A garbage truck collided with a sport utility vehicle at an intersection in suburban Chicago, killing the owners of a Korean restaurant and one other, according to news reports.
Won Suk Rim, 57, was at the wheel of a Kia SUV on Oct. 15 in in Glenview, Ill., when it was struck by the truck and became wedged underneath, sparking a fire which killed Rim, his wife Jung Ran Min, 52, and a third person believed to be a friend named Mrs. Kim, according to ABC Chicago.
The garbage truck belonged to the city of Skokie, which released a statement saying the the Kia driver did not stop at the stop sign and said its driver has an excellent record spanning 19 years. No charges have been filed in the case. Continue Reading »
A New York Police Department officer who was off duty from his work as an undercover cop was among a pack of motorcyclists who chased a Chinese American family through the streets of Manhattan, according to the New York Post.
Citing an anonymous source, the Post said the unnamed officer came forward (with legal counsel) four days after the incident which left 33-year-old tech executive Alexian Lien beaten to the ground in Upper Manhattan. Lien, his wife and two-year-old daughter were caught among a pack of dozens of street racers who were participating in a road rally from Brooklyn to Times Square in Manhattan when the bikers surrounded their vehicle.
The officer is reportedly a member of a group of motorcycle enthusiasts based in New Rochelle, N.Y., called the Front Line Soldiers. Continue Reading »
N. Korea lashes out at S. Korean president
North Korea on Friday criticized the South Korean leader by name and reiterated its resolve to simultaneously develop its nuclear capability and economy, a goal that President Park Geun-hye has said is doomed to fail.
The North said that all efforts by Park and her cohorts to join forces with foreign powers and strive to denuclearize the North will only end in failure, according to a statement by the North’s National Defense Commission.
It said such a move amounts to perpetrators “digging their own graves.”
The remarks came after Park called on the North to give up its nuclear ambitions at the Armed Forces Day ceremony on Tuesday and stressed Seoul’s firm commitment to developing strong defensive capabilities to deter threats from North Korean nuclear weapons and render them useless.
U.S., South Korea Agree to Work More on Deterring North Korea
The U.S. and South Korea agreed Wednesday to work together to strengthen the South’s ability to deter threats from North Korea, and have endorsed a new military strategy to better coordinate the response to a nuclear, chemical or other attack from Pyongyang.
In a formal, signed statement, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin also said they are also setting up a panel to review the possibility of delaying the transfer of wartime control of South Korean troops from Washington to Seoul. That handover is currently slated for 2015.
Speaking at the close of the 45th annual security meeting between the two nations, Hagel said the U.S. is committed “to using all our military capabilities” — including nuclear capabilities, as well as missile defense and conventional strikes — to deter North Korea from taking any aggressive action against the South.
The South Korean leaders who (supposedly) love Kim Jong Un
Since taking parliamentary office a year and a half ago, Kim Jae-yeon, 33, has been called a North Korean apologist, a pinko, and a “leftist zombie” — a derogatory phrase that fringe web commentators deploy against liberals and socialists in the South.
In her office, though, the youth activist immediately comes off as winsome and charming.
But suddenly, Kim lets down her smile and has to leave our interview. There’s an urgent news conference: she’s to address a fresh round of accusations that fellow party members could be connected to a conspiracy to overthrow South Korea on behalf of its sworn enemy, the North.
Man who once took Honolulu TV news cameraman hostage facing car theft charges
Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii)
A 48 year-old convicted felon, who was arrested 21 years ago for taking a television cameraman hostage, is back in custody.
This time, Ulysses Kim, who also won a 1999 court settlement and received $199,000 for mistreatment while housed in Halawa Correctional Facility, is facing charges of first-degree car theft, and first-degree and second-degree terroristic threatening.
Kim was supposed to be arraigned today in Circuit Court, but the proceedings were postponed until Monday because he is in Oahu Community Correctional Center’s medical facility. Kim is being held at the Kalihi prison facility unable to post $50,000 bail.
Police said Kim on Sept. 23 entered the car of a 58-year-old man in Waipahu and tried to steal it.
Cosmetic eye surgery costs only $3 in North Korea, but it’s punished with forced labor
“To the girls who were not born with double-eyelids, double-eyelid surgery is a little magic granting their wishes to be prettier,” North Korean defector Mina Yoon writes in her most recent column for NKNews.org about life inside the Hermit Kingdom.
The cosmetic surgery is extremely common in South Korea, where “big” eyes are perceived as more attractive than the epicanthic folds prevalent among East Asians.
It turns out, according to Yoon, it’s also common in North Korea, which has similar – and similarly rigid – standards of beauty. Plastic surgery is illegal there, considered an ideologically subversive form of individual and class self-expression. But it’s still highly sought-after and, Yoon says, costs the equivalent of just $2 to $3. That’s no small sum in North Korea, one of the world’s poorest countries, but it’s still remarkably cheap.
For all the popularity of the procedure among young North Korean girls, it’s still forbidden, a ban enforced with the meticulous invasiveness for which North Korea is infamous. At Yoon’s high school, inspectors would arrive at random to examine girls’ eyelids for any signs of the surgery. Anyone suspected of having artificially widened her eyelids would be made to do punitive labor, to “donate” costly building materials such as concrete or at the very least to write a formal apology, the last of which is more pernicious than it sounds in a country obsessed with ideological fealty and permanent records.
