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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
March 31, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 9:39 AM :: 10691 Views

Expert: North Korea has several nuclear warheads

Union power play: 4 mayors oppose state pay cuts

SB: No quick fix from Asia in tourism promotion

Hawaii State Hospital faces budget shortfall

SB: Cigarette tax hike comes at right time during recession

(Old-boy managed) Hawaiian Telcom's bonuses opposed by U.S. trustee

Deadbeats rejoice: Bill would block credit checks by employers

Soft on Crime:  Felony charges dismissed for 6 of 7 arrested in Iolani Palace takeover

Chinatown Murder Suspect in Police Custody

Rivals fight to fill Aloha void

Transit Brings In High-Paid Positions

Rail stations may be short on parking

Lehman Brothers bankruptcy plagues Kau development

Car agencies cut fleets with tourists on decline

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Monday, March 30, 2009
March 30, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:39 AM :: 7821 Views

Gates: US may shoot down missile if headed for Hawaii, says probably not nuclear

Lawmakers reluctant to rely on assumed cuts to labor costs (would rather rely on assumed revenues from tax increase)

Proposal would put drug-sniffing dogs in Hawaii's public schools

HGEA backing Anderson for Council

Fukunaga: Hawaiian Telcom service is vital; it cannot be allowed to fail (old boys still milking it)

Ex-manager: Life is good outside Aloha

Bills would ax business-related agencies

State's next hurdle is working with Procurement Code

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Sunday, March 29, 2009
March 29, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 6:35 AM :: 7601 Views

SB: Who won and who lost in battle over civil unions

Case announces latest bid for Congress

SB: Legislators should stop their assault on Hawaii business

Advertiser: Tax hikes would strain a weak economy

Alakai leaves Hawaii to find job

Interisle shipper seeks big rate hike

More than 8,000 Turn Out for Pearl Harbor Job Fair

Big Islands Kona Blue Water Farms Cuts Production

Earth Hour: Dim bulbs at Honolulu Hale

Election results: KIUC heads in new direction

‘No HUD’ OK: Discrimination bill fails

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Saturday, March 28, 2009
March 28, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 6:32 AM :: 15310 Views

Hawaii Card Check Bill Advancing

Lingle: ‘No possibility' of public schools shutting down early  (Liar Hamamoto busted second day in a row)

Superferry workers, supporters hold rally in Kahului

Alakai heading for Alabama

Hawaii joblessness at 30-year high: 6.5%

OHA, Enviros vs Water for Maui residents

Hawaii mayors oppose proposal to divert all hotel tax to state

Experts Gather to Save (take control of) the Ocean

Molokai Dispatch: On health and safety, GM foods’ record speaks for itself

Shuttle astronauts stimulate students

Case's email to disclose his plans

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Friday, March 27, 2009
March 27, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:26 AM :: 13531 Views

Hamamoto: Panic Monger Busted by Kawamura

SB Editorial repeats Hamamoto's lies 

Contractors lining up to bid for Honolulu rail's $550M first phase

Maui wind power plant looks to grow

Gay marriage effort shifts back to New England

Military denies involvement with fish kills

Hotel tax coveted by state

Lawmakers aim to rein in biocontrols

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Thursday, March 26, 2009
March 26, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 10:16 AM :: 9062 Views

Civil-unions bill stuck, likely dead

Gambling: Akaka Bill amended (again)

Hawaii budget move could end school year 24 days early

Hawaii DOE's Special Education Report Raises Questions

Hawaii students prepare to face off in fierce robot competition

Governor plans to cut state workers' pay to ease Hawaii deficit

SB: Economic recovery requires affordable health care system (Hawaii HHSC & HMSA is Obama's model)

Young Bros. refutes challenges Superferry claims

New law opens up possibilities near rail transit stations

Water supply uses its resources to pay the bills

In face of cuts, nonprofits lobbying to protect grants

Pork Dreams: Hawaii receiving $15M in stimulus money for energy, conservation

Hawaii County Council considers delaying raid on 2 percent fund

Honolulu Council candidates profiled

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
March 25, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:11 PM :: 8260 Views

