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Friday, July 1, 2011
Martin announces new Honolulu Council Committees
By Andrew Walden @ 12:00 AM :: 7684 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Former Council Chair Nestor Garcia is iced out of all leadership positions.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Gaza Flotilla Roster Portends Another Violent Clash
By IPT News @ 8:59 PM :: 11718 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

A flotilla is determined to sail to the Gaza Strip this weekend in breach of Israel's naval blockade on the Hamas-controlled territory. This decision comes in spite of growing international pressure to stop the campaign, damaged ships and fewer passengers than expected. 

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Thursday, June 30, 2011
4th of July celebration as Schofield turns 40
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 12456 Views :: Maui County

As the nation celebrates its 235th birthday July 4, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii invites the public to its 40th Annual Fourth of July Spectacular on Weyand and Sills Fields....

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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Sumitomo: Ready to go all the way with Rail Contract Protest
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 8389 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Emphasizing this, Gino Antoniello, VP, Transportation Systems and Equipment for SCOA explained: "Our protest--a first for us--was prompted by the conviction that our bid was improperly passed over in favor of another vendor with less experience and a questionable track record that lacked the proper legal qualifications to undertake a project of this scope."  ...Antoniello stressed that in starting down this protest path, the company did so with a readiness to go all the way.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Kos: Will Hanabusa let Case beat Hirono?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:43 AM :: 8317 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

With fellow Rep. Mazie Hirono already in the race, it's hard to see how Hanabusa wouldn't compete for the same pile of votes and risk giving the nomination to DLCer Ed Case in the Democratic primary.

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Monday, June 27, 2011
Hawaii 8th Annual International Women’s Leadership Conference Sept 20
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 12984 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

HONOLULU – Lesley Jane Seymour, Editor-in-Chief of More magazine, will address delegates at Hawai‘i’s 8th annual International Women’s Leadership Conference (IWLC), taking place on September 20, 2011 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and Resort.

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Sunday, June 26, 2011
TEA Party to join July 4 Parades in Kailua, Makawao, Hilo, Kona
By Selected News Articles @ 6:39 PM :: 14665 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Please come and join us in Makawao on Saturday, July 2nd for the Annual Makawao Paniolo July 4th Parade. TEA Party Maui plans to enter a patriotic float in the Parade....

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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Berg: $1.4B Rail Contract upheld by City
By Tom Berg @ 1:24 PM :: 8293 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

I have introduced resolution 11-109 to start the bidding process over again that could result in saving the taxpayers $250 million and put 150 residents here on Oahu to work building the rail cars.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Hawaii Kai: One Supermarket for 92,000 people
By Video @ 12:52 PM :: 7415 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

The demographics for the zip codes 96821, 96822 and 96825 shows approximately 92,000 people.  "It's insane to think that Safeway and Costco can sustain a community and just Hawaii Kai...."

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Friday, June 24, 2011
VIDEO: Homeless Tent City at Keaau Beach Park
By Tom Berg @ 3:33 PM :: 9311 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

We were doing a cleanup of Kea`au Beach Park along the Waianae coastline when past Councilman John DeSoto of this area gave a tour of what you see in the video....

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Thursday, June 23, 2011
Cash Flow Problem: Honolulu Council to borrow $100M for Rail
By Tom Berg @ 9:17 PM :: 8090 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Substantial discussions took place at the marathon June 3rd Council meeting concerning the borrowing of more than a hundred million dollars (Bill 40) for the rail system due to offset cash flow problems with the rail project and sagging tax revenues. 

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Thursday, June 23, 2011
Berg: Hundreds attend town hall meeting on Rail in Ewa
By Tom Berg @ 3:12 PM :: 7722 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Our office held the meeting on rail because I believe the public has not had an adequate forum to sound off on the project’s blunders. 

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Monday, June 20, 2011
MISSION HOUSES MUSEUM JULY FOURTH WEEKEND PA`INA
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 7104 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

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Sunday, June 19, 2011
Big Projects in Hawaii - Why Are They Stuck?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 12:06 PM :: 7446 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

There are 10 basic dimensions that account for the reasons that big projects succeed or fail.... 

