MLS: Laukoa Santos catches on with Charlotte

Laukoa Santos signed a one-year contract, including three team options, with the Charlotte Football Club on Tuesday after not getting drafted in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft, which saw 78 players selected on Jan. 11.

Even Durham says some media have gone down rabbit hole over probe

Conservative media joined a certain former president last week whipping up the political right over what they claimed was a smoking gun: proof from an ongoing investigation by special counsel John Durham that Hillary Clinton and other Democrats “spied” on Donald Trump while he was president. Trump called it worse than Watergate!

Biden’s Ukraine speech was aimed at allies, not voters

A high-profile speech on Ukraine is probably the last thing Democratic pollsters would have wanted from President Joe Biden. Good news on the pandemic would be welcome. If there had to be tough talk about a nasty foe, they would surely have hoped it would be about inflation, not Russian President Vladimir Putin. Or they may have wanted the president out there touting the booming numbers on jobs and economic growth. Anything but a foreign policy problem that few Americans care about.

US vaccination drive is bottoming out as omicron subsides

HAMILTON, Ala. — A handwritten log kept by nurses tells the story of the losing battle to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19 in this corner of Alabama: Just 14 people showed up at the Marion County Health Department for their initial shot during the first six weeks of the year.

Russia attacks Ukraine as Putin issues warning

Russian troops launched a wide-ranging attack today on Ukraine, as President Vladimir Putin cast aside international condemnation and sanctions and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere would lead to “consequences you have never seen.”

Obituaries for February 24

Douglas Brandenburg, 70, of Naalehu died Feb. 11, 2022. No services. No known family. Survivors are asked to contact Hilo Medical Center at (808) 932-3500, option 4.

HCCC inmate accused of assaulting guard

A 23-year-old Hilo man has been charged with an assault on an adult corrections officer at Hawaii Community Correctional Center that resulted in the hospitalization of the victim, according to County Prosecutor Kelden Waltjen.