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April 16, 1990 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sen. Spark M. Matsunaga, a one-time stevedore who fought first for his country in World War II , next for statehood for his beloved Hawaii and lastly for reparations for fellow Japanese-Americans interned in American camps during the war, died Sunday in Toronto. A spokesman for the twice-wounded veteran of the fabled "Go for Broke" 442nd Army Regimental Combat Team of Japanese-Americans--the most decorated combat unit in U.S.
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April 16, 1990 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sen. Spark M. Matsunaga, a one-time stevedore who fought first for his country in World War II , next for statehood for his beloved Hawaii and lastly for reparations for fellow Japanese-Americans interned in American camps during the war, died Sunday in Toronto. A spokesman for the twice-wounded veteran of the fabled "Go for Broke" 442nd Army Regimental Combat Team of Japanese-Americans--the most decorated combat unit in U.S.
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NEWS
November 9, 1988
With 55% of the precincts reporting, Michael S. Dukakis carried Hawaii's four electoral votes with 58,563 votes, or 55%, over George Bush with 47,044 votes, or 45%. Democrat Sen. Spark M. Matsunaga, 72, of Honolulu, retained his seat in a race against Republican Maria Hustace, 70, a Kaunakakai cattle rancher. Rep. Patricia F. Saiki, a Republican, was elected to a second term in the House, beating Mary Bitterman, Democrat, a former director of the Voice of America. Rep. Daniel K.
NEWS
February 4, 1987
Flights over national parks, including the Grand Canyon where 25 people died in a mid-air collision, would be restricted by twin bills introduced by Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Merced), House Democratic whip, and Sen. Spark M. Matsunaga (D-Hawaii). Flights would be banned below the rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and limited to 2,000 feet over the valley rim of Yosemite in California and 9,500 feet above sea level over Haleakala Park, a dormant volcano on the Maui, Hawaii, coast.
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January 19, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Sen. Spark M. Matsunaga (D-Hawaii) disclosed today that he is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. "I can't conclude at this juncture that this condition is debilitating to the extent that I should step down," Matsunaga, 73, said in a statement. But "if it appears that my attendance in the second session of the 101st Congress does not show marked improvement over the record of the first session, I will reassess my present intention of fulfilling my term of office," he said.
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September 19, 1988 | Associated Press
Mary Bitterman, a former Voice of America director seeking her first elective office, beat two other Democrats in Hawaii's state primary and will face first-term Republican Rep. Patricia Saiki in November, election returns showed Sunday. In another race, former Democratic City Councilwoman Marilyn Bornhorst won the right to face Republican Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi after defeating three other former council members and a community activist in Saturday's election. U.S. Sen. Spark M.
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May 6, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
To many of his Capitol Hill colleagues, he is known as "Sen. Anyway." Long ago, Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) gave up correcting the multiple mispronunciations of his name. But for those who want to know, the veteran legislator who presided Tuesday over the opening session of the congressional investigation into the Iran- contra scandal has an "easy" version for non-Japanese speakers.
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September 24, 1990 | From Associated Press
Former Rep. Patsy T. Mink was a two-time winner in Hawaii's voting, winning a special election to take back her U.S. House seat temporarily and prevailing in the Democratic primary for a full two-year term in office. Appointed Democratic Sen. Daniel K. Akaka and Republican Rep. Patricia Saiki each won easily in their primary bids to fill the unexpired term of the late Sen. Spark M. Matsunaga, who died of cancer in April. Gov.
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May 16, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Daniel K. Akaka, a Democrat and the first native Hawaiian to serve in the Senate, was sworn in today to succeed the late Spark M. Matsunaga as Hawaii's junior senator. Akaka, 63, was escorted to the well of the Senate chamber by the state's senior senator, Daniel K. Inouye, also a Democrat. The oath of office was administered by Senate President Pro Tem Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.). After taking the oath, Akaka signed his name in the official Senate register as colleagues stood and applauded.
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April 29, 1990 | Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Daniel K. Akaka of Hawaii was appointed Saturday to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Sen. Spark M. Matsunaga, who died April 15 of complications of prostate cancer. Hawaii Gov. John Waihee signed a proclamation naming his fellow Democrat to the post, effective May 16. Akaka will serve until January, when the winner of special elections held during the regular primary and general elections will be seated to serve the remaining four years of Matsunaga's six-year term.
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January 4, 1993 | from Associated Press
Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan on Sunday were awarded the nation's first Spark M. Matsunaga Medals of Peace for giving hope "to people throughout the world who suffered under tyranny." The award, created by Congress to honor Matsunaga, a senator from Hawaii who died in 1990 and was a proponent of peace education, carries a $25,000 stipend. Carter and Reagan were selected by the board of directors of the U.S.
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