Judge urged to invalidate law

HONOLULU (AP) — A lawyer representing a group seeking to invalidate Hawaii County’s law restricting the use of genetically engineered crops urged a judge Thursday to make the same decision he recently made invalidating Kauai’s law.

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BIIF football playoffs: Wildcats roar into title game

KEALAKEKUA — Konawaena scored the first 35 points and never let its foot off the gas, dominating Hawaii Preparatory Academy 49-14 in a Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division II semifinal game Friday night at Julian R. Yates Field.

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Kauai County equipment stolen

LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — Kauai County officials are reviewing security measures and community lending policies after the thefts of equipment worth $86,000.

Matson pleads guilty to molasses spill charges

HONOLULU (AP) — A shipping company pleaded guilty plea Friday to criminal charges from a 1,400-ton molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor that killed more than 26,000 fish and other marine life, but a federal judge said he wants to examine the legality of $600,000 in community service payments the company has agreed to pay.

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Irish Rovers: Farewell to Rovin’ at Palace

Whether or not The Irish Rovers are familiar to you, you’ve almost certainly heard their songs, including “The Unicorn,” “Drunken Sailor,” “Wasn’t That a Party” and “Whiskey in the Jar.”

‘Rocky Horror’ at Kahilu and Palace

The Kahilu Theatre in Waimea and Hilo’s Palace Theater will celebrate Halloween with the dark comedy cult classic film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Spooktacular party is Oct. 31 at KMC

The annual Halloween Spooktacular Costume Party at Kilauea Military Camp is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. The event is open to all, with a $3 cover charge for those in costume and $5 for those not.

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Irish Rovers: Farewell to Rovin’ at Palace

Whether or not The Irish Rovers are familiar to you, you’ve almost certainly heard their songs, including “The Unicorn,” “Drunken Sailor,” “Wasn’t That a Party” and “Whiskey in the Jar.”

‘Rocky Horror’ at Kahilu and Palace

The Kahilu Theatre in Waimea and Hilo’s Palace Theater will celebrate Halloween with the dark comedy cult classic film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Spooktacular party is Oct. 31 at KMC

The annual Halloween Spooktacular Costume Party at Kilauea Military Camp is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. The event is open to all, with a $3 cover charge for those in costume and $5 for those not.

Commentary

Why the hysteria over Ebola?

There’s been a lot of tutting-tutting about the people who are overreacting to the Ebola virus. There was the lady who showed up at the airport in a homemade hazmat suit. There were the hundreds of parents in Mississippi who pulled their kids from school because the principal had traveled to Zambia, a country in southern Africa untouched by the Ebola outbreak in the Western region of the continent. There was the school district in Ohio that closed a middle school and an elementary school because an employee might have flown on the same plane (not even the same flight) as an Ebola-infected health care worker.

Latest Obamacare fix proposal would only make things worse

For the most part, the political debate over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has become a duel between vague slogans: Republicans say they want to “replace” the Affordable Care Act but generally don’t say with what. Democrats say they want to “fix” it but usually don’t say how.

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