Dr. Francois Claassens, in an interview yesterday, said that William Mathewson, who stabbed him in the neck with a spear, had been building up resentment for an unknown reason. Mathewson pleaded guilty yesterday and was slapped with a 15-year imprisonment. (Ferdie de la Torre)

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Navy sued over live-fire plans

Four environmental and cultural preservation groups filed yesterday a lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Department of Navy, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, U.S. Department of Defense, and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter over the Navy’s decision to station permanently thousands of U.S. Marines in Guam and to conduct live-fire training for those Marines on Tinian and Pagan. The Tinian Women’s Association, Guardians of Gani, PaganWatch, and Center for Biological Diversity, are suing the...

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Rita Sablan to retire as Education commissioner

Education Commissioner Dr. Rita A. Sablan will be retiring after her contract ends next month, Aug. 19. In a letter addressed to Board of Education chair Herman T. Guerrero, Sablan reiterated what she wrote in a letter earlier this year. “This is to inform you that after...
Posted On Jul 28 2016

Mathewson pleads guilty, gets 15 years in prison

William Kapono Mathewson entered a guilty plea yesterday and was slapped with a 15-year prison term for stabbing Dr. Francois Claassens with a fishing spear in the neck at the doctor’s house on Rota in April 2015. Mathewson, 37, signed a plea deal with the government and pleaded...

Youngest CNMI delegate at DNC hopes to inspire

PHILADELPHIA—Mona Manglona is 19 years old, an undergraduate student at Philadelphia University. She’s spending her week at the Wells Fargo Center, representing the Commonwealth with more than 10 other delegates. “It’s just amazing to be here, I believe it’s the first time the...

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DoD obligates $55.65M for civilian water and wastewater improvement projects

HAGÅTÑA, Guam—Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo announced that the U.S. Department of Defense has obligated $55.65 million for civilian water and wastewater improvement projects related to the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam. This funding is part of a $106.4 million...

Sports

CNMI routs Belau to keep streak

The CNMI Junior Nationals continued their strong showing in the elimination round of the 2016 U17 Micronesian Basketball Tournament as they posted another lopsided win after pouncing on Belau, 132-53, yesterday morning at the Palau National Gymnasium in...

Business

‘Social Security pumps $28.8M into NMI economy’

Social Security pumped $28.8 million into the CNMI’s economy last year, according to SS Administration District Manager-Saipan Bridgette Camacho. Camacho disclosed that 2,750 people in the Commonwealth received $20.9 million from SS benefits in 2015,...

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Pinadesen Diskuidu

Gi konbetsasion-hu yan tautau-ta siha gi señgsoñg mampos chagu` sentimentun niha yan liñguahen manma-elihe gi hegsu imperadot I Deni`. Mapañot 20 años sin subida (hatsada) gi sueddon niha mientras ma-apagaye kumahulu` presiun mantension familia siha gi...

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We can’t escape racism

Racism is like a viral disease. It can spread so fast and affect the many lives of people. Racism to me is about people judging others on how they look and talk. Racism is passed down to younger generations all of the time. We can’t escape racism. It will...