Honolulu Star-Bulletin from Honolulu, Hawaii on October 31, 2008 · 1
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rK,"HrN,,Nr C X J IT'S TIME TO BRING A SPECIAL TOUCH w TO THE SEASON WITH HANDMADE CARDS. D1 17 Sil-(fiirWjMtin V LI FRIDAY OCTOBER 31, 2008 HAWAII'S OLDEST DAILY NEWSPAPER, SINCE 1 882 50$ eto? V -n .III llMH..i ! ....l,. S STARDULLETIN.COM ( Happy Halloween 1y O HAWAII Trial of former HPD officer opens A North Shore craps, cards and cockfighting operation is at the center of a federal trial with a web of charges against five defendants, including former police Sgt. Kevin Brunn and his wife, who are accused of threatening the alleged ringleader with law enforcement action unless he forked over part of the proceeds. A3 O NATION & WORLD NTS jf l,'vT'l:iS;.W..ii: rt .1- v.. ASSOCIATED PRESS SURF PUPS: Jeremy Fry rode a wave on his stand-up paddle board accompanied by his three Jack Russell terriers Rex, Rem! and Roscoe at Cardiff Reef, Calif., yesterday. Fry said he taught the dogs, outfitted in special canine life preservers, to ' " surf in Hawaii. Therapy, drugs ease kids' anxiety Children with disabling anxiety are most likely to recover when treated with a combination of therapy and a popular antidepressant, a study finds. A11 Q BUSINESS Hotel CEO bullish on Hawaii Best Western's chief executive says the chain's Hawaii properties are running about even with last year unlike the hotel's slumping rivals because travelers are seeking quality and value. C8 Q SPORTS Mouton will go both ways for UH Hawaii senior Ryan Mouton did such a good job of playing wideout and defensive back versus Nevada, look for more of the same tomorrow at Utah State. B3 HITTLE ABOUT: Considered more of an offensive player when she began her volleyball career for UH, Tara Hittle has transformed nicely into a libera. B3 ALSO IN TODAY'S PAPER Advice: Dear Abby . . . . D7 LegalsPublic notices . CI 1 Classified ads C12 Movies D3 Comics.;. ...D8 Obituaries ..........CIO Editorials..... .A12 Prime-time TV ..D6 Vol. 127No.2735sertloraCopyright2008AII rights reserved I I I " y o mi run r l r v-H KITV.COM SEE VIDEO AT startullcttfTcom k::' ' ) A NEWLY RELEASED CITY REPORT PREDICTS THAT THE FINAL COST OF THE RAIL TRANSIT PLAN WILL REACH $5 BILLION ; HONOLULU KEY POINTS The report's highlights include: Days before Oahu vot ers decide the fate of the city's proposed multibillion- dollar rail transit system, the city yesterday released a portion of a report detailing the project. ! i The city estimated the cost In 2006 at $3.7 billion, but the report says the cost is $3.9 billion in 2008 dollars. That is expected to approach $5 billion after adjusting for inflation over the life of the project. City transportation officials said the draft environmental Impact statement validates the need for its planned 20-mile elevated rail transit system from Kapolei to Ala Moana. But opponents of Mayor Mufi Hannemann's system, including his challenger for mayor, City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi, criticized the city for releasing only a 10-page executive summary of the report. In 2008 dollars $3.9 billion for Salt Lake route from Kapolei to Ala Moana Center; additional ' $900 million for track to Honolulu Airport The city expects to release the 300-page document during the weekend. Two members of Hawaii's congressional delegation said the report is not related to a ballot question that asks voters to approve the rail system. The summary does not give many details on the project, such as the exact land parcels that might be condemned along the route, which is expected In the full report. . City officials say they are confident there are enough state and federal funds to pay for the system. ; y- LAURIE AU PAGE AS ' 21 percent to 23 percent cut in projected traffic congestion in 2030 157 to 177 partial parcels could be acquired, which include land condemnations 34 or 35 parcels will be full acquisitions 20 residences, one church and 62 to 67 business could be relocated rrrrr 3 18 to 23 residential buildings would experience "moderate noise" Source: City and County of Honolulu .Candidates' tax plans help different groups Now, 2 Great Furniture Showrooms Downtown in the Honolulu Design Center and at Pearlridge Center Uptown Open daily at 10am. Free & easy packing. . . ' - If you are on a neighbor island just call us toll free at; 1 888.553.5522 Or visit us online: inspirationinteriors.com ' , , , ? : ; : U ; ' v ' 1 Pearlridoc Center Uptown 98-1005 Moanalu Roao r 184-0245 Honoiulu DesiCn CenieR 1250 Kapiiani Blvd. ' 7:956-1250 9 American house' holds with incomes of less than $100,000 a year would benefit more from Sen. Barack Obama's tax plans than from Sen. John McCain's, according to two independent analyses of the presidential candidates' tax proposals. Conversely, those making $250,000 a year and above would usually pay less in taxes under McCain, R-Ariz., who would cut taxes generally on par with Obama, D-111., for those making $100,000 to $250,000 a year, the analyses found. Pointing to Joe the plumber, McCain has Insisted that Obama's tax policies would hurt small businesses and upwardly mobile individuals while providing welfare for low-Income Americans. Obama has been fighting those accusations. NEWS SERVICES PAGE At Hawaii auto sales stall Hawaii auto dealerships are feeling the effects of the severe economic downturn, which resulted In a 20.3 percent year-over-year drop In sales through the first three quarters. , The decline Is significantly worse than the 13.7 percent slide In national car sales, according to the latest Hawaii Auto Outlook. New-car sales statewide totaled 34,995 through September, compared with 43,913 in the same period last year. Maui dealerships were hit the hardest with a 28.3 percent decline in sales to 3,956. Oahu sales fell 16.9 percent to 25,095. KRISTEN CONSILUO PAGE At NO ZOOM ZOOM The Hawaii Automobile Dealers' Association forecast for the state 's new retail light vehicle registrations with the percentage change from the previous year YEAR REGISTRATIONS PCT. 2008 45,295 2009 43,750 2010 46,000 2011 50,500 -21.356 -3.4 5.1 9.8 COLUMNISTS From Hilo to Hollywood Screen Time: Katherine Nichols, below, checks in with former Hilo resident Blake Kushi, who played the owner of a Chinese restaurant on this week's "Pushing Daisies." D1 Editorial: Maui's Shane Victorino deserves the attention he is receiving In helping lead the Philadelphia Phillies to their World Series title. Also, charging women more for health lnsur-. ance is unfair. A12 (. i PEOPLE Millions watch Obama ad NEW YORK Nielsen Media Re- . search estimated that 33.6 million people watched Barack Obama's half-hour television commercial Wednesday night. The spot ran simultaneously on CBS, NBC, Fox, BET, UnMsion, MSNBC and TV One, and aides said it cost the campaign roughly $4 million. It profiled sev eral Americans struggling with a tough economy, and . Obama offered his ideas for a turnaround. ABC did not run Obama's commercial, Instead showing its drama "Pushing Daisies," which attracted 6.6 mil- lionviewers. In 1992, presidential candidate Ross Perot ran a " half-hour Infomercial watched by 22.7 million. ASSOCIATED PRESS MORE PEOPLE, 07 A4 ,8674 Sunny tomorrow. A4 BEACH CONDITIONS www.hawaiibeachsafety.org Subscriptions 5294848 Classifieds 524-STAR Newsroom 529-4747 I m 3781"Q0001

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