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Tax Foundation chief's insight valued

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 05:49
When lawmakers pushed for increasing the minimum wage, Lowell Kalapa argued it would hurt small businesses and the economy. When some wanted to raise the hotel room tax, he pointed out to them that rather than finding a convenient way to raise revenues without hitting the pocketbooks of taxpayers, they were taking money away from tourists that could have been spent on charter tours and souvenirs.

Blast reveals pot problem's reach

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 05:49
The recent explosion of a butane honey oil lab in a Hawaii island home serves as evidence that a growing and dangerous practice on the mainland has reached Hawaii shores.

911 Report

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 05:49
Teen is charged in man's death

Newswatch

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 05:49
Zoo director quitting after nearly 6 months • Dentist is sued over girl's brain damage • Kapaa man, 58, identified as traffic victim and more

Vigilance urged as whales travel through local waters

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 05:49
Federal officials warn to exercise caution when driving vessels during humpback whale season, which lasts until May, as collisions have been increasing in the past several years.

Contingency plans for city housing sale highlight concerns

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 05:49
The administration of Mayor Kirk Caldwell reached out last week to top potential buyers of 12 public housing projects should a pending $142 million deal fall through, heightening the anxiety at Honolulu Hale about a tenuous situation that could have serious financial and legal ramifications for the city.

New York Times: For prostitutes jailed in China, forced labor with no recourse

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 05:52
BEIJING » Bathed in the fluorescent pink light that signaled that she was ready for business, Li Zhengguo rattled off the occupational hazards of working as a prostitute in China: abusive clients, the specter of HIV and the scathing glares of neighbors that tear at her soul. "My life is so full of anxieties," she said between customers one recent evening. "Sometimes my heart feels rotten for having given away my body."

New York Times: Taking office, De Blasio vows a fight on inequality

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 05:52
NEW YORK » Bill de Blasio, whose fiery populism propelled his rise from obscure neighborhood official to the 109th mayor of New York, was sworn into office Wednesday, pledging that his ambition for a more humane and equal metropolis would remain undimmed.

New York Times: Kerry to press for framework accord to keep Mideast peace effort moving

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 05:52
WASHINGTON » In an intensifying diplomatic effort, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making a major push to secure what Obama administration officials are calling a "framework" accord that would be a critical first step to a comprehensive Middle East peace agreement. But critics are already branding it as an effort to play for time.

New York Times: Headbanging in Bolivia to the flutes of Yore

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 05:52
SUCRE, Bolivia » The band members wore black. The lead singer screamed into his microphone and whipped his long, black hair around. The guitarists clawed at their instruments.

Corrections and Clarifications

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 05:52
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Obituaries

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 05:52
Marcelina Cadiz Acorda • Edward Soo Bok Kim Aipa • Charlene Annette Brizuela • Hannah Mae Mahealani Dolera • Lillian Chiyoko Fujiwara; and more

Pigs with emerald glow could mean real green eggs and ham

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 05:52
A technique developed by reproductive scientists from the University of Hawaii medical school helped scientists create 10 piglets that glow green under black fluorescent lights.

Sea snatches sand, security

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 05:52
Landscaping contractor Greg Culver isn't sure what the official definition might be for what happened to the houses along Ke Nui Road near Rocky Point during the weekend, but he knows a disaster when he sees one.

Tiny shoes, broken hearts brand scene of accident

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 05:52
Old pay stubs and parking tickets, a little girl's sparkly red shoes, size 6, an armrest and a badly mangled windshield with bright red blood pooled in the center.

Heroes Next Door: Retirement opens path to community work

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 05:52
FOR many people, retirement is a time to finally relax and escape the daily grind of life and work. For Pupukea's Roberts "Bob" Leinau, it has meant more time to pour into his ever-expanding community involvement on the North Shore.

Obama tees off for fifth round of golf on vacation

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 05:52
President Barack Obama played nearly five hours of golf Sunday at Marine Corps Base Hawaii as he continued his annual Christmas vacation. The president's motorcade left their rented Kailua vacation home for the Kaneohe Klipper course just after noon.

Ocean Watch: Tasty snail species leaves pearly shells as gifts of sea

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 05:52
Of all the things I find on the world's ocean floors and beaches, the round trapdoors of some snail species, called opercula, are high on my list of favorites.

Newswatch

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 05:52
Sailboat with broken mast found adrift • Sun and muggy weather to greet new year

911 Report

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 05:52
Suspect held in attack on police officer • Driver dies despite attempt to rescue him • Beach reopened; lifeguards warn of shark risk