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.

Mars mission simulation begins

Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation Mission 3 crew members and Kim Binsted, HI-SEAS’ principal investigator, pose for a photo in front of the HI-SEAS dome on Mauna Loa. The six crew members entered the dome last Wednesday and will spend the next eight months there simulating a mission on Mars. The simulation is the longest tried in the United States, according to HI-SEAS. From left, Neil Scheibelhut, Sophie Milam, Zak Wilson, Binsted, Jocelyn Dunn, Allen Mirkadyrov and Martha Lenio. Scheibelhut and Milam are University of Hawaii at Hilo graduates. For more about the mission, visit hi-seas.org.

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Senate confirms Judge Masunaga

Margaret Masunaga officially became District Judge Masunaga upon her confirmation Thursday by the state Senate in a special session.

Gov. requests federal disaster for lava flow

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a request Friday for a Presidential Disaster Declaration asking for federal assistance to supplement local emergency protective measures in response to the ongoing Kilauea lava flow.

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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.

Community

Filipino Fiesta set Sunday at Mooheau Bandstand

In honor of the annual Filipino-American Heritage Month, the Filipino Advisory Committee, Filipino Certificate Studies Group, Bayanihan Club and members of the Filipino community have spearheaded a celebration throughout October on the Big Island.

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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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Nation

Border deaths drop to 15-year low

TUCSON, Ariz. — The number of people who died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turned themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer took their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert.

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