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U.S. should respond aggressively to cyber attack, expert says

Friday, December 19th, 2014 in News&Today in Hawaii

HONOLULU — The attack on Sony Pictures and threats to the movie industry cannot be tolerated, one of the nation’s leading security experts says. Lynn Mattice is president and CEO of the National Economic Security Grid, a non-profit organization focused on educating small and medium sized enterprises on a broad range of threats they face. “If we […]

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University of Hawaii athletics must tackle fiscal woes

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — The University of Hawaii Athletic Department has faced a series of fiscal and staffing troubles in recent months, leading legislators, administrators and regents to debate the future of the state’s only athletic program. With an annual budget of around $30 million, the athletic department has operated in the red for 11 […]

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Man gets 33 months in prison after threatening to decapitate congresswoman

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN- HONOLULU -Threatening to decapitate a congresswoman has landed a former Hawaii resident in federal prison. Aniruddha Sherbow, 44, was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison after threatening to “beat” and “decapitate” U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii. The threats began in 2011 when Gabbard was a member of the Honolulu City Council and […]

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Six weeks behind bars for seven lives? Pflueger released from prison months ahead of schedule

Saturday, November 29th, 2014 in Special Investigation&Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – James Pflueger’s Oct. 15 sentencing in Kauai’s 5th circuit court caused a great stir in the islands after he was given just seven months in prison on a reckless endangering charge. Pflueger, 89, had earlier pleaded "no contest" to recklessly causing the deaths of 7 people when his Ka Loko […]

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University of Hawaii won't talk about sex education program

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – Hawaii State Rep. Bob McDermott is slamming the University of Hawaii over its refusal to disclose data collected from middle school students during a controversial sex education program. The Hawaii State Department of Education conducts “Pono Choices,” a sex education program for 11-, 12- and 13-year-olds, in partnership with university researchers […]

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Hawaii’s billions in unfunded retirement liabilities part of national trend

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — A new report from State Budget Solutions, a national nonprofit organization focusing on states’ fiscal responsibility, warns it’s time for newly elected state officials in Hawaii and throughout the country to address unfunded liabilities in the retirement system. The share of Hawaii’s $30-billion unfunded liability per resident is $21,852, the seventh highest […]

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Hawaii doctor accused of fraud, elderly and child abuse, under investigation by RICO; He calls allegations against him a ‘litany of lies’

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 in Special Investigation&Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – A well-known doctor who lost his medical license in California in Nov. 2013 for “unprofessional conduct, gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, making false statements on medical records and dishonest-corrupt acts,” related to issuing medical marijuana clearances, is under investigation by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Regulated […]

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FBI Sting Nabs Alleged Honolulu Investment Scammer

Sunday, October 26th, 2014 in Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU – Curtis Wayne Ross promised the manager of Little Angels he’d invest the charity’s $15 million, generating a 50 percent to 70 percent return within 120 days through a “platform trading program.” Claiming he was an “ambassador” with the United Nations, and the owner of GLC Funding Group, Ross said […]

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Matson to pay $1 million for Honolulu molasses spill under plea agreement

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 in News

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - HONOLULU — Matson Terminals Inc., the company responsible for spilling 220,000 gallons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor in September 2013, has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor violations of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, court records show. The molasses spill killed 26,000 fish and much of the reef in Honolulu Harbor […]

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No consequences for key politician in Kauai dam breach tragedy

Friday, October 17th, 2014 in Pflueger Files&Special Investigation&Today in Hawaii

BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - KILAUEA, KAUAI – Retired Auto Dealer Jimmy Pflueger was sentenced to 7 months in prison Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. He pleaded “no contest” to a Reckless Endangering charge filed against him by the state attorney in Nov. 2008 after his dam breached on March 14, 2006, killing 7 people. The state […]

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