Hawaii State News, evening edition, 14 Jan 2019

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“Honolulu Star-Advertiser”, 14 January 2019, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Kakaako developer seeks low-income artists for its live/work units
They don’t have to be starving, but artists with low incomes have an opportunity to soon move into an apartment building nearing completion in Kakaako with live/work lofts available at rents as low as $522 a month.
High-surf warning covers north and west shores of most islands
The National Weather Service has issued a high-surf warning from Niihau to Maui with waves up to 30 feet expected on some shores.
Police identify today man who died in Kauai crash Saturday
A 54-year-old man who died Saturday after a motor vehicle crash on Kauai was identified as Mark Dizol of Kalaheo.


Contra-flowing of traffic slated for 2 days near Heeia Bridge
Motorists should prepare for the contra-flowing of traffic Tuesday and Wednesday on Kamehameha Highway near Heeia Bridge in Kaneohe.
Student loan debt in Hawaii doubles in 10 years
Student loan debt in Hawaii has doubled since 2008, but is increasing at a slower rate than the national average, according to a report from Experian Consumer Service.
Trump fetes national champion Clemson with burgers, fries
WASHINGTON >> The scent of burgers, fries and victory wafted through the stately White House otoday as President Donald Trump saluted college football’s Clemson Tigers for winning the national championship.
Surfer dies in waters off northwest Maui
A surfer died and a hiker who fell into the ocean was rescued over the weekend in waters off Maui’s northwest shore.
Spontaneous combustion of discarded rags causes Makaha house fire
Fire investigators found that a Makaha house fire early today was accidentally caused by spontaneous combustion of discarded paint rags in a plastic trash can.
Unattended candle causes Nuuanu house fire
Honolulu Fire Department investigators determined that a Nuuanu house fire Sunday morning was accidentally caused by an unattended candle.
VIDEO: F-22 Raptors arrive in Hawaii from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida
Airmen and F-22 Raptor fighter jets arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam over the weekend from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. The aircraft were displaced by Hurricane Michael in October and the Air Force Read More
Honolulu rail authority agrees to pay another $160 million in delay claims
The Honolulu rail authority has tentatively agreed to pay contractor Ansaldo Honolulu JV $160 million as compensation for years of construction delays on the 20-mile rail line.
Son sentenced for killing and dismembering mom in Waikiki
A man who admitted to killing and dismembering his mother during an argument in their Waikiki apartment has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Senate GOP leader rips Rep. Steve King over white supremacy remark
WASHINGTON >> Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today denounced Rep. Steve King over his latest remarks on white supremacy, saying, “There is no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind.”
Honolulu’s top civil attorney, Donna Leong, receives federal target letter in Kealoha probe
City Corporation Counsel Donna Leong, the city’s top civil attorney, is on paid leave after receiving a target letter from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Netflix can’t chill: It will face a flood of new streaming competitors this year
Streaming TV is going from a trickle to a flood, with more content, competitors and binge-watching viewers expected in 2019.
Detroit show has SUVs, horsepower, but electric cars are few
DETROIT >> Automakers have promised to start selling hordes of electric cars in the next few years, but only two will be unveiled at the big Detroit auto show that kicks off this week — and those aren’t even ready for production.
Coyote in the bathroom! Critter runs into Nashville convention center
NASHVILLE, Tenn. >> A coyote sprinted past a security checkpoint and into a Nashville convention center where a boat show was packing up Sunday night.
Wisconsin man kidnapped teen Jayme Closs on third attempt, prosecutors say
BARRON, Wis. >> A Wisconsin man suspected of abducting a 13-year-old girl made up his mind to take the teen when he spotted her getting on a school bus, and he made two aborted trips to her family’s home before finally carrying out an attack in which he killed Jayme Closs’ mother in front of her, according to a criminal complaint filed today.
Gov. Ige appoints 3 regents to University of Hawaii board
Gov. David Ige appointed three new members of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents today, including Kamehameha Schools’ executive Alapaki Nahale-a and former Kauai Fire Chief Robert Frank Westerman.
Sears’ chairman Eddie Lampert stands at the center of fight for company
NEW YORK >> As Sears teeters on the brink of collapse, one man stands at the center of the fight for the future of the iconic retailer.
Coast Guard medevacs fisherman from tuna longliner off of Kauai
The U.S. Coast Guard said on Sunday that it medevaced a crew member from a tuna longliner 80 miles north of Kauai with its Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.
2 killed, 40 detained in new gay purge in Chechnya, report says
MOSCOW >> The Russian republic of Chechnya has launched a new crackdown on gays in which at least two people have died and about 40 people have been detained, LGBT activists in Russia charged today.
Additional eastbound H-1 lane closure scheduled for Waimalu
State transportation officials said an additional, right-lane closure has been scheduled for the eastbound H-1 freeway at the Waimalu Viaduct on Friday to expedite shoulder widening work for the ongoing Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Rehabilitation project.
