Tuesday, April 21, 2015         

News

 Humpbacks no longer in danger, NOAA says
Calling now-thriving humpback whales a national success story, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials want to remove most of the species’ populations from the endangered species list, including the 10,000 believed to be breeding and birthing around the Hawaiian Islands.  Story »
 More homeless living on streets 
Oahu’s homeless population not only grew in 2015, but a higher percentage are living on the streets rather than in shelters, according to a draft of the latest annual “Point-in-Time Count” for Hono­lulu.  Story »
The Honolulu City Council starts discussion Wednesday on a variety of bills aimed at making the property tax system more equitable.  Story »

House lawmakers are apparently poised to approve a bill to allow privatization of Maui Memorial Medical Center and two other state-owned medical facilities, a move that faces determined resistance from the state’s largest public worker union.  Story »

A group of Native Hawaiians wants to bring back a centuries-old island burial practice that it says is more environmentally friendly than some modern interment methods.  Story »

The state judge who presided over Christopher Deedy’s two murder trials, which both ended with hung juries, says she will decide this week whether the U.S. State Department special agent will stand trial a third time for fatally shooting Kollin Elderts.  Story »

Vowing to continue a protest that has delayed construction of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope for weeks, Hawaii island foes of the Mauna Kea project traveled to Oahu on Monday to deliver to Gov. David Ige a petition with more than 53,000 signatures.  Story »

For Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Breeding nene killed by vehicle on Garden Isle • 150 shearwaters banded to allow tracking, study
For Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Police have asked for help from the public in locating four men wanted for questioning in connection with a Kalihi shooting in February that left two dead.
For Friday, April 17, 2015
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Ed Lynch, managing editor/news, at 529-4758.
For Sunday, April 19, 2015
Each Sunday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser publishes Oahu vital statistics for marriage licenses and birth certificates filed with the state Department of Health's Vital Statistics System. The statistics cover the five-business-day period ending the Thursday of the previous week.
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Columns

KEEP HAWAII HAWAII
It may come as new information to some that tourism got its initial funding in the 1800s from a small plot of land in a small saloon at the corner of Nuuanu Avenue and Merchant Street in downtown Honolulu. How is that possible?  Story »


INCIDENTAL LIVES
Call it a penchant, a predilection, a predisposition. Whatever it is, Sasha Dimond has always gravitated toward identifying complex problems and solving them. Story »


FACTS OF THE MATTER
I watch a lot of science documentaries on TV. Many (but not most) are well done, but only rarely is there one that does not commit a serious error, either by stating facts incorrectly or out of context, misrepresenting facts, making erroneous conclusions from facts, or misusing or misunderstanding physical laws. Story »


WHATEVER HAPPENED TO...
Question: City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro says his office continues to prosecute high-ranking white-collar criminals who victimize Honolulu businesses. Story »


KOKUA LINE
Question: I wonder, are we getting the actual amount of gasoline that we are paying for at service stations?  Story »


FL(ASH)BACK
Some survived the Ides of March better than others as we "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused. Story »


VOLCANIC ASH
The first time my granddaughter Sloane played guitar in public was at a recital a few months after she began taking lessons at 7, grouped with nine other students to strum Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars songs. Story »


SKYWATCH
The astronomy highlight of April 2015 is a total eclipse of the moon that occurs very early this Saturday. Story »


OCEAN WATCH
The trouble with taking pictures of scorpionfish, called nohu in Hawaiian, is that I often delete the photos thinking I missed whatever fish I was trying to shoot. Then later I wonder what happened to my scorpionfish pictures and find them in the recycle bin. Story »

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