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Pinkberry Co-Founder Given 7-Year Sentence for Beating Homeless Man

The co-founder of frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry was sentenced to seven years in state prison for beating a panhandler with a tire iron in 2011, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Last November, a jury found Young Lee, 49, guilty of beating Donald Bolding in June of 2011, after Bolding flashed a tattoo on his body of a stick-figure couple having sex as Lee was in his car with passengers, including his fiancee, who is now his wife. Lee initially drove away from the scene, but returned shortly after and beat Bolding, who suffered a broken forearm and other injuries, according to prosecutors.

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After his conviction he was held without bail because the judge said he presented a “significant threat to the community” for threatening a witness in the case.

During the trial, the prosecutor reminded the jury of the threat to the witness, David Lee.“Do you remember the moment when David Lee stood on the witness stand and told us he’d been threatened?” Deputy Dist. Atty. Bobby Zoumberakis asked the jury Wednesday during closing arguments.

“‘I’m going to cut the throat of your mother, your wife, your daughter and you.’ And remember how the air left the room because you could tell how scared David Lee was?”

The judge gave Lee the maximum prison sentence, despite pleas from Lee’s wife asking the judge not to break up their family.

The 49-year-old Lee co-founded Pinkberry in 2005, but has since cut ties with the company.

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Con Artist Robbed Homes After Filing False Abuse Claims: Police

A Southern California woman was arrested after police discovered she had been filing false domestic violence reports and then robbing people after they were taken into police custody, according to news reports.

The Orange County Register reported that Sunmee Kim, 36, would use a false identity on Korean dating sites and target Korean businessmen, whom she would strike up a quick relationship with. Kim would then force a confrontation in order to call the cops on the victim and when they were arrested she would rob their homes and leave.

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Kim was arrested on Dec. 21, a week after police say she filed a false domestic violence report in Irvine against a 44-year-old businessman. A police officer became suspicious after the photo in the ID Kim provided didn’t look like her. After running her fingerprints, the name that came up did not match the name on her ID. When confronted, Kim fled. Continue reading

Tuesday's Link Attack: North Korea, 2NE1, Opera Singer Ji Hyun Kim

North, South Korea exchange recalls previous historic meeting
Los Angeles Times

REPORTING FROM SEOUL -– Though brief, Tuesday’s meeting between North Korean and South Korean leadership families smacked of another historic get-together more than a decade ago that led to one head of state winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Lee Hee-ho, center, and Hyun Jeong-eun, right, in Paju, South Korea, on their way to North Korea on Monday to pay respects to Kim Jong-il and meet the North's new leader, Kim Jong-un.

New North Korean Leader Meets South Koreans and Assumes Leadership of Party
New York Times

South Korea had said it would send no official mourners to Kim Jong-il’s funeral, which angered North Korea as a sign of disrespect. But Kim Jong-un’s meeting with the private delegation of mourners, which included the former first lady of South Korea and a top businesswoman, appeared to be cordial.

The South Korean visitors, Lee Hee-ho, the widow of former President Kim Dae-jung, and the chairwoman of Hyundai Asan, Hyun Jeong-eun, which had business ties with North Korea, were the only South Koreans allowed by the government in Seoul to lead private delegations to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, to express sympathy over the death of Kim Jong-il on Dec. 17.

From Dear Leader to Marilyn Monroe, defector mocks Kim
Reuters

North Korean artist Song Byeok once proudly drew the “Dear Leader” in propaganda paintings. But he was sent to labor in one of the reclusive state’s notorious prisons after hunger forced him to try to flee.

Now a defector living in the South Korean capital, Seoul, Song has turned to mocking a ruler who led his country into famine, isolation and economic ruin.

“The day I finished this, he passed away,” Song said of his painting and the death of Kim on December 17.

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Did Kim Jong-il death ruin breakthrough deal on North Korea nukes?
The Christian Science Monitor

The death of Kim Jong-il has disrupted an American plan to encourage North Korea to curb its nuclear arsenal, and the uncertainties surrounding the “dear leader’s” replacement mean US officials have little choice for now but to sit tight.