Isle GOP proposes election changes

Governor plans to use school funds to close Hawaii deficit gap

Hawaii state Senate panel OKs urgent funds for health services  (note use of the word 'urgent')

State House Budget Taps $379m For Big Isle Projects

Taniguchi leaning against reviving Hawaii civil-unions bill

Rookie MPD officer fired after federal charges surface

SB: Curbing Oahu recycling program isn't an option

Pahoa charter school struggles to obtain permit

Hawaii County Council prepares to review and cut budget

Large condo project clears development hurdle

Shorthanded Kauai Planning Commission defers action

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
March 24, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 9:02 AM :: 13149 Views

Kauai: Hundreds rally against civil unions

Civil union standoff

Save the Hawaii Superferry Petition

Rail ridership in U.S. a 'good sign' for Hawaii?

Karen's Law Hearing Set for Today in the Hawaii Senate

Hawaii governor hails Iolani School champs

Hawaii has best health coverage record

State releases $2.5 million to design biosafety lab at UH medical school

More Korean, Chinese visitors expected in Hawaii

Maui mayor warns 'hard road ahead of us'

Oahu Council Candidates debate B&Bs on Hawaii Public Radio

Hawaii County: Yagong submits more budget ideas

State failed to protect rare bird, groups say

Ben, A Must Read, Typos and All

Former Gov. Benjamin Cayetano Gives His Take on Ceded Lands, the Akaka Bill, Obama’s Job Performance and the 2010 Governor's Race

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Monday, March 23, 2009
March 23, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 5:50 AM :: 9144 Views

So who pulled the restriction on excessive AIG bonus payments out of the stimulus bill? Sen. Inouye knows

No sale! Hawaii continues to slam door on business

Again, Hawaii ranks low for business

Hawaii incomes fall short

Anti-Superferry spin in Latin

Kona Kampachi - 60 Times Less Impact on Stocks than Wild-Caught Fish

Pot advocates exhale after AG signals policy shift

Natatorium pool may go

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Sunday, March 22, 2009
March 22, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:02 AM :: 8862 Views

Groups vow protests if civil-unions bill advances

SB: Public needs wider view of Isle stimulus spending (argument for Hawaii Tax increase)

Legislators revisit tax hikes to help plug gaps in Hawaii budget

Pork projects won’t come close to offsetting a downturn

Superferry Shutdown Impacts Business

Many affected by loss of Hawaii Superferry

Advisory panel gives nod to Mauna Kea management plan

SB: Don't approve Kapolei housing development?

Stakes high for Hawaii schools as No Child tests start soon

Property manager gone, along with many thousands of dollars

Bottling plant wins initial OK

Kaiser Permanente buys new clinic site in Kona

Chinatown Community Rallies to Clean-Up Streets

Progress in Iraq pleases Schofield brigade leader

ACLU attorney discusses 'barbaric cruelty'

North Korea to Close Air Routes for Rocket Launch

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Saturday, March 21, 2009
March 21, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 6:05 AM :: 11059 Views

Kenoi associate Motta: Guilty on all counts in Pali shooting (Waihee named in article)

Motta defense plans appeal on technicalities

Legislature Considers 17 Tax Increases: "Honolulu Tea Party" Set for April 15

State Diverts On Superferry Environmental Study

More than 1,200 Hawaii jobs lost in February mass layoffs

GM Taro ban: Maui Council pushes back in the name of home rule

Rat Lungworm: Big Isle parasite victims emerge from their comas

Bill would enable couple married 63 years to live in same care home

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Friday, March 20, 2009
March 20, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:34 AM :: 8005 Views

Superferry Ruling May Impact Rail Tax

Few opponents turn out to see exit

Superferry Pulling Ship Out Of Hawaii

Superferry economic fallout begins

State visitor arrivals seen falling 5.2% in '09

More Eco-harassment: Fish farm may leave Kona

Hawaii County Council fast-tracks bills for stimulus qualification

Bankrupt Hawaiian Telcom plans to pay $6M in worker bonuses

Dodd Blames Obama Administration for AIG Bonus Amendment

Undersea volcano erupts 6 miles off main Tongan island

Canceled show costs Rain $8M

SB: Create system for distributing medical marijuana

Sex predator could get probation

ILWU backs Anderson's Council bid

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Thursday, March 19, 2009
March 19, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 6:49 AM :: 10355 Views

Governor, Legislators to ask court to reconsider ruling on Hawaii Superferry

Hawaii Superferry opponents "feeling glee"

Hawaii’s diversity applauded at statehood celebration

Payment stalemate leaves medical benefits in lurch (tax increase?)

