Hot, dry weather to persist

In years past, local folks knew it was time for the Hawaii County Fair by the predictable September rains — which some people joked were brought in with the fair’s rides and games.

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Lava meeting Thursday

The next lava flow community update meeting with representatives of Hawaii County Civil Defense and the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Pahoa High School cafeteria.

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A Bon dance filled with memories

The past spirits of Life Care Center of Hilo were welcomed back in traditional splendor at the nursing facility thanks to the sincere professional help of Project Dana, Honpa Hongwanji, Hawaii Island Buddhist Women’s Association and the Hilo Bon Dance Club.

Leon Russell tonight in Hilo, tomorrow in Kona

Leon Russell will play a pair of Big Island concerts as part of his “Life Journey” tour, but the title of one of his popular tunes, “Back to the Island,” seems an equally apropos theme.

Community

Prayer services scheduled on behalf of Puna area

Congregations of East Hawaii churches invite the public to join in prayer services on behalf of the residents of Puna at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Pahoa Community Center pool parking lot at 15-2910 Puna Road, Pahoa.

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Commentary

The economy is improving, but not everyone is sharing in the better times

Amid other good news about the U.S. economy — a declining unemployment rate, lower child poverty — the Federal Reserve has just reported that the net worth of U.S. households rose $1.4 trillion, to $81.5 trillion, during the second quarter of 2014. This means that families’ assets, such as homes and stocks, have risen roughly $23 trillion in value since the depths of the “Great Recession” in 2009. Credit the market on Wall Street and recovering real estate prices, both partly attributable to the Fed’s easy-money policies.

Pay voters to get them to polls?

WASHINGTON — The pursuit of perfection is usually foredoomed, but the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which has a latitudinarian understanding of ethical behavior, has a perfectly awful idea. It is urging the City Council to consider ways of paying — starchier ethicists might call it bribing — people to vote.

Nation

Campaign against ISIS might expand

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s military campaign against the Islamic State group already has extended beyond the limits he first outlined.

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