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Lolo: DBAS administers Section 1602 by the rules

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The federal low income housing grant for low income families called Section 1602 was in the spotlight last week Friday, when DBAS president Lolo Letalu Moliga came before the House Government Operations Committee to explain the program.

The brief hearing — lasting a little over a half hour — gave Lolo the floor to explain the program, which included a report, “American Samoa Section 1602 Summary” that he passed out to lawmakers.



Togiola commits to hosting Coral Reef meeting

Governor Tauese Sunia Ocean Center will be opened during the meeting
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American Samoa will host in August the meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force which will be Gov. Togiola Tulafono’s last commitment to the federally created panel, charged with the preservation and protection of the nation’s coral reefs ecosystem.



Samoa News Guest Editorial: “Toe Timata le Upega”

The Fale Tele in Utulei is almost completely built and it is a breathtaking project that showcases the beauty of our culture and architecture. 

 Although he would be the last person to want to take credit for it, we owe this colossal achievement to the late Secretary of Samoan Affairs, Paramount Chief Tufele F. Li'amatua.  His persuasive and pleasant demeanor made it difficult for anyone to refuse him.



Court Report

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PARENTS CHARGED FOR ALLEGED BEATING  OF DAUGHTER

A mother and father made their initial appearance before the District Court yesterday morning on allegations that they badly beat their daughter over the weekend. The father spent the weekend in jail, while the mother was booked and released because she has minor children.

Samoa News is withholding the names of the defendants to protect the identity of the daughter involved.



First man charged under 2010 stalking law strikes plea agreement

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The first man charged under the territory’s stalking law, which became effective in 2010, has entered into a plea agreement with the government.

Tasesa Kuresa, 37 years old, was charged with attempted felonious restraint, endangering the welfare of a child, stalking, public peace disturbance and third degree assault.



JROTC Command Formal Inspection gives top marks to local high schools

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On Wednesday February 29, the American Samoa Multiple School Units Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs concluded their Command Formal Inspection (CFI), with the six local high schools that host the JROTC program— Faga’itua, Samoana, Tafuna, Manu’a, Leone and Kanana Fou High Schools.



New iPad expected to have modest upgrades

NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple is expected to reveal a new iPad model on Wednesday, with a sharper screen and perhaps an option for faster wireless broadband. The upgrades are relatively minor, but the iPad is secure in its position as the king of tablets.



Vets prone to drug addiction get risky painkillers

CHICAGO (AP) -- Morphine and similar powerful painkillers are sometimes prescribed to recent war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress along with physical pain, and the consequences can be tragic, a government study suggests.



Financier Stanford convicted in $7 billion fraud

HOUSTON (AP) -- Former Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford, whose financial empire once spanned the Americas and made him fabulously wealthy, was convicted Tuesday of bilking his investors out of more than $7 billion through a Ponzi scheme he operated for 20 years.



Marketplace is THE place to be on First Friday

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First Friday at the Fagatogo Marketplace has become a great place to take the family. Many different ethnic dishes are being offered, including wonderful Samoan delicacies fresh from the umu.

One can also find many beautiful handicrafts at the marketplace which have been made locally. Shown here, a vendor selling pale fuiono, a part of the tuiga (headdress worn by taupou).