Friday, September 4, 2015         


Heavy rain could be portent of things to come

By Leila Fujimori
Labor Day weekend will get a soggy start Friday with scattered showers and the potential for locally heavy rainfall and flooding similar to Thursday’s deluge on Oahu.

Board OKs discipline plan giving principals ‘discretion’

By Nanea Kalani
The state Board of Education has approved a school climate and discipline policy that will require public schools to “create an environment where all members are respected, welcomed, supported and feel safe.”

Economists expect state tax revenue to increase by 6 percent

By Sophie Cocke
State economists Thursday raised Hawaii’s revenue forecast for this fiscal year, which began in July, projecting that lawmakers will have $150 million more in the general fund to operate government services than what was previously expected.

Businesses aim to tweak code banning cut trees in public areas

By Gordon Y.K. Pang
A group of Honolulu restaurateurs, hoteliers and merchants wants to change a long-standing but apparently little-known section of the Honolulu Fire Code that bars the display of cut trees, including Christmas trees, in large public gathering places.

Pacific Fleet sub force has new commander

By William Cole
China is modernizing its nuclear forces and trying to assert dominance in the East and South China Seas, tensions are continuing between North and South Korea, and Russia needs to be watched in the Pacific.

Quiet Hauula woman loved her family

By Rob Shikina
Ramona P. Dela Cruz, a retired Woolworth store employee who regularly took a city bus from Hauula to Ala Moana Center and back, died Wednesday after she was struck by a vehicle while crossing the road after a bus ride.

Pimp of slain prostitute gets 3-year federal term

By Gregg K. Kakesako
The pimp of a woman whose body was found stuffed in a duffel bag at Yokohama Bay was sentenced to three years in federal prison Wednesday for bringing the woman across state lines for prostitution.

Couple plead not guilty to multiple drug charges

By Gregg K. Kakesako
A 10-year veteran of the Honolulu Police Department and his girlfriend entered pleas of not guilty to multiple drug charges in Circuit Court on Thursday.

Ex-probation officer ordered to pay cash, perform service

By Rob Shikina
A former state court employee who took payments from probationers to pay off fines or fees of other probationers avoided prison time Thursday and was sentenced to 400 hours of community service.
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