Obituaries: March 11, 2022

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How will COVID end? Experts look to past epidemics for clues

NEW YORK — Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the world has seen a dramatic improvement in infections, hospitalizations and death rates in recent weeks, signaling the crisis appears to be winding down. But how will it end? Past epidemics may provide clues.

Suspect arrested after body found in concrete in Oahu tub

HONOLULU — Two men captured in Southern California and suspected of an Oahu killing were living in the victim’s house in an exclusive, gated community until neighbors complained about a stench, leading to the discovery of the homeowner’s body encased in concrete in a bathtub, police said.

Russians keep pressure on Mariupol; massive convoy breaks up

MARIUPOL, Ukraine — Russian forces kept up their bombardment of the port city of Mariupol on Thursday, while satellite photos showed that a massive Kremlin convoy that had been mired outside the Ukrainian capital split up and fanned out into towns and forests near Kyiv, with artillery pieces moved into firing positions.

Jehovah’s Witnesses flee Russia for worship without fear

Over the past five years, hundreds of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been subjected to raids, arrests and prosecution in Russia. Many others have fled – including one couple, Dmitrii and Nellia Antsybor, who flew to Mexico last year, walked across the U.S. border to seek asylum, and now hope to build a new life for themselves in Washington state.

Negotiators must target both production, consumption to curtail global plastic pollution

There is no data on global plastic pollution that is equivalent to the regular measurements of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. But as with greenhouse gases, the recent news has been nearly all bad. In 1950, worldwide production of plastics stood at 2 million tons per year. In 2020, it was 367 million tons (down from 368 million the year before due to the coronavirus pandemic). An increase this enormous is hard to visualise. But the 8.8m tons of plastic waste that is estimated to enter the world’s marine environment each year is the equivalent of a rubbish truck filled with plastic being tipped into the sea every minute.

Navy fuel leak prompts Honolulu plea for water conservation

HONOLULU — Honolulu’s water utility on Thursday asked roughly 400,000 Oahu residents to voluntarily cut their water use by 10% because of concerns about dry weather and a petroleum leak from a massive Navy fuel storage facility that has forced it to shut down three wells.