Civil Beat introduces HuffPost HawaiiUPDATED 9:01 AM HST Sep 04, 2013Video Transcript
A new NEWS website launches today. Plus... feeling happy? You should be. Those are just some of the stories in todays edition of Civil Beat. Joining us over skype is CIVIL- BEAT-DOT-COM reporter, Chad Blair. WE WERE BOTH AT LAST NIGHT'S TALK STORY SESSION WITH ARIANNA HUFFINGTON AND CIVIL BEAT CEO PIERRE OMIDIYAR AND GOT TO HEAR FIRST HAND THE EXCITING FUTURE OF HUFF POST HAWAII, WHICH LAUNCHES TODAY. Three months ago we announced Civil Beat's partnership with the Huffington Post. Today, we are proud to introduce HuffPost Hawaii. HuffPost Hawaii is full of news - from international and national stories to blogs by local community members, and everything in between. We're especially proud that HuffPost Hawaii will feature select content from Civil Beat, so that we can more broadly share the opportunities and challenges attached to life in paradise ON THE paradise ON THE TOPIC OF SYRIA... THE PRESIDENT HAS PUT THE STRIKE DECISION IN THE HANDS OF CONGRESS, SO IT'S NOW A WAITING GAME TO SEE HOW EVERYONE WILL VOTE. WE KNOW CIVIL BEAT LOOKED CLOSELY AT SEN. BRIAN SCHATZ'S REACTION. Perhaps underestimating the public's lack of enthusiasm for diving into what could be another quagmire in the Middle East, Sen. Brian Schatz http://www.civilbeat. com/topics/brian- schat z/ in the course of this weekend seemed to frist embrace the idea of doing something about Syria - then quickly joined the ranks calling for debate. On Friday, Schatz seemed to embrace President Barack Obama's plan for military action after the administration said the Syrian government had used chemical weapons on its own citizens. On Sunday, however, Schatz released a second statement. Gone was a call for "sending a message." Though his aides strongly disputed the notion Tuesday that the senator had changed his position, the new statement was decidedly different in tone from the first. Schatz's statements are in ntrast tohrponse other members of Hawaii's delegation who e wary of a military rike. On Friday,for example, Rep. Cole Hanabusa tp://www.civilbeat. m/topics/colleen- han usa/ saithe United ates lacks legal sis http://dc808.blogs.ci lbeat.com/post/59808 4831/hanabusa-u-s-la cks-legal- basis-strate -suprt-for , a ng-term stragy and support for a Syria tack. She said it is an sue that desers rigorous and transparent bate. ON TO SCHOOLS ... CUTTING CLASS... A BIG PROBLEM IN SOME AREAS OF THE STATE. CIVIL BEAT HAS SOME STARTLING NUMBERS. Civil Beat http://www.civilbeat. com/topics/civil- beat/ analysis on student absenteeism in Hawaii elementary schools suggests that problems with attendance are strongly linked to poverty and where pupils live. Chronic absenteeism - missing 15 or more school days in one year - was concentrated in schools on Oahu's Waianae Coast and the Big Island's eastern corridor, namely Keaau and Naalehu. Both areas are rural and home to some of the state's poorest residents. Nearly two in 10 elementary students in Hawaii missed school last year at alarming enough rates http://www.civilbeat. com/articles/19721/ to warrant targeted intervention by school officials. Officials are trying to address the problem, including working with local businesses. AND I'M FEELING HAPPY? ARE YOU, CHAD? Honolulu is among the 25 happiest, healthiest states, according to a story we have on our site. Reasons: Our racial diversity and melting-pot mentality lead to a sense of belonging and of being respected that other cities may not enjoy. The other: Hawaii is pretty close to heaven on earth, with rainbows, waterfalls, and balmy island breezes year- round. We rank No. 10 overall in the report. San Jose, Calif., Salt Lake City and Minneapolis-St. Paul came in first, second and third, respectively. 2 C1 You can find the complete story we just discussed on CIVIL-BEAT-DOT-COM.