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September 7, 2012
The Associated Press

Honolulu police change Facebook posting rules

HONOLULU - Honolulu Police Department has changed its Facebook posting rules after a federal lawsuit claimed that the department arbitrarily deletes posts and bans those who make comments that are unfavorable to the department.

A federal judge said Wednesday that the changes regarding public posting makes moot plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction.

The Honolulu Department of the Corporation Counsel says the police department now allows unrestricted posting on the Facebook page.

Hawaii Defense Foundation's lawsuit claims that removing comments violates freedom of speech.

An Oct. 4 hearing is scheduled to determine progress on resolving the lawsuit.


Coqui fighters on Oahu need help finding frogs

HONOLULU - The people who fight harmful alien pests on Oahu are seeking the public's help to find coqui frogs.

The Oahu Invasive Species Committee is asking residents to go outside and listen for the frog's nocturnal mating call Wednesday between 7:30 and 8 p.m.

The committee wants people to use the city's smartphone application, Honolulu 311, to report what they hear.

Coqui frogs reproduce quickly in Hawaii because they don't have natural predators here.

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Education officials look to cut bus service costs

HONOLULU - In the wake of a state audit blasting the Hawaii Department of Education's management

of student transportation services, officials are looking at ways to cut costs.

In the short term, the department is looking at possibly staggering school day start and end times, which could save millions.

But the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that officials say it could take years to complete an overhaul of student transportation.

An audit released Aug. 31 cited poor planning and oversight in allowing costs to skyrocket.

The department has hired at a consultant at a cost of nearly $110,000 to study the student transportation system and make recommendations for improvements.



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