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A former Maui County official has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for accepting $2 million in bribes from a Honolulu businessman in one of the biggest bribery cases in Hawaii history. Stewart Olani Stant was also ordered to pay $1.9 million in restitution. Stant was the director of Maui’s Department of Environmental Management. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that Stant must report to the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon, in April to begin serving his sentence. He pleaded guilty in September to a single count of conspiracy to deprive the public of the right to honest services at U.S. District Court in Honolulu.

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FILE - Stewart Olani Stant, left, listens while his attorney Cary Virtue speaks to reporters outside U.S. District Court in Honolulu on Sept. 19, 2022. Stant, who was formerly a wastewater manager and the director of Maui's Department of Environmental Management, was sentenced Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, to 10 years in prison for accepting $2 million in bribes from a Honolulu businessman in one of the biggest bribery cases in Hawaii history. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

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The WNBA is investigating former Las Vegas player Dearica Hamby’s allegations that the Aces bullied and manipulated her for being pregnant, the league said in a statement. It was the first time the league acknowledged publicly it was looking into the situation. The players’ union had pushed for an inquiry into whether Hamby’s rights under the league’s 2020 labor agreement were violated, as well as state and federal laws. The investigation also includes looking into allegations that the Aces circumvented the salary cap by making under-the-table payments to players according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. 

National Transportation Safety Board investigators apparently have solved the mystery of why no one was found behind the wheel of a Tesla that crashed in a Texas two years ago, killing two men. The agency says in a report released Wednesday on the 2021 crash in the Houston suburb of Spring that the 59-year-old Tesla driver apparently moved to the back seat shortly after slamming into the car’s front air bag in the crash, deforming the steering wheel. The crash raised questions about whether the car was operating on Tesla’s “Autopilot” driving system, but the NTSB determined that the system could not have been used on the street where the crash happened due to lack of lane lines.

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