Milolii charter school wins $10k in state contest

KAILUA-KONA — From a new take on the auto shop to proposing a business that recycles rubbish into sports equipment, three teams of students at Kua o Ka La Public Charter School are learning to put their talents and passions to work — and getting some solid cash in return.

Pyongyang’s airport now has Wi-Fi, sort of

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea is one of the least Wi-Fi-friendly countries in the world. Having a device that emits Wi-Fi signals can result in detention and a major fine. Worse, if you are a North Korean. Public use of the internet is a concept that just makes North Korean officials really nervous.

We don’t need oil from the Arctic Wildlife Refuge

Please don’t call it ANWR. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is not an acronym. We don’t refer to Yellowstone as YELL or Central Park as CEPA. By reducing it to four letters and leaving out those crucial words “national” and “refuge,” you’re liable to forget that this place belongs to all of us.

We don’t need government to remind us that smoking kills

Preaching morality while practicing cupidity can be tricky, but various American governments have done it for years regarding smoking. This mental contortion now has a new chapter. The four largest American tobacco companies (Altria, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard, Philip Morris) are, under government compulsion, funding newspaper and television ads to tell — actually, to remind — people that their products are sickening:

20 DUI arrests week before Christmas

During the week of Dec. 18-24, Hawaii Island police arrested 20 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Four of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident.

Tax bill will pillage middle class

Bret Stephen’s column on the tax bill is reasonable until he gets to the corporate tax. At that point, he feels that the corporate tax is too high. Well folks, show me a corporation that actually pays taxes. The average corporation pays no taxes because they can use the loopholes built into the tax structure that small businesses can’t use.

Awards for 2017, a year of living nervously

Now is the time to reopen my old reporter’s notebooks and see who among last year’s national newsmakers deserves sugar plums or a lump of coal for being naughty or nice.

Obituaries: 12-27-17

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Island Life: 12-27-17

Needlefish cruise the reef at Honaunau Bay in South Kona. (Terri Olsem/Community Contributor)