Fraud suspect pleads guilty

KEALAKEKUA — A Kailua-Kona man accused of 55 forgery, fraud and identity theft charges pleaded guilty to five class C felonies Thursday morning in 3rd Circuit Court.

Stop the violence: UH-Hilo observing 20th anniversary of ‘Vagina Monologues’

A woman wore a radiant smile and danced during a flash mob Wednesday at the University of Hawaii at Hilo plaza — but tears formed afterward. She was there, with more than 30 women of diverse ages, with a few supportive men, to call for an end to violence against women through dance — part of the 20th anniversary of the play “The Vagina Monologues.”

‘Dreamers’ left in limbo as Senate rejects immigration bills

WASHINGTON — The Senate left hundreds of thousands of “Dreamer” immigrants in limbo Thursday, rejecting rival plans that would have spared them from deportation and strengthened the nation’s border security. Senators dealt President Donald Trump an especially galling defeat as more than a quarter of fellow Republicans abandoned him on an issue that helped propel him to the White House.

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Vacation destination comparison apples to oranges

I’m not quite sure why Judy Carr was letting us know how Santa Fe, New Mexico, is handling their vacation rentals because Santa Fe has one vacation rental to Kona’s 20, even though both places have about the same resident population.

Conflicted future

Some changes are planned for a bill creating a new management authority for Maunakea, but the legislation is still likely to face resistance from astronomers and Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners alike.

Kahilu Theatre Galleries presents ‘Confluence East’

Kahilu Theatre Galleries presents an artistic fusion of eastern art form in its new exhibit, “Confluence East,” featuring Hawaii Island artists Ellen Crocker and the late Cal Hashimoto. The selected works include sculpture, paintings and mixed media in the art disciplines of Japan. The exhibit opens today with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., and runs through March 29 in Waimea.

Former student opens fire at Florida high school, killing 17

PARKLAND, Fla. — A former student opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending scores of students fleeing into the streets in the nation’s deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.