Domestic slayings on rise despite Isle efforts

Maui: Probation for sex assault of teen

Hawaii County Council Puts Off 2 Percent Fund Raid, For Now

Police break up cockfight

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
March 18, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:57 AM :: 10667 Views

Hawaii Superferry to start laying off workers as of tomorrow: Leaving for Guam?

Ending Superferry service would be a blow to Hawaii

Hawaiian recognition bill slipping into obscurity

Trustee Pay Revisited

KSBE announces Hawaii Executive Conference canceled

State educators favor longer school day for students

Pork Dreams: Bill in Legislature pushes to put Hawaii medical records online

ML&P loses more than $70 million in 4th quarter

Big Island Stimulus list released

Hawaii County Public Works PIO criticized

Hawaii County Budget: "Spend $2M now"

Ilind: Army reports describe gang-related incidents at Schofield

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
March 17, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 5:36 AM :: 12580 Views

Superferry law unconstitutional: Supreme Court decision causes shutdown, orders enviro-lawyers to be paid

Loss of Superferry would be 'devastating,' Lingle says

Unions-Police-Meth-Gambling linked in case

Hawaii ranked on personal freedom

State's DOT List To Use $246 Million Stimulus

Pork Dreams: Waipahu folks urged to speak up about rail

Judge lets child enticement suspect return to Arizona

SB: How to increase taxes

Kauai Mayor trims budget blubber stresses "sacrifice"

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Monday, March 16, 2009
March 16, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:49 AM :: 7946 Views

1,000 rally against Gay Civil Unions, for spending

Angling for tax increase, officials warn budget cuts could unleash a litany of social ills

W. Maui Hospital developer ‘ecstatic’

SB: Tort reform will lure more physicians to Hawaii

Residents often kept in the dark by OIP

Akaka bill waiting for breathing room

Defending Imiloa Earmark: "DC delegation brings home the bacon"

Red Tape: Some projects get held up in tangles, snags

Japan tried 2nd Pearl Harbor attack on March 4, 1942

Former reporter details problems at West Hawaii Today

Geothermal plant's expansion on track

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Sunday, March 15, 2009
March 15, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 8:00 AM :: 14104 Views

March 13, 1959: Rev. Abraham Akaka's sermon on Hawaii statehood

The day the Aloha State Was Born

Kauai Council considers backing Hawaii secession

Hundreds of Oahu Republicans pack County Convention

Buck stops with Hawaii taxpayers

Hawaii gets average rating for care of mentally ill adults

SHPDA Approves West Maui Hospital

Requests for loans raise eyebrows amid talks on restructuring the HHSC

House Budget strips DBEDT

Kauai: Mayor proposes $154M budget (2.5% cut)

Pending bills, rules would help 'green' energy

Ethically challenged, but back in the game

Pork Dreams: Communities invited to help plan rail hubs

Hawaii graveyard desecrated by off-road racers, vandals, dogs

EPA cleans up toxins at illegal Hawaii dump

Big Island cutting some car privileges for county workers

Papaikou subdivision application withdrawn

Abercrombie's governor bid starts political guessing game

Guard drives 'friendship' mission to Saudi Arabia

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Saturday, March 14, 2009
March 14, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 4:37 AM :: 10263 Views

Aiona to protest 'SNL' Hawaii skit

Mayor: Motta's comments 'absurd'

Mark Recktenwald Confirmed to Hawaii Supreme Court

Budget: Pay cuts vs Tax Hikes

Ceremony honors Mauians killed in Iraq, Afghanistan

Two GMO bills survive crossover

Global Cooling hits Hawaii Hard

Widespread Flu in Hawaii

Hilo police find 111 pot plants, repeat offender 

Maui Judge: Removal of councilman not up to court

Maui: Mayor’s budget avoids tax hikes

Hawaii County: We can raid 2 percent fund

Kenoi budget comes under fire

SB Editorial reflects HSTA push back on Obama Ed reform 

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Friday, March 13, 2009
March 13, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:31 AM :: 10910 Views

