cocaine into Halawa Correctional Facility last year in return for money.

New York Times: Beneath Southern Italy, a deadly mob legacy

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 05:54
CASAL DI PRINCIPE, Italy >> The Italian state arrived in the heartland of the Camorra mafia this month bearing a backhoe. Police officers in polished black boots posed for television cameras as the backhoe clawed into an overgrown field, searching for barrels of toxic waste or some other illegal industrial sarcophagus.

New York Times: Democrats look to tie GOP Senate candidates to unpopular House

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 05:54
WASHINGTON >> To Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., his vote this month against a 1,582-page, $1.1 trillion spending bill was at once a stand for fiscal sanity and a protest against spending cuts to rural communities, a “constructive no,” as he put it last week.

Obituaries

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 05:54
Adriana Abellada • James S. Araki • Apolinario M. Blanco Leonard Yet Num Chow • William De-Perez • Mabel Teixeira Gomes • Antonia Basug Gomez and more

State of the Union: 'America does not stand still -- and neither will I'

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 05:54
After five years of fractious political combat, President Barack Obama declared independence from Congress on Tuesday as he vowed to tackle economic disparity with a series of limited initiatives on jobs, wages and retirement that he will enact without legislative approval.