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Thursday, March 05, 2015         

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 Rail bids high again
Each of the new bids opened Tuesday to build three West Oahu rail stations came in above estimates, indicating that transit officials have yet to pin down the true picture pertaining to how much the island's elevated rail system will cost.  Story »
 Legislators advance plan to privatize 3 facilities
The state hospital system has been losing tens of millions of taxpayer dollars each year, and frustrated state lawmakers Tuesday moved a step closer to authorizing a partnership between the state-owned Maui Memorial Medical Center and a private health care provider to try to finally curb those losses.  Story »
Some pregnant Chinese nationals bound for "birthing houses" in Los Angeles to deliver their babies as U.S. citizens were instructed to enter America through Hono­lulu Airport, where custom inspectors were considered to be more lax, according to federal affidavits unsealed Tuesday.  Story »

Mayor Kirk Caldwell's administration is now exploring the possibility of holding onto some of the city's affordable-housing projects and converting some units into permanent shelter for the homeless and those in low-income brackets.  Story »

Two Honolulu police officers did what they could to save a man who escaped from custody and fell to his death from the H-1 freeway in Kapo­lei, police said Tuesday.  Story »

After four days the Hono­­lulu Fire Department on Tuesday discontinued its search for Daylenn "Moke" Pua, a Kona teenager who disappeared while hiking in the Koo­lau, but friends, family and volunteers — including drone operators — will continue the search Wednesday.  Story »

Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yama­gu­chi has expanded her literacy program for children, Always Reading, to Hawaii in hopes of increasing access to books for kindergartners at two Kalihi public schools.  Story »

Court documents filed in District Court against a 22-year-old Kane­ohe Marine detail a 19-minute high-speed police chase last week.  Story »

For Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Grant buys new sports gear for Waialua • Body found off Salt Pond Beach • Wailuku sealant project to begin
For Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Shooting classified as suicide • Drowning victim identified • Construction worker injured
For Wednesday, March 4, 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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Columns
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: Why is it taking so long to upgrade and refurbish Kanewai Community Park and playground? It's been approximately two years since they closed the park. 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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