Before the announcement of Mr. Kim’s death Sunday, the US was on the verge of completing a deal to exchange humanitarian assistance for North Korean steps toward denuclearization.

But as Kim’s replacement and youngest son, Kim Jong-un, tries to establish himself in his father’s place, it will likely be months – and potentially tense and surprise-laden months – before the North Korean leadership will be ready to reengage diplomatically, many North Asian analysts say.

North Korea Presses South to Implement Economic Pact
New York Times

In its first interaction with visitors from South Korea since the death of its leader, Kim Jong-il, North Korea on Tuesday called for the implementation of the inter-Korean summit agreements, which would have brought massive South Korean investments had the South Korean leader, Lee Myung-bak, not scuttled them.

Recalling a Trip to North Korea Before the Death of Kim Jong-il
New York Times

Mun Ho-yong placed the bouquet of flowers at the foot of the towering outdoor portrait of Kim Il-sung, the founder of North Korea. Then he turned to the Chinese businesspeople and tourists, and to the foreign journalists. “Now please bow to our leader,” he said.

Most of us had set foot in North Korea for the first time just hours earlier. We had no idea what protocol to adopt when faced with the “Great Leader,” as North Koreans call him. So we followed Mr. Mun’s lead. We bowed.

2NE1 and SNSD ranks in SPIN’s 20 Best Pop Albums of 2011
Soompi

Girl groups 2NE1 and SNSD are receiving worldwide attention.

The two groups, who are leaders in K-pop’s Korean Wave thanks to their unique performances and refined music this year, have been favorably noticed by famous foreign magazines. SPIN, a popular music magazine in the United States, announced their 20 Best Pop Album of 2011 on December 22 (local time) and the two groups were listed.

Five arrested including two members of Hawthorne Fire Department arrested after drug investigation

The Gazette (Hawthorne, N.J.)

A month and a half-long narcotics investigation resulted in the arrest of five Hawthorne residents, two of whom are members of the Hawthorne Fire Department, on Dec. 21.

At sentencing, Choi apologizes for slaying three in a Tenafly home
North Jersey

“We have three individuals who no longer walk the earth,” said Judge Donald Venezia. “You brought havoc to three individuals and to a community. Anything less than a life sentence and I’d be condoning what you did. There’s no way you’re getting a break. You did not give Mr. [Han Il] Kim a break.”

Before being sentenced, Choi apologized via his Korean translator.

“I’m very sorry to the victims and their families,” he said. “I’m sorry to my own family.”

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James Kim: Recent College Grad Feels Pain Of Uncertain Job Market
Neon Tommy

Kim, 23, is one of the “Millennials”- a group defined by a 2010 Pew Research study as 18- to 29-year-olds who are mostly newcomers to the American labor force and who, more recently, have become the last hired and the first to lose their jobs.

According to the study that surveyed 50 million Millennials nationwide, only 4 out of every 10 participants said they had full-time work, and the unemployment rate among the group was 37 percent – the highest it had been in over 30 years.

Ji Hyun Kim: New Face
The Telegraph (U.K.)

Who’s that bright and breezy young tenor playing Gastone in the current revival of La Traviata at Covent Garden?

He’s 28-year-old Ji Hyun Kim, currently a hard-working member of the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.

Perilla, ggaennip, shiso: By any name, a fine addition to garden
L.A. Times

It’s telling that with such limited ground — not even 20 square feet — the gardeners at the Korean Resource Center have dedicated a majority of their space to the perilla plant, a member of the mint family known as ggaennip in Korea and shiso in Japan.

‘Brazen’ contracting scam: Records provide a window into audacious swindle
Washington Post

The plan was straightforward but effective: A tight team of savvy contractors and government employees allegedly inflated invoices by $20 million, approved them and split the proceeds.

And they lived large — on the taxpayers’ dollar. Porsches, real estate, flat-screen televisions and Cartier watches: The men bought it all with impunity, prosecutors say.

