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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

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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

Letter: Secret Service failed to do job at Trump rally

I am a registered Republican and Trump supporter. I am also a Hawaii resident, and I’d like to know what Rep. Case, Rep. Tokuda, Sen. Hirono and Sen. Schatz are doing to investigate the assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump. 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

Off the news: Aging Hilo hospital morgue at overcapacity

It’s rather chilling: The Hilo Benioff Medical Center (HBMC) morgue, built 40 years ago to hold an expected maximum of 16 bodies, has been chronically over capacity because of its use by Hawaii County to store bodies being held for coroner’s inquest cases and criminal investigations. Read more

Editorial: New chapter for Waikiki facility

The campus at the Waikiki Community Center (WCC) is reaching the end of its practical lifespan, and that provides an ideal opportunity for the 46-year-old nonprofit running it to reenvision itself and plan for the next five decades. Read more

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