Friday, March 27, 2015         

A Circuit Court jury on Friday found former University of Hawaii student Tyler Strong not guilty of sexually assaulting a fellow student in his dorm room last fall. Story »

The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Story »

Police have reopened all lanes of Kamehameha Highway in the Kahaluu area following a fatal traffic collision Friday morning. Story »

 HEI CEO touts NextEra's goals
Florida-based NextEra said in December it intends to buy HEI for $4.3 billion and spin off the company's American Savings Bank subsidiary. The state Public Utilities Commission must approve the purchase and has said it will make a decision within 18 months. Story »
Maui Memorial Medical Center cutting $28M in services and jobs

Maui Memorial Medical Center plans to make $28 million in cuts to services and jobs starting July 1.

Autopsies determine children found in freezer were slain

A brother and sister whose bodies were found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home had been beaten to death, autopsies determined Friday, painting a more complete picture of the horrors that unfolded inside the home for years but that apparently went unnoticed by the outside world.

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high court

Amanda Knox, who maintained that she and her former Italian boyfriend were innocent in her British roommate's murder through multiple trials and nearly four years in jail, was vindicated Friday when Italy's highest court threw out their convictions once and for all.

Waahila Ridge fire flares up but still is no threat

A fire along Waahila Ridge that was earlier contained by Honolulu firefighters has flared again Friday evening due to shifting wind conditions.

Fourth Hawaii Diana Ross show added

Hawaii's 50-year wait for Diana Ross' first concert in the islands just got a day shorter.

Hawaii surfer Coco Ho advances to semifinals in New Zealand

Sunset Beach surfer Coco Ho goes into Sunday's final day of the World Surf League Port Taranaki Pro Women's QS6000 in New Zealand on a wave of momentum following her impressive win over Laura Enever in the quarterfinal.

Gonzaga headed to Elite Eight for 1st time since 1999

Gonzaga's big man got to star in the show in prime time on Friday night, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds to lead the second-seeded Bulldogs to a 74-62 win over No. 11 seed UCLA in the Houston Regional semifinals.

TGIF A Tony Award nominee helps keep “South Pacific” relevant with her dark portrayal of Bloody Mary. Story »

Honolulu firefighters brought a brush fire on Waahila Ridge under control as of 4:30 p.m. Friday. More Videos »
 Smiling surfer caught his final wave
Roy Digma, a quiet surfer known as "Smiley," died Wednesday after being pulled from the water where he had been surfing off Kewalo Basin. Kaimuki resident Kevin Oki­moto, who met Digma while surfing off Kewalos about 20 years ago, said Digma regularly surfed a spot there called Straight Outs. Story »
After the state spent more than $11 million developing a request for proposals for new computer technology to make government more efficient, the Ige administration is now scrapping the solicitation but promises the money has not been wasted. Story »

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 Actor will screen 2 cult films in Chinatown
Crispin Hellion Glover, the eccentric actor/avant-garde director, will screen his two cult films and present his "Big Slide Show" this weekend at Nextdoor. Story »
 Our View: UH AD has right ties, attitude
David Matlin said the right things during his introduction this week as the next University of Hawaii athletic director, projecting a positive outlook that the embattled UH department desperately needs to see. Story »
 Punahou cools off HBA 
For a master of preparation like Punahou coach Rick Tune, it was not the ideal circumstance. His top-ranked Buffanblu, as usual, made the most of a five-minute warmup, then pulled ahead to outlast No. 5 Hawaii Baptist 25-20, 25-15 Wednesday night in pool play at the Hawaii Invitational. Story »
A down year by Big West baseball standards has made the conference wide open. Three teams started the year ranked in the top 25 but only UC Santa Barbara (17-6) remains. Story »

 Hawaii's Backyard: Maui museum pays tribute to Makawao's history
Although the Makawao History Museum measures just 353 square feet — the size of an average living room — it covers several decades of Upcountry Maui history. Story »
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Miranda Lumsden, 43, a single mother of four, had never protested against anything before the Irish government introduced new water fees last summer. Story »

Call it the revenge of the nerds, Washington-style. The gun-toting FBI agent and the swashbuckling CIA undercover officer are being increasingly called upon to share their clout, their budgets and even their Hollywood glamour with the humble, desk-bound intelligence analyst. Story »


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