Monday’s Link Attack: Lady Gaga, Jessica Alba, Hines Ward
Y. Peter Kang
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Posted: April 23rd, 2012
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North Korea Threatens Seoul With Military Action
New York Times

North Korea on Monday accused South Korea’s government and news media of slandering its leadership and threatened “special actions” by the military, a sharp escalation of the bellicose statements that have accompanied the rise of Kim Jong-un, the North’s new and still unproven leader.

Oakland: Oikos University reopens today, three weeks after deadly shooting spree
Oakland Tribune

The Oikos University campus was subdued Monday morning, as students and faculty resumed classes three weeks after a gunman killed seven and injured three in a shooting rampage.

English teacher Lucas Garcia was the first instructor to arrive at the campus on Edgewater Drive. Garcia had been in the building during the April 2 shootings and said he was emotional about returning.

Remembering the moment the LA Riots began, at Florence and Normandie
Southern California Public Radio

April 29, 1992

3:15 p.m.: The not-guilty verdict, delivered by an all-white jury in Simi Valley, is delivered.

4:30 p.m.: The first distress call comes from the Korean-American owner of Tom’s Liquor at Florence and Normandie in South Central.

In a Rowdy Democracy, a Dictator’s Daughter With an Unsoiled Aura
New York Times

Even in South Korea’s feisty and competitive brand of democracy, which has produced its share of strong personalities and charismatic leaders, [Park Geun-hye] holds a special status. The strong-willed daughter of a slain dictator, an unmarried woman seeking power in a firmly patriarchal society, a critic of social inequality in a party beholden to big business, Ms. Park, 60, can often seem larger than life despite her small stature and quiet demeanor.

Are North Koreans really three inches shorter than South Koreans?
BBC News Magazine

It’s often been reported that North Koreans are a few inches shorter than their counterparts south of the border. Is that true?

Mystery grows in death of Michael Lin, 27-year-old clubgoer who died early Saturday
New York Daily News

NEW DETAILS emerged Sunday about what happened to a 27-year-old Queens man who suffered fatal injuries while at a midtown club early Saturday.

Michael Lin appeared to have had a broken jaw and bruises on his body when cops found him outside Koreatown hotspot District 36 about 3 a.m. Saturday, police said previously. He died at Bellevue Medical Center an hour later.

South Korea’s Yeosu transforms for international expo
AFP via Yahoo News

A former port terminal in Yeosu, a small city on South Korea’s south coast, has undergone a $10 billion transformation as it prepares to host a major international expo.

“Expo 2012 Yeosu” aims to attract 11 million local and foreign visitors — especially from China — as it showcases 105 nations during the event running from May to August, and many more afterwards.

S. Korea Christians protest over Lady Gaga concert
AFP via Google News

SEOUL — Scores of conservative South Korean Christians will pray together on Sunday against Lady Gaga’s Seoul concert, organisers said, accusing the US pop star of advocating homosexuality and pornography. The pop diva arrived in South Korea on Friday, a week before her Seoul performance which kicks off her “Born This Way Ball Global Tour.”

Nation Rapt by Teens’ Voices
Wall Street Journal

One of South Korea’s biggest TV shows, SBS-TV’s K-POP star, is reaching the end of the season – and the final showdown is shaping up to be the duel that viewers from the outset could see coming. Sunday’s episode produced two finalists — Lee Ha-e and Park Ji-min — the two teenage girls who have long seemed the most talented and strongest contestants.

Jessica Alba Seen Partying in Gangnam
Chosun Ilbo

Hollywood star Jessica Alba paid a surprise visit to Korea over the weekend and was spotted by fans at a club in Gangnam, southern Seoul.

One clubgoer uploaded a picture of himself, his friends and Alba at a club in Nonhyeon-dong on his Twitter account on Sunday morning, which prompted a number of testimonies from others who had also spotted the star.

Former NFL star Hines Ward selling 2009 Aston Martin and 2010 Mercedes-Benz on eBay
Torque News

Want to own the former ride of a Super Bowl MVP? Well, here’s your chance. Ex-Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Hines Ward is selling a pair of ultra-luxurious cars on Ebay. The 14-year NFL veteran is currently trying to move his 2009 Aston Martin DBS and 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S550. There is currently 1 day left to bid on the 2010 Mercedes-Benz, which is up to $72,875 and 4 days left on the 2009 Aston Martin, currently sitting at $152,500.00.

Asian American Video About Deported Cambodians Rejected by Obama’s White House
LA Weekly

A White House contest asking people to create the best video about the Asian American experience might have been rigged.

An entry about Cambodian deportees appeared to have received the most views, now more than 18,000, but a half-dozen other video makers were invited to the White House. Though “My Asian Americana” made a list of 11 finalists, it didn’t make that final cut.

Here’s probably why:

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