The pleasure has been all mine, Big Island

My car stalled at an intersection in Hilo the other day, and my first instinct, frankly, was to roll it into a ditch and start walking, just to let everyone else pass by unencumbered.

Caregivers Connection event in Hilo Saturday

Are you a family caregiver for someone you love? The Caring for Caregivers Community Connections event brings together people, agencies and resources for caregivers to connect with services and support systems.

Texas senator: School police chief didn’t know of 911 calls

UVALDE, Texas — The commander overseeing police during a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, was not informed of panicked 911 calls coming from students trapped inside and it’s unclear who at the scene was aware of the calls as the massacre unfolded, a Texas state senator said Thursday.

Biden appeals for tougher gun laws: ‘How much more carnage?’

WASHINGTON — “Enough, enough,” President Joe Biden exclaimed over and over as he delivered an impassioned address to the nation imploring Congress to take action against gun violence after mass shootings he said had turned schools, supermarkets and other everyday places into “killing fields.”

No property tax relief: Council approves $785.3M spending plan

There will be no tax breaks for Hawaii County property owners this year, after the County Council on Thursday shot down attempts by three council members to divvy up for property owners a budget windfall stemming from a booming economy that sent property values skyrocketing.

California regulators approve state’s 1st robotic taxi fleet

California regulators on Thursday gave a robotic taxi service the green light to begin charging passengers for driverless rides in San Francisco, a first in a state where dozens of companies have been trying to train vehicles to steer themselves on increasingly congested roads.

Ukraine facing grinding campaign as it waits for weapons

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces locked in a grinding battle for control of the country’s east struggled to hold off Russian troops and buy themselves some time Thursday while they await the arrival of the advanced rockets and anti-aircraft weapons promised by the West.

Obituaries for June 3

Kukoa Dominic Ushi Carbone, infant, of Hilo died May 25 at Hilo Medical Center. He was also born in Hilo. Memorial visitation 4-6 p.m. Tuesday (June 7) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Casual attire. Survived by parents, Jonathan and Mino‘akaoke‘alohi Carbone of Hilo; sister, Nowelo Carbone of Hilo; brother, Ka‘io Carbone of Hilo; paternal grandparents, Richard and Jane Carbone of Hilo; maternal grandparents, Aaron and Nadeen Kahananui of Kona and Daniel and Sharon Misae Wela of Hilo; aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

NATO should think twice before accepting Finland and Sweden

One of the ironies of Russia’s war against Ukraine — ostensibly fought to prevent that nation from joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization — has been its impact on two of Europe’s traditionally neutral states, Finland and Sweden. On May 18, just 84 days after the invasion, Swedish and Finnish ambassadors handed over applications to join NATO in a public ceremony at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels.

Red-flag laws can make a difference

The slaughter at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, has stunned a country tragically accustomed to mass shootings. Coming just days after the atrocity at Buffalo, New York, this latest outrage has strengthened calls for tighter gun laws. This time, perhaps, something might actually be done.