The Strangest Man in Ikea
Gizmodo

Taeyoon Choi isn’t at this Ikea, the second largest store location in the world, to buy a coffee table. He’s not there for delicious meatballs and lingonberry sauce, either. He’s in Ikea to create crazy-weird experimental noise machines.

7 best ski and snowboard resorts in Korea
CNN

Given that almost three-quarters of Korea is covered by mountains, it’s no wonder thousands of tourists fly in every winter to hit the slopes.

Now that it’s finally snowing, even in Seoul, here’s where to find the best snowy runs in Korea.

UNM students deface El Morro rock
Santa Fe New Mexican

Dana Choi, a Korean student at The University of New Mexico, admitted to etching the words Super Duper Dana’ into rock at El Morro National Monument in October. His graffiti covers a portion of an inscription that reads Pedro Romero 1758.’ Although officials at monument won’t talk about how they plan to erase the markings, the restoration costs have been estimated at nearly $30,000.

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Friday's Link Attack: Gucci at 7-11, Hettienne Park, North Korea

Third Suspect Arrested in Duluth Man’s Stabbing Death
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The investigation began the morning of Dec. 8, when a Bank of America customer walking through the parking lot between the bank and an Aldi store on Pleasant Hill Road saw Kwang Ko lying on the ground and called police.

The 32-year-old Duluth man died later of apparent stab wounds.

North Vancouver Home Invasion Trial Continues
North Shore News (Canada)

Gong Oui Choi, 23, of Burnaby, came to court under a subpoena and described how he and three other men – including Duck Joong Yoon, of Burnaby and another friend, Yum Lim – were recruited into committing the home invasion on Tempe Knoll Drive by a fifth man he didn’t know.

Choi was called to testify in the trial of Yoon, who faces nine charges in connection with the home invasion on Dec. 9, 2008. He has pled not guilty.

Selena Gomez Makes Surprise Visit To Terminally Sick Fan At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
RyanSeacrest.com

A 13-year-old Korean American girl with an extremely rare genetic disease was visited by singer Selena Gomez. Very sad story.

“On Air With Ryan Seacrest” has made miracles come true for families in need that deserve a little extra love this holiday season for KIISmas Giving. Earlier this week Sara from Los Angeles, a tutor for a 13-year-old girl named Hana, wrote an endearing letter about Hana’s fatally genetic disease called progeria that dramatically accelerates aging in children 8 to 10 times faster than normal. In an email to Ryan, she describes that it’s a “race against time” for her, as the average life span of this disease, which only 10 people in the US have, is just 13-years-old. Hana just recently turned 13, and being treated at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

New York Actors Reveal the Naked Truth About Doing Nudity On and Off Broadway
New York Daily News

“I knew what I was getting myself into,” says the Korean-American actress, adding that the flashing scene “is right there in the script. It speaks volumes about who Izzy is. She’s not a stereotype or cliche.”

Dramatic truth is one thing; going topless in the 800-seat Golden Theatre is another.

“I can’t say I wasn’t nervous,” admits [Hettienne] Park, who has impressed Off-Broadway playing a straight-shooting spouse in Tony Kushner’s “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures.” She can also be seen as Charlize Theron’s friend in the film “Young Adult.”

“But the nudity in ‘Seminar’ wasn’t a dealbreaker,” Park adds. “ I love Izzy, so I was game.”

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12-year fugitive arrested by customs officers at LAX
Los Angeles Times

A fugitive wanted for shooting two men 12 years ago in Koreatown during a dispute over gang affiliation was arrested at LAX as he arrived from South Korea, officials said Friday.

Richard James Kim, wanted on an outstanding warrant on a charge of attempted murder, was arrested Thursday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and turned over to the Los Angeles Police Department, said airport spokesman Jaime Ruiz.

Kim, 33, was listed as an “armed and dangerous” fugitive by the LAPD when he was 21 and he and two juvenile accomplices allegedly became embroiled in an argument with two victims over gang affiliation.

LAPD investigators say Kim shot the victims with a .38-caliber handgun.

