Tuesday, March 03, 2015         
Most of a 6.5 percent increase in Hono­lulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's operating budget will be earmarked for no-frills, essential, "fiscal stability" initiatives like catching up on mandatory contributions for the government employees health fund, paying off more debt and shoring up the rainy day fund.  Story »

Elected officials from Maui County are urging the Legislature to relax the state's open-meetings law in a way that would allow several County Council members to attend community or private meetings and discuss Council business during those meetings.  Story »

President Barack Obama has officially renamed the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Waikiki as the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.  Story »

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii earned a $1.4 million profit in the fourth quarter, up from $200,000 in the year-earlier period, after gaining more than 5,000 members primarily through the Obama­care health insurance exchange.  Story »

UH-Manoa to begin total ban on smoking

The University of Hawaii at Manoa announced Monday that it will officially ban smoking on campus, effective July 1, becoming the second smoke-free campus in the state after Kapiolani Community College.

Views on housing, food security clash

Residents, labor union members and farmers packed a room at Kapo­lei Hale Monday night and debated whether Hoo­pili, a proposed 1,554-acre development plan by D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes, should be built on prime agricultural land between Ewa and Kapo­lei.

$907M Deal

A pension fund for workers in Australia has become part-owner of Hawaii's largest shopping center. AustralianSuper bought a 25 percent interest in Ala Moana Center from Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc. for $907 million Friday.

Tryouts: Self-defense class also packs a punch as a workout

Aggression isn't something familiar to a lot of folks, so when confronted with a violent situation, many people don't know how to respond. Krav Maga, a self-defense system developed by the Israeli military, can help.

No-nonsense Nevels lays it on the line

Garrett Nevels closed out the postgame press conference of Hawaii's win last week over Long Beach State in signature Nevels style. The senior shooting guard was asked a question about UH's team leadership, and he was short and to the point.

No rest for the Warrior football team

Take a deep breath. The University of Hawaii football team will play 13 consecutive games without a bye this season, according to the 2015 schedule released by the school and the Mountain West Conference on Monday.

 2 women in critical condition after Hanauma Bay incidents
Two women were found unresponsive in Hanauma Bay waters Monday in separate apparent near-drowning incidents.  Story »
Hikers conducting their own search for missing Hawaii island student Daylenn Pua reported that they heard a cry for help near the Koo­lau ridgeline early Monday evening, prompting the Hono­lulu Fire Department to extend its extensive land and air search for one more day.  Story »

A preliminary hearing for a 26-year-old female missionary from the Philippines accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl she befriended last year is scheduled for Friday in Hono­lulu District Court.  Story »

 Good Fit: The water is former triathlete's haven 
Former Ironman triathlete John Henderson was hit by a bus while riding his bike six years ago on the North Shore, but even though it left him partially paralyzed, it hasn't stopped him from getting back on two wheels. Story »
 Our View: Police chiefs need public oversight
The past few years have left a blot on the reputation of police departments in this state and, on Oahu, the last several months has proven especially damaging. And in all of the drama, the general public has lacked a voice to raise a protest or demand improvements. Story »
 Breaking the 'Diamond Curse'
Mililani junior Zack Diamond went to the doctor on Monday to have his knee checked and was happy to find out he was cleared to wrestle. In all likelihood, his opponents aren't quite as thrilled. Story »
Garrett Nevels closed out the postgame press conference of Hawaii's win last week over Long Beach State in signature Nevels style. The senior shooting guard was asked a question about UH's team leadership, and he was short and to the point. 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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After a recent government crackdown on the multibillion-dollar career-training industry, stricter limits on student aid and devastating publicity about students hobbled by debt and useless credentials, some for-profit schools simply shut down. Story »

He has publicly declared that "the Jews" control America, that apostates can be killed, that the United States is the world's "biggest terrorist" and that the Sept. 11 attacks were an "inside job" by President George W. Bush. Story »


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