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October 5, 2013
The Associated Press

Inouye documentary shown on flights

HONOLULU - A documentary chronicling the life of late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye is being shown on flights between Japan and his home state of Hawaii.

Japanese tire company Nitto Tire says in a news release that the documentary began showings Sunday during flights operated by All Nippon Airways and Hawaiian Airlines.

A Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman says the film is airing on its Japan-Honolulu flights.


Bill to ban lying on Honolulu sidewalks

HONOLULU - A Honolulu City Council committee has given initial approval to a bill making it illegal to lie on city sidewalks.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that Bill 59 would ban lying on a sidewalk on a tarp, towel, sheet, blanket, sleeping bag, bedding, chair, bench, tent floor or other material.

The measure introduced by Councilman Stanley Chang exempts the homeless, people with a medical condition or people engaged in "expressive activity." However, homeless people would have to show proof they tried to obtain shelter.

Homeless advocate Michael Daly opposes the bill.

Daly says the idea behind it seems to be harassment so that the homeless will go to shelters.


Awana out as House majority floor leader

HONOLULU - House Speaker Joseph Souki says Rep. Karen Awana has resigned as majority floor leader.

Souki's office said in a statement Friday that Awana was resigning because she doesn't want to distract from the important work of the House.

Hawaii News Now reported Thursday that Awana is facing Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission fines for failing to account for 50 expenditures made by her campaign since 2011.

The television station reported that the questionable purchases topped $6,000 and included meals at Pizza Hut and Denny's.

Souki says he accepted the Waianae Coast Democrat's resignation so she can focus on "rectifying her situation."

Souki says he hopes they can move ahead so the House may name Awana to be chairwoman of the newly created culture, arts and international affairs committee when the new legislative session begins.



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