Luxury Gets More Convenient
Wall Street Journal

The convenience store (7-Eleven) operator is planning to offer luxury goods for a limited period after a successful trial during the September Korean thanksgiving holiday, during which it sold eight Gucci product lines.

The company hasn’t settled on which luxury brand it’ll feature this time around, but the tactic reflects an increasing desire by the country’s retailers and global luxury brands to tap into consistently strong demand for high-end goods in the Korean market.

MTV to Show Girls’ Generation in New York on Saturday
Chosun Ilbo

MTV will feature a tour by Korea’s most in-demand girl group Girls’ Generation to New York on Saturday. For the show, the girl band already gave an interview at MTV’s TRL Studio in Time Square in New York on Nov. 24.

Fans all around the world tweeted questions for the girls, and Tiffany and Jessica offered answers in fluent English as they used to live in the U.S.

YouTube Opens K-Pop Section
Chosun Ilbo

With the creation of the new channel, K-pop has become more accessible to foreign fans. Over 5 million videos by K-pop groups have already been uploaded on the site, including 400,000 featuring boy band TVXQ, 340,000 of all-girl dance group Girls’ Generation and 260,000 by the Wonder Girls.

But the difference is that most of these videos were posted by the bands’ respective management companies. This means that fans had to search for each artist or song separately, limiting their exposure to other bands. The new K-pop channel addresses this problem by grouping videos together.

Website Offers Rare Glimpse of North Korean TV
AFP via Yahoo News

“I started live streaming three years ago mainly to let people here witness what North Korea is really like,” Lim, 47, told AFP.

North Korean television is relayed by satellite to most of Asia, the Middle East and Africa. But its terrestrial signal south of the tense border is jammed by Seoul.

While some South Koreans have been arrested for posting North Korean news, SPTV appears to be tolerated, though under close surveillance by the security authorities.

“It’s not like we’ve been approved by the government, but they simply turn a blind eye to us in order to create a favorable atmosphere for unification,” he said.

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Tuesday's Link Attack: Roy Choi, 2NE1, Samsung

Street Food Guru Roy Choi on Sunny Spot, Food Trucks, Kogi & More
The Daily Beast

Food-truck godfather Roy Choi, the man behind the craze that’s swept the country, tells Jace Lacob about his new Caribbean roadside eatery Sunny Spot—and how embracing street food and putting aside our Western concepts of dining can save society.

2NE1 performs for 2,000 fans at New York’s Times Square
allkpop

2NE1 has stolen the hearts of 2,000 American fans with their live performance at Times Square in New York. The girls were recently deemed as the ‘2011 Best New Band in the World‘, and so to celebrate, they held a concert at the MTV studio downtown.

Broadcast and streamed to fans worldwide, 2NE1 was ecstatically welcomed by thousands of New York fans.

LAPD probes racist graffiti at Korean church fire scene
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles police Monday night were investigating racist scrawls left with a marker and baby powder at a Korean church where a small fire broke out earlier in the day.

Officers initially responded to a possible burglary call at the Valley Korean Central Presbyterian Church in North Hills and found a toaster oven on fire in one of the buildings on the property, a law enforcement source told The Times.

Racial epithets were scrawled with a marker pen on the walls and written with baby powder on the floor of the building, according to the source, who asked not to be named because the investigation is ongoing.

Party Crasher! Hyundai is headed upmarket
Los Angeles Times

But now Korean automaker Hyundai seems set to crash the luxury party. Hyundai’s first full-size luxury sedan, the Genesis, was released stateside in 2008. The company followed up with the overtly opulent and even larger Equus model two years later. Even Hyundai’s corporate cousin, Kia (Hyundai has part-owned Kia since 1998) is getting in on the act. Kia’s unveiling of its Maserati-esque GT Concept coupe at last month’s L.A. Auto Show is a fairly obvious signal that it, too, harbors upscale ambitions.

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S.Koreans go mass-market, online for luxury goods
Reuters

Sixty years ago, war-torn South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Now it is the world’s 13th largest economy and a magnet for luxury goods, prying open the wallets of its wealthy people as well as tourists.

