The Honolulu Advertiser from Honolulu, Hawaii on May 26, 2010 · 1
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BUMPER CROP ON ISLE TREES DOWN OR UP? Branches heavy in groves and backyards TASTE MAY 26, 201 0 Federal study, contradicting local sales data, finds O'ahu homes' value declined in first quarter BUSINESS WARRIOR FOOTBALL Quarterback Moniz reinstated to team SPORTS onoiuiu Aavertiser WEDNESDAY CALL 538-NEWS TO SUBSCRIBE HAWAII'S COMPLETE SOURCE 75$ O'AHU, $1 NEIGHBOR ISLANDS HOME FINAL HonoluluAdyertiser -mhi Connect to your community online. On the site today: POLL CRIME'S UP Honolulu bucked the national trend of declining crime rates. What do you think drove the increase? PHOTOS PAPAYA PLANT VANDALISM A Mililani farmer says someone cut down 300 of his papaya trees. Take a look at the devastation. BLOG 0" ,p MIDLIFE CRISIS Remember those school and club dances from the old days known as "socials"? Rodney Lee has pictures. RESOURCE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND Check out our list of Memorial Day activities on tap for the weekend. CONTACT US News tips 525-8090 Missing paper 538-6397 Advertising 525 7653 t COPYRIGHT, 2010 IP I II o "lA0901l'0O00r" 5 n jrOTmigia Jrrraavs rwei ANALYSIS Lessons learned from the crisis BY DERRICK DePLEDGE Advertiser Government Writer What started last September as a breakthrough by Gov. Linda Lingle and educators to reduce labor costs and help with the state's budget deficit ended yesterday with a face-saving compromise to cancel teacher furloughs and return students to the classroom for a full calendar next school year. Teacher furloughs were the stigma of Hawaii's budget crisis and gave the state the distinction of having the fewest classroom instruction days in the nation. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told Hawai'i that there had to be a better way. Educators warned that students would suffer. Angry SEE LESSONS, A2 Plan uses $57M from hurricane fund, $10M line of credit S f wXv V J 1 1 Watch a replay of ""$ Gov. Linda Lingle's if' I nrpss r.nnfprpnr.p at H0N0LULUADVERTISER.COM NORMAN SHAPIRO The Honolulu Advertiser Gov. Linda Lingle, right, shakes hands with DBEDT Director Ted Liu, whom she credits with coming up with part of the furlough solution. DJOU SWORN IN J Kv- Vy U-v V . :. It r J2 Lfc-U ' DREW ANGERER i:ed Piess House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Cafif., welcomed newly elected Rep. Charles Djou, R-Hawai'i, and his family yesterday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Djou was sworn in yesterday. From left: Djou, his daughter, Victoria, 7; wife, Stacey; daughter, Alexandra, 3; arid Pelosi. STORY, PAGE B1 War between Koreas unlikely, experts say Tensions ratchet up after Pyongyang cuts ties with South BY WARREN P. STROBEL AND JONATHAN S. LANDAY MeClutchy-Tribune News Service WASHINGTON - North Korea's decision yesterday to sever all ties with South Korea and threaten military action in disputed waters following the torpedoing of a South Korean warship confronts President Obama with another international crisis that his administration doesn't want or need. Although the isolated, 11 , : 1 M Hit i .1 LEE JIN-MAN Associated Press South Korean activists burn a North Korean flag with a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong II at a rally in Seoul. communist North's behav- seems irrational, all-out war ior is notoriously unpre- between it and the demo-dictable and sometimes cratic, capitalist South still seems unlikely, analysts said, given the stakes. Nevertheless, tensions on the Korean Peninsula, where some 28,500 U.S. troops provide a tripwire for U.S. military intervention if the North attacks, are likely to rise in coming days. North Korea would likely lose any conflict with the South, but not before inflicting massive damage on South Korea's capital, Seoul, a 30-minute drive south of the demilitarized zone that has divided the two Koreas since 1953. U.S. intelligence SEE KOREAS. A8 BY LOREN MORENO Advertiser Education Writer Furlough Fridays at Hawai'i public schools are a thing of the past. Gov. Linda Lingle yesterday declared an end to one of the most controversial and highly contentious chapters in the history of Hawaii's public education system. With $57 million from the hurricane relief fund and a $10 million, interest-free line of credit from local banks, Lingle said teachers and other school workers will be back on the job five days a week next school year. The 17 furlough days this SEE SCHOOLS, A2 FEWER VIOLENT ACTS Overall crime on O'ahu up 4.6 BY MARY VORSINO Advertiser Staff Writer Property crime in Honolulu increased 5 percent in 2009, ending a six-year streak of declining offenses in the category. Authorities said the increase is disappointing, but probably won't jeopardize Honolulu's standing as the nation's safest large city. The spike in property crimes, coupled with a 1.5 percent decline in violent crimes, left INSIDE Breakdown of O'ahu crime since 2005 A9 Honolulu with an overall increase in crime of 4.6 percent, FBI figures show. At the same time, the FBI said crime fell nationally in 2009. In Honolulu, thefts drove the increase in property crime shooting up 10 percent in 2009, from 21,473 to 23,647. Meanwhile, auto thefts and burglaries were down about 5 percent. Among violent crimes, murders, robberies and assaults decreased, while the number of rapes reported increased by 40 to 243. Law enforcement officials said it's tough to pinpoint what's behind the increase in property crime, and said they haven't done enough analysis to be able to blame the spike on the economic downturn. It's also difficult to say that's the only factor involved, because property and violent crimes fell nationwide despite the recessioa Nationally, violent crime dropped 55 percent in 2009. Property crime declined by 4.9 percent. SEE CRIME, A9 V-

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