Friday, February 26, 2010

Sale of state's largest newspaper dominates headlines, Abercrombie bids aloha to Congress, minor fire at Honolulu airport delays flights, more top news

Oahu Publications Inc. has agreed to purchase The Honolulu Advertiser, the state's dominant newspaper, and sell or merge the rival Honolulu Star-Bulletin in a deal that will likely consolidate media voices in Hawai'i.

Honolulu will likely join most other U.S. cities with only one daily newspaper after the owners of the smaller Honolulu Star-Bulletin agreed to buy its longtime rival The Honolulu Advertiser.

Friday morning Honolulu's two daily newspapers will share the same headline. The owner of the Star-Bulletin is buying the Honolulu Advertiser. The Bulletin will either be sold off or shut down.

A word from David Black

A fire in the ventilation system at a Burger King restaurant resulted in the closure and evacuation of the interisland terminal at Honolulu International Airport for about an hour yesterday afternoon.

The Hawaii state flag will fly at half-staff at state and county buildings from sunrise to sunset Wednesday in honor of former Mayor Frank Fasi, who died Feb. 3 at age 89.

Congressman Neil Abercrombie said farewell to Congress today. Well wishers and colleagues praised him as he spent his final day in office before moving back to Hawaii to run for governor.

Already reeling from a lousy economy, merchants here say they might not outlast a sewer line project that will leave main street ripped up for another 15 months.

Many Kona commuters see Kaiminani Drive as one of the area's few mauka-makai thoroughfares or often as a shortcut to the airport.

Imagine the size of the parking meter.

Around 400 shoppers waited in line and crammed their way into the new Whole Foods Market, which opened its doors to the public Wednesday morning at the Maui Mall.

Roger I. Knox, a longtime Maui business and civic leader, died at his residence on Oahu on Monday. He was 93.

Na Pali Explorer is launching a new program with limited trips to the Westside so passengers can participate in understanding and documenting humpback whale behavior.

Electricity rates near the highest in the United States and dependence on oil for some 90 percent of the island’s energy needs is no longer feasible, each of the five candidates running for three positions on Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative’s Board of Directors said Wednesday evening.