Health Department hears water quality concerns

As the state Department of Health works on the first update to its water quality plan since 1990, most people commenting during a public meeting Tuesday were concerned about a single aspect of the multifaceted plan — the impact of wastewater on water quality and what should be done about it.

GO FOR BROKE: Exhibit features stories of Japanese American soldiers fighting on two fronts in WWII

World War II veteran Sanford Yanagi of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team gives his great-granddaughter, Leana Yanagi, 2, a kiss on the cheek Tuesday morning during the inaugural opening of the “Go for Broke” exhibit at the Hawaii Japanese Center in Hilo. The traveling exhibit features the stories of Japanese American soldiers fighting on two fronts. The exhibit has been traveling for 10 years and will be in Hilo until Oct. 11. For more photos from the event, visit www.hawaiitribune-herald.com and click on the “Photo Galleries” tab.

Wealth gap bad for state’s tax revenue

HONOLULU — A new report on the nation’s growing income gap finds that stagnant wages for most Americans have dampened consumer spending, and that’s bad for states like Hawaii that depend heavily on sales taxes to keep their governments running.

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More trouble for convicted killer

A 51-year-old Honomu man on 10 years probation for stabbing his housemate to death two years ago faces numerous theft- and identity theft-related charges on Oahu, as well as probation violation proceedings in Hilo.

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CDC study: Americans’ waistlines expanding fast

CHICAGO — The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures — the most dangerous kind of obesity — has climbed at a startling rate during the past decade, according to a government study.

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Onishi appointed to NACo board

National Association of Counties President Riki Hokama appointed Hawaii County Council member Dennis “Fresh” Onishi to the NACo Board of Directors during the 79th annual conference, which was hosted July 11-14 in New Orleans.

Historian to discuss horses of Hawaii

Big Island historian Boyd D. Bond will present a history of horses and horsemen of Hawaii — “Horses and Horsemen in Hawaii Neigh!” — from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, at the Lyman Museum in Hilo.

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Season opener to feature chamber music

Chamber music concerts usually come in standard packages — performances by string quartets, wind quintets, brass quintets, piano trios and soloists with piano accompaniment.

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Obama needs Congress to OK war

WASHINGTON — The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not whether to declare war but only whether the president should even seek congressional authorization for the protracted use of force against the Islamic State.

Short on firepower

In launching two previous wars in Iraq, the United States assembled formidable coalitions of dozens of countries. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Oman were among the Arab states that deployed substantial ground forces during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Though derided by some as a “unilateral” U.S. action, the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq was supported by troops from 39 countries, nine of which deployed more than 1,000 soldiers.

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