Ukrainian counterattacks slowing Russian offensive in east

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian troops are pressing their offensive in the eastern Donbas region in an attempt to fully seize Ukraine’s industrial heartland but have made little headway as fierce Ukrainian counterattacks have slowed their efforts, Ukrainian and British officials said Saturday.

Wildfires, grow as fierce winds batter Southwestern US

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Destructive Southwest fires have burned dozens of homes in northern Arizona and put numerous small villages in New Mexico in the path of danger, as wind-fueled flames chewed up wide swaths of tinder dry forest and grassland and plumes of smoke filled the sky.

Mask mandates in perspective: Facing the facts on respirators

It was two years ago, on April 2, 2020, that we championed the wearing of face coverings to frustrate the spread of what was then called the novel coronavirus. With the pandemic ongoing though diminished, we remain supporters of masking indoors, especially in certain settings, but we’ve learned a few things, particularly about the utility of statewide or citywide mandates.

Tropical Gardening: Australia’s silver oak in full bloom in West Hawaii

April showers bring May Flowers. Some in Hawaii are from Australia. When it comes to strange animals and plants, Australia is in the lead for its share of the unusual to unique. This ancient mini continent has mammals that lay eggs to the marsupials that carry their premature babies in pouches. Recent fires put many in the animal kingdom at risk and the plant kingdom as well. Some Australian ecosystems will be altered for centuries and some may never recover.

Miss Aloha Hula 2022

After a night of competition Thursday, Piʻikea Kekīhenelehuawewehiikekauʻōnohi Lopes from halau Ka Lā ʻOnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe was named as Miss Aloha Hula at the 2022 Merrie Monarch Festival.