Obituaries: March 20, 2022

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Judge: Same-sex marriage license denials violated rights

A federal judge has ruled that a former Kentucky clerk violated the constitutional rights of two same-sex couples who were among those to whom she wouldn’t issue marriage licenses — a refusal that sparked international attention and briefly landed her in jail in 2015.

Afghanistan world’s unhappiest country, even before Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan is the unhappiest country in the world — even before the Taliban swept to power last August. That’s according to a so-called World Happiness report released ahead of the U.N.-designated International Day of Happiness on Sunday.

‘He was still a good person’

Less than a month after Albert Aukai Manners was reported missing on Dec. 1, 2020, his family suspected he had been murdered.

US lawmakers visit Poland, urge help for Ukraine military

WARSAW, Poland — A bipartisan delegation of U.S. lawmakers visiting Poland said Saturday that the most urgent need in Ukraine’s fight against a Russian invasion is to equip and support the country in every way that will help it defend its independence.

Minis on the move

A fun time was had by all Wednesday as Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii-Kona’s two miniature horses, Calypso and Peaches, visited with Full Life Hawaii participants and Life Care Center of Kona residents.

China reports first COVID-19 deaths in more than a year

BEIJING — China’s health authorities reported two COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, the first since January 2021, as the country battles its worst outbreak in two years driven by a surge in the highly transmissible omicron variant.

Spring rains mean it is time to fertilize

This weekend marks the last two days of winter and Monday is officially the first day of spring. It has been a dry winter for many parts of the island, but now some areas are beginning to get a bit of spring rain. This makes it difficult to make general recommendations that apply to all. Parts of the windward side received enough precipitation to remove nutrients like nitrogen and actual topsoil as well. West Hawaii received much less, but with our excessively porous rocky areas, even an inch of rain can leach important elements essential to plant growth.