South Korea Only ‘Partly Free’ When It Comes to Internet
Wall Street Journal
South Koreans enjoy the world’s highest average Internet connection speeds and one of the highest Internet penetration rates, but their enviable access to information and communication technology is also increasingly subject to government surveillance and censorship.
That’s according to Washington-based watchdog Freedom House, which this week ranked South Korea 20th out of the 60 nations surveyed in its most recent Internet freedom report, earning it a “partly free” descriptive rating and putting it roughly on par with Nigeria, Brazil, Angola and Uganda.
In terms of its overall Internet freedom, this is a slight improvement from last year, but Freedom House voiced concerns about recent developments that include criminal prosecutions of users for online activities, a rising number of blocked websites and allegations that the national spy agency manipulated online discussions before last year’s presidential election.
K-pop fans on ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ stage
Johnny Sevas, 20, from Australia, recalled the first time he saw SHINee’s “Ring Ding Dong” music video a few years ago.
“The colors were really vibrant and dancing as well. And the songs were really catchy.”
Soon, he watched one K-pop video after another and that eventually brought him, Alicia Chua, and four others to participate in the K-pop Cover Dance Competition held in Wonju, Gangwon, on Sept. 28.
New Line to Remake Korean Thriller ‘Secret’
New Line has picked up the remake rights to Secret, a Korean crime thriller made by CJ Entertainment.
Guy Stodel will produce the remake along with Jiwon Park of CJ Entertainment.
Released in 2009, Secret ostensibly followed a detective that finds incriminating evidence that may implicate his wife at a murder scene, and he must uncover the mystery before anyone else can.
Ryu Hyun-jin Expected to Carry Game 3 in NL Division Series
Ryu Hyun-jin will start in Game 3 for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series at home this weekend.
“Ryu and Ricky Nolasco are scheduled to pitch Games 3 and 4 of the National League Division Series for the Dodgers, manager Don Mattingly announced Wednesday,” the official website of Major League Baseball reported later that day.
The role of the Game 3 starter is as crucial as those of the previous starters in the best-of-five Division Series. If the team already has two wins under its belt, the starting pitcher carries the weight of wrapping up the series. If it has two losses, then he finds himself tasked with the unenviable job of saving the team from elimination.
A South Korean Racetrack Where Variety Spices Up the Challenges
New York Times
The Korean International Circuit, in Yeongam, on the southern tip of South Korea, was designed by Herman Tilke, the architect who has drawn seven of the circuits on the 2013 calendar. Although his circuits have often been criticized by drivers as being too uniform, flat and uninteresting, the Yeongam circuit is anything but uninteresting in terms of the car-setup challenges.
Thanks to the three distinctively different styles of the track, its smooth surface and the sometimes extremely varied and difficult weather conditions, the track can be a tricky one for teams to set up their racing cars.
“The three sectors at the Yeongam circuit are all very different and that makes it a real challenge to optimize the car,” said Tom McCullough, head of track engineering at the Williams team. “The first sector only has two significant low-speed corners; the rest of the sector is spent flat out in a straight line, therefore rewarding a lower drag setup. However, in contrast, the final two sectors are a good mix of low-, medium- and high-speed corners with shorter straights.”
Mariano’s Tastemaker Bill Kim Shares Cooking Expertise
Michigan Ave Magazine
This season, chef Bill Kim of Urbanbelly (3053 N. California Ave., 773-583-0500), bellyQ (1400 W Randolph St., 312-563-1010), and Belly Shack (1912 N. Western Ave., 773-252-1414) adds another accolade to his resume as he participates in Mariano’s Fresh Market’s Tastemakers campaign. Kim joins other foodies like Meg Galus, Giuseppe Tentori, and Rodelio Aglibot in revealing his tricks-of-the-trade—recipes, shopping lists, and cooking secrets—with Mariano’s shoppers.
Here, he shares a few exclusive tips with Michigan Avenue. See Kim’s Tastemakers video on youtube.com. Mariano’s, 333 E. Benton Pl., 312-228-1349
These Robots Hunt Jellyfish–And Then Liquify Them With Rotating Blades Of Death
Killer robots are a dead serious moral issue. In its “Campaign to Stop Killer Robots,” a global coalition is urging the United Nations to ban the emerging technology of weaponized drones that kill without human intervention. The hope is to forestall an age of “mechanical slaughter.”
But when the wrath of killer robots is aimed at a scourge to all of humanity–jellyfish–maybe there is a better case to be made.
Jellyfish appear to be on the rise around the world, some marine experts believe, linked to warmer and more oxygen-depleted ocean waters (though some scientists dispute that this is a trend). At the very least, the impacts of large blooms are becoming more visible. The gelatinous creatures made headlines this week for clogging the cooling pipes of a nuclear reactor in Sweden, causing it to shut down–a phenomenon that is growing into a global problem.
Two of the four pilots helming the Asiana Airlines plane that crash landed at San Francisco International Airport last July will return to work this month as ground staff, the airline announced on Wednesday.
Lee Kang Kuk and Lee Jung Min will return to work at Asiana corporate headquarters in Seoul in the immediate future, although their specific roles were not discussed, an Asiana spokesperson told Bloomberg.
Lee Kang Kuk, was in charge of the aircraft when it crashed on July 6, while Lee Jung Min was in the cockpit as an instructor pilot. The other two relief pilots onboard returned to work as fully operational pilots last month. Continue Reading »
A trailer has been released for the seventh annual Korean American Film Festival New York, scheduled to take place Oct. 24 to Oct. 26, and featuring a special program to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Continue Reading »