Attorney urges Goodell to ‘do the right thing’ on Watson

HOUSTON — A lawyer representing two dozen women who have accused Deshaun Watson of sexual assault or harassment said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has a chance to “do the right thing” now that the league has appealed a six-game suspension for the Cleveland Browns quarterback.

‘Four Mile’ closed next week for improvements

The James Kealoha Beach Park (“Four zMile”) in the Keaukaha area of Hilo will be closed from Monday, Aug. 8, to Friday, Aug. 12, for repaving of the park’s roadway and parking areas, according to the county Department of Parks and Recreation.

Fate of alleged killer now in the hands of jurors

The prosecution’s closing arguments in the murder trial of Kalani Kaohimaunu went as expected — with Deputy Prosecutor Joseph Lee saying Venus Mitchell recognized Kaohimaunu as the man who fatally shot her boyfriend, Keola Penovaroff, on Thanksgiving Day 2015.

WNBA’s Griner convicted at drug trial, sentenced to 9 years

KHIMKI, Russia — U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner was convicted Thursday in Russia of drug possession and smuggling and was sentenced to nine years behind bars in a politically charged case that could lead to a high-stakes prisoner exchange between Washington and Moscow.

What happens when TikTok is your main source of news and information

On TikTok you’re liable to find restaurant recommendations, lip-syncing snippets and false claims stating that COVID-19 vaccines contain aborted fetal tissue and that crisis actors faked the Uvalde school shooting. TikTok, along with Instagram, is where Gen Z searches for information and entertainment. They often come up with a blurry mix between fact and fiction.

Splendid Byzantine churches head Thessaloniki’s holy sites

THESSALONIKI, Greece — Under fluttering strings of Greek and Byzantine flags, three men raised a party tent on the terrace of the 5th century Osios David church one recent Saturday, hoping it would shelter festivalgoers from the heat that already shrouded the view of Mount Olympus across the gulf.

Obituaries for August 5

Rodney Manuel Carvalho, 75, of Goldsboro, N.C., died July 15 at the North Carolina State Veterans Home in Kinston, N.C. Born in Haina, he had a long and successful career in the tire business, was a husband, father and grandfather and U.S. Army veteran. Service 10 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 6) at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Goldsboro. Online condolences: Survived by wife, Ginger Overcash Carvalho; daughters Kimberly Carvalho, Jennifer Carvalho (James Jr.) Mignone; mother-in-law, Emma Overcash; his brother-in-law Jack (Anna) Overcash Jr; two grandchildren; a niece and nephew; extended family. Arrangements by Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Goldsboro.

Alex Jones ordered to pay Sandy Hook parents more than $4M

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas jury Thursday ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay more than $4 million — significantly less than the $150 million being sought — in compensatory damages to the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Sandy Hook massacre, marking the first time the Infowars host has been held financially liable for repeatedly claiming the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history was a hoax.

Japan PM meets Pelosi, calls China drills ‘grave problem’

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday that China’s military exercises aimed at Taiwan represent a “grave problem” that threatens regional peace and security after five ballistic missiles launched as part of the drills landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.