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Officer who shot Laquan McDonald, pleads not guilty

CHICAGO — Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murder for the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald, pleaded not guilty during a brief court appearance Tuesday morning, setting a case that has stirred emotions here and across

Milolii group reaches $3,000 fundraising goal

KAILUA-KONA — A Milolii group’s movement to stop the Big Island’s spread of dengue fever reached its goal of $3,000 on Sunday and was continuing to receive donations, according to Hawaii News Now. The money will be used to purchase

Construction stall costs TMT $2M

The TMT International Observatory may have racked up a tab of nearly $2 million as its construction equipment sat idle on Mauna Kea for much of the year.

Police arrest 8 for DUI

From Dec. 21 through Dec. 27, Hawaii Island police arrested eight motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. One of them was involved in two separate crashes.

The naughty and nice of 2015

So many lumps of coal, so little time. We’ve seen a lot of mischief and bad behavior this year, from mean-spirited campaign pledges to deceptive diesel engines to stubbornly profligate water use. (And that’s not even counting the truly evil

What’s the word? A picture, actually

The “Word of the Year” at Oxford Dictionaries is not even a word. It is an emoji, a digital image that is used in text messages to express an idea or emotion in a style that seems in my eyes

Obituaries | 12-29-15

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Urinalysis rule changes coming in wake of ACLU lawsuit

HILO — After being sued for requiring drug tests of prospective employees, the Hawaii County Department of Human Resources is changing its rules and modifying which successful applicants will be screened for drug use before being hired.