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Victim of shark attack in Maui’s Honolua Bay dies from his injuries
The 56-year-old Lahaina man who was bitten by a shark while surfing at Honolua Bay died of his injuries today, according to a spokeswoman for the Maui Memorial Medical Center.
Hawaii County ethics board rules against former Mayor Harry Kim in Thirty Meter Telescope case
The Hawaii County Board of Ethics on Wednesday found former Mayor Harry Kim guilty of violating the county’s ethics code when he didn’t enforce the law evenly during the 2019 Thirty Meter Telescope protests.
Kalaupapa resident tests positive for COVID-19 as virus touches all counties in U.S.
The state Department of Health has recorded the first positive case of COVID-19 in an adult resident of Kalaupapa Settlement in Kalawao County on Molokai.
Disney unveils plans to stream a galaxy of new series, films
NEW YORK >> The Walt Disney Co.’s streaming plans shifted into hyper speed Thursday, as the studio unveiled a galaxy’s worth of new streaming offerings including plans for 10 “Star Wars” series spinoffs and 10 Marvel series that will debut on Disney+.
Office of Hawaiian Affairs names Carmen Hulu Lindsey chairwoman
Carmen Hulu Lindsey today was named the next chairwoman of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees.
World carbon dioxide emissions drop 7% in pandemic-hit 2020
A locked-down pandemic-struck world cut its carbon dioxide emissions this year by 7%, the biggest drop ever, new preliminary figures show.
Attorney General William Barr plans to finish term despite wanting to leave early
Attorney General William Barr has told others he plans to remain in his post through the end of the Trump administration, setting aside his deliberations about stepping down by the end of the year, according to a person told of his decision.
In blistering retort, 4 battleground states tell Texas to butt out of election
WASHINGTON >> In blistering language denouncing Republican efforts to subvert the election, the attorneys general for Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to reject a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the victories in those states by President-elect Joe Biden, calling the audacious effort an affront to democracy and the rule of law.
Surfer killed in Maui shark attack identified as Napili man
The 56-year-old male recreational surfer who died after being bitten by a shark at Honolua Bay in Maui has been identified as Robin Warren of Napili, Maui police said.
Protesters erect barricades in Portland to save a Black family’s house
A standoff between the police and protesters over a mixed-race family’s eviction in Portland, Oregon, is stirring up old ghosts of segregation and redlining from the 20th century, when Black families moved in for jobs and found that there were only certain places they could live.
As Trump disputes election results, Republicans target voting by mail
WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump’s barrage of losses in court cases trying to undermine the election has not stopped Republicans from turning to battles they might be able to win — attempts to limit or undermine the future use of the vote-by-mail ballots that so infuriated Trump.
Big West Conference cancels women’s volleyball, soccer and cross country for 2020-21
University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball, soccer and cross-country will not be competing for the 2020-‘21 season following an announcement of cancellation by the Big West Conference due to health considerations, it was announced today.
90-day extension OK’d for education of plastic utensils ban for Oahu restaurants
Mayor Kirk Caldwell has agreed to a request to extend by 90 days the “education period” for Oahu restaurants and other food vendors that by law are supposed to stop using plastic or other fossil-fuel-based forks, spoons, knives or other utensils on Jan. 1.
Halawa Correctional Facility implements quarantine protocols following 13 coronavirus cases
The warden at the Halawa Correctional Facility has implemented facility-wide isolation and quarantine protocols after three inmates and 10 staff tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Hawaii Department of Public Safety.
Acting secretary of defense visits Tripler, checks on COVID-19 vaccination preparations
Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller visited Tripler Army Medical Center Wednesday for a briefing on the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination process for the military in Hawaii, including the hospital’s cold storage capabilities for the Pfizer vaccine.
VIDEO: Gov. Ige expects COVID-19 vaccine in Hawaii ‘as early as next week’
The state of Hawaii expects to receive more than 81,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and Moderna, with a first batch of doses arriving “as early as next week,” according to a statement by Gov. David Ige today.
Crews search for missing mariner southeast of Big Isle
Multiple agencies are searching for a 32-year-old man who fell overboard from a commercial fishing vessel approximately 150 miles southeast of Hawaii island yesterday.
