Jan 17, 2021

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Restaurants, bars scramble for propane amid pandemic winter

By Associated Press
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  • >> With coronavirus restrictions forcing bars and restaurants to seat customers outside in the dead of winter, many are scrambling to nab erratic supplies of propane that fuel space heaters they’re relying on more than ever to keep people comfortable in the cold.
  • This winter, 5-gallon (18-liter) propane tanks have proven a new necessity for urban businesses, too, especially in places like the Rocky Mountains, where the sun often takes the edge off the chill and people still enjoy gathering on patios when the heaters are roaring.
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On Politics: Even as Hawaii leaders scramble to fill deep money pit, hopes and dreams are pegged on Biden

By Richard Borreca
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  • By the time he slipped into Washington Place, Hawaii’s economy was at the bottom of the Great Recession, the state was running a projected $700 million, two-year deficit and had already staggered through one biennial year of budget cuts and deletions.
  • In legislative testimony last week, Ige Cabinet members said the governor will propose an income tax increase for wealthier Hawaii citizens, perhaps an increase in gasoline taxes and suspending state tax credits and exemptions.
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The magic of Cartagena

By New York Times
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  • That’s a lot to re-create in your living room, but here’s where to start: champeta, the Afro-Colombian dance music that blares from picos, or brightly colored sound systems set up on street corners across the city.
  • Of course, champeta isn’t the only style of music you will hear in Cartagena, so, to get a fuller immersion into the sounds of Colombia that converge in the city’s streets, sign up for a virtual tour.
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Miss movie theater popcorn? You can make it at home

By Tribune News Service
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  • The popping medium here is a soybean oil concoction that, like Flavacol, is recommended by the manufacturer of my friends’ fancy new popcorn machine, and it is better than the numerous oils I tested that were artificial-butter-flavor-free.
  • A note on procuring supplies: Gold Medal Products Co. does sell Flavacol direct-to-popcorn-consumer, but their scale of operation is distributor-oriented, so you may find it cheaper on Amazon, where you’ll also find At The Movies Popcorn Butter Flavored Popcorn Topping.
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Hawaii Tourism Authority spent ‘exorbitant’ amounts marketing to visitors as lockdowns dropped demand

By Allison Schaefers
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  • It was actually worse in April when the complete collapse of Hawaii tourism resulted in HTA spending roughly $15,614 on marketing for every visitor from Japan who flew into the state.
  • The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, which handles marketing for the state’s core U.S market, also spent more in April, when its return on investment hit $111.26 per arrival, but the cost per arrival dropped back down to $3.12 in November.
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Editorial: Losing school touchstones

By None
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  • It began with the cancellation of in-class schooling, a foundational part of all youth development, with education migrating to distance learning.
  • With COVID community spread still relatively strong, plus ongoing struggles with the core mission of educating, it’s hard to justify resuming such events now.
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