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2 arrested in burglary of McLean home
Washington Post

Two people have been accused of breaking into a McLean home, demanding money from the occupants and then striking a woman in her 70s, Fairfax County police said.

Jasmine Nadine Vanderplas, also known as “Thundershield,” 30, and Tae Won Kang, 29, were arrested in an apartment in the 7400 block of Lee Highway in Falls Church on Wednesday night, police said. Neither has a fixed address.

The pair have been charged with robbery and abduction.

Boy convicted of causing store owner’s death
San Francisco Chronicle

A 14-year-old boy has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and robbery for causing an Oakland store owner to die of a heart attack after a violent confrontation over two bottles of vodka, authorities said.

The defendant, whose name was not released because of his age, admitted last week to the crimes in the death of Dong Suk Kang, 57, owner of the Oak Knoll Market at 7980 Mountain Blvd.

Kang, who lived in San Bruno, died of an apparent heart attack after he got in his car to chase the juvenile outside his store.

The teenager, a freshman at Youth Empowerment School, was prosecuted by Alameda County authorities as a juvenile.

Ben Huh: A big cheez in the world of memes
Yonhap

Ben Huh is not your stereotypical Korean American success story. Though hardworking parents, wrenching cultural change and education featured heavily in his path to success, a doctor’s practice, say, or a partnership in a top law firm did not.

Instead, Huh chose a road that took him through personal ruin, a “street MBA” and then a fortune on the back of comedy cat pictures with wackily misspelled captions.

Thanks to a gamble four years ago on then-cult Web site I Can Has Cheezburger?, Huh is now CEO of the fast expanding Cheezburger company. Incorporating sites ranging from Totally Looks Like, which connects stars with their animal or cartoon lookalikes, to the wildly popular FAIL Blog, with its endless supply of faux pas, misspellings and Jackass-style mishaps, to the titular I Can Has Cheezburger?’s selection of cutesy cat shots, Cheezburger thrives on spotting internet “memes” and trends and turning them into Web sites that revolve around pictures, videos and other user-generated ephemera.

Check out our January 2011 feature story on Huh here.

Korean Community leader instrumental in bringing non-stop flight to Seoul from Seattle
Northwest Asian Weekly

Kenny KwangSul Lee arrived in Seattle in 1976 with one suitcase, one duffle bag, 200 American dollars, and many dreams.

“When I first came to the U.S. … my American Dream was [to] make a lot of money by working very hard and [to] buy a big mansion and establish a big company and be a CEO.”

Lee obtained a college degree, opened businesses, bought a house, and raised a family. But unlike other immigrants Lee also became a public figure, committing years to public service and leading Seattle’s growing Korean community. He is on his third term as the president of Seattle-Washington State Korean Association.

Spy agency detains N. Korean defector for assassination plot
Yonhap

South Korea’s spy agency has detained a North Korean defector for an alleged assassination attempt against a fellow defector acting as an anti-North Korean activist, an intelligence official said Friday.

The suspect, identified by his last name Ahn in his 40s, was taken into custody for plotting to kill Park Sang-hak, who has led a high-profile campaign to send anti-Pyongyang leaflets into the North for years.

The leaflets include stories of the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East in hopes of inspiring North Koreans to eventually rise up against North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

Unparalleled Difficulty: Writing about Aid for North Korea
Hyphen

A few months ago, I naively embarked on a mission to write about a topic that I found to be quite fascinating: the different ideologies of Korean American humanitarian and social justice organizations that aim to assist the people of North Korea. A brutal regime may be the dominant lens through which many view North Korea, but there are alternative schools of thought on the DPRK and solutions for helping its citizens. While I once thought all of these organizations generally had the same goals, a series of events and experiences (including writing failure) revealed to me the politically charged nature of doing good for North Korea — and how subjective “good” can be.

Flexing Some Korean Muscle
New York Times

THE Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec looks good on paper. With 429 horsepower, the R-Spec’s Tau V-8 outguns even the 420-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-8 in the 2013 Audi S6. At $47,385, the R-Spec costs less than a V-6-powered Infiniti M37. And with four logos on the trunk, the Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec has 100 percent more trunk badges than a Cadillac CTS.

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