Council advances e-cig ban

A bill prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes anywhere smoking traditional cigarettes is banned moved ahead Wednesday to its final vote, after attempts to first amend, then delay, the measure were batted away by a County Council majority.

Dead fish puzzle researcher

A significant fish kill in the Kapoho tide pools this weekend represents yet another worrisome event within a fragile ecosystem that is seemingly under siege from all sides.

Ag tax plan postponed

A $28 million program aimed at benefiting farmers will continue in its current state a little longer despite fears some landowners are abusing the program at the expense of other taxpayers.

Man airlifted from Wailuku River

A rescue chopper lands Tuesday afternoon on a rock outcropping in the Wailuku River just makai of the Wainaku Street bridge. Hawaii County Fire Department responded shortly after 4:45 p.m. upon receiving a report that a man jumped into the water about 40 feet below from the area of the bridge. The man was airlifted from the river in a stretcher suspended by rope from the helicopter and set down in a parking lot across Wailuku Drive. A waiting ambulance transported him to Hilo Medical Center. The man was in “satisfactory condition,” according to Hawaii Police Department Sgt. Darryel Tolentino.

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Groups sue feds for bigeye fishing rule

HONOLULU — Environmental groups on Thursday sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks.

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Poinsettias provide lasting holiday color

Although it finally feels like fall, and we were seeing Christmas decorations in some stores even before Halloween, the Christmas holidays don’t seem real until we get our Thanksgiving meal digested.

BISAC hosts workshops

The Big Island Substance Abuse Council recently hosted a series of workshops in partnership with the Hawaii Island United Way to help equip relief workers with tools to meet the psychological needs of the people they serve, while learning to be aware of compassion fatigue in themselves. From left, are BISAC Chief Clinical Officer Raquel Chang, county Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira, county Disaster Recovery Coordinator Janice Bueltmann and BISAC Chief Executive Officer Hannah Preston-Pita.

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Pope calls for family resurrection

WASHINGTON — News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers — and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis’ broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.

Islamic State fight calls for new congressional authorization

When President Barack Obama declared in September the United States would be part of an international effort to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State, he said vaguely that he welcomed congressional support but insisted he already had the necessary legal authority to act. It soon emerged that the administration was relying for that authority on two extremely thin legal reeds: the 2001 resolution in which Congress authorized the use of force against the architects of 9/11 and a 2002 resolution authorizing force to “defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq” — the Iraq of Saddam Hussein, that is.

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Boehner: ‘We will not stand idle’ on immigration

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner declared Friday that President Barack Obama was “damaging the presidency” with his unilateral action on immigration. He said the Republican-run House will not stand by, but gave no hint of what the response would be.

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