Howzit Howard: Diagnostic Laboratory Services

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Diagnostic Laboratory Services heard about this shi-shi shibai on the mainland. So it began testing for it. Sure enough, 2 percent of local drug testing turned up the synthetic urine. DLS does thousands of tests a month, including both random testing of workers and testing of would-be workers.

Senator Daniel Akaka opposes a proposal to freeze federal hiring. Akaka says it will cost more than it will save by increasing reliance on contractors. Akaka chairs the senate subcommittee on the federal work force.

Standard & Poor's raises its rating on United Airlines, citing future cost savings after merging with Continental. Which says S & P doesn't know as much it thinks it does... the two airlines have very little overlap and their labor costs are likely to rise.

The Lahaina News checked up on the $15 million renovation at the Hyatt Regency Maui. It reports the work will be done in December... including renovated guest rooms and a new restaurant.

Here's a product enhancement - Roberts Hawaii reports its Magic of Polynesia show now features a menu designed by Russell Siu of 3660 On The Rise.

Halekulani has something special planned in October... Orchids will offer a Japanese tasting menu featuring the greatest dishes from the imperial hotel in Tokyo... borrowing chefs from Japan to make them.

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