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Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 9:00 am

Abercrombie apologizes for comments on Inouye letter

Gov. Neil Abercrombie apologized yesterday for comments he made about a letter from U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye that urged the governor to name U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to succeed him.

Abercrombie, at the time, appointed Brian Schatz, his lieutenant governor, to succeed Inouye.

Last week, Abercrombie told the Los Angeles Times that whether the letter could be construed as Inouye's dying wish is problematic.

Irene Hirano Inouye, Inouye's widow, said Abercrombie's comments were hurtful and disrespectful.

Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

East-West Center to host veteran Pakistani and American journalists

Veteran Pakistani and American journalists will visit the East-West Center on Friday for a forum to present current on-the-ground perspectives on Pakistan and U.S. relations, according to a press release.

The forum is part of the EWC Pakistan-US Journalists Exchange, which is now in its fourth year. The journalists exchange brings together journalists to engage in dialogue and a study tour. It serves to increase public understanding of the relationship between these two countries.

The journalists exchange's goal is to promote reporting that is better informed on the issues affecting the two countries.

The conference will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Imin Conference Center. The event includes lunch, which costs $30.

Source: East-West Center Events

Lawmakers say e-cigarette firms are targeting young people

E-cigarette companies are targeting young people with candy flavors and social media ads, according to a report released by Democratic legislators.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin and 10 other Democratic lawmakers released the report, which included a survey of nine e-cigarette companies.

The report found that most companies were using the lack of federal regulations to launch aggressive marketing campaigns targeting minors that would be illegal for regular cigarettes to their advantage.

Between 2012 and 2013, five of the surveyed companies more than doubled their marketing expenditures and regularly promoted their products on social media.

Source: Los Angeles Times


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