Hawaii budget gap widens by $90M as revenue forecast sinks lower

Maui: $800,000 fine for "erotic fun" Vacation Rental, home to "World Peace Association"

Hawaiian Telcom wins extension for turnaround plan

Pearl Harbor destroyer on "escort" duty near China

Soldiers return confident that Iraq is on the right track

Monsanto cuts all jobs on Kauai 

SB editorial comes up with sly new argument for Trial Lawyers over Doctors

State mental health division has no funds for Democrat's mental health non-profit

Emperor, empress of Japan to visit Hawaii (no Pearl Harbor visit) July 14-16

Huge Kapolei mall project on track despite Hawaii's economy

UH-Manoa does its share

Hawaii hotels only 66% full in January

Bloggers (temporarily) blackballed in Hawaii County 

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Thursday, March 12, 2009
March 12, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:17 AM :: 9297 Views

State Senate votes to abolish secret ballot for workers

Wall Street Journal warns of broader consequences on ceded lands case

Star-Bulletin covers Pali shootings case again 

9-11 Troothers demand taxpayers fund Bob Jacobson's council re-run

Proposed Hawaii budget would cut 374 state jobs to ease deficit

Hawaii jobless rate hits a 25-year high and may get worse

Mourners pay their respects to a slain teacher

Maui: Ethics complaint dismissed

Cock Fighting Gaff Ban Proposal Gets Reluctant Support in Hawaii Senate

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
March 11, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:32 AM :: 15846 Views

Crossover: GE, oil, hotel tax increases to save rail, two medical reform bills pass

Advertiser: Malu Motta says he's entrepreneur, not mobster (Kenoi finally gets a mention)

Porkfest: U.S. Senate passes spending bill with $372 million for Hawaii projects

Abercrombie campaigns on Big Island

Tavares: No layoffs for county employees

Maui: "Reinstated" sovereignty activists finally get tickets after months of illegal camping

House voting on dogfight bill

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
March 10, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 8:16 AM :: 10259 Views

'SNL' skit 'went too far,' Aiona says

Crossover of Bills at the Hawaii Legislature Today

$50,000 limit on corporate donations?

Stimulus to boost food-stamps in Hawaii by 13.6 percent

Maui PD may face layoffs

The Bus to cost $2.25

Knife suspect's Lawyer: Blame the system

Marshall's husband endorses aide Anderson as council successor

Obama, taking on unions, backs teacher merit pay

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Monday, March 9, 2009
March 9, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 5:21 AM :: 11441 Views

State of Pork: Hawaii delegation proud of earmarks

SB Cheers: More Americans say they have no religion

Kamehameha Schools urges that Honolulu rail be at ground level

SB:  Lawmakers would rob Oahu to fill treasury (Rail tax raid)

SB: Reveal Plaintiffs' names

Aiona supports giant telescope, within limits

Hawaii Tribune Herald finally covers Motta Trial

Abercrombie flies to Maui, speaks to 50

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Sunday, March 8, 2009
March 8, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:26 AM :: 11411 Views

Enviros vs Clean Energy: Wind, wave energy platforms proposed in Hawaii whale waters

Star-Bulletin:  200 Rally For Civil Unions

Jimmy Pflueger's Manslaughter Trial Delayed Until August 2009

Hawaii stabbing victim's husband says God prepared him

Medicaid breakdown

Molokai Bills Reach Senate Floor

Maui Council pushes back on Tavares' war on small business

Government, church, business ‘together in one spirit’

Lost cause: Borreca tries to teach Abercrombie how to be appealing

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Saturday, March 7, 2009
March 7, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:46 AM :: 12554 Views

Motta: "I got the judge in my pocket"

Abercrombie vs Hannemann 1986--future past

Aiona welcomes new candidates in race for Governor

Democrats, media, labor plan gay civil unions rallies on all islands

Aiona questioned on E Hawaii medical residency program

State of Pork: Earmark reform could challenge Hawaii institutions

Hawaiian Air CEO says demand 'stable'

Kaua‘i women celebrate Patsy Mink (spot the arrogance)

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Friday, March 6, 2009
March 6, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 7:06 AM :: 11861 Views

Abercrombie to enter Governor's race

Crisis?  What Crisis: Hotel Occupancy back up to 75%

Hooser pushes for floor vote: Hawaii civil unions bill stalled amid procedural concerns

FBI probed judge in Pali trial (Mayor-to-be-Governor, why not a judge, too?)

