Monday, October 12, 2009

Hawaii's Father Damien a saint, catching tax scofflaws, farm land in peril, other news

Pope Benedict XVI said St. Damien "teaches us to choose the good fight — not those that lead to division, but those that gather us together in unity."

At home, perhaps, they would have celebrated with a lu'au. But in Rome, they gathered for a six-course meal, topping off the dinner with a frosted cake that read, "St. Damien."

Computer technology is making it harder for Hawai'i residents and businesses to skip out on their taxes.

It's the last large piece of undeveloped land in East Oahu and farmers have been working to prevent its development for the last five years.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is moving ahead with plans to clear munitions from the Makuu Farm Lots.

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs officials said a doctor violated medical ethics standards after investigators concluded he traded drug prescriptions in exchange for sex.

Australia's Craig Alexander whittled down yet another seemingly insurmountable deficit, coming from 12 minutes, 13 seconds behind to win his second straight Ironman world championship

Na Hale O Maui, a nonprofit community land trust, received $3 million in federal funds this summer to convert foreclosed homes into affordable housing, and this month it closed its first deal.

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