Pierpont Inn owner files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
Ventura County Star

The owner of the Ventura Pierpont Inn has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection a year after signs of trouble emerged at the historic property.

Millions of dollars in debt, Grace S. Ahn filed for bankruptcy protection Nov. 25. Ahn is the trustee of The Ahn Family Trust, which bought the inn and spa in spring 2009.

Appeals panel hears new science about arsons that could free man
Fire Engineering

On Monday, a federal appeals court wrestled with Lee’s case – specifically, whether he should be given a new hearing to present evidence about the changed understanding of how fires burn, and whether he should be freed outright.

Defense attorney Peter Goldberger argued that Lee had been convicted only because of the testimony of fire investigators in Monroe County, and that their findings would not hold up today.

22-year-old becomes youngest mayor in O.C., probably the state
Los Angeles Times

Jeremy Yamaguchi still lives at home, is active in the Boy Scouts and voted for the very first time just a few years ago.

He’s also -– at the ripe age of 22 -– the youngest mayor in Orange County, and perhaps the state, the Orange County Register is reporting.

Yamaguchi was named mayor of Placentia last week, the youngest person to hold the post in the city’s 85-year history. He was elected to the council when he was 19, serving alongside council members who’d known him since he was in grade school. He was the top vote-getter in that election.

The Cal State Fullerton senior is set to take finals this week, the LA Times reported.

The Korean girlfriend gift guide
CNNGo

Visiting Supernormal, Cheongdam-dong boutique located right off the main “luxury street” is like entering a young, very rich, very stylish celebrity’s walk-in closet.

Fashionably daring Korean celebs such as 2NE1, Choi Ji-woo and Lee Hyori frequent the relatively small store to stock up on the latest in interesting fashion, while Japanese travelers also descend in small groups on the weekends.

Since anything in the shop has already been through extremely fashion-conscious screening, we consulted the Supernormal experts about putting together a fabulous girlfriend gift guide. Here are 10 unique gifts for the impossible-to-please, impeccably stylish ladies out there.

Samsung Was the Talk of Seoul, More than Usual, After Dealing With Hyundai
Wall Street Journal

Samsung has been the talk of the town on Tuesday for two reasons: the decision announced Monday to sell a big stake in an important affiliate to a Hyundai (yes Hyundai!) company and the list released Tuesday of annual promotions throughout the 60-plus Samsung companies.

As South Korea’s largest business group, Samsung is always the subject of a lot of attention, of course. But Tuesday’s chatter was particularly huge.

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Church Enforcer Arrested For Felony Meh Meh

It was the spanking heard round the world.

The parents of an Irvine, Calif., teenager found a lighter in the pants of their 15-year-old son and came to the natural conclusion that their kid was taking trips to Flavor Country with the Marlboro Man. So what to do?

Call on the services of Paul Kim, Church Enforcer. The parents allegedly dropped off their problem child at the home of Kim, 39, in Chino Hills. Police said the family and Kim attend the same Lutheran church in La Habra, according to the Associated Press.

Kim hit the child with a metal pole about a dozen times, causing severe bruising on his legs, according to [San Bernardino County sheriff's spokesperson Cindy] Bachmann. The pole was about an inch in diameter, investigators said.

An adult at the boy’s school saw the bruises and called Irvine police, who in turn informed San Bernardino County officials, she said.

Kim was arrested Tuesday at his home and released Thursday after posting bail. He faces a felony charge of willful cruelty to a child. No court date has been set, according to jail records.

The names of the parents were Continue reading

Tuesday's Link Attack: Forever 21, Steve Jobs Jeans, Benson Henderson

Forever 21 expands in China with support from L.A. mayor
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles-based fashion retailer Forever 21 signed an agreement Tuesday to open a flagship store in Beijing, part of a greater plan by the company to expand into the world’s largest emerging consumer market.

In a ceremony attended by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the clothing maker committed to a 24,000-square-foot retail space in a multi-story mall located in the Chinese capital’s central shopping district, Wangfujing.

Woman pleads guilty to criminally negligent homicide in death of University Park boy
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Alaska)

A Fairbanks woman pleaded guilty Monday to criminally negligent homicide for killing a University Park Elementary School student with a vehicle this fall.

