HVNP fire now 100% contained

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – The wildfire on the southeast flank of Mauna Loa is 100% contained and is holding at 42.5 acres in size, HVNP announced Tuesday.

Council wants details on homeless program

A skeptical council Finance Committee on Tuesday advanced a no-bid $10 a year lease for a homeless shelter in Kona’s Old Industrial Area after officials with the county Housing Office and the nonprofit holding the contract assured council members they would provide more details about the program at the final reading of the measure Aug. 3.

NOAA administrator ratifies dolphin swim ban

As litigation over the validity of a rule banning swimming with Hawaiian spinner dolphins continues, NOAA Administrator Richard Spinrad recently ratified the final rule issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service last fall.

House passes same-sex marriage bill in retort to high court

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday to protect same-sex and interracial marriages amid concerns that the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade abortion access could jeopardize other rights criticized by many conservatives.

UK breaks record for highest temperature as Europe sizzles

LONDON — Britain shattered its record for highest temperature ever registered Tuesday amid a heat wave that has seared swaths of Europe, as the U.K.’s national weather forecaster said such highs are now a fact of life in a country ill-prepared for such extremes.

Obituaries for July 20

Kristin Kaena Elizabeth Abarca, 40, of Aspers, Penn., died June 15 at her family’s home. Born in Kapaau, she was a medical decoder and biller for Bridgeport Healthcare and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kohala Ward. Visitation 9-11 a.m., Saturday (July 23) at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kohala Ward. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawi County Cemetery. Casual attire. Survived by hanai son, Sivai Afoa of Pennsylvania; hanai daughters, Antonette Carvalho of Hawi and Amelia Afoa of Pennsylvania; mother, Keala (Ronnie) Brown of Aberdeen Md.; father, Jeffrey (Desiree) Medeiros of Hawi; sisters, Jackie (Frank) Johnson of Hilo, Crystalyn (Chris Usman) Rabang of Hawi, Ariel Afoa of Arizona, Sariah (Anthony) Scaffidi of Pennsylvania and Ivy (Elmer Romero) Medeiros of Marylane; maternal grandmother, Lillian Ching of Hawi; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

In post-Roe America, questions arise over the meaning of fetal personhood

A Texas woman is fighting a ticket she received on June 29 for driving in a Dallas HOV lane. Under normal circumstances, this would not merit an editorial mention. But times have changed in Texas. The woman, Brandy Bottone, argues that, because she is pregnant, her fetus counts as a human with equal rights under Texas law. The Texas Legislature and Republican Gov. Greg Abbott made that bed with a big assist from the U.S. Supreme Court, now they must lie in it.