Maria Ruiz, 62, is brought to tears as she speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at her home in Miami. Ruiz is one of a dozen Florida residents with disabilities that have filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging they have endured unreasonably long wait times, most more than two years, to go before a Social Security judge as they appeal their disability benefits.
Kelii Akina, the president of public policy think-tank Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging a Native Hawaiian election, speaks to reporters outside U.S. District Court in Honolulu last month.
Authorities are planning a second round of homeless sweeps in Kakaako, no earlier than Dec. 9. Some homeless watched from the makai side of Ilalo Street as city workers threw rubbish away on the mauka side of the road Sept. 29.
The marvel of elephants dancing and lions jumping through fiery hoops is no longer a must-see for most folks. We’ve evolved into a culture that recognizes the need for wild animals to roam free in their own habitats.