VIDEO: Honolulu mayor hopeful Oahu can move into Tier 3 by Christmas
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said it would be very difficult, but that there is still hope that Oahu could get to Tier 3 by Christmas in about two weeks.
‘Mighty Mo’ memorial reopens Dec. 16 at Pearl Harbor
The Battleship Missouri Memorial is reopening to the public next week, in time for an anticipated rush of holiday tourists.
Tradewinds light across Hawaii, but expected to return Friday
Tradewinds remain light across the state today but are expected to return on Friday and stick around for the weekend, forecasters said, as a stationary front northwest of Kauai fizzles out.
U.S. budget deficit rises 25 percent in first 2 months of federal budget year
WASHINGTON >> The U.S. government’s deficit in the first two months of the budget year ran 25.1% higher than the same period a year ago as spending to deal with the COVID pandemic soared while tax revenues fell.
Tommy Waters expected to become chairman of Honolulu City Council
Tommy Waters will lead the Honolulu City Council as its chairman when a new lineup meets for the first time on Jan. 2, under a resolution made public today.
Bellator champ Ilima-Lei Macfarlane ends strange year with tough bout
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane is somewhat out of her element in Connecticut this week. The Bellator flyweight champion is a San Diego-area resident who thrives in warmer climes than the subfreezing temperatures greeting her up north.
Across U.S. and Europe, coronavirus pandemic’s grip on economies tightens
WASHINGTON >> The worsening of the coronavirus pandemic across the United States and Europe is threatening their economies and intensifying pressure on governments and central banks on both continents to intervene aggressively.
Gov. Ige OKs Maui Mayor Victorino’s request for 2-week closure of bars due to rising COVID-19 cases
Gov. David Ige has approved a request from Maui Mayor Michael Victorino to temporarily close bars and bar areas within restaurants in Maui County for two weeks due to double-digit increases in COVID-19 cases.
Airbnb shares more than double in price in long-awaited IPO
Airbnb proved its resilience in a year that has upended global travel. Now it needs to prove to investors that it sees more growth ahead.
‘Strong possibility’ Brexit talks will fail, says Britain’s Boris Johnson
BRUSSELS >> With a chaotic and costly no-deal Brexit only three weeks away, leaders of both the European Union and United Kingdom saw an ever likelier collapse of trade talks, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson even spoke of a “strong possibility” of failure.
President-elect Biden taps Susan Rice as domestic policy adviser, Denis McDonough for VA
WASHINGTON >> President-elect Joe Biden is naming Susan Rice as director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, giving her broad sway over his administration’s approach to immigration, health care and racial inequality and elevating the prominence of the position in the West Wing.
Large Oregon eviction protest stretches into third day
PORTLAND, Ore. >> A gentrification protest that has blockaded several city blocks in Portland, Oregon, entered its third day today as people dressed in black and wearing ski masks continued to build makeshift barriers.
Taylor Swift surprises fans with second album of 2020
Taylor Swift fans are getting a double reason to celebrate this year — the singer-songwriter is about to release her second album in 2020.
‘Under the rug:’ Sexual misconduct allegations shake FBI’s senior ranks
WASHINGTON >> An assistant FBI director retired after he was accused of drunkenly groping a female subordinate in a stairwell. Another senior FBI official left after he was found to have sexually harassed eight employees. Yet another high-ranking FBI agent retired after he was accused of blackmailing a young employee into sexual encounters.
Key U.S. panel endorses widespread use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine
WASHINGTON >> A U.S. government advisory panel endorsed widespread use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine today, putting the country just one step away from launching an epic vaccination campaign against the outbreak that has killed close to 300,000 Americans.
More than 10,000 Hawaii state employees face furloughs starting in January
An estimated 10,160 state employees will face twice-a-month furloughs beginning Jan. 1 and the number will be even higher when Department of Education and University of Hawaii employees are included, Gov. David Ige announced Wednesday as he struggles to balance the state’s budget and plug a projected $1.4 billion shortfall over each of the next four years.
Hawaii authorities overwhelmed with 20,000 in quarantine, Mayor Kirk Caldwell says
Roughly 20,000 people are in travel-related quarantine on Oahu and authorities are unable to keep up with enforcement.