Stories by Jeff Hansel

New Medicare cards are coming

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plans to replace all Medicare cards.

Hawaii continues to dodge severe flu outbreak

It remains unclear if Hawaii will avoid severe, widespread influenza that has affected the mainland this season. “It is still, unfortunately, way too early to say,” state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said in a Thursday telephoneinterview. “I hate to try to predict flu because nobody can predict flu.”

Stop the violence: UH-Hilo observing 20th anniversary of ‘Vagina Monologues’

A woman wore a radiant smile and danced during a flash mob Wednesday at the University of Hawaii at Hilo plaza — but tears formed afterward. She was there, with more than 30 women of diverse ages, with a few supportive men, to call for an end to violence against women through dance — part of the 20th anniversary of the play “The Vagina Monologues.”

Vehicle crashes into Aloha Fitness

A vehicle crashed into Aloha Fitness Club in Hilo on Friday and burst into flames. A worker from a nearby business quickly put the flames out, preventing anyone from being injured.

Puna could receive another ambulance

A bill making its way through the state Legislature seeks to increase ambulance services in Hawaii County. Senate Bill 2158, introduced Jan. 19, would add funding for additional 24-hour ambulance services on the Big Island, Kauaiand Oahu.