UHH men overcome slow start, down Urban Knights

The UH-Hilo basketball team shot 3 of 24 to start the game, but battled through its shooting blues to convert 23 of 43 or 53% to defeat Academy of Art 75-72 before 51 fans on UHH’s pass list, including five who wore their masks below their noses, on Thursday night at Hilo Civic.

UHH women eke out win against Academy-Art in return

The UH-Hilo women’s basketball team took open shots but didn’t make many and didn’t share the ball well, but still beat Academy of Art 66-58 on Thursday night before 20 fans on UHH’s approved pass list at Hilo Civic, behind Noelle Sua-Godinet’s huge baskets off the bench.

Obituaries for January 14

Elizabeth “Betty” Joan Hannah, 73, of Waimea died Dec. 13 at home. Born in Sutton Coldfield, England, she was a retired social worker. Celebration of life at a later date. No flowers. Memorial donations to the Liver Foundation at https://liverfoundation.org/. Condolences to: c/o St. James Episcopal Church, 65-1237 Kawaihae Rd, Kamuela, HI 96743. Survived by husband, Mike Hannah of Waimea; children, Katherine (Greg Pozun) Hannah of Canada, Robert (Suzanne) Hannah of California and David (Kristine) Hannah of Washington; five grandchildren. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Biden chooses 3 for Fed board, including first Black woman

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will nominate three people for the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, including Sarah Bloom Raskin, a former Fed and Treasury official, for the top regulatory slot and Lisa Cook, who would be the first Black woman to serve on the Fed’s board.

Biden to double free COVID tests, add masks to fight omicron

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the government will double to 1 billion the rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to be distributed free to Americans, along with “high-quality masks,” as he highlighted his efforts to “surge” resources to help the country weather the spike in coronavirus cases.