Deficits and efficiency be damned. Pentagon riding high

Way back in 2011, when Republicans, and at least a few Democrats, still cared about budget deficits, Congress and President Barack Obama struck their budget “sequestration” deal, setting limits on how much the nation’s defense and domestic discretionary budgets could grow.

Police: Social media adds to anxiety after Florida shooting

Hawaii Island’s police chief said the decision to post extra officers on public school campuses Wednesday in Puna and Kona was made because social media “fed into the anxiety” of the community in the wake of perceived threats of possible gun violence made on the internet.

Police arrest 19 for DUI

During the week of Feb. 12-18, Hawaii Island police arrested 19 motorists for DUI. One of the drivers was involved in a traffic accident and two were younger than 21.

Billy Graham: Neither prophet nor theologian

WASHINGTON — Asked in 1972 if he believed in miracles, Billy Graham answered: Yes, Jesus performed some and there are many “miracles around us today, including television and airplanes.” Graham was no theologian.

Pahoa students among ‘tomorrow’s leaders’

The Center For Tomorrow’s Leaders salutes four Pahoa High and Intermediate School students for being selected to attend Vision In Action on Oahu and pitching a project that addresses a heartfelt community need.

Obituaries for February 22

Maria Consolacion Alnas Espejo, 96, of Keaau died Feb. 16 at home. Born in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, she worked at Koi Tomato Farm and the former J&L Anthurium Farm, and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Visitation 5-6:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 26) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Wake service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation again 9-10 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 27) at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Keaau. Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Casual attire. Survived by sons, Jessie (Briana) Espejo of Sacramento, Calif., and Roger (Rosario) Espejo of Papaaloa; daughters, Clarita Malavi and Essen Espejo Gomes of the Philippines, Norma (Pedro) Dela Rosa, Nora Estantino and Laudy (Nestor) Cabalce of Keaau; daughter-in-law, Amparo Espejo of California; brother, Valentin (Shirley) Alnas of Paauhau; sisters, Maria (Jack) Welch of Arizona and Emily (Roy) Oshiro of California; 32 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.