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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.

‘Wheel’ spinning on Big Island

Contestants are spinning the wheel and solving word puzzles as “Wheel of Fortune” is currently taping episodes on the Big Island at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Celebrating its 32nd season, the episodes taped here will air in November and February. TIM WRIGHT/Special to West Hawaii Today

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Papaya: Is it a new beast?

Papaya plants are a natural for almost any garden. They are prolific and nutritious as well. Probably no other plant supplies the home gardener so much for so little effort. This tropical American, herbaceous, treelike plant will grow and produce fruit year-round with minimal care.

The June 27 flow advances toward Pahoa

In an Aug. 22 news release, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory stated that a new lava flow, dubbed the June 27 flow for the date it began, was rapidly advancing toward residential areas near Pahoa in the Puna District of Hawaii Island. By that time, the flow had entered a pre-existing ground crack, which channeled the flow to the east. The crack eventually filled and lava emerged from its lower end, only to spill into an adjacent crack. This process was repeated several times during the following days, with some ground cracks capturing and directing the flow, while others were filled as lava advanced across them. The average advance rate for the flow during this period was about 820 feet per day.