Local News

Police involved in Stainback shooting incident

Big Island police were involved in what a department spokesman called “a shooting incident” at about noon Monday on Stainback Highway above the county’s Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Equestrian Center.

Storm soaks East Hawaii

Normal trade wind weather patterns may begin to return late today as Hawaii emerges from a statewide flash flood watch.

Local Sports

State

Schatz, Hanabusa size up records during debate

HONOLULU — U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa argued about who has achieved a better record in Congress as the Democrats faced off in their final debate before the primary election.

Features

Puerto Rico declares chikungunya epidemic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Health officials in Puerto Rico on Thursday declared an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya, which was introduced into the Caribbean region late last year.

New signs to say ‘Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama’

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Tourists traveling into Alabama on interstate highways will soon be greeted by signs strengthening the state’s official connection to the Lynyrd Skynyrd song title “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Community

Historian to discuss how Hawaii became the 50th state

By uniting the islands under a single ruler, Kamehameha I (the Great) laid the foundation for what would eventually become the 50th member of the United States of America. Yet, between those two events were attempts by France, Great Britain and even Russia to take control of the islands.

2.4 billion reasons why an artist needs a website

It has been estimated one-third of the world’s population — 2.4 billion people — uses the Internet. Breaking it down even further, for those trying to sell something, in 2011 about $256 billion were spent by Internet shoppers. For an artist looking to increase their audience, these numbers are substantial. But it’s a wild, wild Web world out there and navigating the ins and outs of creating a website and managing one can be daunting.

Enjoy good tastes for a good cause

Jamba Juice and Hilo Habitat for Humanity are partnering to offer tasty smoothies from 3-6 p.m. Fridays, July 18 and 25, and 2-5 p.m. Sunday, July 27, in front of Wal-Mart.

Entertainment/People

Commentary

Possible deal in border crisis

WASHINGTON — Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border.

A heyday for pot

It’s an exciting time for potheads. New York legalized medical marijuana on July 7; pot shops in Washington State started selling legal recreational marijuana the following day, and that same day, someone publicly offered the President of the United States a joint in a Denver bar. And then there is the Berkeley City Council in California, which broke new ground by unanimously passing a law requiring marijuana shops to give free marijuana to the poor and homeless, starting next month. They even mandated that it has to be the good stuff, not dirt weed.

Nation

Before docs check your vitals, check out theirs

WASHINGTON — Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don’t know how to determine that.

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