UN team fired on at suspected Syria chemical attack site

BEIRUT — Assailants opened fire at a U.N. security team visiting the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, an official said Tuesday, forcing it to retreat to its base and further delaying a fact-finding mission by outside experts to examine the claims.

Come find your next page-turner

Janice Moraga looks for children’s books for her 4-year-old granddaughter Wednesday evening during the Friends of the Hilo Public Library members-only preview event for the semi-annual Friends book sale at the library. The spring sale is open to the public 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. The sale features fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, CDs, DVDs, LPs and puzzles. All proceeds benefit the library and librarian scholarships.

Solar contractor sues former customer to remove blog

A Big Island solar contractor is suing a former customer, seeking a court to order the Pahoa man to remove a blog from the internet that the contractor claims was “maliciously created … with the intent to cause financial harm.”

Obituaries for April 19

Denise Lynn Bowers, 55, of Kailua-Kona died April 16 at Life Care Center of Kona. Born in Puyallup, Wash., she was a retired administrative assistant for Boeing, youth leader and mentor for Future Business Leaders of America, member of the American Diabetic Association and outdoor enthusiast. Private services. Memorial donations to American Diabetic Association. Survived by mother, Margaret Bowers of Kailua-Kona; brothers, Mark (Peggy) Bowers and Jeffery (Lori) Bowers of Washington, Paul (Valerie Crosby) Bowers of Arizona; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Earth, wind and liars

Peter Thiel, Facebook investor and Donald Trump supporter, is by all accounts a terrible person. He did, however, come up with one classic line about the disappointments of modern technology: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” OK, now it’s 280, but who’s counting?