The Birther Business:
A Bipartisan Bonanza

When President Obama released his long-form birth certificate, all but his most vehement critics agreed the so-called "birther" controversy was over. But with people like Jerome Corsi still pushing the issue, the White House is pushing back -- with humor. Will the president get the last laugh from the birthers' smear campaign?

Why the Supreme Court Should Review Hawaii's Foreclosures

Among the state systems governing foreclosure, Hawaii has a particularly fraud-riddled, draconian process. Suzanne Bonds was unbelievably exploited by the state's foreclosure process in 2004, but Hawaii's courts refused to help. Now, her attorneys have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

Mortgage Delinquencies Fall in the Third Quarter

A smaller percentage of mortgage holders were delinquent on their payments in the third quarter than in the second quarter, although the percentage of delinquencies remains up from the same period last year.

What Hawaii Real Estate Says About the Economy

Who owns the 25 most expensive homes in Hawaii? The answer to that question provides a window into the changing nature of the U.S. economy by revealing which industries are producing mega-millionaires in an era of economic hardship.

Steep Fees to Use eBay Founder Omidyar's News Site: Not So Absurd

The annual subscription for Honolulu Civil Beat is a pricey $240, attracting plenty of skeptics. But don't count it out yet -- Omidyar may have timed the bottom of the paid-content news market well. Watch this space for an indicator of where the news business is headed.

5 least tax-friendly states to live in

During tax season, it seems as if everyone thinks the grass is greener one (or in some instances, two) states over. Wonder whether your own envy is...

2009 comebacks: Spam

For many people, Spam is a culinary joke, the ultimate example of cheap, dead-end cuisine. Perhaps its most famous pop-culture moment came in a Monty...

The magical, mystical world of SPAM

When one hears the term "mystery meat," it's hard not to think of Spam. After all, although the ingredients -- pork shoulder, ham, water, sugar,...

Spam sales soar as recession rages

Spam, the wonderful meat in a can that is inexpensive yet tasty, is seeing its sales increase, according to a recent story in The New York Times....