Defiant North Korea says rocket launch to go ahead
North Korea on Sunday rejected criticism of its planned long-range missile launch which threatens to upset its only major benefactor, China, and put relations with the United States back in the freezer just as they seemed to be starting to thaw.
Political analysts say the launch, which would violate U.N. resolutions on the heavily sanctioned state, is aimed at boosting the legitimacy of its young new ruler Kim Jong-un who inherited power after his father’s death in December.
North Korean Missile Could Be in Japanese Cross Hairs
New York Times
The last time this happened, when North Korea said it was launching a satellite using a long-range missile, Japan said it had the right to shoot the thing down.
Tokyo is again considering a similar warning, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, citing unidentified government officials.
North Korea announced last week that it would launch “a polar-orbiting earth observation satellite’’ to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the country’s founding president. The launch, using a North Korean rocket, is scheduled between April 12 and 16. (Mr. Kim was born April 15, 1912.)
Chatsworth man allegedly planned beating father to death with hammer
Los Angeles Daily News
A Chatsworth man suspected of using a hammer to kill his father planned the murder, police said Monday.
Jun Hyuk Chang, 45, called 911 around noon Sunday and told them he had killed his father. He waited for police to arrive and was calmly taken into custody at the scene. “It was premeditated,” said Los Angeles Police Department Detective Humerto Fajarado of the Devonshire station. “He went and bought the hammer the day before.”
Jun Hyuk Chang was booked into the Van Nuys jail at 9:38 p.m. Sunday on suspicion of murder, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s website. He was being held without bail.
Police said Jun Hyuk Chang called 911 around noon Sunday and told officers who went to his home in the 21300 block of Candice Place in Chatsworth that he had killed his father with a hammer. Fajardo said the 78-year-old victim, Sun Chil Chang, did not fight back and was not asleep at the time of the attack. The father, who was not disabled in any way, was found on the living room floor, Fajardo said. Sun Chil Chang was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police arrest father of brutalized baby in Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs police arrested a 22 year-old man this morning for allegedly abusing his two month-old son.
Police detectives arrested Daniel Kim, on a felony charge of child abuse causing serious bodily injury, police said.
Officers from the Sand Creek Division went to Memorial Hospital Center, where the baby was being cared for after receiving a call for service at 6:43 p.m. Saturday. The boy, who was treated for a skull fracture, possible chest trauma and bruising on his face and head, was admitted to the hospital for further testing and treatment, according to police.
SXSW 2012 Review: EDEN, An Earnest Plea Against Sex Slavery
Jamie Chung gives the best performance of her career in Eden, an earnest, if one-note, drama about the evils of sex slavery that won the Narrative Feature Audience Award at SXSW.
Chung has had few opportunities to demonstrate her range as a dramatic actress in the years since she gained notice as a cast member of MTV’s The Real World. Not only has she faced the expected stiff competition from a legion of attractive young actresses, but she also has to deal with Hollywood’s reluctance, in general, to cast Asian-American actors for any character who is not, specifically, identified as an Asian or Asian-American.
‘Lost’s’ Yunjin Kim to Star in ABC’s Summer Series ‘Mistresses’
Yunjin Kim is returning to ABC.
The former Lost actress has been tapped to star in the network’s summer soap Mistresses, ABC announced late Friday.
The project, a remake of the 2008-10 British series of the same name, is described as a provocative thrilling drama that finds four women with scandalous romantic lives caught in storms of excitement and self-discovery, secrecy and betrayal, and at the mercy of the complex relationships they’ve created.
Kim will play Karen, one of the four women, alongside the previously cast Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan.
Don’t Give a Friggin’ Dime To “Peter Kim”
Who’s living in an apartment at 43-01 46th Street in Queens? If you gave money to alleged phony real estate broker “Peter Kim,” the answer is not you.
According to the NYPD, “Kim’s apparently been scamming people for the past few weeks, telling them he would rent them an apartment at the aforementioned address.
Only problem is, “Kim,” a.k.a. Michael Hong, has no authority to rent the apartment to anyone, and he’s currently wanted for grand larceny for allegedly ripping off several people who gave him money to rent the apartment.
Between February 22, and March 1, “Kim” ripped off at least 12 unsuspecting would-be renters who responded to an ad he placed on Craigslist. He’s still on the loose.
How one man escaped from a North Korean prison camp
The Guardian (U.K.)
There was torture, starvation, betrayals and executions, but to Shin In Geun, Camp 14 – a prison for the political enemies of North Korea – was home. Then one day came the chance to flee…
Sonja Sohn: Changing Baltimore Long After ‘The Wire’
For five seasons, actress Sonja Sohn played Detective Shakima “Kima” Greggs on the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire, which chronicled life — and death — on Baltimore’s toughest streets.
When the series ended, Sohn stayed in East Baltimore, where she co-founded a nonprofit called ReWired for Change. The organization works with young people who have been incarcerated and who are out on parole, to try to help them straighten out their lives. Sohn uses scenes straight from The Wire to help make her point through education, media and advocacy.
Golfer David Lipsky secures dramatic maiden win in Cambodia
AFP via Yahoo Sports
American rookie David Lipsky produced a superb chip-in birdie to beat Filipino Elmer Salvador in the first play-off hole and win the inaugural $300,000 Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic on Saturday.
The 23-year-old, who won the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School in January, enjoyed his maiden professional victory in front of six-time Major champion Nick Faldo at the Angkor Golf Resort, a course Faldo designed.
Meet ‘North Korean’ rock star Rhee
If there was a punk rocker in North Korea, what would he be like? What would he sing about and where would he perform? Oh Do-ham and Park Jun-chul, members of rock band Pablov, turned these questions into an art show and invited 10 local artists to impersonate their versions of a fictitious rock star named Rhee Sung-wung at the Art Sonje Center in Jongno, central Seoul.
“North Korean Punk Rocker Rhee Sung-wung” is a combination of a concert and an art exhibition. It showcases a stage for the participating bands as installation pieces. On three nights — March 23, March 27 and April 13 — the musicians will perform.
In New Office Designs, Room to Roam and to Think
New York Times
MARTHA CHOE’S ideal working space is not her private office, nice though it is, but rather a long, narrow table in the vast atrium of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters here [in Seattle].
The table, situated in a 33-foot-high open mezzanine, enjoys great swaths of daylight through the atrium’s quarter-acre of glass, and has a stunning view of the Space Needle three blocks away. It’s not private, or quiet, but Ms. Choe has everything she needs stuffed into her laptop, and she finds the space inspirational.
She points out one further attraction: “That’s Nelson Mandela’s shirt on the wall behind the table.”
Ms. Choe, a former member of the City Council here, is the foundation’s chief administrative officer, and she had considerable input in the building’s design. One objective from the start was to give the 1,000 employees a variety of spaces to accommodate different kinds of work. “There’s a recognition that we work in different modes, and we’ve designed spaces to accommodate them,” she says. “I think one of the lessons is to understand your business, and understand what your people need to do their best work.”
Dia Frampton Covers Girls’ Generation’s “The Boys”
Singer Dia Frampton has performed an exclusive acoustic cover of Girls’ Generation’s “The Boys” for Soompiers! Dia, who is half-Korean, has been singing since the age of nine and started her first band with her older sister, Meg, at the age of 14.