street racks halted
The work is stopped,By Gregg K. Kakesako
apparently in response to a
federal court order
In apparent response to a federal court order, the Honolulu Newspaper Agency has stopped converting the Honolulu Star-Bulletin sidewalk vending machines removed from Oahu streets earlier this month.
Nam Kung, manager of Sun Auto and Body in Mapunapuna, said he was told by an HNA representative not to continue repainting the blue street vending racks to turn them into Honolulu Advertiser boxes.
In arguing against the closure of the 117-year-old afternoon paper earlier this week, Deputy Attorney General Rodney Kimura said that at least 150 street vending machines, which normally sell the Star-Bulletin, had been removed from Oahu streets in anticipation of the October closure.
Judge refuses toBy Rick Daysog
U.S. District Judge Alan Kay today denied a motion by attorneys for Gannett Pacific Corp. to lift an injunction that halts the Oct. 30 closure of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
Gannett and Liberty Newspapers, owner of the Star-Bulletin, asked Kay to suspend his Wednesday decision stopping the Star-Bulletin's closure pending its appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Kay dismissed the motion without a hearing.
Also today, Gannett filed notice in Honolulu Federal Court that it will appeal Wednesday's decision.
Attorneys for Gannett could not be reached for immediate comment.
But in issuing an order halting the planned shutdown, federal Judge Alan Kay ordered the Honolulu Advertiser and its owner Gannett Pacific Corp., and Liberty Newspapers Limited Partnership, which operates the Star-Bulletin, to preserve the status quo until a trial is held hearing the state's objections.
Waving to save the Bulletin
The state maintains that the termination agreement between Liberty and Gannett violates antitrust laws and amounts to a conspiracy to monopolize Oahu's daily newspaper market.
Kung said he had about 40 news boxes in his shop.
Neither a spokesman for Gannett nor the HNA, which handles the business operations of the two newspapers under a federal joint operating agreement, was available for comment.
In the past Dennis Francis, HNA general manager, said the racks were taken off the street because of declining sales.
Star-Bulletin closing Oct. 30, 1999
Kay issues preliminary injunction