Betty White, iconic TV actress and comedian, dies at 99

LOS ANGELES — Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, whether as a man-crazy TV hostess on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” or the loopy housemate on “The Golden Girls,” has died. She was 99.

Navy needs more time to flush Pearl Harbor drinking water

HONOLULU — Military officials say they need more time to flush jet fuel from their Pearl Harbor water system, but some of the 4,000 military families who were displaced because of contaminated drinking water could begin returning by the end of next week.

Ige suspends law regarding public testimony

A new law setting stricter rules for governmental bodies holding remote meetings, including a requirement to provide a physical location for the public to testify, is supposed to go into effect Saturday, but Gov. David Ige has delayed that part of the new law in an emergency proclamation effective through Feb. 28.

Goodbye, 2021: A look back to the year that was

As we bid a perhaps not-so-fond farewell to 2021, the novel coronavirus pandemic continued to be the most important story of the year, as it had been in 2020 — locally, statewide, nationally and worldwide.

End solitary confinement in all forms

As I woke up for my daily job as a prisoner at the Washington State Reformatory, I drank a cup of freeze-dried coffee and watched the local news. One story instantly caught my attention: The reporter said the Washington Department of Corrections, had decided to stop using segregation as punishment. Could this even be possible? I convinced myself that I must have misheard something.

Asia keeps omicron at bay, but surge may be inevitable

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Much of Asia has largely managed to keep omicron at bay even as the variant rages in other parts of the world, but the region that is home to most of the globe’s population is bracing for what may be an inevitable surge.

Obituaries for December 30

Paul Francis Rodrick, 69, of Kurtistown died Dec. 17 at home. Born in Brockton, Mass., he was a retired maintenance worker for Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole, St. Francis Medical Center on Oahu and Princess Kaiulani Hotel. Private services. Survived by sons, Jacob (Loveland) Rodrick of Kona and David Rodrick of Hilo; siblings, Marie O’Leary of Idaho, Danny Rodrick of Virginia and Dotty Dodge of Arizona; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.