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Leah McKenzie, of Long Beach standing before the mural.
Long Beach, CALIFORNIA — In a vacant fenced-in North Long Beach dirt lot just a few doors down from where Leah McKenzie grew up, a mural depicting the 21-year-old now emblazons a bordering wall once used by neighborhood kids to play handball. The mural, part of an effort to beautify blighted areas...
Sen. Galea’i M. Tu’uufuli
This January 2016 Samoa News photo shows Sen. Galea’i M. Tu’uufuli in his Senate seat inside the Senate chamber. Galea’i passed away yesterday in California. “Our father passed away peacefully around 11:11a.m. yesterday (California time) at the hospital,” one of his sons, Maverick Galea’i told...
Crystal Meth
Santa Ana, CA — A Samoan man and his wife are among eight defendants who were arrested this past Tuesday and charged under a grand jury indictment at the federal court in Santa Ana, CA in connection with an alleged scheme to send methamphetamine to Hawai’i, according to federal prosecutors. The US...
Samoan and Hawaiian firefighters
Redding, CALIFORNIA — Twenty-one firefighters from American Samoa and Hawai’i were welcomed with prayer, food, drumming, dancing and singing by North State Native Americans in a historic gathering on Tuesday night in Redding. “When we first heard they were coming” to help fight the Carr Fire, “we...
San Diego Fire Dept. recruiting Captain Shanley with firefighters from the National Park of American Samoa. They came to assist California with the Carr Fire in Redding.  Thanks to them and the thousands of firefighters from all over the United States who have converged on California.  "Neighbors...
U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Ulu Elia Porter
Fort Irwin,, CA — American Samoa native and graduate of Samoana High School, U.S. Army Maj. Ulu Elia Porter was recently selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. He’s currently Chief of the Department of Behavioral Health at Weed Army Community Health Hospital at Fort Irwin, California. The 16...
Li’avaa Moevao
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A few months into the job, the Treasury Department announced early this week Li’avaa Moevao's resignation effective July 20, 2018, saying that the former Customs Chief has accepted a position as Senior Pastor for the Congressional Christian Church in Huntington Beach,...
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Chief Justice Michael Kruse has postponed to next Friday, sentencing for Paulo Paulo Jr. because he wants to know more about the defendant's family background. Paulo Jr., who is still in custody unable to post a $5,000 surety bond, pled guilty to unlawful possession of...