Mel Stottlemyre, Yankees’ ace during lean years, dies at 77
Mel Stottlemyre, the New York Yankees’ pitching ace in their lean years of the late 1960s and early ’70s and later the longtime pitching coach for New York Mets and Yankees teams that won the World Series, died Sunday in a Seattle hospital. He was 77.
Hedge fund called ‘destroyer of newspapers’ bids for USA Today owner Gannett
A New York hedge fund known for gutting newsrooms is backing a hostile takeover bid for Gannett, the publisher of USA Today and 100 other newspapers. The unsolicited offer, worth over $1.3 billion, would create the largest newspaper company in the United States and further consolidate a struggling industry.
Stormy Daniels sues police over her arrest at strip club
COLUMBUS, Ohio >> Porn star Stormy Daniels sued several Columbus police officers today for $2 million over her arrest at a strip club last summer, an incident that sparked criticism of the law used to arrest her and led to other lawsuits against the city.
Honolulu City Council chooses interim chairwoman
The eight certified members of the Honolulu City Council voted unanimously to make Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi their interim chairwoman as a challenge to Trevor Ozawa’s 22-vote election day victory over Tommy Waters remains unresolved.
100 years ago in Boston: The day molasses was deadly fast
BOSTON >> Slow as molasses? This treacle didn’t trickle. It was a sticky, deadly tsunami that flattened an entire Boston neighborhood within seconds.
Utility seeks bankruptcy protection over California fires
SAN FRANCISCO >> The nation’s largest utility said today it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it faces at least $30 billion in potential damages from lawsuits over the catastrophic wildfires in California in 2017 and 2018 that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes.
Kansas City Chiefs’ Andy Reid trying to rewrite history of playoff letdowns
KANSAS CITY, Mo. >> Andy Reid sat inside an opulent suite high above the field in Arrowhead Stadium six years ago, a sparkle in his eyes and a broad smile hiding underneath his bushy, red mustache.
R. Kelly accuser says he threatened to reveal her sex life
NEW YORK >> A woman who accused R. Kelly of sexual abuse says he wrote a letter threatening to reveal details of her sexual history if she didn’t drop a lawsuit.
Actress Rose McGowan pleads no contest to misdemeanor drug charge
FALLS CHURCH, Va. >> Actress Rose McGowan pleaded no contest today to a misdemeanor drug charge in Virginia after cocaine was found in a wallet she left behind at Dulles International Airport two years ago.
Trump points to farmers as benefiting from wetlands regulation rollback
WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump pointed to farmers today as winners from the administration’s proposed rollback of federal protections for wetlands and waterways across the country, describing farmers crying in gratitude when he ordered the change.
Baby boy or girl? It seems Harry and Meghan don’t know yet
LONDON >> Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have apparently chosen not to learn the gender of the baby they are expecting this spring.
Screen Actors Guild slams film academy for Oscar tactics
NEW YORK >> The Screen Actors Guild today called on the film academy to stop trying to prevent stars from appearing on award shows before the Oscars.
Loretta Lynn plans 87th birthday all-star tribute concert
NASHVILLE, Tenn. >> Country music queen Loretta Lynn has big plans for her 87th birthday this April in the form of an all-star tribute concert featuring Jack White, Garth Brooks, George Strait and many more.
Florida man finds boa constrictor under car’s hood
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. >> A Florida man got a slithery shock when he popped open the hood of his car and found a boa constrictor resting on the engine.
Section of Makakilo Drive remains closed after water main breaks again
The makai-bound lanes on Makakilo Drive between Anipeahi and Aoloko streets will remain closed through Tuesday morning as the previously repaired eight-inch water main broke again this afternoon.
L.A. teachers go on strike in country’s 2nd-largest school district
LOS ANGELES >> Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers went on strike today after contentious contract negotiations failed in the nation’s second-largest school district, but schools were still open with the help of substitutes and district officials vowed “there will be learning.”
High surf advisory in effect for north, west shores of smaller isles
A high surf advisory has been issued for the north- and west-facing shores of Hawaii’s smaller isles due to several northwest swells, in effect through 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Polish mayor dies after being stabbed in heart at age 53
WARSAW, Poland >> The popular liberal mayor of the Polish port city of Gdansk died today after he was stabbed during a charity event the previous evening by an ex-convict who stormed onstage and said it was revenge against the country’s main opposition party.
Death penalty for Canadian escalates Chinese-Canadian tensions
TORONTO >> A Chinese court sentenced a Canadian man to death today in a sudden retrial of a drug smuggling case and Beijing said that it has denied a Canadian diplomatic immunity, ratcheting up tensions since Canada’s arrest of a top Chinese technology executive last month.
Russia tells Japan retaking Pacific islands not on horizon
MOSCOW >> Russia’s top diplomat threw cold water today on Tokyo’s hopes for a quick return of four Pacific islands at the center of a territorial dispute, warning Japan it must recognize the islands as part of Russia as a starting point for talks.
Fire chars Makaha home
Honolulu firefighters battled an early-morning fire at a two-story residence in Makaha.
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