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  • Cosby Testimony Can Be Used

    Damaging words that Bill Cosby gave in an accuser’s lawsuit, such as admitting he gave young women drugs and alcohol before sex, can be used at his criminal sex assault trial, a judge ruled Monday.

  • Longterm Plan For Pipeline Foes

    The coalition that opposed the Dakota Access pipeline seeks to tie up its fate for months or years if President-elect Donald Trump tries to undo the Obama administration’s decision to withhold an easement for construction.

Gabbard Faced Tough Questions In Dakota About Hawaiian Issues Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard Faced Tough Questions In Dakota About Hawaiian Issues

The congresswoman was challenged when she said the Thirty Meter Telescope issue was resolved. She later said she personally opposes the project.


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Bula! Pacific Tuna Commission Gets To Work On Fishing Policies

A Civil Beat reporter catches a red-eye flight to Fiji, where hundreds of people are discussing the health of tuna populations.

Denby Fawcett: Alternative Gifts Include The Birds And The Bees

My annual meaningful gift guide calls for presents that won’t clutter up homes or send recipients into a return line.

Principals Push For A Louder Voice In Public Education Reform Efforts

Plans from the Department of Education and a governor’s task force will be discussed today, but principals have held their own reform talks.

Ron Menor For Honolulu City Council Chair?

A City Council reorganization could depose Ernie Martin as chairman.

Abe, Obama To Showcase ‘Power Of Reconciliation’ At Pearl Harbor

The Dec. 27 visit will be the first by a Japanese head of state to the site of the attack that pulled the U.S. into World War II.

Reader Rep: Technology — And Trump — Dictate Pace Of Discourse

Ultimately, we choose our technologies and what we do with them. We need to become more thoughtful and less reactive.

Yesterday’s Tomorrow: The Story Begins

Yesterday’s Tomorrow: The Story Begins

What would people from the 1970s think of Hawaii today? Our cartoonist looks for answers in a multi-part series.

Don’t Like The Homeless In Our Backyards? Then Fix The Problem

The concerns of Chinatown business owners are understandable, but we can’t keep forcing our homeless citizens elsewhere.

Standing Rock Protesters: ‘We’re Not Ready To Pack Up Yet’

They won a major victory when the government said it would look to route the Dakota Access Pipeline elsewhere, but is the battle over?

Good News For Standing Rock: Feds Say No To Pipeline Route

New studies will be done to find an alternative route for the oil pipeline.

Hula Dancer Who Served In Iraq Joins Vets Protesting Pipeline

Hundreds of veterans swell the ranks of demonstrators near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota.

$9.5 Billion For Honolulu Rail?

It’s the financial terms of the project that could drive the cost up. Those elements are still unknown.

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Pod Squad: Nonprofit News Sites Join Forces Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Nonprofit News Sites Join Forces

Civil Beat is one of five nonprofit news organizations that are joining together to share ideas and resources.

Pod Squad: Hawaii Public Radio Looks To Extend Its Reach Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Hawaii Public Radio Looks To Extend Its Reach

Jose Fajardo, HPR’s president and general manager, wants to expand the two stations’ local content.

Pod Squad: What’s Up With The Lack of Mayoral Debates?

Pod Squad: What’s Up With The Lack of Mayoral Debates?

The 2016 elections are coming at a time that political debates are changing, and not for the better.

Stephen O'Harrow

Who Voted For Donald Trump — And Why

Is racism a deeply hidden theme among Trump supporters?

Jamila Coronado

A Possible Solution To Dwindling Voter Turnout

Hawaii should move to a full vote by mail system to increase the number of ballots cast. And it will save money.

Tom Yamachika

Tom Yamachika: To Aid Homeless, Only A Coordinated Effort Will Do

But government coordination is hard to find. Just look at our tax system’s efforts to fight poverty.

Ann Auman

Try These Tools To Spot Fake News

News literacy tools empower us to read critically and to venture into uncomfortable territory.

Protesters Give Water To Sheriff Who Wants To Cut Their Supplies

A Native Hawaiian helps stage the event designed to deliver a message — and perhaps relieve tensions at Standing Rock.

Activists Fear Thomas Square Could Become A ‘Revenue Cow’

The downtown Honolulu park has long been the site for political and cultural events, as well as free services for the needy.

Aloha, Standing Rock: Islanders Brave Cold, Snow In Solidarity

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight to stop an oil pipeline has drawn hundreds of supporters to a frozen landscape in North Dakota.

City Gets Authority To Condemn Private Kakaako Streets

The City Council approves a resolution that provides an option for clearing obstructed roadways.

Micronesia Expert Blasts ‘Flawed’ US Approach To Foreign Aid

Micronesia has become heavily reliant on U.S. aid for its gross domestic product and jobs — not a model for sustainability.

Council Approves $150K To Pay Lawyers For Police Chief

Because Kealoha is suing the city for investigating him, city attorneys can’t represent the chief in other cases.