Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem COVID-19 and steady economy

WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan Thursday to end “a crisis of deep human suffering” by speeding up vaccines and pumping out financial help to those struggling with the pandemic’s prolonged economic fallout.

Budget woes could shutter Youth Challenge Academy

Don’t close the book on the Hawaii National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy in Hilo just yet — although a presentation by the state’s adjutant general to lawmakers earlier in the week gave the impression the program is dead in the budgetary water.

Trump impeachment trial to focus on his attacks on election

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment could go to trial as soon as Inauguration Day, with U.S. senators serving not only as jurors but as shaken personal witnesses and victims of the deadly siege of the Capitol by a mob of his supporters.

Flint water probe brings charges against ex-governor, others

FLINT, Mich. — A new investigation of the Flint water disaster led to charges against nine people, including former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and key members of his administration, who are accused of various crimes in a calamitous plan that contaminated the community with lead and contributed to a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, authorities said Thursday.

Obituaries for January 15

Edwin Fernandez Sr., 85, of Hilo died Jan. 2 at home. Born in Papaikou, he was a local telephone installer/lineman for GTE Hawaiian Telcom. Burial services at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery in Kaneohe at a later date. Online condolences: Survived by sons, Edwin Fernandez Jr., Geoffrey S. Fernandez and Johnathan P. Fernandez; daughter, Edean C. Sua; brother, Virgin Fernandez; sister, Rosaline Sylvester; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.