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Saturday, June 18, 2011
One-Step-Up Housing: Berg to hold Makaha Town Meeting July 12
By Tom Berg @ 12:38 PM :: 6087 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Our next town hall meeting will be July 12, 2011 at Makaha Elementary School from 6-9pm.  We will discuss the one-step-up housing feature as is contained in my resolution 11-54 CD1. The Nanakuli Neighborhood Board will also discuss this resolution at their meeting next week.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011
June 23 Washington Middle School: Abercrombie to hear from public on Pro Bowl
By News Release @ 12:32 PM :: 7988 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Please be sure to join us for a public forum on June 23, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Washington Middle School. In addition to words from and Q&A with the Governor and Lt. Gov., there will be brief presentations from Bruce Coppa on our efforts to improve the economy ....

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Friday, June 17, 2011
A Summer of Robots: Fueling innovation for the New Economy
By News Release @ 11:29 PM :: 10894 Views :: Hawaii County , DHHL, Maui County, Energy, Environment

The Robotics Organizing Committee (ROC) will host the events in coordination with robotics supporters and community partners throughout the state, beginning on June 21 and running through August 28, 2011.

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Friday, June 17, 2011
Hot Water Restored At Mayor Wright Housing
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 7445 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The hot water backup system installation is a first step towards ensuring a permanent solution. The state budget for fiscal year 2012 includes $5.6 million in capital improvement funds for a long-term solution to the water heating system at Mayor Wright Homes.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011
Money released for school construction projects
By News Release @ 11:36 AM :: 10400 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

"$36,000 for improvements of reconfiguration to the cafeteria stage at Mililani Uka Elementary School"

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Honolulu Alliance forms to block Federal Control of Hawaii Capitol Area
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 8175 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The ahupua'a of Honolulu and Kapalama have been proposed as a future National Heritage Area (NHA) site, a permanent federal designation which was introduced in Congress as S. 359 and H. 1297.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Google to fund Kuhio Park Terrace rehab project
By News Release @ 12:05 PM :: 10084 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

According to Christoph Gabler, Senior Vice-President for AEGON USA Realty Advisors, LLC, the Towers at KPT are the first phase of a 1,025 community being redeveloped by the Michaels Development Company in partnership with Vitus Group and the Hawaii Public Housing Authority.

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Monday, June 13, 2011
Survey: Fewer than 3% of Ewa residents plan to ride Rail
By Tom Berg @ 6:29 PM :: 7119 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Please join me this Wednesday evening, June 15th, from 7pm to 9pm, for a very important town hall meeting at the brand new Ewa Makai Middle School in Ewa Beach....

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Monday, June 13, 2011
Video: Sen. Sam Slom Legislative Wrap-up
By Video @ 11:11 AM :: 7476 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Senator Slom addresses a luncheon at the Hawaii Venture Capitol Association – May 26, 2011 at the Plaza Club, Honolulu Hawaii. The subject: State budget, deficit, spending, taxation, economy, more.

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Monday, June 13, 2011
Ward: Abercrombie’s Pro Bowl attack continues short-sighted strategy
By Rep Gene Ward @ 10:56 AM :: 6947 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s statements against the Pro Bowl last Thursday revealed the severity of the vision deficit facing our state.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011
Hawaii Nat’l Guard Youth Challenge Academy to celebrate Graduation at Barber’s Point
By News Release @ 11:54 AM :: 9060 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The Naval Air Museum Barbers Point (NAMBP) will be hosting Hawaii Youth Challenge Graduating Cadets for a time of exploring real aircraft, beginning at 1300 through 1530 on Monday, June 13, 2011.  

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Friday, June 10, 2011
442nd Vet on Redistricting: Military is part of our Community, should be counted
By Selected News Articles @ 3:25 PM :: 7701 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Sorting through different groups and deciding who to include, or who not to include in consideration for representation, I believe should be a non-issue. All should be included.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011
Newspaper Guild: Star-Advertiser demands end to seniority system, 50% cut in sick leave
By News Release @ 1:01 PM :: 7014 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Your bargaining committee met with representatives of management for collective bargaining talks on May 24 and May 25. Darren Carroll, of TNG-CWA, was our chief negotiator. Ron Leong, an attorney, was management’s lead negotiator....

