Asian Americans seek greater political power after shootings

WASHINGTON — Speaking on the floor of the Georgia state Senate last week, Michelle Au implored her colleagues to “stand up” to the hatred aimed at Asian Americans that’s increased during the pandemic. A day later, a gunman shook the Atlanta area by killing eight people, including six women of Asian descent.

As I See It: When concerns matter

Many years ago, I was the principal engineer for a steel mill operation. I was on a first-name basis with plant management. Upper corporate management decided we could sell more product if we added a new chemical finishing process. In addition to being the resident engineer, I was assigned to supervise the chemistry experiment. We were not told how many questions were unanswered. The system was poorly designed, crude and unsophisticated. Frankly, I do not think the proponents realized how little they knew. As mills go, we were small, about 240 employees, but our output was measured in tens of thousands of tons per year. Our furnaces used half the natural gas in the county.

Police custody death investigation continues

A 64-year-old Captain Cook man remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday, two days after suffering injuries during a confrontation with a 29-year-old man who later died in police custody.

Island Life: Bath time

An orangespine unicornfish and an island Jack (ulua) get a body cleaning from a cleaner wrasse in Kahalu’u. (Reiko Sekine/Community Contributor)

There’s more to cacao than chocolate

Oded Brenner is a modern-day Willy Wonka. In the 1990s, he co-created an international chocolate empire, Max Brenner Chocolate, that includes a 7,000-square-foot emporium on Broadway in New York City.

Baja chicken wrap makes for quick, easy dinner

Doctor up rotisserie or cooked chicken for this 10-minute dinner. And there’s very little preparation time with the help of the supermarket. Shredded lettuce, frozen chopped onion, minced garlic and a bottle of salsa verde cuts the prep time to only a few minutes.