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The Week: April 8-14



» A ceded lands settlement, ending more than three decades of negotiations between the state and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Neil Abercrombie. The settlement involves no money, but conveys to OHA about 25 acres of Kakaako parcels valued at about $200 million.

» Haleiwa Farmers Market owners were served notice to cease operations at the junction of Kamehameha Highway and Joseph P. Leong Highway, after the state said it is illegal to sell from highways.

» Allegiant Air, a low-cost Las Vegas-based airline, announced Tuesday it will fly from Honolulu to Las Vegas and Fresno, Calif., beginning in June. It plans to add more routes to the mainland this year.

» State transportation officials said Tuesday they are considering restriping the H-1 freeway in Makiki to create a fourth lane in each direction. Lanes would be narrowed to 10 feet, from 111⁄2 feet.

» A state judge on Monday declared Toby Stangel mentally fit to stand trial for a June 2011 shooting spree on Oahu in which a motorist was killed, two others wounded and four others were shot at.

» Federal authorities on Monday charged police officer Michael Steven Chu with running indoor marijuana growing operations at a Kapiolani Boulevard apartment and a Mililani Mauka house.

» A 16-year-old boy was fatally injured Sunday in a crash after a jump at the Kahuku motocross track. Wayne Stevenson attended Kahuku High School, where he played on the junior varsity football team.

» A state jury found Corbit Ahn, 32, of Makiki guilty Monday of murder in the August 2009 strangulation death of Iris Rodrigues-Kaikana, 18, near the Kamehameha Homes public housing complex in Kalihi.


» George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer arrested Wednesday in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., faced a judge for the first time Thursday afternoon. Zimmerman, who did not enter a plea, will be arraigned May 29.

» Rick Santorum cleared the way for Mitt Romney to claim victory in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, giving up his long-shot campaign as Romney’s tenacious conservative rival. On Friday, Romney spoke to the National Rifle Association, seeking the support of a powerful group that has not always warmed up to him.

» The Lower 48 states experienced the warmest March on record dating back to 1895. The average temperature for the contiguous United States was 51.1 degrees Fahrenheit, 8.6 degrees above the 20th century average for March, according to data released last week.


» North Korea’s long-range rocket failed minutes after liftoff Friday in the biggest setback to Kim Jong Un since he succeeded his father as head of the totalitarian country four months ago. South Korean warships fanned out across the Yellow Sea on Saturday to search for rocket debris.

» Speeding up the transition of military responsibility to the Afghan government, the United States agreed last Sunday to hand control of special operations night raids to Afghan forces, relegating American troops to a supporting role in the missions. The deal paves the way for a more comprehensive partnership agreement on the shape of U.S. support to Af­ghani­stan after the 2014 troop withdrawal deadline.



>> Today: The Dalai Lama speaks at the UH campus at Manoa.


>> Monday: Scheduled start of jury selection in the Washington trial of former baseball star Roger Clemens, who is accused of lying under oath when he testified before Congress that he never used performance-enhancing drugs in his career.
>> Monday: The 96th annual Pulitzer Prize winners and nominated finalists will be announced in prizes for journalism, drama, letters and music in New York.
>> Tuesday: President Barack Obama meets with NASCAR drivers in Washington.
>> Tuesday: The NASA space shuttle Discovery will be flown out of Kennedy Space Center in Florida for retirement in Virginia.
>> Thursday: President Barack Obama honors NCAA football champion Alabama at the White House.


>> Monday:  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Brasilia, Brazil.

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