Phone service providers make contingency plans

It’s not known when, or even if, lava from Kilauea Volcano’s June 27 flow will reach Pahoa town or cross Highway 130, but the leading edge of the flow again started to advance over the weekend after stalling for several days. Among those using the time granted by the molten rock’s slow advance to prepare for a potential disaster are telephone service providers.

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Police arrest wanted man

Hawaii County authorities arrested a 29-year-old Hilo man who had been featured on the cable television show “Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted” since August.

Lawsuit seeks early care for autism

Disability advocates are suing the state Department of Human Services in an attempt to force the agency to provide early treatment in autism cases.

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Professor sues UH-Manoa over unfunded lab position

HONOLULU (AP) — A chemistry professor at the University of Hawaii is suing the school, claiming it breached a condition attached to a $1.2 million grant it accepted for an astrochemistry laboratory.



Basic grant writing class offered in West Hawaii

The College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) at the University of Hawaii at Hilo will offer its basic grant writing course from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the UH West Hawaii Building 5 conference room.



Dangerous grandstanding

The good news from the Middle East is that the truce between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip has held for a month, and Hamas appears ready to make concessions to avoid a resumption of fighting. Last week the Islamist movement renewed its agreement with the secular Fatah party to turn over Gaza’s government and security control of its borders to the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority. Though it’s not clear that the accord will last, Hamas is emerging as the loser of the summer war. According to Israel, as much as 80 percent of Hamas’ military arsenal has been destroyed, and its poll ratings among Palestinians are sinking as it fails to deliver the gains it promised from the conflict.

Who had it easier, Reagan or Obama?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been reading Ken Adelman’s fascinating history “Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours That Ended the Cold War.” Adelman, who led President Ronald Reagan’s arms control agency, was an adviser at Reagan’s 1986 Iceland summit meeting with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Using some newly declassified documents, Adelman fills out the extraordinary dialogue between the two leaders that set in motion a dramatic cut in nuclear arms.



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