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Justices: Michigan affirmative ban is OK

WASHINGTON — A state’s voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America.

Reason for downtown shooting still unclear

A Kailua-Kona man charged with firing off several guns in Kailua Village pulled the trigger 28 times, according to a shell casings count presented by police in court Tuesday. Hawaii County Police Officer Coley Rowe described how he and several other officers moved in on Robinson once the man dove out of his vehicle onto the ground.

Sustainability measure advances

Prospects are good that a bill will pass this legislative session allowing experimental sustainability communities in Maui and Hawaii counties, following the appointment of a House-Senate conference committee and dismissal of ethics charges against the bill’s sponsor.

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Spring concert takes audience on international journey

The Kona Music Society is taking an international journey in its annual spring concert at 4 p.m. April 27 at the Sheraton Kona Resort &Spa at Keauhou Bay. Steered by an indigenous beat, the rhythmic voyage will begin with Ariel Ramirez’s famed Latin Mass “Misa Criolla,” then travel around the world with the Youth Chorus’ global repertoire, and finish in Hawaii nei with a selection of hapa haole songs from 20th century Hawaii.