The last week of Neil Abercrombie‘s “first quarter” as Hawaii’s governor brought him some rare good news. The governor kicked off the week after Thanksgiving with a lively interview with Civil Beat and ended it with an announcement of a $1.3 billion bond sale that he said put the state on a solid financial footing.

The school bus companies under scrutiny in our Taken for a Ride series shared reasons that they said explained the runaway prices the state is paying for their services and the city cleared the homeless from the sidewalks at Stadium Park, only to see them return again.

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