Rookie lawmaker gets brushback pitch

HONOLULU — One Hawai‘i lawmaker learned the hard way how far you can go in using your public office for private business.

As president of the Waialua Little League, Rep. Gil Riviere received a plea last month from a junior girls’ softball team. They had won the state title and were headed to nationals in Arizona. But a week before the trip, they were just short of their $26,000 goal.

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