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FEDS GIVEN UNTIL OCT. 31 TO RESPOND TO CITIZENSHIP SUIT

U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon has granted the U.S. State Department’s request for additional time to respond to a citizenship lawsuit led by Leneuoti F. Tuaua,  five other individuals and a Samoan organization based in California.

Leon, based at the federal court in Washington D.C, has given the defendants until Oct. 31 to respond to the complaint, which seeks a declaratory judgement that the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution applies throughout the United States including American Samoa.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs were born in American Samoa and therefore are U.S. citizens by virtue of the Citizenship Clause.

Attorney for the State Department sought a time extension due to other pressing matters pending in other federal cases. Attorney for the plaintiffs didn’t object to the time extension.

FIRST CRUISE SHIP FOR NOVEMBER THIS COMING WEEK

The American Samoa Visitor’s Bureau says two cruise ships will be calling into the Port of Pago Pago this month, with the first one, ‘Sapphire Princess’, a regular visitor, arriving Nov. 3.

Arriving from Apia, Samoa in the morning, the ship is expected to bring more than 1500 passengers and crew, before heading to Suva, Fiji.  Arrival and departure times should be known by early next week.

The next ship to call into Pago Pago is the ‘Celebrity Millennium’ making its maiden visit to the territory on Nov. 9, arriving from Hilo, Hawai’i around 7a.m. before heading to Apia around 4p.m, according to the Visitor’s Bureau e-Newsletter. This ship carries some 1100 passengers and 900 crew members.

MCCONNEL DOWELL STEPS IN AGAIN TO HELP AFTER FAIPULE’S REQUEST

Tualauta Rep. Larry Sanitoa on Thursday sent a thank you letter to Basil Ake, general manager of McConnel Dowell Inc., for the company’s assistance by providing to the Department of Public Works much needed 150 tons of Hot Mix at a reasonable cost to the government.

“Once again, McConnell Dowell’s generosity will enable DPW to immediately attend to patching the badly damaged road areas in Tualauta and throughout Tutuila,” said Sanitoa, who added that although the road patching work is just a temporary solution, it is certainly a welcome relief for many residents who frequently must travel the pot hole- riddled roads until permanent resurfacing can be implemented.

“Tualauta residents will certainly be ecstatic once they see our roads being repaired and McConnell Dowell’s role in making this possible is greatly appreciated,” he added.

The Hot Mix could not come at a better time after recent rains making the pot holes worse then ever.



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