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MOI KERESETA — A 58-year-old man from Faleniu, accused by the government of breaking the glass door of a store, after the storeowner refused to sell him beer because he was already intoxicated, was among the 14 people taken into police custody over the weekend. Moi Kereseta, aka Mr. Saleka, is...
The atrium area of the EOB in Utulei was jammed packed yesterday afternoon after participants in the Summer Youth Employment Program were notified that their paychecks were ready for pick-up. [photo: Sabrina Sinapati]
The more than 800 youth who are currently working under the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) this year did not receive paychecks this past Monday, which was government payday. Since then, Samoa News has been bombarded with phone calls and email inquiries from parents wanting to know when...
Commander for the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Marine Safety Detachment Unit in Pago Pago, Lt. Tanner Stiehl confirmed to Samoa News yesterday that one of the three incidents mentioned by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga in a July 13th letter to the USCG and AS-EPA involved a product that is not...
It would seem the financial woes of American Samoa are pervasive — affecting all areas of government, including the Public Defender’s Office. And while a shortage of lawyers is its oft complaint, this time, a complaint is being made against the Public Defender’s Office for not paying the bill of a...
On July 10, 1968, Brian Cruz Conboy was born at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center. Brian is being held by his mother Josephine who moved to the territory with her husband Roy and their children after Roy received a contract job to work as principal for Nua Elementary School in 1966. Brian returned to his birthplace two weeks ago, 49 years after he left. See story for full details.  [photo: courtesy]
For his 49th birthday, Brian Cruz Conboy knew exactly where he wanted to celebrate. On a tiny island in the South Pacific where he was born — American Samoa. Brian, a Palagi man whose parents relocated to the territory back in the 1960s, returned home to Long Beach, CA last Friday after visiting...
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14 TAKEN INTO POLICE CUSTODY OVER THE WEEKEND It was a busy weekend for police responding to calls for assistance. Fourteen people were taken into custody and held at the Territorial Correctional Facility over the weekend. They appeared yesterday morning for their initial appearances before...
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Some senators have suggested that the Education Department hire security guards to watch over public school facilities at night and over the weekend to prevent break-ins and damages to school property. The suggestion, along with recommendations to build fences around all public school campuses, was...
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An oversight hearing on “Assessing Current Conditions and Challenges at LBJ in American Samoa” will take place today in the nation's capital. Invited witnesses already in Washington DC to answer inquiries are: Thomas Bussanich Director of the Budget Office of Insular Affairs, Department of the...
Samoans living in the U.S. are less likely to have excellent or very good health compared to Guamanians or Chamorro persons and Native Hawaiians, according to some key findings in a health report released last Friday by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 99-page report on...
Texan aviator and pilot Brian Lloyd (middle) on the tarmac at the Pago Pago International Airport, with people who serviced his plane last Saturday night, upon arrival for a stopover in American Samoa, around 9 p.m. Lloyd is on an around-the-world solo flight to commemorate American female aviator, Amelia Earhart’s famous flight 80-years ago. Pictured with him (L-R) Jason Pritchard of Pritchard’s Airport Service — a local airport ground handling company — an airport police officer, and the PAS crew. [photo:
American Samoa was the stopover point, for rest and refueling, for Texas pilot Brian Lloyd who is flying solo on his single engine plane around the world, to commemorate American female aviator Amelia Earhart’s famous flight 80-years ago. “My plan is to take with me some flowers or flower leis to...

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