Russian sentenced to life in Ukraine’s 1st war crimes trial

KYIV, Ukraine — A captured Russian soldier who pleaded guilty to killing a civilian was sentenced by a Ukrainian court Monday to life in prison — the maximum — amid signs the Kremlin may, in turn, put on trial some of the fighters who surrendered at Mariupol’s steelworks.

Obituaries for May 24

Patricia “Patti” Piilani Bufil-Dehmer, 59, of Hilo died March 28 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a loan officer for the former Beneficial Hawaii, an administrative assistant for Ivan Mochida Contracting and a salesclerk at the former Robert’s Bakery. Graveside committal service 10 a.m. Saturday (May 28) at Mauna Kea Memorial Park in Papaikou, followed by a celebration of life at 4 p.m. at Hilo Meishoin Social Hall, 97 Olona St. Aloha attire; flowers welcome. Survived by husband, Eric H. Dehmer of Hilo; sons, Erickson H. Dehmer of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Roycen K. (Stephanie) Dehmer of Kailua, Oahu; daughter, Brittni Rose K. (Aukai Ishibashi Jr.) Dehmer of Hilo; father, Pilagio Bufil of Hilo; hanai brother, Ronnie Alonzo of Hilo; sisters, Abigail “Abby” Bufil and Francine (Randy Uy) Bufil-Uy of California; four grandchildren; hanai children, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Biden launches Indo-Pacific trade deal, warns over inflation

TOKYO — President Joe Biden launched a new trade deal with 12 Indo-Pacific nations Monday aimed at strengthening their economies as he warned Americans worried about high inflation that it is “going to be a haul” before they feel relief. The president said he does not believe an economic recession is inevitable in the U.S.

Pentagon says more high-tech weapons going to Ukraine

WASHINGTON — Nearly 50 defense leaders from around the world met Monday and agreed to send more advanced weapons to Ukraine, including a Harpoon launcher and missiles to protect its coast, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters.

Governments should stop trying to make gasoline cheaper

The oil market is screaming at consumers to rein in their use of fuel. Governments are doing everything they can to have us to buy, buy, buy. But there can only be one winner in this battle, and it won’t be our elected representatives — or us.

Let’s Talk Food: Brain food

As we age, it is even more important to keep our brain fed with the right foods. Our mental decline, which involves memory and cognition, affects too many of us.

The Island Intelligencer: The espionage world in wartime

Nations’ intelligence engines are rarely at rest, but complex and high-stakes conflicts that have global impact, like the situation in Ukraine, force them to shift into overdrive. The U.S intelligence community is no different. This is especially true in the area of human intelligence (HUMINT), the shadow playground of spies and their handlers on which I long frolicked.