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Middle-aged white guy who believes in justice and equality for all. Math and computer analyst with additional 21st century jack-of-all-trades skills. I'm a stud, not a dud!

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Access to Arizona Memorial won't be restored for months

Walk-on access to the USS Arizona Memorial won’t be restored by the end of March, as previously announced by the National Park Service, and it may be many more months before access resumes, officials said.

The complexity of repairs to a 105-foot floating dock that serves as a boat disembarkation site is adding more and more time to the predicted reopening.

The timeline raises the prospect of far more than a year of non-access to the revered sunken battleship and grave for more than 900 men, including a second busy summer season without the ability to step foot on the Arizona Memorial. Access was curtailed in May.

Some 4,000 to 5,000 visitors head out to Pearl Harbor every day to see one of the most popular attractions in the state.

Read more: https://www.staradvertiser.com/2019/02/26/breaking-news/access-to-the-uss-arizona-memorial-wont-be-restored-for-many-more-months/

Hawaii Senators' Favorite Mafia Hitman Loses Home to Foreclosure

Note: My apologies since I'm aware that Hawaii Free Press is not a liberal news source. However, I did not see any other articles at other sources and they also consolidated articles from liberal sources such as Civil Beat and the LA Times. I found the YouTube video which details the life of Blake Tek Yoon and I'm including it as an additional reference.

Hawaii Senators’ favorite mafia hitman just lost his Black Point house to foreclosure.

A lavish fundraiser launching the “Hawaii Forgotten Families Foundation”--allegedly a homeless charity--drew State Senators Stanley Chang, Will Espero, and Glen Wakai. Hosted by ex-con Blake Tek Yoon, the Senators joined HFFF Board members Nick Denzer of Alakea Construction, Jim Matichuk of Hawaii Architects Inc, Francine Beppu of KHON, and 100 wannabees for a June 24, 2017 fundraising kickoff event at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

According to Civil Beat July 10, 2017:

Some people were skeptical of a man with a criminal past who says he wants to sell his multimillion-dollar Kahala home and give $200,000 to a foundation to help working homeless families….

The foundation registered with the state just days before the June 24 event and Yoon said it has begun the lengthy process of receiving federal nonprofit status. Deputy Attorney General Hugh Jones recently sent the group a letter noting that it needs to register with the AG’s office if it wants to solicit donations.

Yoon spent tens of thousands of dollars to throw the event and said that the group didn’t ask for any money. The foundation removed a “donate” button (which went to a broken link) from its website after receiving Jones’ letter.

In spite of the event turnout, and fluff-pieces in Honolulu Magazine and HI Luxury, in Honolulu Federal Bankruptcy Court proceedings, Yoon lost his house to creditors February 5, 2019.

Read more: http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/ID/23170/Hawaii-Senators-Favorite-Mafia-Hitman-Loses-Home-to-Foreclosure.aspx

“Yellow Thrust” was a Talkshow I hosted and produced in the early 90s in Hollywood. This specific show, “Jaded Son”, True Life Story of Blake Tek Yoon, explores the rise and fall of a Korean-Jewish international criminal. At the age of 19, Blake was the most powerful cocaine trafficker in the SF Bay Area. His ties to Gotti, the Genevese Crime Family and Panama’s Manuel Noriega eventually led him to do contract hits, which landed him in prison. At the very end of show, I read Blake’s letters that were sent to me from his prison cell.

StarKist looks to Samoa for 200 workers -- local recruitment lags

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — StarKist Samoa, the largest private employer in the territory, has finally confirmed the number of workers it wants to hire from neighboring Samoa, under the territory’s Guest Worker Permit Law, after local recruitment efforts were not “favorable as expected”.

The law requires that only those of Samoan ancestry from Samoa are hired under the Guest Worker Permit Program, which was enacted several years ago.

Last month, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga authorized the reactivation of the Guest Worker Program, in “light of the severe and acute absenteeism challenge, which is negatively affecting StarKist’s productivity and financial viability, along with the difficulty in finding replacement workers within the territory.”

StarKist Inc., has yet to respond to Samoa News questions emailed last month, on the number of workers StarKist Samoa is looking to recruit under the program.

Read more: http://www.samoanews.com/local-news/starkist-looks-samoa-200-workers-local-recruitment-lags

GovGuam health insurance bill is heard on session floor

Guam – The Guam Regional Medical City continues to combat claims of a staggering increase to health insurance premiums for taxpayers, a claim made by Take Care one of GovGuam’s current health insurance providers.

“It’s preposterous for Take Care to claim there’s gonna be these huge rate increases because if common sense tells you there’s 84% of the market that currently has GRMC on their network already priced for it, the only ones that are looking at getting an increase are those that have Take Care,” said Vice President of GRMC’s Corporate Affairs Eric Plinske.

Plinske provided a breakdown of the costs to health insurance premiums for GovGuam, since the addition of GRMC as an in-network healthcare provider in 2016.

“There was about a 13% increase in the medical premiums,” said Plinske. “Then it only went up the following year, premiums all things considered, including GRMC, went up 1% going into 2017, 5% going into 2018 and went up 2% going into 2019.”

Read more: https://pacificnewscenter.com/govguam-health-insurance-bill-is-heard-on-session-floor/

Supreme Court overturns equal-pay decision because of judge's death

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court Monday overturned a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision on equal pay because Judge Stephen Reinhardt of Los Angeles died 11 days before the ruling was announced.

"Federal judges are appointed for life, not for eternity," the Supreme Court said in a brief, unsigned opinion.

During his long career, Reinhardt was a liberal leader of the 9th Circuit and voiced a certain pride in being reversed often by the more conservative Supreme Court.

On April 9, the 9th Circuit, based in San Francisco, issued an opinion in a Fresno, California, school case that was written by Reinhardt for the 6-5 majority.

Read more: https://www.postguam.com/the_globe/nation/supreme-court-overturns-equal-pay-decision-because-of-judge-s/article_9214ceec-396f-11e9-9127-4b8ba02578ce.html

Jimmy Kimmel Chats with Trump Party Planner

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Donald Trump Knows How to Handle North Korea

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Lie Witness News - North Korea Edition

'This is beyond a partisan issue': Teachers react to 5K salary raise bill advancing in Senate

HOUSTON — Every classroom teacher in Texas is one step closer to getting a big raise starting in the upcoming school year.

About 350,000 teachers would qualify for a $5,000 raise if Senate Bill 3, which a Texas Senate committee advanced on Monday, becomes law.

The big question now: will it ultimately pass, and where will the state find the roughly $1.8 billion per year to cover the cost?

Texas teacher pay lags the national average by more than $7,000. Increasing it is one of Governor Abbott’s top priorities during the 2019 session, but how that raise could ultimately be doled out and paid for isn’t as clear.

Read more: https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/this-is-beyond-a-partisan-issue-teachers-react-to-5k-salary-raise-bill-advancing-in-senate/285-c135d594-f100-4468-9815-006920961b92

Jimmy Kimmel on Valentine's Day, Kanye & Kim, and Trump

My apologies for the delay. While YouTube said it was published on February 15, I did not see it added to the site until Monday.
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