Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Binary star system identified, leaf blower ban mulled, gubernatorial race heats up, more Hawaii news

The W.M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea helped astronomers identify the smallest two-star (binary) system so far, officials said.

Lacking support for a statewide ban on fireworks, state lawmakers may give counties the option of deciding the issue.

Education officials say $70 million in budget cuts to the state Department of Education will result in an increase in class size and a reduction in school bus service.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann's likely bid to become governor picked up some early neighbor island support with yesterday's endorsement by the ILWU, but his Democratic opponent, former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, is urging Hannemann to stay put.

The Honolulu Police Department suspended yesterday a pilot program that put the names and mug shots of drunken-driving suspects on a Web page once a week.

Critics call it mind-blowing. Cranking up a gas powered leaf blower could cost you more than irked neighbors.

Chevron has revealed more about their downsizing plans and we've had a couple of interesting developments Tuesday.

A new study by the Web site "The Daily Beast" ranked the state 40th for future employment.

Puna Councilwoman Emily Naeole-Beason has introduced a bill that would make it illegal to smoke in any motor vehicle occupied by someone under the age of 18.

Not that long ago, county officials thought they'd be trucking Hilo's garbage across the county to West Hawaii by now.

Even as Council Member Gladys Baisa was renting a home in Kula for the past three years, she continued to have her name listed on a homeowner exemption claim for a home she owned with her husband in Makawao.

Maui Land and Pineapple Co. has reported a net loss of $123.3 million for last year.

A long-serving member of the Kaua‘i Police Commission spent his final meeting criticizing a proposed state law that would give the individual counties more authority to decide how police chiefs are hired and fired, warning that additional mayoral control could turn the county’s top cop into a “dangerous political football.”

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