Bowling returns to Kona

High schools from across the Big Island traveled to Kona Bowl on Saturday to compete in the season-opening BIIF bowling meet. West-side schools such as Kealakehe and Konawaena competed in the all-day event in front of proud parents and locals who came to watch. Schools from as far as Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i also showed out. (CONOR LANGS/WEST HAWAII TODAY)

Rural hospitals are closing maternity wards. People are seeking options to give birth closer to home

Alisha Alderson placed her folded clothes and everything she needed for the last month of her pregnancy in various suitcases. She never imagined she would have to leave the comfort of her home in rural eastern Oregon just weeks before her due date. But following the abrupt closure in August of the only maternity ward within 40 miles, she decided to stay at her brother’s house near Boise, Idaho — a two-hour drive through a mountain pass — to be closer to a hospital.

Cowboys football falls short to Daggers

KAPAAU — In a back-and-forth affair where it felt like either team could take the victory, Kohala football fell in close fashion to Pahoa by a score of 14-13 on Saturday at home. While the Cowboys were in control for a majority of the game, the Daggers’ physical run game and ability to force turnovers late proved to be the deciding factor.

West-side volleyball competes across weekend

A variety of west-side schools competed in girls volleyball matches across the weekend on all corners of the island. On Friday at Laupahoehoe, Kohala beat the Seasiders in straight sets — 25-9, 25-17 and 25-17. Kealakehe fell to KSH in straight sets Saturday by scores of 25-14, 25-16 and 25-13. Pahoa also handled Makua Lani in straight sets Friday with scores of 25-9, 25-11 and 25-22 at Old Airport. On Thursday in Waimea Park, Parker beat Kanu in straight sets in 25-4, 25-15 and 25-14. Konawaena additionally beat St. Joseph on the road Saturday by scores of 25-21, 25-15 and 25-12 to end the weekend slate. (KELSEY WALLING/HAWAII TRIBUNE-HERALD)

Imagine making shadowy data brokers erase your personal info. Californians may soon live the dream

SAN FRANCISCO — You may not know it, but thousands of often shadowy companies routinely traffic in personal data you probably never agreed to share — everything from your real-time location information to private financial details. Even if you could identify these data brokers, there isn’t much you can do about their activities, even in California, which has some of the strongest digital privacy laws in the U.S.