Commentary: NASA studying UFOs won’t prove alien life exists. They should do it anyway

NASA announced last month that its new panel to study Unidentified Aerial Phenomena — i.e. UFOs — was staffed up and ready to get working. The panel is impressive, including planetary scientists, astrophysicists, experts from the Federal Aviation Administration, data scientists and a celebrated astronaut. I have worked with a few of these scientists, and the group represents a stellar collection (pun intended) of smart, creative people with high scientific integrity.

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival kicks off today

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival returns in full-force starting today with 10 days full of musical entertainment, artisans and crafters, farm tours, games and activities for the whole family, great food, a cup full of coffee events, and much more.

IRS crime-fighting arm takes on new tasks during Ukraine war

WASHINGTON — The crime-fighting arm of the IRS, which tracks financial crimes and hunts down pricey properties of sanctioned Russian elites, identified more than $32 billion in funds during the past fiscal year for eventual seizure, the agency reported Thursday.

Obituaries: November 4, 2022

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Official: Man in Pelosi attack shouldn’t have reentered US

The Canadian man accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home and attacking her husband with a hammer should have been flagged by immigration officials and blocked from getting back into the U.S. after overstaying his authorized entry more than two decades ago, a federal official said Thursday.

Verlander gets World Series win, Astros lead Phillies 3-2

PHILADELPHIA — Justin Verlander overcame an early jolt to grit out the World Series win that long eluded him, rookie Jeremy Peña hit a go-ahead home run and the Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Thursday night to head home with a 3-2 lead.