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Sen Sam Slom to Address Kona TEA Party
By News Release @ 11:32 PM :: 9965 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The meeting is on Saturday, June 18th at 1:00 PM at the Kona Vistas Pavilion.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Panos announces plans for 2012 Mayoral Race
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 11:03 PM :: 5584 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

 In 2010 we garnered 19% of the vote after having a vibrant campaign with less than $100,000 for advertising. But if each of our 38,439 voters had contributed ten bucks we would have had the funds for competitive advertising ....

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Historic Kaumakapili Church Celebrates 100th Anniversary
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 6280 Views :: Maui County, Energy

Upcoming celebrations include:

  • June 8-9th – Annual ʻAha Na Kai ʻEwalu all-state Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches Conference Kaumakapili Church
  • June 25th – Sanctuary Centennial Celebration 6pm-9pm – Sheraton Waikiki Resort Ballroom
  • July 16th – 40th Annual Benefit Luʻau 8am-2pm – Kaumakapili Church
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Hawaii DoH Scientist: Shame on the EWG for panic about Hexavalent Chromium in Honolulu Tapwater
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 PM :: 9005 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

You irresponsibly abuse the public’s trust in your organization and their concern for the health of their loved ones by falsely claiming that USEPA has not set a standard for Cr VI in the drinking water and demanding that it do so. This is a blatant lie. ...  Any high school student with access to the internet could have determined this. Given that EWG has been working on this issue for years, I can’t believe that your staff is incompetent enough not to know this.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
New Charges: Rod Tam to be arraigned for Campaign Spending Violations
By News Release @ 2:31 AM :: 7374 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Arraignment and plea is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at 8:30 a.m., in Courtroom 7C before the Honorable Randal Shintani.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011
307th Signal Battalion returning from Afghanistan
By News Release @ 7:28 PM :: 11245 Views :: Maui County, Energy, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

This mission was a great success for the unit as well as for the Soldiers. Within battalion, more than two dozen Soldiers decided on continued service in the Army as they reenlisted and seven non-commissioned from the battalion were inducted into the highly esteemed Sergeant Audie Murphy Club for outstanding leadership achievements.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011
Djou: City has squandered any goodwill resulting from 2008 Rail vote
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:15 PM :: 7005 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

On rail, the current and previous city administration and city councils have shown anything but real leadership. Given the philosophy of government by polling at Honolulu Hale, we should get rid of the mayor's office and the city council. Instead, we could save a lot of money by just retaining a good polling company and have the polling firm lead our community.

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Friday, June 3, 2011
APEC Preparations: Wealthy liberals pony up for Abercrombie’s Homeless Sweeps
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 7007 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...The grant will support initiatives proposed by Marc Alexander, the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness, including rapid housing and supportive services for people who are chronically homeless ....

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Friday, June 3, 2011
Hanabusa backs Boehner against Obama, Hirono rejects call for Congressional Approval of Libya War
By Andrew Walden @ 3:28 PM :: 8780 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hanabusa supported Speaker John Boehner’s resolution demanding that Obama seek approval of the war under the War Powers Act within 14 days.  Hanabusa also supported a resolution offered by Rep Dennis Kucinich demanding US withdrawal from Libya within 15 days.

Hirono opposed both resolutions, essentially agreeing that the President may go to war without Congressional approval. This position differs sharply with her loud opposition to the Iraq war under President Bush.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011
Lung Association: Honolulu has America’s Cleanest Air
By News Release @ 1:28 PM :: 8936 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Ranked 1 for cleanest metropolitan areas in the country for Ozone
  • Ranked 1 for cleanest metropolitan areas in the country for 24-hour particle pollution
  • Ranked 4 for cleanest metropolitan areas in the country for annual particle pollution  
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Thursday, June 2, 2011
Abercrombie signs SB1347, gives HECO license to soak Consumers for Green Energy Projects
By Selected News Articles @ 11:26 AM :: 9090 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...there’s no opportunity for the Consumer Advocate to be a part of that process to say on behalf of the consumer, ‘We don’t believe that this rate increase is legitimate. We don’t believe you should authorize it.’ .... 