Revised projections expected to shuffle budget (Dems fight for tax increase)

UH student arrested at campus demonstration (entire semester listening to Marxists, but not a minute listening to preachers)

Train Robbery: Senate panel approves raiding transit fund

Pork Cutlet: Stimulus will bring $43.8M to Hawaii for transit work

Hawaii County Housing dept. moving forward (unless sued)

Secret plaintiffs appeal Kamehameha lawsuit

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Thursday, March 5, 2009
March 5, 2009
By Andrew Walden @ 7:11 AM :: 11358 Views

Brainwashing First Graders-Kalaheo School continues to teach 'sustainable' practices (not including inventory management) 

34 Prior convictions: Shooter gets 6 to 30 years

Court rejects felon as Laborers Union leader

GM taro researchers could face prosecution if Hawaii bill passes

Final review panel gives West Maui hospital a go

Teacher's alleged killer has long police record

Maui to honor its fallen sons

Eye on Target: Opening crowds rush in (recession, what recession?) 

Day late and dollar short?  Hawaii Co Council approves projects to comply with stimulus terms 

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009
March 4, 2009
By Andrew Walden @ 11:17 AM :: 8282 Views

No witchcraft allowed: Complaints filed against pastor running Hawai`i homeless shelter

Election reform backers (9-11 troothers) cry foul

Hawai`i Legislature advances compromise bill to establish commission to consider limits on malpractice lawsuits

Accused Killer (tied to HI Co Mayor) Testifies In Pali Golf Course Killings

Gov Lingle to outline plan to close budget shortfall

Beloved teacher honored

Pork fight: Lawmakers target Mufi's rail money as tax revenues plummet

B2 stealth secrets: Judge denies accused Maui spy's motions to suppress evidence

Some state lawmakers try to stop Honolulu's landfill extension plan

Kaua`i electric seeks rate rise

Mamalahoa bypass trial use begins

Rumble on the Radio: Limbaugh vs Obama debate?

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009
March 3, 2009
By Andrew Walden @ 6:44 AM :: 6568 Views

DOE: Brainwashing 4th graders for Obama

DOE: 3,800 illegal teachers discovered by audit 

HSTA VEBA Trust firm files for bankruptcy

Price of Rail: Mayor's plan hikes property tax, uncorks flood of price hikes

Students owe money after UH financial aid over-payments

"General Assistance" Payments cut in half

Condo sales tumbled 50% in February

HMSA losses grow; Kaiser posts profit

Abolish the CON: AIHM-PUSSH join forces

Hawaii ranks number two in Porn 

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Monday, March 2, 2009
March 2, 2009
By Andrew Walden @ 8:00 AM :: 9683 Views

Japanese emperor to visit Pearl Harbor for first time since war

Abercrombie critical of Obama Iraq plan

Hawai`i effort cited in report urging states to improve probation, parole programs

University of Hawai`i sports losing their fan base

O`ahu: Council candidates emerge

Higher medical costs await state workers

Hilo High facing cuts

Taxpayer Advocates Take Unfair Taxes to Court

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Sunday, March 1, 2009
March 1, 2009
By Andrew Walden @ 8:37 AM :: 11238 Views

Akaka Bill may have a shot at law

Isle lawmakers want piece of Internet sales

Mufi demands Legislature legalize Honolulu's illegal sewage

Socialist Delays defeat Kalapana volcano victims

Maui: After 3 years, end comes for 'exhausted' General Plan panel

Communist ILWU icon recalled for her passion

DLNR's renaissance plan draws positive feedback

SB: Mail-in election might stir isle voters from their apathy

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