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Off the news: Maui sees setback in Lahaina landfill plan

Maui County’s struggle to recover from the devastating Aug. 8 wildfire continues, with a federal court on Monday denying a motion to expedite an eminent domain acquisition of 20 acres in Central Maui to expand a landfill for fire waste and municipal refuse. Read more

Letter: Health care increasingly controlled by outsiders

Sunday’s column by Dr. Esther Smith (no relation) makes clear that, unchecked over time, the obstacles placed between the patient and physician will continue to grow in number and complexity (“New lab-test authorization is harmful,” Star-Advertiser, Island Voices, July 14). Read more

Editorial: New wind turbine deserves a chance

Wind energy is a resource that is plentiful in the right locations in the islands, but gathering it up presents a problem. Concerns with placing the tall wind turbines near homes, schools and other occupied buildings have erected barriers to completion of wind energy projects. Read more

Off the news: Ocean Safety Department gets first chief

Longtime Honolulu lifeguard Kurt Lager was named acting director of the newly established Ocean Safety Department (OSD) Tuesday — an interim appointment that will last until after voters decide in November whether to create an oversight body for the OSD. Read more

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