To Reclaim Ancestral Land, All Native Hawaiians Need Is a $300,000 Mortgage and to Wait in Line for Decades

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Zalei Kamaile dreamed of owning a home.

The professional ukulele player worked long hours entertaining tourists on Oahu and saved her tips in a cookie jar. The money went into a modest house fund for her and her mother, but she knew that wouldn’t be enough. So in 1987, Kamaile, then 35, took the one step she considered her best shot at homeownership. She applied to a homesteading program for Native Hawaiians. Created by Congress in 1921, the program had a singular goal: return Hawaiians — especially impoverished ones — to their native lands.

Over the next two decades, Kamaile received

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Everything from Amazon’s Editor-Loved Skincare Line Is on Sale Today for as Low as $14

Now’s a really good time to treat yourself to some new skincare goodies. 

Amazon launched a huge sale on its already-affordable Belei skincare line, the first and only collection of facial moisturizers, serums, and creams developed by the retailer. Everything from the editor-loved brand, including skincare bundles, is on sale for up to 35 percent off. Deals start at just $14.

Best Belei Skincare Deals: 

The super simple skincare line consists of 12 products that were developed by dermatologists to address a variety of common concerns like blemishes, dullness, dryness, dark spots, acne scars, fine lines, and other signs of aging. “We took a simple, no-nonsense approach when creating Belei, developing products with ingredients that are both proven to deliver results and also offer customers great value for the quality,” Kara Trousdale, Head of Beauty for Amazon’s Private Brands, said in a statement.

Many Belei products feature a combination of

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Google Assistant will now wait for you on the line if your call is put on hold

It is never a pleasing experience when your call is put on hold. Google wants to save you the trouble of waiting anxiously and making good use of those lost minutes with a new Hold for Me feature in the Phone app. This new feature, which is currently being tested as a preview on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, will make the Google Assistant wait for you on the line when someone puts your call on hold. The virtual assistant will then wait for someone to come back on the line, and once the person on the other end is ready to speak, it will alert you with a sound cue, vibration, or an on-screen prompt. Essentially, say goodbye to repetitive hold music forever. 

“Hold for Me is powered by Google’s Duplex technology, which not only recognizes hold music but also understands the difference between a

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Embattled video gambling owner was in line for $2.5 million, taxpayer-funded windfall by flipping land. Now it’s off the table.

Tinley Park has not fared well in its dealings with video gambling operator Rick Heidner over the last year.

a large green field with trees in the background: Land at the northeast corner of Harlem Avenue and Vollmer Road in unincorporated Rich Township is seen on Sept. 30, 2020.

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Land at the northeast corner of Harlem Avenue and Vollmer Road in unincorporated Rich Township is seen on Sept. 30, 2020.

First, the southwest suburb signed onto Heidner’s plan to build a horse racing track and casino on state-owned land, only to have Gov. J.B. Pritzker derail the project after a Tribune investigation revealed Heidner’s long-standing business ties to people connected to organized crime.

Now, the Tribune has learned that Tinley Park officials have been secretly negotiating a real estate deal that would provide Heidner a $2.5 million windfall on land he purchased less than a year ago as a possible alternate casino site.

Under the proposal, Tinley Park was prepared to pay $7.5 million for 114 acres — about $2 million more

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