The Island Intelligencer: Keep an eye on nonstate actors

As a young analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, where I prepared for our country’s leaders assessments on the national security implications of international events, I developed an appreciation for the fact that the game of geopolitics, frequently equated to chess, usually has at play some pieces that are not fully visible on the board. Identifying these unconventional tokens and realizing how they move facilitate our efforts to understand why a given situation unfolds the way it does and to develop a more informed appreciation for possible outcomes.

Judge finds Donald Trump in contempt in New York legal fight

NEW YORK — A New York judge found former President Donald Trump in contempt of court and set in motion $10,000 daily fines Monday for failing to adequately respond to a subpoena issued by the state’s attorney general as part of a civil investigation into his business dealings.

Obituaries for April 26

Hugh Emmet Andrews, 77, of Hilo died Dec. 19, 2021, in Costa Mesa, Calif. Born in Hilo, he was a former machinist for Momac Products and a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church. Visitation 8:15-9:15 a.m. Friday (April 29) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. Inurnment to follow at Homelani Memorial Park. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by sister, Clare Andrews of Hilo; brother-in-law, William F. Jones of Kailua-Kona; an aunt, cousins. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

Time to examine whether minor vehicle infractions merit police stops

One big question deserves to be on every police officer’s mind when pulling a motorist over for a relatively minor offense: Is this stop really worth the violent confrontation or death that could follow? Even if cops aren’t asking that question, city governments are, and they increasingly are concluding that, no, it’s better to let the offender move on than risk yet another tragedy that undermines public trust in the police.

Let’s Talk Food: Who is James Beard?

We recently saw on the front page of the Hawaii Tribune-Herald a story about two of our finest chefs, Mark Pomaski and Brian Hirata, who were nominated for this year’s James Beard Award.