The Conversation: Tuesday, May 29

Kilauea activity raises insurance coverage considerations for businesses; Lava Accident Survivor; National Security vs Civil Liberty

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Kilauea activity raises insurance coverage considerations for businesses

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Owners of homes and businesses on Hawaii Island are giving a careful reading to their insurance policies in the wake of the latest Kilauea eruption -- and it’s likely that some of their claims will be denied. Michael Sampson is an attorney with the Insurance Recovery Group of the global law firm Reed Smith.

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Lava Accident Survivor

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Puna resident Darrell Clinton was injured by a lava bomb this month while standing on a lanai. His story got us wondering about a scientist who was burned almost exactly 33 years ago while out in the field gathering information about Kilauea’s flow. That day was June 12, 1985. George Ulrich’s burned uniform is now part of an exhibit at the Jaggar Museum at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We tracked Ulrich down last week.

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Civil Beat Reality Check

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Hawaii is one of the few states that doesn’t require schools to teach arts classes at any grade level, despite widespread recognition, via the so-called “Whole Child” movement, that arts integration can be a benefit to all kinds of learning.  

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National Security vs Civil Liberty

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That call for a so-called Muslim ban partially led lower courts to strike down earlier versions of the travel ban. However, it is now before the highest court in the land. Arguments were heard in April and Justices are now in private deliberation before issuing a verdict. For the University of Hawaii Law Professor Eric Yamamoto this case echoes another legal Supreme Court decision in American history.

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