Friday’s Link Attack: Atlanta Murder, Rain, Sung Kang
Author: Linda Son
Posted: February 24th, 2012
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Spa victim foreshadowed violence in ‘06 restraining order
Gwinnett Daily Post

Kum Hi Song had worried about her brother’s homicidal tendencies long before he killed her in a shooting rampage this week. Six years ago, she portended the violence in writings that were both eerie and accurate.

“I am concerned that he is becoming more threatening and wants to harm us with his guns,” Song wrote in 2006, when applying for a temporary protective order. “My brother has also threatened to commit suicide with his gun.”

Witness to Norcross mass shooting: ‘It was horrible’
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Surveillance camera footage shows Paek walking into the business and talking to one of the victims before shots were fired, police said. Paek is accused of killing his two sisters and their husbands before turning the gun on himself.

Detectives continued searching Thursday for clues to what prompted the bloody rampage.

The carnage left the west Gwinnett city of 9,000 with a homicide toll — five, all in the month of February — that ranks as its most in a year since the FBI began tracking such data in 1985. A Norcross teen was shot to death in a home invasion earlier this month.

Panel passes L.A. City Council redistricting plan
The Los Angeles Times

And Commissioner David Roberti, a former state senator well versed in power politics, said he felt badly about rejecting demands of hundreds of Korean Americans who called for the area covered by Koreatown’s neighborhood council to be unified in a single council district.

“I am terribly guilt-ridden over the concerns of the Korean community,” said Roberti, who cast a series of votes opposed by Koreatown advocates. “They did not win here, and 10 years ago [in the last redistricting] they didn’t win either. And I was on that commission as well.”

The redrawn map will be considered by the 15-member City Council next month. Korean American legal advocates, who have threatened to sue, are among an array of groups expressing dismay at the recommended boundary changes.

‘Beautiful building’ recognized, Harvard University housing property receives Harleston Parker Medal
Harvard Gazette

“We partnered with architect Kyu Sung Woo to create a simple but elegant building suited to its prominent location along the Charles River,” said Lisa Hogarty, vice president of Harvard Campus Services. “Contemporary and highly sustainable, this building also respects the architectural traditions of Harvard and the neighborhood surrounding it. We are honored by this award and delighted to count 10 Akron St. among the most beautiful buildings in Boston.”
This is the 14th time that a Harvard building has been awarded the medal.

Saving Private Rain from Normal Army Life
The Wall Street Journal

South Korea’s defense ministry said on Friday that the 29-year-old, whose real name is Jung Ji-hoon, will serve the remainder of his time in the army as an “entertainment soldier,” according to a story by Agence France-Presse. Rather than partake, as most men his age do, in defense maneuvers to guard the country from a potential attack from its neighbor North Korea, Rain will appear on various television and radio programs broadcast on the Korean Forces Network, the ministry’s media arm.

Adidas Brings Jeremy Lin Jerseys to China
The Wall Street Journal

The German sports apparel company plans to roll out the New York Knicks phenom’s jersey across its network of 6,700 stores in China and expects they’ll be a hot-selling item, Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer said in an interview.

Mr. Hainer, who called Jeremy Lin “no doubt a great athlete,” said the company looks for fresh talent like his.

Warner Bros. pulls Bullet To The Head, Stallone pursuing other shirtlessness options
A.V. Club

More ominous: The studio hasn’t set a new release date for the film, which is based on the French graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tete. It had announced the April release back in August, right around the time Momoa’s Conan The Barbarian sank like a stone. Some have speculated the studio hoped to have more than one bankable name in the cast by the time the spring rolled around; the supporting cast includes Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi (The L Word, Fairly Legal), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost, Oz), and Christian Slater. Considering the film is set in New Orleans and Slater plays a character named Marcus Baptiste, maybe he’ll attempt an accent that will allow him to do for Dennis Quaid in The Big Easy what his performance in Heathers did for Jack Nicholson in The Witches Of Eastwick.

UFC: Benson Henderson ready to be lightweight champ, best in the world
Federal Way Mirror

Benson Henderson’s goal is to be the best mixed-martial arts fighter in the world.

“Not one of the best,” the Decatur High School graduate said. “Not top five, top three, top whatever. I want to be the best pound-for-pound fighter period. That goal is still in my sights. I’ll still always wake up thinking about that.”

Henderson’s journey to be the top pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world continues Saturday night when he takes on Frankie Edgar in the main event at UFC 144 at the Saitaon Super Arena in Tokyo. Edgar is the reigning UFC lightweight champion and his 155-pound belt will be on the line in Japan.

Supervisor Jane Kim comes around for America’s Cup deal
San Francisco Chronicle

Supervisor Jane Kim a week ago was calling for a new report to reanalyze the economic benefits of hosting the regatta amid concerns about attendance estimates and saying “at minimum” she wanted the final deal between the city and billionaire Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison’s regatta group to incorporate all of the Board of Supervisors budget analyst’s recommendations, designed to safeguard city finances.

The world’s largest human blood drop
The Korea Herald

About 3,000 students of Baekseok University create “the world’s largest human blood drop” at the Phoenix Park ski resort in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, on Thursday.

The event, which aimed to win the Guinness World Record, was designed to raise awareness of the Korean Red Cross’ campaign for blood donation.

Korean-American ball player yearning for chance to compete in S. Korea
Yonhap News

Stephen Yoo, a catcher for a local independent baseball team, has a straightforward goal — he just wants to keep playing baseball. Or more specifically, to keep playing baseball in South Korea, the land of his parents’ birth.

“Playing in Korea is my No. 1 goal right now,” said Yoo in an e-mail interview with Yonhap News Agency. He is training in Japan with the Goyang Wonders, a new independent club set to compete with other affiliated minor league teams in South Korea starting this year.

Overkill Could Damage Korean Wave, Oricon Chief Warns
Chosun Ilbo

A senior figure in the Japanese entertainment industry has warned against the flood of Korean singers, manufactured bands and actors who rush to perform in Tokyo, which has become something of a rite of passage for entertainers who made it in Korea. “I’m afraid that the rotation of Korean acts [through Japan] is too fast,” said Koh Koike, the CEO of Japan’s Oricon, which supplies statistics and information on music and the music industry.

The Oricon chart has become something of a Bible for Korean musicians. Established in 1967 and using album sales data collected from around 26,000 music stores across Japan to come up with daily, weekly and monthly rankings, it is a highly respected barometer of Japan’s entertainment industry, comparable to the Billboard Top 100 Chart in the U.S.

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