Obituaries: 02-20-18

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Catching up: Wild winter weather makes fishing a mixed bag

Waves of stormy winter weather continued to pass over the Hawaiian archipelago this past week, but in spite of the weather, offshore fishing was good for many of the charter boats fishing out of Honokohau Harbor. Catches included the who’s who of pelagic fishes — blue marlin, black marlin, striped marlin, spearfish, ahi, mahimahi and ono.

Florida survivors, lawmakers on collision course over guns

PARKLAND, Fla. — Students who survived the Florida school shooting began a journey Tuesday to the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to prevent another massacre, but within hours the gun-friendly Legislature had effectively halted any possibility of banning assault-style rifles like the one used in the attack.

Ballot initiative requires more public input prior to raises

HILO — A charter amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot adding more transparency to how top county officials get raises took its first step forward Tuesday when the County Council Finance Committee voted 9-0 to advance the measure to the first of three council votes.

Kua Bay bill still swimming

KAILUA-KONA — A bill that would bring lifeguards to Kua Bay remains alive in the state House after securing a key hearing before the Committee on Finance.

Obituaries: 02-21-18

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Democrats need to start a real fight on guns

Perhaps last week’s gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, will turn the red tide. The kids seem to be taking matters in their own trembling hands, planning a gun-violence march and calling out the politicians, including Florida Governor Rick Scott and the president whose election benefited from $30 million in National Rifle Association spending (that we know of), neither of whom has exhibited, in his official capacities, much discomfort about the ease with which unstable men acquire arsenals.

Report: State unprepared to handle missile threat alert

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s nuclear missile scare showed that the state began testing alerts before fully developing a plan to address the ballistic missile threat and that a public outreach campaign months earlier wasn’t effective, said a report released Tuesday.