New variant cause for concern, not panic, Biden tells US

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden called the new coronavirus variant omicron a cause for concern but “not a cause for panic” Monday and said he was not considering any widespread U.S. lockdown. He urged Americans anew to get fully vaccinated, including booster shots, and return to face masks indoors in public settings to slow any spread.

Cost of Government Commission to convene

Mayor Mitch Roth has tapped residents with backgrounds in the island Fire Department, U.S. Marines and Army, as well as a forensic engineer, software engineer and meteorologist to serve on the Cost of Government Commission, and he’s looking for three more candidates.

Maxwell, Epstein were ‘partners in crime,’ prosecutor says

NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were “partners in crime” in the sexual abuse of teenage girls, a prosecutor said Monday, while Maxwell’s lawyers said she was being made a scapegoat for a man’s bad behavior as the British socialite’s sex trafficking trial got underway in New York.

Obituaries for November 30

Charles Jose “Carlos” Garcia, 91, of Hilo died Nov. 19 at home. Born in La Jara, Colo., he was a retired chief observer for the National Center for Atmospheric Research High Altitude Observatory, U.S. Navy veteran and member of Young Men’s Institute, Y’s Men International Club, Toastmasters and Piihonua Kumiai, and avid tennis player. Celebration of life service at a later date. Survived by daughters, Carla (Scott) Chitwood of Hilo and Pamela (John) Homa of Las Cruces, N.M.; sons, Steven (Duan) Garcia of Hilo and Thomas Garcia of Las Vegas; sisters, Eva Mask of Parkton, N.C. and Agnes Moser of Deadwood, S.D.; brother, Julian (Debbie) Garcia of West Columbia, Texas; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; nephews, nieces and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Paradise Studio Artist Collective tour set for this weekend

Explore artist studios in Hawaiian Paradise Park and help bring art to the students of local high schools. The Paradise Studio Tour Artist Collective is having their 15th anniversary tour allowing the public into the studios where their art is created. Original art treasures and quality crafted gifts will be on display for sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.