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BLOG: AN OUTSTANDING WEEK IN SAMOA



Starkey: Polamalu goes deep

The Steelers finally made their new offensive coordinator available to the media Tuesday. But rather than listen to Todd Haley talk about David Johnson’s blocking technique, I opted for something a little deeper.

OK, a lot deeper.

I opted for a chat with Troy Polamalu.

I’ve spent nearly a quarter-century in this business and hope to spend a quarter-century more, but I doubt I’ll find an athlete as fascinating or as humble as this one.



New information available on road maintenance fund

fili@samoanews.com

Information available through the fiscal year 2012 budget for the ASG Road Maintenance Fund - funded with a percent from the gasoline excise tax - shows that about $650,000 is allocated in FY 2012 for this program.

The amount is not enough to upkeep the deteriorating road conditions island wide which has gotten worse over the past week and half due to heavy rain.



Motion granted to extend deadline in Haleck lawsuit

fili@samoanews.com

The federal court in Washington D.C. has granted a motion by an attorney representing the  U.S. Interior Department to extend the deadline in which the defense is to file a response in the lawsuit by the Haleck family over its long legal battle with American Samoa Government for the development of the 23 acres of Naumati property at the Ottoville Low Rain Forest.



Family grants match savings to buy homes, reduce debt

The Hawaii Family Finance Project, funded in part by the U.S. Treasury department and First Hawaiian Bank, has launched a statewide initiative to match savings funds of families to improve credit scores and achieve homeownership. Eligible households can apply to receive four dollars in matching grant funds for every dollar saved up to a maximum of $8,000 in match on $2,000 saved by a family.



More tax refund checks released

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Friday the Treasury Department released batch #10 of tax refund checks for those who filed up to Apr. 14., after 2pm.

Tax Office manager Melvin Joseph said the total amount of refund checks released yesterday comes to $402,113 -  which is $163,750 for local and $238,373 for the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), funded by the U.S. Internal Revenue Services.



Creflo Dollar denies punching, choking daughter

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) -- Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar staunchly denied Sunday that he punched and choked his 15-year-old daughter in an argument, telling his congregation the allegations made in a police report are nothing but "exaggeration and sensationalism."

"I will say this emphatically: I should have never been arrested," Dollar said in his first public appearance two days after police charged him with misdemeanor counts of simple battery and cruelty to children.



MCDONALD’S ANNOUNCES THIS YEAR’S SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

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McDonald’s American Samoa officials yesterday announced this year's scholarship recipients at a luncheon hosted at their main office in Fagatogo.

For school year 2012-2013, McDonald’s awarded one off-island scholarship of $8,000 to Ms. Teuilafestival Lemisio, who is attending the University of Hawai’i at Hilo campus. Four scholarships each at $1,200 were awarded for the American Samoa Community College.



Super athletic Ulu Porter making a name in NW

One of the most athletic prospects in the south Puget Sound this year, and a kid that could see recruiting pick up with a good summer is Graham-Kapowsin LB/DL Ulu Porter, a 6'2", 230-pounder, who put up solid numbers as a junior this past fall. Northwest Elite Index caught up with the talented athlete recently, and got the scoop on how his offseason is progressing and what his itinerary looks like in the coming weeks and months...



Fish pedicures: Baghdad's newest sign of progress?

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The latest luxury spa in Iraq's capital offers another small sign of life creeping closer to normalcy - if your definition of "normal" includes having tiny fish nibble on your feet.