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Wednesday, March 04, 2015         

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 Fiscal fitness touted
Most of a 6.5 percent increase in Hono­lulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's operating budget will be earmarked for no-frills, essential, "fiscal stability" initiatives like catching up on mandatory contributions for the government employees health fund, paying off more debt and shoring up the rainy day fund.  Story »
 UH-Manoa to begin total ban on smoking
The University of Hawaii at Manoa announced Monday that it will officially ban smoking on campus, effective July 1, becoming the second smoke-free campus in the state after Kapiolani Community College.  Story »
President Barack Obama has officially renamed the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Waikiki as the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies.  Story »

A preliminary hearing for a 26-year-old female missionary from the Philippines accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl she befriended last year is scheduled for Friday in Hono­lulu District Court.  Story »

Residents, labor union members and farmers packed a room at Kapo­lei Hale Monday night and debated whether Hoo­pili, a proposed 1,554-acre development plan by D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes, should be built on prime agricultural land between Ewa and Kapo­lei.  Story »

Two women were found unresponsive in Hanauma Bay waters Monday in separate apparent near-drowning incidents.  Story »

Elected officials from Maui County are urging the Legislature to relax the state's open-meetings law in a way that would allow several County Council members to attend community or private meetings and discuss Council business during those meetings.  Story »

Hikers conducting their own search for missing Hawaii island student Daylenn Pua reported that they heard a cry for help near the Koo­lau ridgeline early Monday evening, prompting the Hono­lulu Fire Department to extend its extensive land and air search for one more day.  Story »

For Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Snow a no-show at Big Island summits • Makapuu trail to remain closed Friday • County, state investigate rash of fires; and more
For Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Arson investigation opened in Maui fire • Man arrested in attack on girlfriend • OCCC inmate faces escape charge
For Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Mitsuko Akiyama • Vernon Leslie Arhelger • Gary Dean Beck • Youk Tchong Ching • Kenneth Henley Dillingham • Shirley Clara Haanio • Hong Shin Hee • George Susumu Ichikawa • Frances Jardine • Kam Fong Lee Kanekoa • Yasu Kobashigawa • Donna Komiya and more
For Saturday, February 28, 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.
Here’s a quick Hokule ‘a update — but not about how the canoe is faring in frigid New Zealand ports more than 4,000 miles from Hawaii. Instead, it’s an example of how the “Malama Honua” voyage is making what its   Story »

For Sunday, March 1, 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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Let's say you went to Lincoln Elementary School — next to Thomas Square — in the early 1950s. By the time you reached the sixth grade, you had had Lincoln's Gettysburg Address drilled into you so often that you can recite it probably even today.  Story »

It's been more than two months since old Beek wriggled through the fence of his Kane­ohe home and disappeared into the night, and owner Christen Matsu­shige still can't quite believe the confluence of mercies that led to his happy return. Story »

This winter has not been kind to those living in temperate climates. From the Midwestern United States to Central Europe, snow and bitter cold have thrown a monkey wrench into the cogs of expectations. Story »

Question: Whatever happened to the missing person's case of Kimberly Day Jacobs, who was last seen at her Waikiki apartment in August 2008? Story »

Question: Can you give us more information about the "Obama phones" -- free cellphones given out by cellphone companies? I filled out an application from Bluebird Wireless, emailed it in two months ago and got no reply. Are there companies in Hawaii where I can walk in and get a phone? Story »

We start with a snow job and end with a circus as we "flASHback" on February's news that amused and confused. Story »

The ill will Gov. David Ige generated by naming Castle and Cooke lobbyist Carleton Ching to head the Department of Land and Natural Resources is compounded by his adamant refusal to explain his rationale for turning over state lands — our precious jewels — to a guy known for making bling. Story »

Throughout March, look for Venus shining brilliantly in the western sky in the early evening hours. Meanwhile Jupiter, the second-brightest sky dot after Venus, rises in the east and shines down from the sky until the early morning hours.  Story »

During my recent visit to the Portland Audubon House in Oregon, I fell in love with a turkey vulture named Ruby. Story »

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