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Supreme Court justices and donors mingle at campus visits. These documents show the ethical dilemmas

WASHINGTON — When Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas headlined a 2017 program at McLennan Community College in Texas, his hosts had more than a speech in mind. Working with the prominent conservative lawyer Ken Starr, school officials crafted a guest list for a dinner at the home of a wealthy Texas businessman, hoping an audience with Thomas would be a reward for school patrons — and an inducement to prospective donors.

2 more indicted in fentanyl overdose case

Two more individuals have been indicted in connection with a mass fentanyl overdose that took place at a Waikiki hotel on June 4, resulting in the death of two individuals, including one Big Island resident.

Green signs coffee bills into law

Gov. Josh Green on Wednesday signed two coffee bills into law — one aimed at labeling practices for coffee crops originating in Hawaii and the other that will expand the fight against blights affecting the iconic crop.

Dolphin age, pod health revealed with drone photos

Using unoccupied aerial system (UAS), or drone photography, researchers from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) are now able to determine the age-structure of free-ranging dolphin groups. This work will aid monitoring the health of dolphin populations and inform timely conservation efforts. The findings of the study that developed and applied this new technique were published in Ecology and Evolution.

Hawaii scores $4M for climate action plans

The state of Hawaii and city of Honolulu have won a combined $4 million from the federal government to help develop plans to battle climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.

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