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Top Story: Fears and concerns about the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic have prompted Merrie Monarch organizers to cancel the popular cultural event on Hawaii Island.
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Accessed on 13 March 2020, 0310 UTC, Post 20413.
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All participating kumu hula and judges have been notified of the cancellation. Read more
Queen’s officials pulled the yellow-and-white, 20-foot-wide by 40-foot-long tents out of storage today to see how quickly they could be erected, then decided to keep them up indefinitely. Read more
University of Hawaii campuses, dorms to stay open as classes switch to online, President David Lassner announces
Classes will switch to online after spring break but dormitories, dining halls and libraries will remain open for those who need them. Read more
President Donald Trump’s announcement of sweeping restrictions on travel from much of Europe to the United States dropped like a hammer on Wednesday. Here’s what we know. Read more
The aviator is undergoing treatment, American’s pilots union said today. Neither the Allied Pilots Association nor the airline would confirm when the pilot became ill or say if he or she was flying recently. Read more
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said it is suspending all worship services because of the spread of the coronavirus. Read more
The U.S. launched airstrikes today in Iraq, American officials said, targeting the Iranian-backed Shia militia members believed responsible for the rocket attack that killed and wounded American and British troops at a base north of Baghdad. Read more
President Donald Trump said he is temporarily halting his trademark rallies — as his campaign bows to the coronavirus outbreak that is rapidly reshaping the nation’s political landscape. Read more
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said tonight that the league’s hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic will likely last at least a month, or roughly what would have been the remainder of an uninterrupted regular season. Read more
University of Hawaii Professor of Economics Carl Bonham said this morning it is now clear the UHERO’s projections earlier this week were too optimistic. Read more
Chaminade University switching to online classes for 2 weeks later this month due to coronavirus concerns
The university will continue to hold classes on campus next week, followed by Spring Break from March 23 to 27. Read more
It has been an unsettling week on global financial markets, and not just because the stock market has fallen sharply enough to bring a decade-plus bull market to an end. Read more
Young Street is closed in the Keeaumoku Street area because firefighters are responding to a structure fire. Read more
Disneyland announced that it’s shutting down its California theme parks on Saturday over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. Read more
The brutal beating occurred on Jan. 31 at Ewa Beach Community Park. Read more
State lawmakers, local officials and public health professionals speaking at the steps of the Massachusets State House cited recent incidents in London and New York City in which Asians were targeted. Read more
Trump’s misstatement on health insurance was one of a number of claims in his prime-time address that were at odds with the facts. Read more
The NCAA’s decision to canceled winter and spring sports championships means the College World Series will not be held for the first time in its 73-year history. Read more
A federal judge has ordered the release of former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, ending roughly a year of incarceration that she had served for refusing to testify to a grand jury. Read more
The heavy losses came amid a cascade of cancellations and shutdowns across the globe — including Trump’s suspension of most travel to the U.S. from Europe. Read more
ATLANTA >> The National Collegiate Athletic Association said today that it had canceled its Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the coronavirus pandemic, erasing one the most anticipated annual events on the American sports calendar. Read more
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