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Keck, Gemini Assist in Discovery of Earth-Like Planet An artist conception of Kepler-186f, orbiting its red dwarf star with four other planets. Image courtesy of NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL/Caltec.
The planet is the first to be found that is about the same size as our own and also orbits at a distance from its sun where water could exist in liquid form.
by Dave Smith
UPDATE: Highway 190 Reopened After Crash Google Maps image (click to enlarge).
The incident involving a tanker truck had forced a detour of traffic to Waikoloa Road to the north and Kaiminani Drive to the south.
by Big Island Now Staff
Smartphone App to Diagnose Virus in Papayas on Oahu A papaya infected with the ringspot virus. University of California photo.
Designed primarily for the Honolulu area, the app will help UH researchers test a theory that transgenic varieties have reduced the extent of ringspot virus.
by Dave Smith

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Unemployment fell statewide and in each county in Hawaii in March while the work force rose to an unprecedented number. File photo. Record-High Work
Force Seen in Hawaii

Unemployment fell statewide and in each county in Hawaii in March while the work force rose to an unprecedented number.

SPORTS
UH-Hilo softball coach Jaime Wallin. UHH photo. UHH Softball Sits Tenth
in NCAA West Region Rankings

Despite a 19-17 record, the UH-Hilo softball team still has a shot at making the NCAA West Regional tournament, and will need some help over the last few weeks of the season to get there.

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Mick Kalber sets up at the ocean's edge near Kalapana in February 2013  to capture footage of Halau Hula Ka Makani Hali`ala O Puna paying homage to Pele. Photo by Maria Arroyo New VolcanoScapes
Documentary To Open

Palace Theater hosts two screenings of the latest in a 30-year documentary series of Hawaii’s volcanos by videographer Mick Kalber.

DISCUSSION
This screenshot (click to enlarge) shows Hilo's Kawailani census tract has the Big Island's highest average household income, although home values trail those in West Hawaii. Source: US Census American Community Survey 2012 5-Year Estimates, presented by Hawaii DBEDT. BLOG: High Income and Home
Values Don’t Necessarily Jive

Census data reveal interesting paradoxes on the Big Island.

UHH Hilo Performing Arts Center Presents...
A Touch of Gold headline the 10th Annual Girls’ Day Diva Festival A Touch of Gold headline the
10th Annual Girls’ Day Diva Festival

The University of Hawaii at Hilo Performing Arts Center presents the 10th Annual Girls’ Day Diva Festival on Sunday, March 2 beginning at 3 p.m. on the Campus Center Plaza.

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Events For Friday 04/18/2014

'The Hot l Baltimore'
@ Aloha Theatre
Aloha Performing Arts Company's production of Lanford Wilson's award-winning play, 7:30 p.m., for mature audiences. Call 322-9924 for tickets and info.
Heritage Hula Show
@ Keauhou Shopping Center
Each Friday enjoy a free hula show at the Heritage Court Stage from 6 p.m.
Dancing at the Elks
@ Hilo Elks Lodge
Dance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Petroglyph Tour
@ Kings' Shops at the Waikoloa Beach Resort
Free petroglyph tour 9:30-10:30 a.m. Meet at Center Court Stage across from TIffany & Co.
Miss Saigon
@ University of Hawaii at Hilo
A UH Hilo Performing Arts Department presentation, 7:30 p.m. at the campus Performing Arts Center. Call 932-7490 or order tickets online, artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu.
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