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As lava threatens, residents and businesses face possible insurance woes

September 20th, 2014 · 6 Comments

Did you catch the news about insurance problems cropping up in the area on the Big Island now threatened by the lava flow? Last weekend, Big Island Video News reported that the Puna Community Medical Center had been notified that its insurance coverage would not be renewed when its current term expires on November 3. […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Politics

Trying to parse Rep. Gabbard’s position on the new Iraq War

September 17th, 2014 · 6 Comments

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard today said she opposes President Obama’s plan to arm and train select rebel groups in Syria, the beginning of what some commentators are calling the Third Iraq War. According to a press statement released to day by her office: “This proposed strategy actually reflects a lack of commitment to really destroy ISIL,” […]

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Tags: Politics · War & Peace

More than $850,000 at stake in legal appeal by disgraced former union leader

September 16th, 2014 · 6 Comments

A case involving Gary Rodrigues is back before the Hawaii Supreme Court. Most readers likely remember Rodrigues, the former state director of the United Public Workers, which represents blue collar employees of the state and counties. He was once considered one of Hawaii’s most influential political figures, sometimes referred to as the “26th Senator.” Rodrigues […]

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Tags: Court · Labor · Politics

East-West Center lands former Harvard fundraising executive

September 15th, 2014 · 8 Comments

The East-West Center appears to have scored a big coup with the hiring of Paul T. Keenan as acting head of its fundraising arm, according to word spreading among EWC supporters. Keenan is expected to take over the reins of the East-West Center Foundation, which operates as a private nonprofit organization. He comes to the […]

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Tags: Education · Politics

Sharia Law is closer than you think…The Pakistan-Pennsylvania connection

September 12th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Yesterday morning, we happened to hear an NPR story describing the situation in Pakistan, where blasphemy is a capital crime (“Activists Worry Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law Is Being Abused“). It’s a disturbing story. Blasphemy laws were introduced in the subcontinent during the 19th century by British colonial rulers. The aim was to damp down sectarian conflicts […]

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Tags: Crime · Politics