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Celebrating a community champion

This month, we thank and bid a fond farewell to Chris Ridley, who has enriched so many of our lives during the past 30 years.

When judicial deference becomes dereliction of duty

WASHINGTON — Wisconsin’s Supreme Court can soon right a flagrant wrong stemming from events set in motion in 2014 at Milwaukee’s Marquette University by Cheryl Abbate. Although just a graduate student, she already had a precocious aptitude for academic nastiness.

The Supreme Court’s chance to tame gerrymandering

The U.S. Supreme Court has long been reluctant to impose restrictions on gerrymandering, the practice of drawing election districts for partisan advantage. There’s no accepted standard to say where justified redistricting stops and outright vote-rigging begins, and any ruling might arouse suspicions of partisanship. There are signs, however, that this hesitancy might be coming to an end — and not a moment too soon.

Obituaries for December 31

William “Blackie” Lani Abraham, 85, of Hilo died Nov. 27 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a retired pin setter for the former Hilo Lanes, butcher for Keaau Slaughterhouse and the former Miko Meats, roofer with Honolulu/Hilo Pacific Roofing and Flooring, Hawaii Protective Agency security guard, U.S. Army Korean War veteran and member of Hawaiian Bowling Club and other bowling leagues. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 4) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation again 10-11 a.m. Friday (Jan. 5) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Aloha or casual attire. Survived by sons, Willoughby “Kewe” (Desiree Raymond) Abraham of Hilo, William “Black” (Rebecca) Abraham Jr. of Kawaihae and Robert “Hawaiian” (Dee Dee) Abraham of Hilo; daughters, Corrina Abraham of Hilo, Lydia (Daniel) Abrojena of Kona and Sandra Dee “Tini” (Robin) Young of Pahoa; hanai son, Thomas “Keo” (Rose) Abraham of Hilo; hanai daughter, Star (David) Henderson of Hilo; brother, Harry (Bobbie) Kim of Hilo; sister, Ruth Papalimu of Hilo; sisters-in-law, Kathy Papalimu and Lucy “Teri” “Luka” Keahi of Hilo; 54 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

New economic protests in Tehran challenge Iran’s government

TEHRAN, Iran — A wave of spontaneous protests over Iran’s weak economy swept into Tehran on Saturday, with college students and others chanting against the government just hours after hard-liners held their own rally in support of the Islamic Republic’s clerical establishment.

From Malta to Minneapolis, a look at where to go in 2018

From Malta to Minneapolis, here’s a look at some destinations around the world that will be making news in 2018. They include designated culture capitals, places hosting sporting events and even a couple of cities — San Antonio, Texas, and New Orleans — celebrating their 300th birthdays.

Save a life in 2018

Start off the new year with an act of altruism or fulfill a resolution that makes you feel great by giving blood.

United in supporting community

Staff from the five branches of Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union raised $15,000 for Hawaii Island United Way during their annual employee campaign. All proceeds will go toward United Way’s mission “to unite people, organizations and resources to build a healthier community.” On hand for the check presentation were, front row from left, Ross Birch, Dennis Onishi, Tricia Buskirk, LeeAnn Healy, Nellie Medeiros and Wally Lau. Back row from left, Linda Meyer, Ryan McGrady, Dean Uemura and Mel Ventura.

Police arrest 20 for DUI

During the week of Dec. 18-24, Hawaii Island police arrested 20 motorists for DUI. Four of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. The numbers of arrests by district were: Kona, eight; South Hilo, six; Puna and Ka‘u, three each.