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Updated: Blogger Says Hawaii County Police Officers Beat Him For Filming Them From Across the Street

Big Island reporter and blogger Damon Tucker was severely beaten by police and arrested for “hindering a government operation” Friday night while taking pictures from a public sidewalk outside a concert he was covering in Pahoa. According to a post on his popular Damon Tucker’s Blog, “the police have now confiscated my camera and cell phone as well as...
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Civil Beat Bests the “Newspaper of Record” in Hawai`i’s Online News War

Civil Beat Bests the “Newspaper of Record” in Hawai`i’s Online News War

It’s not as bad as we expected it to be to skip the Honolulu Star-Advertiser(S-A) when their paywall went up Wednesday because we realize now how little information we actually got from our morning perusals. But that reality has spurred the realization that the one thing that the “newspaper of record” accomplished is to lose that...
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Last Newspaper Standing

Last Newspaper Standing

It didn’t take long for the other shoe to drop after the eyebrow-raising buyout of the Goliath Honolulu Advertiser by the David Star Bulletin. But the reasoning for the new pay wall for on-line readers of the new Honolulu Star-Advertiser (S-A) had us in stitches as Publisher Dennis Francis claimed they were just following the...
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Who are the Agricultural Terrorists in Puna?

Who are the Agricultural Terrorists in Puna?

Apparently it’s the crime that will not speak its name. When the first word in the headline- “Decapitation…” caught our eye Wednesday we almost kept scanning the Honolulu paper for less bloody fare — until, that is, we read “…of papaya trees unnerves Hawaii isle farmers.” According to the article, someone took a machete to 10...
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What the Kauai County Council Doesn’t Want You To Know

What the Kauai County Council Doesn’t Want You To Know

The labyrinth was quiet– too quiet. But that’s the way the minotaur likes it. So he was surely overjoyed at the extra layer of opaqueness the Kaua`i County Council added via their final rules changes passed at the last full council meeting (7/6). What began with a proverbial bang during the knock down drag out battles of the...
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