Final in-person collection closes for Kaua‘i Toys for Tots

LIHU‘E — People waiting to contribute to the Toys for Tots campaign are able to drop off their contributions at any of the Kaua‘i fire stations, said Capt. Rod Green of the U.S. Marine Corps League that coordinates the Toys for Tots campaign on Kaua‘i.

Kaua‘i officials anticipate rise in cases

LIHU‘E — Monday, the Hawai‘i State Department of Health Kaua‘i District Health Office reported 10 new cases of COVID-19. Two of these cases are of visitors and the rest are residents. All 10 cases are adults.

Trump gets wish in Georgia, sparks ‘a political civil war’

ATLANTA — Less than a year after losing the presidency, Donald Trump has set out to reshape the GOP in his image across the nation’s top political battlegrounds, sparking bitter primary battles that will force candidates and voters to decide how much to embrace Trump and his grievances.

Emmett Till investigation closed by feds; no new charges

JACKSON, Miss. — The U.S. Justice Department said Monday it is ending its investigation into the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till, the Black teenager from Chicago who was abducted, tortured and killed after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman in Mississippi.

Biden to warn Putin of economic pain if he invades Ukraine

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is ready to warn Vladimir Putin during a video call Tuesday that Russia will face economy-jarring sanctions if it invades neighboring Ukraine as the U.S. president seeks a diplomatic solution to deal with the tens of thousands of Russian troops massed near the Ukraine border.

US plans diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will stage a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing t o protest Chinese human rights abuses, the White House confirmed Monday, a move that China has vowed to greet with “firm countermeasures.”

Desperation drives thousands of Afghans a day across borders

HERAT, Afghanistan — Over the course of an hour on a recent night, the bus waiting in the Herat station filled with passengers. Mostly young men, they had no luggage, just the clothes on their backs, maybe a bag with some bread and water for the long road ahead of them.

Beyond Ukraine, plenty of issues for Biden-Putin talks

WASHINGTON — Russia’s military buildup on the border with Ukraine will be the top focus of talks between President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, but there are plenty of other thorny issues on the table as well, including cyberattacks, human rights, and US-Russian relations that a Kremlin spokesman says are overall in “a rather dire state.”

Dangerous storm threatens havoc across Hawaiian archipelago

HONOLULU — From the empty shores of Oahu’s Waikiki Beach to the snowy summit of the Big Island’s highest peak, an unusually strong winter storm is clobbering the Hawaiian Islands and raising the threat of dangerous flash floods, landslides and crashing tree limbs.

Navy halts use of fuel storage complex above Hawaii aquifer

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — The U.S. Navy announced Monday that it is suspending use of a massive World War II-era fuel storage complex above a Hawaii aquifer that supplies nearly 20% of Honolulu’s drinking water — following days of complaints that tap water smells like fuel and has sickened some people.

Happy Camper for Monday, December 6, 2021

And where was the Ninja Bread at Made In Hawai‘i? Ann Hashisaka of Kaua‘i Kookie brought the gingerbread people (minis and big guys) for Made In Hawai‘i, where she joined her sister Ruth Hashisaka, who came down special to help Ann and June Ikemoto at the Grove Farm Market craft-fair component Saturday in Puhi.

Waimea No. 2 seed at state tourney

The Waimea High School girls volleyball team, the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation champions, earned a No. 2 seed in the New City Nissan Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association Division II girls volleyball state championships.

Conor Hunt gets All-Patriot nod

Conor Hunt, the son of former county Finance Director Steve Hunt, was one of seven Georgetown University football players named to the All-Patriot League first team in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.