Yiki Kim, 68, could be sentenced to up to four years in jail at a hearing scheduled for May, under the terms of a plea agreement.

Prosecutors said Kim was driving an SUV that ran off the road and struck 11-year-old Jamison Thun, who was standing 15 feet from the street. She originally was charged with manslaughter and reckless driving.

During Monday’s hearing, Superior Court Judge Randy Olsen spent about half an hour working with a Korean interpreter to make sure Kim understood the trial rights she gave up by entering a plea agreement. Defense attorney Gary Stapp said Kim has a second-grade education and has trouble with the legal language. But he said he is convinced she understood the plea agreement.

Man killed in Winnipeg rollover mourned by friends
CBC News (Canada)

Friends of a man who was killed in a car rollover in Winnipeg over the weekend say they are still in shock.

Donghyun Kim, 21, died after the car he was a passenger in rolled over on Pembina Highway, south of the Jubilee underpass, early Saturday morning.

Three other men, all in their early 20s, were in the vehicle at the time of the rollover.

The 21-year-old driver of the vehicle has been charged with a number of offences, including impaired driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.

Also known as Ryan and “DK,” Kim was a kind man who wanted to be a dentist, according to friends.

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Film Shoot Launch Party with James Kyson Lee, Henry J. Kim, on Dec. 15 in San Francisco
FoundAsian.org

Join James Kyson Lee and Henry J. Kim at a special event (http://on.fb.me/sfseoul) to support “No Rest for the Righteous,” a short film leading into a feature that will be the first joint project between San Francisco and Seoul production companies.

South Korean robot prison guards: R2-D2 maybe, not the Terminator
L.A. Times

South Korea is ready to wheel out its latest weapon in the war against crime: a 5-foot-tall, four-wheeled prison guard robot that will patrol the behind-bars hallways of penal institutions, even assess the mental states of prisoners.

This won’t be just any new guard to join the team. There will be no breaks, no demands for higher pay, no unprovoked attacks and not even a chance of accepting a bribe.

As South Korea battles Japan for supremacy in robot technology, designers have invented what they call a team of “friendly robots” that will not just guard prisoners but keep an eye on their well-being to boot.

South Koreans buying up iconic blue jeans preferred by Steve Jobs
L.A. Times

This holiday season, South Korean youths are snapping up a new fashion statement -– the Levi’s 501 jeans made famous by the late Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs.

South Koreans buy tons of Apple products, but, style-wise, the jeans are the new hip thing.

A poll taken by Shinsegae, a major department store here, found that the Jobs-inspired 501 look was one of the hottest sellers this year.

At $150 per pair here, the jeans cost almost as much as one of Apple’s technology products.

Whitecaps, Lee Young-Pyo agree
AP via ESPN.com

The Vancouver Whitecaps have agreed to contract terms with veteran South Korean midfielder Young-Pyo Lee.

The 34-year-old has earned 127 caps for South Korea and played in the past three World Cups.

Vancouver coach Martin Rennie said Lee can also play fullback and will help strengthen the team’s defensive backline.

Lee, who has played in South Korea, England and the Netherlands in his career, spent the past two seasons with Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal. The move to Major League Soccer is pending receipt of his international transfer certificate.


Benson Henderson Talks Meeting His Korean Family and Japanese Fans
Bloody Elbow

Benson Henderson spent time in Korea while in Asia for the UFC’s press conference to formally announce UFC 144 in Tokyo, Japan. During his time in Korea he trained with Chan Sung Jung and Korean Top team and did media appearances. The big news was that he also got a chance to spend time with his mother’s side of the family in Korea. It was Ben’s first time meeting them…

7 ways to love winter in Korea
CNNGo

As anyone who has wintered in Seoul will tell you, Korean weather can be brutal.

Cold, windy and dry, winter is a nightmare for skin care. January in Seoul can make you wonder if humans were meant to hibernate after all.

But fight the cold-induced lethargy, put on a coat and go outside. Not only do you save on heating and cable bills, but more importantly, these exclusively winter activities will make it worth it.

