PGV incident renews geothermal fears

While Tropical Storm Iselle apparently didn’t cause any serious injuries, some lower Puna residents think the same cannot be said for the steam release that occurred at Puna Geothermal Venture while they were hunkering down for Iselle’s arrival.

Cross stolen from Hilo church

The cross is Christianity’s most prominent and cherished symbol, so the pastor and parishioners of a Hilo church were stunned when a 7-foot-tall cross was stolen last week from the front lawn of their house of worship.

Groups claim insurance discrimination

WASHINGTON — Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation’s health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

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Sayre Foundation auction ‘biggest yet’

On a windy afternoon in March, firefighter Jeremy Buttz dropped from a helicopter into the choppy waters off the Kohala Coast to stay with two kayakers who had been blown out to sea.

Motorists should prepare for detour

Drivers can expect to run into a detour in October while construction of the Pahoa roundabout begins, according to the state Department of Transportation.

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State

Vets talk doctor shortages

HONOLULU — Veterans told U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono they face a shortage of doctors on Maui, Molokai and the Big Island, which contributed to the long wait times they endured seeking medical treatment across the isolated island chain.

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Community

Poke contest proceeds benefit Palamanui campus kitchen

Kamehameha Schools presented a $2,000 check Aug. 6 to the Equip the Kitchens Campaign for the future Hawaii Community College-Palamanui campus. The presentation was made during the ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association’s monthly luncheon meeting at Roy’s Waikoloa Bar and Grill.

Lyman Museum to host special exhibit on Kalaupapa

Friday, August 29 will be the opening date for a new special exhibit at the Lyman Museum — “A Source of Light, Constant and Never-Fading,” opens in November, presented by Ka‘Ohana O Kalaupapa.

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Commentary

When the cops become robbers

We expect law enforcement agencies to do their best to protect public safety and private property. But what do you do when it is the police doing the stealing?

Nation

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

WASHINGTON — The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a secret rescue mission inside Syria earlier this summer that failed to rescue Foley and other Americans still being held hostage.

Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

WASHINGTON — At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy’s nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press.

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