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State roundup for August 6

Students to face new standards

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii public school students returned to school Monday facing revised academic standards in math and language arts.

Hawaii and 40 other states are participating in what has been dubbed “Common Core” standards that aim to boost classroom rigor.

In language arts, the effect is a greater emphasis on writing and on studying nonfiction.

In math, the plan is to introduce fewer concepts but to concentrate on students acquiring a deeper understanding of them.

Department of Education deputy superintendent Ronn Nozoe says the relevance of lessons will be communicated to students.

He says the requirements and rigor of Common Core will be coordinated with college and career readiness as well as international standards.

Man punches cashier at store

HONOLULU (AP) — Police say a Waianae man allegedly punched a store cashier because he was denied alcohol.

A police report says a Waianae store clerk refused to sell liquor to an intoxicated man Saturday. He allegedly punched the cashier, left the store and returned with a “dangerous instrument.” He also damaged a nearby ATM. He was arrested near the BK Superette.

Vehicle crashes through house

WAIMANALO, Oahu (AP) — A Waimanalo family is trying to repair damages after a car crashed through their home.

The impact from the early Sunday crash threw a grandmother inside the house from her chair. Elaine Kealoha says she’s OK, except for a small scrape on her leg.

Witnesses say three people ran away after the Nissan sedan rammed into the home’s living room, leaving a hole in the side of the house that has since been covered with plywood boards.

Restroom use limited in town

LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — A shortage of public restrooms in a north shore Kauai community has grown more acute since merchants have cut off access to privately maintained bathrooms to all but paying customers.

Merchants in Kilauea say vandalism and high demand forced them to limit the private restrooms. Meanwhile, complaints have escalated from visitors who don’t want to use a portable restroom or take a two-minute walk to the town’s only public restrooms at Kilauea Park.

“It has gotten to be definitely unpleasant,” said Patricia Ewing, owner of Kong Lung Historic Market Center and Kong Lung Trading store.

Ewing bought the historic market center in 1995. She put in four new septic systems on the property, including one for a church, a deli, the Lighthouse Bistro restaurant and Kilauea Bakery. Until closing in March, they were open to the public but had to be repeatedly pumped.


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