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12:28 p.m. Ryan Attacks Berg, Pine

Oh, boy — the Eric RyanTom BergKym Pine imbroglio has taken a very dark twist.

Read Civil Beat’s reporting on the matter here.

Or, go to the “source” directly,

11:48 a.m. Unity House Sells Lotus Hotel

Unity House, the Hawaii labor union-related nonprofit, said today it has sold the Lotus Hotel at Diamond Head to a Japanese investment group called N2885.

The 51-room hotel property sold for $18.5 million.

“This sale will result in the emergence of Unity House from court-monitored bankruptcy in the near future, thus helping thousands of local residents who participate in our organization’s programs,” said Jim Boersema, chairman of Unity House.

Boersema also handles communications for the state Senate.

9:50 a.m. The Wrath of Eric Ryan

The former top aide to Tom Berg and online antagonist of Kymberly Pine has not gone quietly into the night.

Read today’s Inside Honolulu for the latest.

Lingle the Magnificent

Linda Lingle was in Washington, D.C., last week to speak at a Bipartisan Policy Center panel discussing natural and man-made disasters.

Here’s an excerpt from Lingle’s bio on the center’s website:

Lingle’s 2008 legislative goals included achieving greater energy independence, offering targeted tax relief, increasing Hawaii’s homegrown food supply and security, focusing on workforce development, expanding quality health care, creating more affordable housing, modernizing the transportation infrastructure, and bolstering public safety and disaster preparedness.

There’s no mention of the 2009 and 2010 sessions, the ones marked by budget crises.

Jack Law Day

July 14, 2011 — last Thursday — was “Jack Law Day,” according to a proclamation from the governor. It was also the 37th anniversary of Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand in Waikiki, which Law operates.

Here’s an excerpt from the proclamation:

WHEREAS, Jack Law’s accomplishments include, being known as the most influential advocate for gay culture in Honolulu; appointed by Governor John Waihee and Governor Benjamin Cayetano to serve on the State of Hawaii Civil Rights Commission; founding board member of the Life Foundation; founded the Honolulu Gay and Lesbian Cultural Foundation and the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival.

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