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2015-04-17 06:20

“No curtain. No scenery.” This was Thornton Wilder’s simple set directions for his revolutionary, minimalistic production of “Our Town,” which won him the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1938. During an era of elaborate sets and frivolous theatrics, Wilder’s style stood out as original, and “Our Town” became his greatest and best-known work as a playwright. The Aloha Performing Art Company’s production of “Our Town” opens at 7:30 p.m. today at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu and runs through May 3.

Volcano Update

2015-04-17 11:57

Three areas of breakouts remained active in the upslope portion of the June 27 lava flow, the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported Friday.

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Obituaries

2015-04-18 00:05

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Opinion

2015-04-18 00:05

We don’t quite share Capitol Hill’s sense of joyful self-congratulation over the Medicare bill that has passed the Senate en route to President Barack Obama’s likely signature. On the plus side, Congress did away with an outmoded and increasingly unrealistic formula for reimbursing doctors that had necessitated time-consuming annual “doc fixes.” And yes, lawmakers achieved this long-postponed reform on a bipartisan, bicameral basis, with the White House on board as well. But the legislation is hardly the hammer blow for fiscal responsibility that supporters claim; in fact, it will add $141 billion to the projected deficit over the next decade because the two parties could not agree on enough offsetting savings elsewhere within Medicare. In short, this one last doc fix shows that Democrats and Republicans can agree to spend more without paying for it: This is not good news, or news at all, really.

Nation & World

2015-04-18 06:10

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scientists have rediscovered a mostly intact World War II aircraft carrier used in atomic bomb tests and then sunk at a secret location off the Northern California coast decades ago.