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C J: Outcome could have been worse if cops armed

CJ chastises attorneys, cops and defendant in assault trial
joy@samoanews.com

Speaking hypothetically, Chief Justice Michael Kruse says a defendant who was accused of swinging a tire iron at a police officer might not be sitting in court for sentencing if the Police Commissioner’s move to have police officers armed was in effect when the confrontation took place early last year.
 



Performing arts festival part of pre-Flag Day events

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Faleniu Youth was one of the groups that performed yesterday during the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs and annual Arts Council performing arts festival, which runs through tomorrow night at Su’igaula o le Atuvasa at Utulei Beach Park.

The DYWA & Arts Council festivities coincide with the territory’s 2014 Flag Day celebration, which culminates on Thursday, with a flag raising ceremony and pese & siva at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Ili’ili.



Galeai plans Senate hearing to probe LBJ fiasco

Says residents suffer — let the CEO do his job
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As chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee, Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli plans to assemble an investigative team to look into “the power struggle” within LBJ Medical Center, whose Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Davis-Fleming has accused the hospital board of micromanaging hospital operations, and perhaps it’s time to discuss terms of his resignation.
 



‘Babies having babies’ is a form of child abuse

Local faith based organization advocates abstinence to end teen pregnancy
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A local faith-based, not-for-profit organization is advocating abstinence in an effort to reduce the rise in teenage pregnancy, which has been described by a church minister as a “great problem in American Samoa” and the organization is calling for abstinence — or abstaining from sexual relations — among teenagers, both boys and girls.
 



Two men to serve time in jail for importing marijuana from Samoa

joy@samoanews.com

How many sailors bring in goods— bypassing board controls, frustrating the customs and quarantine laws— was the question posed by Chief Justice Michael Kruse to the government when handing down the sentences for Fatu Vagana and a Lady Naomi sailor, Liki Kerisimasi, both charged in connection with drugs imported into the territory — 470 marijuana joints —  from neighboring Samoa.
 



Court Report

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CJ DENIES ASG’S MOTION TO CONSOLIDATE MAJOR SEX CASE
 
Last week Thursday, Chief Justice Michael Kruse denied the government’s motion to consolidate three separate cases against Hanipale Malae, his wife Asenati Malae and one of the girl’s who was a victim but later changed her story, denying anything happened.
 



DYWA graduates nine from hospitality training course

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Last Thursday, nine women graduated from the first hospitality training xourse conducted by Ms. Alanieta Lavenawasa as part of an apprenticeship with the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs (DYWA) to empower local women. 
 
According to DYWA Deputy Directory Pa’u Roy Ausage, the 10-week training started earlier this year on January 26 and most of the practicum was conducted at the Mapusaga Emergency Homeless Shelter, which is operated by the DYWA. 
 



Community Briefs

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REFERENDUM FOR 2014 ELECTION SENT TO ELECTION OFFICE
 
An amendment to the local Constitution dealing with the Fono’s veto override authority will be voted on in this year’s general election after an official communication last week from Acting Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga was transmitted to chief election officer Tuaolo M. Fruean.
 



Vatia man attempting to stop runaway truck loses his life

joy@samoanews.com

A 49-year-old truck driver from Vatia died Friday afternoon as a result of an accident in Satala, and the Department of Public Safety is continuing its investigation, says Commissioner William Bill Haleck in response to Samoa News queries Friday evening.
 
Samoa News spoke to one witness who viewed the tragic incident. According to Mata Siona who was heading east to drop off a delivery to stores on the East Side. “As we approached Satala, I saw a container truck coming down from the hill, but I was shocked because there was no driver.”
 



DOE Director's decision to cancel extra curricular events prompts backlash, criticism

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To meet required instruction days which were reduced due to the pink eye outbreak, Education Department director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau has canceled all extra curricular school events for the rest of the current school year and the move has prompted criticism posted on social media for all the world to see.
 
All public schools on Tutuila were closed for the rest of last week due to the pink eye epidemic and Vaitinasa sent out a memo late last week to DOE staff thanking them for their efforts to reduce the further spread of pink eye.
 



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