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Wednesday, March 04, 2015         

The state Senate Ways & Means Committee approved a bill Wednesday to extend the rail tax, but not before trimming the proposed extension by 20 years. Story »


U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was in stable condition after a man screaming demands for a unified North and South Korea slashed him on the face and wrist with a knife, South Korean police and U.S. officials said Thursday. Story »


A flood watch is posted for Maui County and Hawaii island. Oahu can expect breezy tradewinds and cloudy skies with scatted showers over windward areas and isolated leeward showers through Friday. Story »

Krystle Marcellus / kmarcellus@staradvertiser.comInstructor K. Joy Pohl leads a women's-only Aqua Zumba fitness class on Mondays at Punahou Fitness Center. The Punahou Fitness Center has succumbed to the heavy weight of competition … again. After nearly 21⁄2 years, owner Jason Maxwell closed the gym at 1212 Punahou St. on Saturday.  Story »

Second Los Angeles hospital reports 'superbug' infections

Four patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have been infected with an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" linked to a type of medical scope that's used on more than a half-million people in the U.S. every year, the hospital said Wednesday.

Target opens Kailua store

Target Corp. opened its long-awaited Kailua store on Wednesday, after more than a two-year delay.

Pharrell tells jury he didn't copy Gaye music for hit song

Pharrell Williams told a jury Wednesday that he was trying to evoke the feel of Marvin Gaye's music but did not copy the late singer's work when he crafted the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines."

Volunteers will continue search for missing hiker

After four days the Hono­­lulu Fire Department on Tuesday discontinued its search for Daylenn "Moke" Pua, a Kona teenager who disappeared while hiking in the Koo­lau, but friends, family and volunteers — including drone operators — will continue the search Wednesday.

Legislators advance plan to privatize 3 facilities

The state hospital system has been losing tens of millions of taxpayer dollars each year, and frustrated state lawmakers Tuesday moved a step closer to authorizing a partnership between the state-owned Maui Memorial Medical Center and a private health care provider to try to finally curb those losses.

By Request: Break the rules to make this luscious pound cake

Traditionally, a pound cake comprises a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour. By that definition, this cake is a half-a-pound cake. Sort of.

Westbrook has career-high 49, lifts Thunder past 76ers in OT

Russell Westbrook set career highs with 49 points and 16 rebounds, and added 10 assists for his fourth consecutive triple-double, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 123-118 in overtime Wednesday night.

FAVORITE DISH: CHICKEN PAPAYA
Frank Chun, food service manager of Lanakila Kitchen, oversees production of some 2,500 meals each day. After a long day of dealing with food — he begins work at 3 a.m. and continues through the midafternoon — Chun, 56, says he isn’t particularly fond of cooking. But there’s one favorite dish he doesn’t mind preparing at home: chicken papaya. More Videos »
 Isle airport favored for lax scrutiny, reports find
Some pregnant Chinese nationals bound for "birthing houses" in Los Angeles to deliver their babies as U.S. citizens were instructed to enter America through Hono­lulu Airport, where custom inspectors were considered to be more lax, according to federal affidavits unsealed Tuesday.  Story »
Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yama­gu­chi has expanded her literacy program for children, Always Reading, to Hawaii in hopes of increasing access to books for kindergartners at two Kalihi public schools.  Story »

Court documents filed in District Court against a 22-year-old Kane­ohe Marine detail a 19-minute high-speed police chase last week.  Story »




 Fave Dish: Lanakila Kitchen's Chun turns to a simple dish 
Though many forms of work feed a community, few do so as broadly or literally as Frank Chun's work does. Chun, food-service manager of Lana­kila Kitchen, oversees production of some 2,500 meals each day. Story »
 Our View: Keep city spending restrained
It's good fiscal planning, when tax collections are high, to set aside money for a rainy day, when there might not be enough to cover even the essential needs.  Story »
 Agcaoili gets her first NCAA tournament experience
Puget Sound senior Ashley Agcaoili was stuck in class when the NCAA Division III women's basketball tournament selection show was held on Monday. Fortunately, her professor was a basketball fan and was kind enough to let her follow along on her phone. Story »
There's a lot at stake in this rare Wednesday night affair at the Stan Sheriff Center. Two players, Garrett Nevels and Brandon Jawato, will be honored during senior night ceremonies after Hawaii's home finale against UC Santa Barbara. Story »







 Hawaii's Backyard: Fashionably lathed
In the gifted hands of John Mydock, blocks of rigid wood are transformed into art that curves, bends and even seems to shine like glass. The renowned Hawaii island artist uses the painstaking processes of pyrography and pearlizing to embellish his vessels.  Story »
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On the last day of Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha's life, it was too cold to run. The 19-year-old North Carolina State University sophomore was training with a friend for a half-marathon in Raleigh. Story »

When Stephanie Schriock was a junior at Butte High School in Montana, she devised a strategy to get elected student-body president. Story »



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Leaders Going Global
The inaugural Group of Wo Global Learning Champions will travel to New Zealand to support UH’s desire to be an indigenous-serving institution. Read More »
 
A Model For Diversity In The Industry
Born with a partial right arm, Ayers hasn’t let her disability stop her from reaching her dreams, including becoming a fashion model. Read More »