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Honolulu May Spend $75K to Settle Case of Alleged Police Brutality Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu May Spend $75K to Settle Case of Alleged Police Brutality

Waipahu resident Justin Kaawa claims that two officers beat him up and pepper sprayed him without provocation.
27 Arrested Protesting Telescopes on Mauna Kea and Haleakala Cory Lum/Civil Beat

27 Arrested Protesting Telescopes on Mauna Kea and Haleakala

UPDATED: Seven were arrested on Mauna Kea on the Big Island and at least 20 on Haleakala on Maui, according to news reports.
Follow the Money to Find Out Who Voted Against GMO Food Labeling Courtesy of Tulsi Gabbard

Follow the Money to Find Out Who Voted Against GMO Food Labeling

U.S. House members who voted for H.R. 1599 received an average of three times as much in campaign donations from the agribusiness and food and beverage industries than those who opposed it.
What Will It Take to Make Hawaii’s Vacant Public Housing Units Habitable? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Will It Take to Make Hawaii’s Vacant Public Housing Units Habitable?

A lack of funds hampers the effort, and even after contracts are awarded, a slow permit process can delay the work. Federal regulations make shortcuts difficult, but Housing Authority officials are looking for solutions.
Honolulu Ethics Commission Loosens News Media Policy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Ethics Commission Loosens News Media Policy

The commission rescinded a policy adopted in June that prohibited its staff from talking about agency concerns.
The Cost of Living in Hawaii Means the Minimum Wage Is Really Only $6.67

The Cost of Living in Hawaii Means the Minimum Wage Is Really Only $6.67

That's lower than any other state, according to a new analysis by the Washington Post.
Takai and Gabbard Vote Against Bill to Prevent Mandatory GMO Labeling Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Takai and Gabbard Vote Against Bill to Prevent Mandatory GMO Labeling

The measure passed the U.S House of Representatives with a vote of 275-150.