New river of lava threatens even more buildings on La Palma

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands — A new river of lava belched Saturday from the La Palma volcano, spreading more destruction on the Atlantic Ocean island where over 1,000 buildings have already been engulfed or badly damaged by streams of molten rock.

COVID-19 creates dire US shortage of teachers, school staff

SAN FRANCISCO — One desperate California school district is sending flyers home in students’ lunchboxes, telling parents it’s “now hiring.” Elsewhere, principals are filling in as crossing guards, teachers are being offered signing bonuses and schools are moving back to online learning.

Obituaries: September 23, 2021

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Announcements: July 31, 2021

KidX Back to School Celebration is finishing its school supply drive today in collaboration with Get Ready Hawaii, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Keauhou Shopping Center. The event will feature keiki crafts, yard games, selfie station, face painting, giveaways and more. Get Ready Hawaii will be giving away one free book per child while supplies last.

Island Life: Wrong tern

A lone Inca Tern at South Point — the only one of its species to ever have been spotted in the US and Hawaii, as it was blown in during a storm, all the way from South America. (Christiana Hetzel/Community contributor)

Public service in the US: Increasingly thankless, exhausting

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — He scurries through his apartment, downing a quick mug of coffee, brushing his teeth, feeding his pet rabbit, Auggie, before leaving. Not so long ago, Bill Mathis would have headed to his high school classroom to discuss great literature like “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Odyssey” with his freshman.