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Health Department hears water quality concerns

As the state Department of Health works on the first update to its water quality plan since 1990, most people commenting during a public meeting Tuesday were concerned about a single aspect of the multifaceted plan — the impact of wastewater on water quality and what should be done about it.

Gazans rush to enjoy life after ruinous war

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — After a ruinous war, Gaza is rushing back to a veneer of normalcy at astonishing speed. Street cafes and beaches are packed with people until late at night. Families crowd the few public parks. Wedding halls are booked solid.

Fla.’s ‘Gray Belt’ a glimpse at nation’s future

INVERNESS, Fla. — A billboard at the county line advertises home health care services. Local churches try to create a feeling of belonging for elderly members who may be disconnected from family up north. Lawyers and accountants make house calls like doctors. Elderly residents get ferried to stores by a fleet of county minivans.

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New bike lanes installed on Kuakini Highway

With Ironman coming, pedal-powered vehicles will soon be on the mind of every West Hawaii motorist. And this week, Hawaii County began extending the bike lanes along Kuakini Highway. Work slated to wrap up in the first week of October will extend the lanes from the intersection of Palani Road to Kaiwi Street.

ACLU challenging panhandling laws

A homeless Hawaii Island man has joined the American Civil Liberties Union to file suit against Hawaii County officials, claiming the county code provisions regarding panhandling are unconstitutional.

September is Whole Grains Month

September has been declared Whole Grains Month by the Whole Grains Council, with this year’s theme, “Make the Switch,” suggesting easy ways to incorporate more whole grains into your meals. We want our keiki to be as healthy as possible for school, and whole grains help load them up with B vitamins, fiber and protein.