Democrats should take a reform that’s there

A bipartisan group of senators reportedly is close to agreement on recommending reforms to a flawed, archaic law that former President Donald Trump abused in his attempt to overturn the 2020 election. The Electoral Count Act of 1887 gives the vice president a ceremonial role in approving state vote counts, but it is worded vaguely enough that Trump claimed, outrageously, that it provided Vice President Mike Pence authority to unilaterally throw out Joe Biden’s victory.

Even as COVID cases rise, mask mandates stay shelved

NEW YORK — An increase in COVID-19 infections around the U.S. has sent more cities into new high-risk categories that are supposed to trigger indoor mask wearing, but much of the country is stopping short of bringing back restrictions amid deep pandemic fatigue.

Obituaries for May 4

Bernadette Boehmer, 79, of Kailua-Kona died April 22 at home. Born in Chicago, she was a retired office manager for Kraftsman Auto Body and member of Kona Coast Kennel Club. Private service held. Survived by husband, John Florek of Kailua-Kona; daughter, Denise (Billy) Davis of Kailua-Kona; sister, Madeline (James) Borek of Illinois; a granddaughter. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.

Council told property tax cuts unlikely

There will be no property tax credit for homeowners this year, and in fact, there’s very little chance property owners in any tax category will see their tax bills go down, following advice Tuesday from the county Corporation Counsel and Finance Department director.