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Updated on  February 5, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Plan to make better use of public housing is a good start

Hawaii’s homeless people, and those on the very brink, are burdened on multiple fronts. Read More
Updated on  February 5, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Island Voices

Updated on  February 5, 2016 at 8:37 pm

Mentoring of new teachers has cut turnover and improved performance

The state Department of Education (DOE) has wrestled with the challenge of new-teacher turnover for years. I’ve been a teacher for over 20 years now, and I remember when I first started. Read More
Updated on  February 5, 2016 at 8:37 pm

Letters

Updated on  February 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm

Special ed teachers enormously burdened

In response to your article, “Special ed audit cites staff, tech problems” (Star-Advertiser, Sept. 3), I was a certified special education teacher for the state Department of Education, both on Oahu and Hawaii island, trained as an autism specialist in 1997. Although I’m also certified to teach regular education, once I started teaching special ed, I wasn’t allowed to return to regular ed because of the Felix Consent Decree. Read More
Updated on  February 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm

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Off the News

Updated on  February 6, 2016 at 2:25 am

Let’s hope ‘temporary’ means just that

Hawaii Medical Service Association has taken a lot of heat lately for its change in protocol on imaging tests, now requiring third-party pre-approval for all routine diagnostic scans. In order to probe its reported high usage rate, executives said, the waivers from these approvals have been suspended. Read More
Updated on  February 6, 2016 at 2:25 am

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Insight

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                                Patrons lined up to buy Powerball lottery tickets outside the Primm Valley Casino Resorts Lotto Store on Jan. 12, near Primm, Nev. The jackpot grew to over $1 billion; Hawaii was among the states not participating.

Updated on  February 5, 2016 at 7:32 pm

Eyes on the prize: Many debate why Hawaii isn’t in on the lottery action

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                                Patrons lined up to buy Powerball lottery tickets outside the Primm Valley Casino Resorts Lotto Store on Jan. 12, near Primm, Nev. The jackpot grew to over $1 billion; Hawaii was among the states not participating.

Updated on  February 5, 2016 at 7:32 pm
The frenzy over the record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot stirred the interest of nearly the entire nation last month. But there would be no lottery fever for Hawaii residents, no lines snaking outside convenience stores to buy tickets — and it led many to question why. Read More

Name in the News

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Updated on  February 5, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Jan Gouveia is changing UH business practices

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Updated on  February 5, 2016 at 6:27 pm
It’s been a homecoming of sorts for Jan Gouveia, University of Hawaii vice president for administration. Read More

Kauakukalahale

Updated on  February 6, 2016 at 1:46 am

Ke Kupa Pola: E nānā paha, ‘a‘ole paha?

Synopsis: The discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy has caused me to reconsider the consequences of watching football and its biggest event, the Super Bowl. What is my responsibility here? Read More
Updated on  February 6, 2016 at 1:46 am

On Politics

Updated on  February 5, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Doing math on delegates refigures presidential race

This is a presidential political season for all players. The idealistic can dive into issues from health care to tax relief. If you prefer political bombast over substance, Donald Trump is sure to entertain. There are as many angles as there are Republicans running for president. Read More
Updated on  February 5, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Back in the Day

Updated on  February 6, 2016 at 5:43 pm

Feb. 7, 1963: Limited Direct-Dial To All Islands Starts

Hawaiian Telephone Company today introduced a new communications service for business firms providing for direct dialing throughout the State. Read More
Updated on  February 6, 2016 at 5:43 pm