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Council Finance Committee set to discuss four Kona land buys

Kona Councilwoman Rebecca Villegas is trying to get the ball rolling on purchases from the $18.4 million sitting in the county’s dedicated open space fund and she’s sponsored four resolutions to be considered Tuesday by the council Finance Committee.

New migrant facilities crop up to ease crowding, again

For the third time in seven years, U.S. officials are scrambling to handle a dramatic spike in children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone, leading to a massive expansion in emergency facilities to house them as more kids arrive than are being released to close relatives in the United States.

Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 shot

WASHINGTON — Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, the government announced Sunday, marking another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign but leaving more work to do to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their sleeves.

Faith leaders across US join in decrying voting restrictions

In Georgia, faith leaders are asking corporate executives to condemn laws restricting voting access — or face a boycott. In Arizona and Texas, clergy have assembled outside the state capitols to decry what they view as voter-suppression measures targeting Black and Hispanic people.

Some defendants try to use journalism as Capitol riot defense

The Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol in January created a trove of self-incriminating evidence, thoroughly documenting their actions and words in videos and social media posts. Now, some of the camera-toting people in the crowd are claiming they were only there to record history as journalists, not to join a deadly insurrection.

Democrats, Republicans must unite to protect the Capitol

It long has been clear that the Capitol Police were woefully unprepared for the Jan. 6 assault on Congress by rampaging supporters of then-President Donald Trump bent on overturning the results of the 2020 election. But a new report by the agency’s inspector general documents in depressing detail lapses in training, readiness and intelligence assessment.

Driving the Hawaii Belt Road

Mamalahoa Highway on the rainy side (Highway 19) used to pass through all the plantation towns on the Hilo and Hamakua coast: Pepe‘ekeo, Hakalau, Ninole, Pa‘auilo, to name just a few. Also called the Hawaii Belt Road, it follows some of the train tracks that were built to bring sugar to cargo boats at the wharf.

Obituaries for April 19

Rolland Cliffton Namoc, 80, of Hilo died April 6 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Ewa, Oahu, he was a retired adult corrections lieutenant for Kulani Correctional Facility, U.S. Army veteran and member of Big Island Ballroom Dance Club and Kamana Senior Center. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Monday, Apr. 26, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Memorial service at 10 a.m. Private urn service with military honors to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Seating limited; masks and social distancing required. Casual attire. Survived by partner, Elaine Kai; brothers, Constantino “Danny” Namoc, Larry (Bella) Acosta, Johnny (Lucy) Acosta, Byron Alcos, Charles “Buddy” Alcos, Paul “Desi” (Gina) Alcos, Thomas (Linda) Alcos and Ross “Oggie” Alcos; sisters, Genevieve “Beby” (Douglas) Namoc Moniz, Juanita “Lee” Acosta Sojot, Winona (Bert) Alcos Sabanal, Theresa (Gary) Alcos Dano and Sharon (Dwayne) Alcos Consilva; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.