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Medal for Mink is well-deserved

Nearly two generations of girls and women have benefited from the 1972 landmark Title IX, which requires gender equity in every educational program that receives federal funds.

Now its co-author and advocate, the late U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink, will be among 19 to be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Barack Obama on Nov. 24.

Maui-born Mink was a trailblazer and champion for equal rights, and her own life embodied that struggle. Denied admission to over a dozen medical schools due to her gender in the 1940s, Mink went on to attend law school and rose to prominence on her ability and beliefs.

She was the first Japa­nese-American female attorney in Hawaii, and starting in 1956, served in Hawaii’s territorial and state legislatures before becoming the first woman of color elected to Congress, serving 12 terms. She died in 2002.

Millionaires now have place to live

"The rich have come back."

That was the assessment this week from Ricky Cassiday, an isle housing-market researcher, observing the brisk sales for ultra-luxe condominiums being developed in Kakaako.

Top-line penthouses include an advertised $19.8 million and an unadvertised, two-story unit that allegedly is just under $100 million.

"We are excited to play a role in delivering homes to support the need for urban housing on Oahu," said David Striph, senior vice president in Hawaii for developer The Howard Hughes Corp.

Who knew that millionaires had such an unmet housing need?

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