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Archive - May 18, 2012

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"Passing of Larry Gandy"

Uti and Family,

So sad to read in today's paper about Larry's passing last week. One of my original friends in American Samoa through Rotary and his ham radio work. He was also an occasional help with engineering issues at the old WVUV. Be strong and wish him God speed as you bid farewell this weekend.

Rick Petri



'Ring of Fire' eclipse visible from China to Texas

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sunrises and sunsets often dazzle, but they'll have a special ring to them in a few days for people in the western United States and eastern Asia: The moon will slide across the sun, blocking everything but a blazing halo of light.



Wake for Mary Kennedy held amid apparent rift

BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) -- The two sides of Mary Richardson Kennedy's grieving family faced off in court Friday, just hours before she was mourned at a wake at the estate where she committed suicide.

Details of the legal dispute were sealed by a judge, but it came as the Kennedy and Richardson families were finalizing arrangements for separate memorial services for the 52-year-old architect and environmentalist, who hanged herself Wednesday. Mary and Robert Kennedy had been going through a lengthy, contested divorce.



Georgia woman learns toll of flesh-eating bacteria

ATLANTA (AP) -- Faced with the prospect of losing both hands and her one remaining foot, a young Georgia woman battling to survive a case of flesh-eating bacteria that has already claimed one leg mouthed the words "Let's do this."

Aimee Copeland, 24, "shed no tears, she never batted an eyelash," her father, Andy Copeland, wrote on Facebook on Friday about the conversation he and his wife had with their daughter the day before.

"I was crying because I am a proud father of an incredibly courageous young lady," Copeland wrote.



Amid evidence cache in Martin case, questions nag

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Prosecutors in the Trayvon Martin case dumped a mountain of evidence on the public this week. In many criminal cases, that would bring clarity, start answering the basic questions.

But no one - not pundits, attorneys or the public - can safely say we're even close to knowing exactly how and why neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed the 17-year-old in the black hoodie.

So many aspects of the Feb. 26 altercation and shooting in Sanford remain muddy. Who threw the first punch? Why did Zimmerman leave his car?



Finau pea le VA i le mataupu ma le malo

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E ui o lea ua tuuina mai le faaiuga a le Faamasinoga Apili e teena ai le talosaga a le Asosi o Fitafita Tuai a Amerika Samoa (ASVA), mo se avanoa e taofi ai le faataunuuina o le poloaiga a le faamasinoga a’o faatalitali ai se faaiuga o le talosaga Apili, peitai na taua e nisi o sui o le VA e faapea, tusa lava pe ua teena le latou talosaga, latou te finauina pea le mataupu ua i luma o le faamasinoga.



Tu’uaia toeaina 65 fai uiga mataga teineititi 13 tausaga

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E fa moliaga ua tuuaia ai e le malo se tama matua pe a ma le 65 tausaga mai Aua, i lona faia lea o ni uiga mataga i se  teineititi e 13 tausaga le matua e pei ona tuuaia ai o ia e le malo.

O moliaga ua faia faasaga i lenei tama e aofia ai le faia o uiga faasotoma, faia o uiga faafeusuaiga, tagofia o itutinosa o se teineititi e laititi i lalo o le tulafono, atoa ai ma lona faia o ni gaioiga e ono lamatia ai le saogalemu



Tala o Faamasinoga

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JUDY MATAUTIA

O le aso 15 Iuni lea ua faatulaga ai le uluai iloiloga a Judy Matautia, ina ua na teena moliaga faasaga ia te ia i le taeao ananafi, i luma o le Faamasinoga Maualuga, tauala mai i lana loia o Mike White.

E le’i fa’ataunu’uina le ulua’i iloiloga a Mata’utia i luma o le Fa’amasinoga Fa’aitumalo.



Op-Ed: Moving Our Ship Forward, part 4

“Crouch! … Hold! …Touch! … Engage!”

Such are the instructions barked out by the referee in a game of rugby when starting the scrum. For the unschooled in the game of rugby, a scrum restarts playing the game of rugby where each team’s strongest and skilled frontline players engage head-on to fight for control of the ball. Having an effective scrum gives a team the advantage offensively and defensively; hence often determines the outcome of a rugby contest.



LBJ postpones fee hikes

June date scheduled for public hearing on higher fees
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LBJ Medical Center has deferred its proposed facility fee increases that were to be effective next week, while a public hearing is being called for next month to receive comments on the fee hikes.

The government owned medical center announced last month its intention to hike facility fees for patients, with the effective date of May 21. At the time, the hospital hadn’t scheduled a public hearing, but the public was allowed to request one directly with LBJ.