I failed to post anything yesterday. That’s the first time I’ve missed a day in a while, as I usually get at least some kind of placeholder up. Not so yesterday, as I got caught up in pulling things together to write my weekly column for Civil Beat. The topic was a different look at the case pending before the Hawaii Supreme Court regarding ballot problems in the 2012 General Election.
After listening to the recording of the oral arguments posted on the Judiciary website, I tried to put the whole thing together in context. I don’t know that I succeeded. But the focus of the questioning by the Supreme Court justices certainly added another dimension to the story.
You can find the column posted at Civil Beat today (“Ian Lind: Justices Aren’t Buying That Voting Rights Weren’t Violated“).
Moving on…As a former Kaaawa resident, I always pay attention to news from the old neighborhood. I caught in passing a story on the television news last night of an accident in Kaaawa, so checked the Star-Advertiser this morning.
It wasn’t hard to find: “3 children, 1 woman injured in school bus-SUV crash in Kaaawa.”
In the third paragraph, the Star-Advertiser reported the location of the accident.
The crash occurred about 7:05 p.m. near Kualoa Regional Park and about 15 firefighters responded to the incident.
Then, at the end of the story, there was this information:
Police reported Kamehameha Highway was closed in both directions from Crouching Lion Inn to the 7-Eleven.
If you’re at all familiar with the area, you’ll recognize the error here.
Kualoa Regional Park is about 3.5 miles from the Kaaawa 7-Eleven store, and a little farther from the Crouching Lion.
For perspective, that’s about the distance from Kaaawa to Punaluu, the next community along the coast.
Or, if you spend most of your time on the Honolulu side of the mountains, it’s like saying the accident happened near the State Capitol, and then slipping in that it actually happened in front of the Honolulu Zoo on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki. The two points are just about the same distance apart as Kualoa Park and the Crouching Lion.
I don’t know where the two different locations cited in the S-A story came from, but there should be some checking to avoid that kind of error.
And then there was the PBS Newshour last night, which featured a segment on geobiologist and author, Hope Jahren (“The secret life of plants — and ‘Lab Girl’ author Hope Jahren“).
Very interesting interview. Jahren has done lots of scientific writing, but has also been prolific in more general writing “about interactions between women and men and Academia” on her blog, hopejahrensurecanwrite.com.
What didn’t get any mention is that Jahren has been a faculty member at the University of Hawaii at Manoa since 2008, where she has her own lab (Jahren Laboratory) in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.
And once you know that, the next question is whether UH can rise above its many problems to keep this kind of world class woman on its faculty?