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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The case against a married man accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl was filed in District Court last week. Sapena Anesi, 45, made his initial appearance last week. He is charged with two counts of first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony; and two class A...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Hawaiian Airlines has set extra flights for the usual busy Christmas holiday travel between Honolulu and Pago Pago, as the Honolulu-based carrier is “working hard” to finalize a deal on the remaining issues to avoid a flight attendant strike. Honolulu station, KITV-...
Faimalotoa Kika Stowers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoa's Minister of Health Faimalotoa Kika Stowers is calling on communities to unite as part of efforts to stop the abandonment of babies. Faimalotoa said now was not the time to point the finger, but rather the community needed to address a "mortifying and inhumane...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Washington, D.C— Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced the introduction of H.R. 4589. This bill, sponsored by Rep. TJ Cox (D-CA) with Reps. Aumua Amata (R-AS), Susie Lee (D-NV), and Greg Steube (R-FL), would give permanent authorization for the VA Grant Program for the transportation of highly rural...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is seeking a $570 civil money penalty (CMP) against KM Inc., d.b.a KM — located in Petesa — for violating provisions of the FDA’s tobacco regulations, at least three times within a 24-...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA  — A 44-year-old farmer who drove his wife to Leone for the alleged purpose of beating and killing her because of his suspicions that she was having an affair with a bus driver was arrested last week. The government claims that the suspect’s plan to kill his wife was...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 36-year-old man convicted of assaulting another man by poking his neck with a knife and punching him in the face multiple times is going to jail. Anapapa Mulitalo, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, unable to post a $15,000 surety bond, has been...
Rendering of proposed new Fono Building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The House approved last Thursday an Administration bill, which increases member contribution and provides a profit allocation from the American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority (ASTCA) to the ASG Employees’ Retirement Fund (ASGERF). The measure, which was introduced...
Apia, SAMOA & Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — I lay on the mat of the open-air bungalow in Apia, Samoa, looking up at a gecko. As its tail quivered, I felt a sympathetic twitch in my leg. Su'a Sulu'ape Paulo III, the sixth-generation Samoan hand-tap tattoo master leaning over me, paused to see if...
[l-r] Pita ‘Pete’ Tanielu, with his mother, Sapapali’i and sister, Edwina last Saturday at Lions Park
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two members of the Tanielu family — Edwina and Blessing — were awarded scholarships from One Global Family Foundation (OGFF) at last Saturday’s Leions Park memorial service commemorating the 10th anniversary of the deadly 2009 tsunami. Their father was among the victims...

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