We could learn this week whether the Public Utilities Commission will green light plans by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison to buy Lanai. We have team coverage this morning on Sunrise, with Howard Dicus breaking down what we know in house and Jim Mendoza on the Pineapple Isle gauging reaction. Plus, an interesting look at how national media are reporting the story.
NEW TWIST TO BIRTHER SAGA
The controversial move by an Arizona Sheriff to send a deputy to Hawaii to request President Obama's birth certificate has turned up a new twist in the birther allegations. Now, the Secretary of State Ken Bennett alleges Barack Obama lied about being born in Kenya to gain favor on college applications and while writing a book.
WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE CANCELS CLASSES
Classes are canceled until next week at Windward Community College because of a power outage. That's how long it will take to get a part from the Mainland to replace a blown fuse. Classes are expected to resume Monday.
MOTHER MARIANNE COPE'S CANONIZATION CELEBRATION
The last Kalaupapa residents and their caretakers need to raise tens of thousands of dollars so they can travel to Italy to be part of Mother Marianne Cope's canonization. Today, a press conference is planned to announce a fundraiser to cover those travel costs. I have the privilege of covering their pilgrimage from Hawaii to Syracuse to Vatican City. Stay with Hawaii News Now for an in depth look at Mother Marianne's Legacy of Love and Service and reports from her October 21st canonization.
WHAT WE'RE WATCHING ON SUNRISE
We're also following developing national news. The Jerry Sandusky jury could get the case soon. Closing arguments begin today. Plus, a Republican-led panel voted to cite the Attorney General Eric Holder "in contempt" of Congress. That's for failing to turn over documents for a botched gun smuggling operation dubbed "Fast and Furious." The White House is using executive privilege to protect documents that may explain how guns in the operation ended up near the body of a murdered US Border Agent.
Those are just some of the stories we'll have for you on Sunrise. Hope you can join us.
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