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Cool Stuff: Lansky Sharpeners

My dearest wife remains extremely jealous of my affectionate hands on relationship with my Woodsman Pal and my groovy Solomon Island Lawn Mower, both Cool Stuff classics.  Well she can now add to her envious green the curvacious alluring lines of Lansky's "The Puck."  



Hawkeye: Having it our way!

“Say what you mean, Mean what you say, but do not say it mean.”

“It’s better to be on the ground wishing you were flying than flying and wishing you were on the ground.”

Hawkeye was reading in one of his favorite magazines where many people are seeking cheaper ways to take their vacations. One that really struck Hawkeyes fancy, was learning that many Homo-sapiens are taking back to the hills and streams in search of that long coveted mineral: “Gold.”



Skipper Vaiolo: “The Matasaua is not afraid of any fautasi”

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The new captain of the Manu’a District fautasi, Matasaua ll boldly proclaims that the “Matasaua is not afraid of any fautasi”. 



Flag Day coordinating committees set up

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Lt. Gov. Faoa A. Sunia, co-chair of the 2012 Flag Day Committee, issued a Mar. 30 memorandum with the appointed members and chairs of the Coordinating Committees for the 2012 Flag Day.

“I ask that the chairpersons of each committee make sure that those who are appointed to various committees understand that there is an overtime freeze in government,” he said in the memo. “Work on Flag Day activities is voluntary beyond a scheduled 40-hour work week.”



Court Report

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DANIEL CHANG



Nauer pleads delay “for medical health reasons”

Solofa asks for sentencing delay also
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Former Department of Education (DOE) school bus division supervisor Gustav Nauer's sentencing has been continued yet again, this time at the defendant's request “for medical health reasons”. He was scheduled to be sentenced yesterday at the federal court in Honolulu after being the federal prosecutors’ star witness during the January 2012 trial of former DOE official Paul Solofa.



House approves amended $10 million LBJ referral bill

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The Administration’s $10 million appropriation bill for LBJ Medical Center's off-island medical referral program was approved by the House in its second reading on Thursday.

The bill goes through third and final reading on Monday and is expected to be approved before being forwarded to the Senate, for consideration. The Senate rejected its own version of the $10 million bill this week, which was to be funded by increasing excise taxes on alcohol, beer and tobacco, a hike in business license fees and two new taxes, a $2,000 corporate franchise tax and 4% wage tax.



Former teacher admits having sex with student

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A former 26 year-old teacher has admitted in court he had sexual intercourse with his 13 year old student leading to the young girl giving birth.

Tone Pulou’s admission came after he entered into a plea agreement with the government. The former teacher pled guilty to a charge of rape while the government moved to dismiss charges of sexual abuse in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child.



ASCC/SSI hosts students from abroad

As part of its Mission Statement, the Samoan Studies Institute (SSI) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) emphasizes community service as a means of maintaining the Samoan culture.  As one unique form of community service, the SSI facilitates cultural exchange between ASCC students and off-island visitors who wish to gain firsthand experience of life in our islands.



Flag Day Fiva! Fautasi captains draw lanes for heat

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Deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Samoan Affairs Nanai Afuola chaired a meeting of fautasi captains and the 2012 Flag Day fautasi committee on Thursday where the kapiteni drew lanes their fautasi would start from in next Saturday’s heat.