Wednesday, July 1, 2015         


Attack unprovoked, state lawmaker says

By Rosemarie Bernardo and Leila Fujimori Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 1, 2015
A day after he was assaulted while taking photos at a large Kaka­ako homeless encampment, state Rep. Tom Brower insisted the attack was unprovoked. But the family of two teens involved said it came after the lawmaker laughed at the boys.

Kakaako efforts aim to boost outreach and enforcement

By Allison Schaefers
In the wake of the assault of state Rep. Tom Brower, Kaka­ako stakeholders are renewing efforts to address the jurisdictional and social issues that have contributed to a threefold increase since last fall in tents occupied by the homeless.

Judge strikes down Maui ban on GMOs

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services
A federal judge Tuesday invalidated a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops, ruling that the prohibition is pre-empted by federal and state law.

Army divers help state salvage sunken vessel

By William Cole
Army divers said initial examination of the sunken fishing vessel Judy K at Pier 16 shows it is intact, but the earliest they could attempt to float the partially submerged 77-foot boat for removal would be September.

Oahu plastic bag ban takes effect

By Gordon Y.K. Pang
After three years of warnings, it's finally here. The city's plastic bag ban becomes law Wednesday. City Environmental Services Director Lori Kahi­kina, who enforces the ban, admits she's among those having a hard time adjusting.

Delays prompt dismissal of men's goat theft case

By Nelson Daranciang
A state judge dismissed a criminal case against two men accused of stealing 23 goats from a Kahuku farm Tuesday because the prosecution took too long to take the men to trial.
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