Higa pleads guilty to embezzlement and bribery

A former County Council chairman and Big Island mayoral candidate pleaded guilty today to embezzlement of more than $38,000 from AmeriCorps and of offering a bribe in return for grants under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Democrats need spending priorities

As they prepare to spend $1.2 trillion on a bipartisan infrastructure deal, along with a vastly larger sum on a party-line social-policy bill, Democrats might be expected to defend their ambitions on the merits. Instead, progressive leaders seem to be focused on fiscal gimmickry.

America must lead worldwide vaccine effort

As someone with a serious genetic respiratory disease, I felt an overwhelming sense of joy and relief to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this past spring. I could not have imagined that, several months later, I would be risking arrest by locking arms with others to block the entrance of the pharmaceutical giant’s headquarters in New York City.

No eviction spike in Hawaii after moratoriums end

HONOLULU — Hawaii has not experienced a large spike in evictions despite the expiration of both state and federal moratoriums meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect renters during the coronavirus pandemic economic downturn.

Police arrest 18 for DUI

During the week of Oct. 4-10, Hawaii Island police arrested 18 motorists for DUI. Seven of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Two were younger than 21.

Obituaries for October 13

Yvonne Leslie Caplener, 91, of Kailua-Kona died Sept. 6 at Kona Community Hospital. Born in Kapaa, Kauai, she was a retired nurse at Wahiawa General Hospital on Oahu. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at St. Catherine’s of Alexandria Cemetery in Kapaa. Survived by daughters, Desirée Ann (Stephen) Watson of Wailuku, Maui, Jasie Paula Teves of Kailua-Kona and Cecilia “Nalu” Nakaahiki of Moreno Valley, Calif.; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.