Olivia Newton-John, who played Sandy in ‘Grease,’ dies at 73

NEW YORK — Olivia Newton-John, the Grammy-winning superstar who reigned on pop, country, adult contemporary and dance charts with such hits as “Physical” and “You’re the One That I Want” and won countless hearts as everyone’s favorite Sandy in the blockbuster film version of “Grease,” has died. She was 73.

US pledges $1 billion more rockets, other arms for Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration said Monday it was shipping its biggest yet direct delivery of weapons to Ukraine as that country prepares for a potentially decisive counteroffensive in the south against Russia, sending $1 billion in rockets, ammunition and other material to Ukraine from Defense Department stockpiles.

Misfired rockets may have killed over a dozen in Gaza battle

TEL AVIV, Israel — Close to one-third of the Palestinians who died in the latest outbreak of violence between Israel and Gaza militants may have been killed by errant rockets fired by the Palestinian side, according to an Israeli military assessment that appears consistent with independent reporting by The Associated Press.

Obituaries for August 9

Delbert Joseph Benevides, 71, of Hilo, died July 1 at home. Born in Hilo, he was the owner of ABBA Appliance Repair and a member of New Hope Church. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Onekahakaha Beach Park Pavilion No. 4 in Hilo. Celebration of life service at 11 a.m. Online condolences: homelanimemorialpark.com. Survived by wife, Shelley Bereman-Benevides; mother, Rose Marie Ciaramitaro; daughters, Jennifer Falepapalangi and Jaclyn (Ely Barnett) Herrick; stepdaughters, Caralyn (William) Badua and Susan (Zack) Sanders; stepson, Matthew (Mandy Calicdan) Castro; sister, Darla (Hugh) Lovell; sisters-in-law, Lyla Vogeler and Mary Ann Gouveia; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Homelani Memorial Park.

‘Abstract Only!’ opens at Wailoa Center

The Wailoa Center and the Hawai‘i Island Art Alliance are proud to present “Abstract Only!, the 12th Annual Multimedia National Juried Exhibition,” open now through Aug. 25, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Kona Orchid Society show set for Aug. 20

KAILUA-KONA — The public is invited to come browse and talk story at the Kona Orchid Society Show and Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Makaeo County Pavilion at the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area.

Let’s Talk Food: Julia Child’s birthday

Monday, Aug. 15, is Julia Child’s 110th birthday. She is credited with the distinction of bringing the love of French cooking to America. Her husband Paul’s work took them to Paris, where Julia enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu cooking school at the age of 37. In 1952, she worked with various chefs and established a cooking school in Paris with Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck. In 1961, her cookbook, ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ was published. This has become the bible for French cooking.

Fact-free speech is not free speech

The proliferation of lying in the body politic and certain news media has reached proportions so great that America finds itself on the brink of a revolution that threatens our entire system of government.

America needs a Declaration of Independents

Whether one watches Fox News or MSNBC, reads The New York Times or the Wall Street Journal, it has become difficult to view the United States as anything but a game of political dodgeball, with two opposing teams that loath one another trying to knock the other out by whistling partisan fastballs at any vulnerable opponent. Gone are the days of what Richard Nixon liked to call “the great silent majority” — a phrase he appropriated from Homer, who used it to describe the dead. There is not much silence in politics these days. Nor is there much reasonable discourse. Screeching has largely taken its place.