» University of Hawaii at Manoa tuition will increase 35 percent over the next five years for in-state undergraduates under tuition increases approved Wednesday by the Board of Regents. A UH-Manoa undergrad will pay $11,376 per year in 2016-17, up from the current $8,400. Students on all campuses will be affected by various levels of tuition hikes.
» The state agency that governs development in Kakaako approved plans Wednesday for a private developer to build Hawaii’s tallest building, a 650-foot residential tower on Pohukaina Street. The project would include affordable housing and civic space near Oahu’s planned rail line.
» Debris that washed to sea in the March earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan is projected to reach the main Hawaiian islands as early as spring 2013, according to models developed by UH researchers. The floating debris field is roughly 2,000 miles long and 1,000 miles wide.
» Gov. Neil Abercrombie accepted responsibility Monday for his administration’s missteps and said he would use his 30 percent job approval rating — the lowest of any U.S. governor — as a spur to regain the public’s confidence. "I play all four quarters, and we’re in the first quarter," Abercrombie said.
» NBA most valuable player Derrick Rose and seven other National Basketball Association players played with and against U.S. service members as part of a five-day "Hoops for Troops" visit to Oahu last week organized by the USO.
» Three Hawaii Marines will be court-martialed on charges such as abuse, assault and dereliction of duty related to the suicide of Lance Cpl. Harry Lew in Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday. Lew shot himself after being subjected to what prosecutors described as harsh disciplinary measures for falling asleep on guard duty several times.
» A $24 million improvement project is planned for the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, including a new entry road and administration building and 9,000 additional columbarium niches.
» A summer of modest economic growth is helping dispel lingering fears that another recession might be near. The economy grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the July-September quarter, the U.S. Commerce Department said Thursday. But the growth was fueled by Americans who spent more while earning less and by businesses that invested in machines, not workers.
» After weeks of cautiously accepting the teeming, round-the-clock protests spawned by Occupy Wall Street, several stressed-out cities are at the end of their patience. Scores of arrests were reported as protesters were rounded up in Oakland, Calif., Atlanta and Chicago.
» Bangkok residents watched Saturday as the rising tide tested defenses shielding the center of the Thai capital but did not overcome them. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra urged citizens to let the crisis run its course as the floodwaters slowly drain to the sea.
» Moammar Gadhafi was buried in an unmarked grave Tuesday before dawn in the Libyan desert after four days of having his corpse on display in a cold storage locker in Misrata, which Libyans visited to see the body.
THIS WEEK, OCT. 30-NOV. 5
» Tuesday: The state Board of Education’s Finance and Infrastructure Committee will discuss designating the Pearl City-Waipahu-Ewa-Kapolei region as an area of anticipated growth that will have greater school needs, 11:30 a.m., Queen Liliuokalani Building, 1390 Miller St., Room 404.
» Wednesday: The state Charter School Task Force will discuss recommendations for improving the charter school system, including performance-based contracts and clearly defining roles and responsibilities, 10 a.m., state Capitol, Room 225.
» Next Sunday: The American Red Cross Hawaii Chapter and Kanu Hawaii are holding a workshop on emergency preparedness planning, 2 p.m., Kaimuki Public Library, 1041 Koko Head Ave.
» Monday: 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks at the National Press Club in Washington.
» Thursday: President Barack Obama and leaders of the Group of 20 major world economies hold a summit meeting in Cannes, France, through Friday.