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HAWAII NEWS MOM

Nicole is Hawaii News Now's social media doer, web writer and a former 5 p.m. producer, But she most identifies as a mom of two boys who survive with both parents in the biz. Fueled by laughter and coffee, Nicole shares parenting headlines and all things that keep her sane(ish).

BEHIND THE SCREENS

Waking up before dawn every day for our ‘Sunrise’ morning show means Ian Scheuring has lots of time to take you “Behind The Screens” at Hawaii News Now once the show signs off. Be ready for news, sports, pop culture and whatever else crosses his mind.

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Modern menaces for a modern Halloween

Here is a question for you on this fine, sunny Halloween 2014. What is the scariest letter of the alphabet? James Thurber, a one-time State Department code clerk who spent three decades at The New Yorker drawing cartoons and writing articles until his death in 1961 at the age of…

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Let’s give the whole berm idea some serious thought

The reflexive thinking about lava is that Madame Pele will do what she wants and it does no good to try to deflect her. But the truth, whether you choose to anthropomorphize it or not, is that the lava has demonstrated in the current flow that it is amenable to…

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A UH professor, two wild novels, and the Higgs

CERN, the world’s largest atom smasher, in a circular tunnel beneath the suburbs of Geneva, Switzerland, has inspired some wild fiction while in real life it search for facts on sub-atomic particles we once only dreamed of. Dan Brown’s 2000 novel “Angels and Demons” was based on antimatter being created…

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A UH professor, two wild novels, and the Higgs boson

CERN, the world’s largest atom smasher, in a circular tunnel beneath the suburbs of Geneva, Switzerland, has inspired some wild fiction while in real life it search for facts on sub-atomic particles we once only dreamed of. Dan Brown’s 2000 novel “Angels and Demons” was based on the idea of…

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Terrorism, government, and fingerprints

The laminate on my driver’s license began to pull off the first time I used it for I.D. at the then-new Hawaiian Airlines self check-in kiosk, and gradually it came off completely. TSA screeners didn’t seem to care, but then the license image itself began to fade. Time for a…

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Music Post: The several sides of Dmitri Shostakovich

We classical music fans have a boundless capacity to forgive composers for their character flaws provided we like their music enough. We forgive Bach and Beethoven and Brahms for being irrascible, and Wagner for being a philandering deadbeat anti-Semite. In the 20th century, when so many emigrated to America rather…

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California’s overriding issue

A water emergency has been declared by the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, serving 1 million customers, citing record low water levels after three years of below-average rain. The Salton Sea, in far southern California, could dry up altogether at its current rate of evaporation. California’s largest lake…

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Our topical storm (Ana)

Everybody talks about the weather but nobody needs to do much about it. Hurricane Ana, our current topical storm, disrupted a number of flights that use smaller aircraft, and there was a fair amount of road flooding, and we don’t do a lot of fishing tours during hurricanes. But the…

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Music Post: Three views of a composer

I assume Jaco Pastorius meant the title of his Weather Report composition “Three Views of a Secret,” to refer to three fragmentary themes stitched together in a single excellent piece. On my public radio show this weekend I’ll  offer different perspectives on more than a dozen composers by playing three…

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Concern about health care professionals’ judgement goes viral

President Obama today named an ebola czar, a White House official who will superintend America’s ebola response, reporting directly to Susan Rice and Lisa Monaco, the president’s national security and homeland security advisors. He is Ron Klain, former chief of staff to Vice President Biden and before that Vice President…