The Press: Frank Fasi Fights Fiercely

To his detractors, he is "Facile" Frank Fasi, an arrogant gutfighter who shoots from the lip and to hell with the consequences. To his supporters, he is Mayor Fasi of Honolulu, a dedicated public servant battling an impacted Establishment. These days, Frank Fasi, 49, is easier to talk about than read about: since last July, the mayor has barred all interviews between his administration and the reporters from Hawaii's largest newspaper, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

The feud began in the fall of 1968, when Fasi, a onetime junk dealer and perennial political campaigner, was making...

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