- - Thursday, September 18, 2008

ALABAMA

Dozens arrested in drug roundup

GADSDEN — At least 50 people are in custody on drug-related charges and more arrests are expected in an operation spearheaded by the Etowah County Safe Streets Task Force.

Sheriff Todd Entrekin said Operation Dark Knight began at about 8 a.m. Tuesday.


About 90 officers from federal, state, county and local agencies served about 150 arrest warrants.

Sheriff Entrekin said most of the individuals arrested were charged with selling illegal drugs.

HAWAII

Group seeks palace restoration

KAILUA-KONA — The caretakers of Kamehameha the Great’s personal residence in Kailua-Kona are seeking 500,000 ti leaves to restore the roof on one of the buildings.

Ahuena Heiau, a national historic landmark, was the center of political power in the Hawaiian kingdom during Kamehameha’s day.

Kamehameha consulted his priests and highest advisers there. The king died on the grounds in 1819.

Community members can drop off ti leaves at Yano Hall in Captain Cook or at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Those interested in helping prepare the leaves should meet at Ahuena Heiau on Sept. 27.

MASSACHUSETTS

Ratepayer advocates gather at summit

CAMBRIDGE — Energy advocates from around New England gathered Wednesday in Cambridge for a summit aimed at fighting high costs in the region.

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