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Thursday, March 26, 2015         

The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and intentionally rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. Story »

More people left Oahu between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014, than moved in, but births made up the difference and nudged the island's population closer to 1 million, according to data released Thursday by the Census Bureau. Story »

More than a year's worth of work to keep development off a big piece of Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore avoided a serious setback Wednesday after receiving a life-sustaining vote at the state Legislature. Story »

 
 Tourism numbers miss HTA goals
It looks like 2015 tourism is off to a slow start, with arrivals and spending below targets. Although visitor arrivals came back in February, the Hawaii Tourism Authority reported Wednesday that total visitor spending continued trending down, dropping by 4.3 percent from a year ago to $1.2 billion. Average daily spending also dropped by 6.4 percent to $194 per person. Story »
Warning level downgraded as Kilauea lava activity cools

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geologists on Wednesday downgraded the alert level for Kilauea volcano from warning to watch for the first time since warning levels were reached in September.

Persistence pays for Matlin

Twenty-two years after he beseeched the University of Hawaii athletic department for an opportunity to get his foot in the door, David A.K. Matlin was handed the keys to the place as its new director on Wednesday.

Proposal broadens sanctuary to protect all species

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday proposed to expand the focus of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary to include all the marine species within its boundaries.

Oahu grand jury indicts woman in death of 90-year-old pedestrian

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday, charging a 25-year-old woman with causing the death of a pedestrian in 2013. The indictment charged Stacey Selzer with negligent homicide in last year's death of 90-year-old Takashi Kunihiro. Selzer's bail is $11,000.

Tourism numbers miss HTA goals

It looks like 2015 tourism is off to a slow start, with arrivals and spending below targets. Although visitor arrivals came back in February, the Hawaii Tourism Authority reported Wednesday that total visitor spending continued trending down, dropping by 4.3 percent from a year ago to $1.2 billion. Average daily spending also dropped by 6.4 percent to $194 per person.

Comfortable in her own skin

You might or might not see Maria Glanz au naturel during her one-woman show, "See Me Naked." As writer, director and star of the production, it's her prerogative to keep her clothes on if she wants, and if she feels the audience can't handle nudity, she'll skip it.

Wahine's Morales was inspired by Kate Robinson

Heather Morales' initial exposure to Hawaii softball came about by introducing the Rainbow Wahine. A middle schooler in Indio, Calif., Morales frequented the nearby Cathedral City Classic — an annual early season college softball showcase — and took a turn behind the mic as the public address announcer for a matchup between Hawaii and UCLA in 2008.

DAVID MATLIN INTRODUCED AS HAWAII ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
The University of Hawaii introduced David Matlin as its new athletic director on March 25. Video by Brian McInnis. More Videos »
 House plan to audit rail advances
A House resolution that would call for a state audit of Oahu's cash-strapped rail project is gaining momentum. The House Transportation Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve House Concurrent Resolution 181. Story »
Cecilia Blackfield, an ardent conservationist who did much to preserve the unspoiled natural beauty of Hawaii, died Friday at her home in Kahala. She was 100. Hawaii philanthropist Carolyn Berry Wilson remembered Blackfield as an avid card player and a personal role model. Story »




 On the Scene: ‘Footloose’ kicks it at Castle
John Berger’s On the Scene photos run throughout the week. Contact him at jberger@star­adver­tiser.com. Story »
 Our View: Let state pursue SNAP eligibles
People in Hawaii who are eligible for food stamps should be encouraged to sign up for the benefit, which is funded by federal taxpayers to help impoverished people afford nutritious food. Story »
 Taylor says 'I'd love to work with him' 
Benjy Taylor still likes his chances. David Matlin's hiring as the new Hawaii athletic director on Wednesday did nothing to dampen Taylor's enthusiasm that he can be the long-term men's basketball coach in Manoa. Story »
A month ago, Hawaii celebrated its remarkable U.S. Public Links legacy with a low-key day of golf and dinner. The intent was to say aloha to an event ending after 89 years, but in reality it was a day to enjoy old friends. 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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The FBI has made great strides since the Sept. 11 attacks but urgently needs to improve its intelligence capabilities, hire more linguists and elevate the stature of its analysts to counter the rapidly evolving threats to the United States, according to a report released Wednesday. Story »

She has worked for more than 30 years among the shoeshine men of Luxor. She sits with men in coffee shops, prays with them in the local mosque and dresses just as they do in pants or a traditional floor-length tunic known as a galabeya. Story »



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