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Berg to Host Rail Town Hall Meeting in Ewa Beach
By News Release @ 1:28 PM :: 7001 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...On June 15th from 7pm to 9pm at the brand new Ewa Makai Middle School in Ewa Beach, Berg will host several guest presenters in order to facilitate the public being able to form an up-to-date understanding of what they can truly expect from the rail project....

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Hirono, Hanabusa vote to increase National Debt: House rejects 97-318
By News Release @ 8:29 PM :: 8423 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Congresswomen Hirono and Hanabusa are clearly part of the problem in Washington and have offered no solutions other than spending more money. This vote alone is a good reason why Congresswoman Hirono does not deserve or belong in the U.S. Senate.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Hawaii Right to Life PAC Congratulates Neighborhood Board Candidates Who Advocate for Life
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 5580 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

"We are thrilled that eleven of thirteen candidates endorsed by Hawaii Right to Life PAC won their respective races. We also believe that every person who runs for public office of any kind and vows to uphold the right to life is a winner." said Janet Grace, Executive Director of Hawaii Right to Life.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
HB838: Reapportionment Funds Held up by Abercrombie
By Selected News Articles @ 11:35 AM :: 7367 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

There is upon your desk an emergency appropriation by the legislature (HB838) awaiting your signature to fund the functions of the Reapportionment Commission and its temporary staff positions.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011
Israel Day Hawaii Celebration May 29
By News Release @ 6:11 PM :: 11565 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

This spring, on Sunday, May 29, 2011, we will again create a festive environment to commemorate Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel's Independence Day....

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Saturday, May 28, 2011
Rep Gene Ward plans for July 4th Maunalua Bay
By Video @ 1:31 PM :: 7361 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Representative Gene Ward, Ph.D. speaks with Dianne Glei Event Chair, for the Independence Day at Maunalua Bay; Kevin Nitta, treasurer of the Independence Day at Maunalua Bay Foundation and Laura Buck, the IDMB Foundation president.

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Friday, May 27, 2011
Berg: Support needed for Community Benefits Bills on Council Agenda
By Tom Berg @ 10:48 PM :: 6299 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

...next Friday, June 3rd, we are on schedule to adopting a budget which (though imperfect in many ways) is definitely trying to make up for the shortchanging of taxpayers in years gone by....

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Friday, May 27, 2011
Complete list of Neighborhood Board Election Results
By Andrew Walden @ 4:24 PM :: 7048 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

The Honolulu Neighborhood Commission Office has announced the complete election results for Honolulu Neighborhood Boards. The online voting, which ended Saturday May 21 drew 13,264 voters for an 8.5% turnout.

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Friday, May 27, 2011
189 Properties in Rail’s Path: Myths about Eminent Domain
By Robert Thomas @ 11:51 AM :: 9519 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...legal issues that the rail project will involve, include eminent domain, environmental questions, and the relationship with the newly-created Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART), an agency within city government to oversee the project....

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tulsi Gabbard announces Democratic campaign for CD2
By Video @ 2:17 PM :: 8414 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Having deployed twice to the Middle East, served 2 years in the US Senate with Senator Akaka, assisting him with issues such as energy independence, homeland security, the environment, and veteran affairs, being elected as a State legislator and City Councilmember, as well as my work with my environmental non-profit, I am well-equipped to take on these challenges, and am confident that I will serve you well.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
VIDEO: Fontaine Factor Discusses Domestic Violence in Hawaii
By Video @ 8:21 PM :: 11462 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Representative George Fontaine discusses domestic violence in Hawaii with Dara Carlin a domestic violence survivor and advocate; and Tiffinie Walters a domestic violence survivor....

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Monday, May 23, 2011
DoD raises Worldwide Force Protection Condition to Bravo
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 11490 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Energy, National News, World News

FPCON BRAVO--This condition applies when an increased and more predictable threat of terrorist activity exists

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