Exchange sees more sign-ups

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Health Connector has signed up about 3,500 people for health insurance during the past month, an improvement from last year when just 275 people signed up for coverage in the first month of the troubled health exchange taking enrollments.

New council members to consider GMO

With three new council members weighing in for the first time, the Hawaii County Council on Wednesday is scheduled to decide whether to appeal a federal court ruling overturning the county’s ban on growing genetically modified crops in open-air conditions.

Signs of the time

‘Twas two weeks before Christmas, and at Waimea Elementary School, there was excitement and teacher Angela Nagata keeping her cool. From the North Pole, she had gotten a call and a message that would bring joy to all.

Local News

Lava 0.8 miles from Highway 130

The June 27 lava flow was 0.8 miles from Highway 130 on Thursday morning after advancing 165 yards in the past day, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

GMO appeal squeaks through council

The Hawaii County Council voted 5-4 Wednesday to appeal a federal judge’s ruling striking a law that restricts genetically modified crops on the island.

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State

Navy to move some seabird eggs

PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY (AP) — The Navy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan to move seabird eggs away from an active runway on Kauai to Oahu’s North Shore.

Features

Seeing shepherds in a different light

One of my favorite hidden-camera gags is of high school students called to the counselor’s office to learn the results of their career aptitude tests.

Community

Santa’s Workshop

Holiday shopping came early for Waiakeawaena and Waiakea elementary students Dec. 4th at Waiakea High School’s eighth annual Santa’s Workshop.

Lehua queens to compete at state pageant

Kianie Sampaga, Miss Teen Lehua Hawaii, and Angelina Ramirez, Young Miss Lehua Hawaii, will travel to Honolulu in early January to compete in the Miss Hawaii High School and Miss Hawaii Jr. High School state pageant.

What is PANOPTES?

Join Subaru Telescope-NAOJ astronomers Dr. Olivier Guyon and Dr. Josh Walawender for their talk entitled “Observing Exoplanets with Small and Large Telescopes” at 7 p.m. Friday at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.

Entertainment/People

‘The Hobbit’ bows out with a slow-footed bang

Peter Jackson’s “Just Give the People What They Want,” aka “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” sends this not-really-a-trilogy off in style. That means stuffing in everything the fans want, or that Jackson thinks the fans want out of these films made from the novel that came before “The Lord of the Rings.”

Commentary

A Texas-sized plate dispute

WASHINGTON — The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might consider that judgment premature, given its conflict with the state’s Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles. This skirmish is of national interest because it implicates a burgeoning new entitlement — the right to pass through life without encountering any disagreeable thought.

Obama ends the Castro regime

Just after noon Wednesday, President Barack Obama stood behind a lectern in the Cabinet Room of the White House and announced the end of the Castro era. His decision to normalize ties with Cuba, and loosen restrictions on travel and commerce, is a bold and overdue change in course, closing one of the last wounds of the Cold War and promising to open up new relationships and economic opportunities throughout Latin America.

Nation

Stronger start for Obama’s health law this year

WASHINGTON — Sign-up season for President Barack Obama’s health care law is off to a stronger start this year. But it’s not perfect, and Americans remain skeptical that the government’s newest social program is right for the country.

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