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Molokai, Lanai air service gets reprieve from ‘Ohana by Hawaiian

Hawaiian Airlines said today it will continue ‘Ohana by Hawaiian passenger service between Honolulu and both Molokai and Lanai through at least mid-January. Earlier this month, Hawaiian said it would suspend both routes on Nov. 1 because pandemic-induced low travel demand triggered a provision in the airline’s pilot contract restricting the carrier from providing ‘Ohana by Hawaiian service. However, Hawaiian said the U.S. Department of Transportation told the airline that in spite of the contractual restrictions, Molokai and Lanai remain covered under the DOT’s Essential Air Service program and flights must be […]Read full article >

Boat owner says boat had no fuel, oil when it sank

The Coast Guard’s pollution response team is working with the state and the boat owner to ensure that any spilled fuel from a boat that sank in Hawaii Kai Saturday is cleaned up before the vessel is salvaged Tuesday. Owner Paul Thompson told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the vessel is an older 27-foot Farallon, formerly used as a dive charter boat sank in the Hawaii Kai Marina on Saturday. The boat is tied to the dock in the marina at his home. He said the boat’s fuel tanks had leaks in them, so there was no fuel in the boat, except for a small amount in the vent lines. Also the engine was being worked on, so it had been […]Read full article >

Coal magnate Robert Murray, 80, long fought regulators

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio >> Robert Murray, the board chairman of the largest privately owned U.S. coal operator, who long fought federal regulations to reduce black lung disease, died at his home in Ohio less than a week after announcing his retirement, a lawyer said. Michael Shaheen, an attorney who had recently represented Murray, 80, told The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register that he died Sunday morning in St. Clairsville. No official cause of death was given. Public reports recently stated Murray had applied for black lung benefits with the U.S. Department of Labor. The application said Murray was heavily dependent on oxygen. […]Read full article >

Questlove’s newest quest: Find woman who bought him 1st turntable, records

ASSOCIATED PRESS Questlove arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles in 2019. PORTLAND, Maine >> Ahmir Thompson, founder of The Roots and drummer for the “Tonight Show” band, wants to find the kind stranger who bought him a turntable and several records at the tender age of 5. Thompson — better known as Questlove — posted on social media that he was traveling with his parents, who made their living playing gigs, when he made friends with “Ellie” in 1976 in Portland, Maine. “Being the irresistible cat that I was, I talked an older woman named Ellie into buying me a stereo and a […]Read full article >

Independent New York bookstore calls for help, and book lovers answer

NEW YORK >> For months, the Strand bookstore in downtown Manhattan, from its fiction stacks to its cookbook section to its rare books, has been nearly deserted. But Sunday, half an hour before the store was scheduled to open, about a dozen people lined up in the cool fall breeze, waiting to get inside. They had come in response to a plea from the store’s owner, Nancy Bass Wyden, who announced on social media Friday that its revenue was down nearly 70% from last year and that the business had become unsustainable. “I’m going to pull out all the stops to keep sharing our mutual love of the printed word,” she […]Read full article >

California restaurants, fed up with COVID-19 restrictions, seek refunds of fees

LOS ANGELES >> California’s financially battered restaurants filed government claims today to recover more than $100 million in fees for liquor and health permits and tourism charges that they say were assessed even though their businesses were shuttered or only partially operating under long-running coronavirus orders. Few industries have been hit as hard during the pandemic as restaurants, which in California were ordered closed, reopened, closed for a second time and then allowed to welcome customers again, though with restrictions. Those rules vary in the state’s 58 counties and have limited some eateries to takeout […]Read full article >