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1-4 A mi tt Advertiser onoiuiu THURSDAY JANUARY 22, 2009 HAWAI'I' NEWSPAPER BREAKING NEWS 247 AT H0N0LULUADYERTISER.COM STATE EDITION 75 cents on O'ahu $1 .00 on Neighbor Islands NIP AAV INSIDE TODAY Obama moves fast on Guantanamo, bailout Abercrombie joins Obama at last party Lawmaker savors start of new era in White House at midnight event INSIDE Obama's sister may move from Hawai'i to Washington, D.C. A5 4 V4. Wc A BY DAN NAKASO Advertiser Staff Writer WASHINGTON It was the end of a long inauguration day and an even longer presidential campaign when President Obama invited 70 of his earliest supporters to his new home and its famous address, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. First day's orders curb lobbying, quash ex-presidents' secrecy BY MICHAEL D. SHEAR Washington Post WASHINGTON President Obama moved swiftly yesterday to begin rolling back eight years of his predecessor's policies; ordering tough new ethics rules and preparing to order closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which has been at the center of the debate over the treatment of U.S. prisoners in the campaign against terror. Acting on several promises he made during the campaign, Obama met with top generals about Abercrombie speeding the withdrawal from Iraq and gathered his senior economic advisers as he continued to push for a massive government spending bill to create jobs. He also signed a series of executive orders and directives intended to slow the revolving door between government service and lobbying, and ordered his administration to more freely share information with the public. Today, he will issue another SEE OBAMA A2 Oprah Winfrey was there with her companion, Stedman Graham. Wynton Marsalis was blowing horn with his band. And U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawai'i who had stumped for Obama a year ago in the icy Dakotas as an oddity of a Hawai'i congressman pushing a black senator from Illi- SEE PARTY, A5 J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE Associated Press Vice President Joe Biden hammed it up as the president signed executive documents at yesterday's staff meeting in the executive office building. luadkeit defeM cMkmiges state Pampering is love When your problems mount, do things that mend body and spirit ISLAND LIFE I D1 Shop around for deals Are You Buying This? columnist says to look beyond seasonal sales BUSINESS B7 Last season for Benny? Agbayani, a 1 989 Saint Louis alum, soon to begin 1 7th pro season SPORTS CI THE ADVERTISER'S BL0GS He Hawai'i Au Trisha Kehaulani Watson takes on issues in the Native Hawaiian and environmental communities. Check out her new blog covering "hot topics" to endearing stories of old at H0N0LULUADVERTISER.COM BLOCS TO SUBSCRIBE, CALL 533-KEWS 4 sections, 40 pages 0' ZT Child abuser ordered to prison BY JIM DOOLEY Advertiser Staff Writer Convicted child abuser Rita Makekau began serving a five-year prison sentence yesterday after Circuit Judge Virginia Crandall reversed an earlier decision that allowed Makekau to remain free. Crandall originally said Makekau could delay the start ot ner sentence while she pursued a claim of immunity from prosecution because of Native Hawaiian sover- Makekau But yesterday Crandall granted a motion from prosecutor Peter Carlisle to reconsider her earlier ruling and sent Makekau to prison. Makekau, 58, pleaded no contest to eight counts of abusing five nieces and nephews in 2004 and 2005 in what prosecutors called a "house of torture." According to court records, she broke and chipped the children's teeth by hitting them with a hammer and left scars SEE MAKEKAU, A10 Free makeup available, but it'll be gone pretty soon BY ROBBIE DINGEMAN Advertiser Staff Writer Hundreds of people lined up in department stores in Hawai'i and across the country yesterday to scoop up free mascara, shower gel and other cosmetics as the result of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit. At Ala Moana, word spread by cell phone, through families and on the Web that in this day of rising prices and shrinking salaries stores were giving away about $25 worth of quality cosmetics to each customer who asked. The giveaway amounts to $175 million worth of free cosmetics being distributed at various department stores in sev- SEE MAKEUP, A10 1a, THE PHQ3LEM State now projecting budget deficits of: 0 13.4 IIIIIHUII III the fiscal year ending June 2010. $549.8 million in the fiscal year ending June 2011. POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS Lingle is considering several options, including: Salary and benefit cuts for state workers. Higher taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. Transferring money from Honolulu's rail transit tax to the state's general fund. Deeper cuts to state department budgets. Repealing the high-technology tax credits, known as Act 221. LEGISLATURE 2009 BRUCE ASATO The Honolulu Advertiser of the 2009 legislative session. challenges to face the state. INSIDE Excerpts from Sen. Colleen Hanabusa's speech A8 cane relief fund, and repealing the high-technology tax credits known as Act 22L Georgina Kawamura, the state's budget director, cautioned SEE BUDGET, A2 referring to the state Capitol. Georgina Kawamura, the state's budget director, said one year's worth of proceeds from the transit tax about $165.3 million could be transferred to the state's general fund to help close a budget deficit. The tax surcharge could then be extended for a year be- SEE TRANSIT, A2 I The budget deficit was the main focus yesterday during opening day House and Senate leaders said the deficit is among the most serious Kwi THE ADVERTISER'S VIDEO REPORTS See a video and more photos at H0K0LULUADVERTISER.COM Options to combat shortfall offered on opening day of session BY DERRICK DePLEDGE AND PETER BOYLAN Advertiser Government Writers The Lingle administration yesterday suggested several op- tions to close the state's budget deficit, including salary and ben- efit cuts for state workers, high- er taxes on cigarettes and alco- hoi, and transferring money Djou muter rail project be diverted temporarily to help balance the Classifieds B12-16 Comics D7 Crosswords D2 Editorials A8 Movie ads D5 Nation and World A3 Obituaries B2 Stocks BIO TV listings' D6 Weather I A4 City rejects raiding rail tax from Honolulu's rail transit tax to the state's general fund. The administration also raised the possibility of furloughs for state workers, deeper cuts to state departments, transferring money from the state's hurri- state budget. Kirk Caldwell, the city's managing director, called the proposal a "terrible idea." "It's ill-conceived, ill-timed, and it's a money grab by some in the square building," Caldwell said, Garcia Plan is a 'money grab' by state officials, says managing director BY PETER BOYLAN AND DERRICK DePLEDGE Advertiser Government Writers City officials were not pleased yesterday with the suggestion that a tax dedicated to Honolulu's $5.3 billion com- COPYRIGHT, 2009 0 A GANNETT NEWSPAPER Ma K1 ((Mi Buy Today, Install Tomorrow! Go to for details.

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