Sunday, April 26, 2015         


 Extent of rail's influence a mystery 
Hundreds — possibly thousands — of subcontractors are profiting from work on Oahu's rail transit project and many donate significant campaign dollars to leaders championing the project, but rail officials aren't required to track most of those firms or how much they're spending. Story »
 Family breaks down borders
On his first day at Moanalua High School, Boubacar Dabo wore a tunic and matching pants, the national dress of his native Mali, while his older "brother," Lev "Leo" Vasilenko of Russia, just tried to blend in.  Story »
Maui firefighters and Coast Guard personnel were continuing their search off Lanai for Molokai fisherman Ron Ingraham, who was reported missing Friday, a few months after he was rescued after surviving 12 days at sea.  Story »

Mauna Kea protesters who want to stop the Thirty Meter Telescope apparently brought with them a potentially destructive force of a different kind — invasive ants.  Story »

The Honolulu Fire Commission gave Fire Chief Manuel Neves an excellent rating on his annual performance evaluation despite ongoing tensions between the chief and the firefighters union.  Story »

Doug Jago's eclectic sense of style drew the attention of many. "Some would call him eccentric. Some would call him fashion-forward. Some would call him unique," said Al Tomonari, retired general manager of Neiman Marcus who worked with Jago since the inception of the department store's opening in September 1998. Story »

Two Hawaii students are among more than 1,000 high school seniors selected for corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.  Story »

Inspired after witnessing Amelia Earhart's arrival on Oahu in 1935, Betty Guild Blake was the first woman to enroll in a new aeronautics course at the University of Hawaii, her family said.  Story »

As the chorus opens with the lyrics "Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd," we are transported to the dark streets of Victorian London. After 15 years, Benjamin Barker (alias Sweeney Todd) has returned from an unjustified prison term and is seeking revenge.  Story »

State workers removed a boat, apparently sent on a long journey by the 2011 Japanese tsunami, from Alan Davis Beach on the Ka Iwi shoreline Thursday.  Story »

Two Pearl Harbor admirals will be elevated to major Navy leadership positions including commander of the USS Reagan carrier strike group, the Pentagon announced last week.  Story »

For Sunday, April 26, 2015
Sprinklers rein in eatery fire • Escape attempt led to lockdown • Workers help put out blaze
For Sunday, April 26, 2015
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For Sunday, April 26, 2015
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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 »

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

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 »

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

Q: Why don't we have any effort to educate bicycle riders and pedestrians out at night to please wear reflective materials and obey the law by having lights and reflectors on their bicycles? Story »

It's the last Sunday of April and time to "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused. Story »

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 »

Every May, the Hawaiian Islands experience the first of the two "overhead sun" days for the year. This phenomenon is unique to the tropics; so, like seeing the Southern Cross, Hawaii is the only state where you can experience the overhead sun.  Story »

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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