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Check out Samsung’s transparent and flexible concept tablet (video)
Venture Beat

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Monday's Link Attack: Judge Brian G. Kim, Crime, North Korea

Montgomery judge fined in road-rage case resigns
Washington Post

A Montgomery County judge recently fined in a road-rage case resigned Friday, according to his attorney.

District Judge Brian G. Kim was approaching his 10-year reconfirmation process. A colorful and controversial figure in Rockville legal circles, he was known for running a tight courtroom.

Kim’s attorney, Barry Helfand, said the judge “wanted to seek a new opportunity.” He said that Kim, 50, did not want to be interviewed.

In April, Kim paid a $510 fine for a traffic citation stemming from an Oct. 18, 2010, incident that started outside the Montgomery District Courthouse at the end of a business day.

Kim, driving a Honda CR-V, was accused of tailgating a Volkswagen Passat — apparently after believing he’d been cut off — and following it onto Interstate 270. The Passat’s driver, Rachel Viglianti, filed a report with Maryland State Police asserting that the CR-V driver kept “zooming up beside me, yelling through the windows and gesturing.” She also said that the Honda reached about 70 mph and zoomed over to her lane, causing her to slam on her brakes to avoid a wreck.

Man charged with second-degree murder after body found in SUV
Toronto Star

Toronto police have laid second-degree murder charges after a man was found dead in an SUV in North York Friday.

The victim has been identified as Victor Seung, 33. Joon Sung Kim, also known as Kevin Kim, has been charged with second degree murder. He was scheduled to appear in court Saturday.

Residents of a quiet, modest North York neighbourhood expressed shock and disbelief after Seung’s body was found Friday afternoon in a vehicle on Willowdale Ave., north of Finch Ave. E.

Police were called just after 1 p.m. Seung, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Const. Tony Vella. He died as a result of injuries inflicted by a sharp object, according to police.

Motorist charged after elderly woman killed in Albany Park hit-and-run
Chicago Tribune

Charges have been filed against a motorist who allegedly struck and killed an elderly woman crossing the street on the Northwest Side Saturday.

Jose Cornejo-Flores, 51, of the 3600 block of North Francisco Avenue, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death, according to police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro. He was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail today, officials said.

Hyun Cho, 76, of the 4000 block of North Spaulding Avenue, was pronounced dead at 12:23 p.m. at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An Abductee’s Daughter Speaks Out About an Unhealed Korean Wound
New York Times

Since 2000, Ms. Lee has campaigned to generate more interest in the fate of tens of thousands of South Koreans believed to have been forcibly taken to North Korea during the Korean War six decades ago. She has been demanding that the government negotiate for the return of those who may still be alive and the remains of those who are not. Government officials have never made that issue a priority when they have sat down with their North Korean counterparts, treating her campaign as a distraction from what they consider a more important task: persuading the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.

Once Again, Lawmaker Escapes Punishment
Wall Street Journal

Can any wrongdoing get a South Korean lawmaker removed from office?

Slanderous foot-in-mouth disease doesn’t do it; one lawmaker clung to his seat after slamming the TV news profession by suggesting female reporters sleep their way to the top. And violence doesn’t do it either, with the lawmaker who set off tear gas in the chamber of the National Assembly escaping penalty.

Indeed, the tear-gas tosser Kim Sun-dong over the weekend was appointed vice floor leader of a new party called the United Progressive Party.

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Downtown Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
Patch.com (Bellevue, Wa.)

Sung Ho Kim, 43, the Redmond man that prosecutors say shot and killed a man he believed was having an affair with his wife, pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Friday morning, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Kim is accused of shooting Jin Kim — an employee of the wife and no relation to the family — at a Belle Arts apartment building in downtown Bellevue on Nov. 15. Kim pleaded not guilty to a charge of Murder Second Degree and remains in jail with bail set at $2 million, according to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Dog, Gone
Wall Street Journal

Columnist Jeff Yang mourns the death of his Jindo dog.

My friend Hyungwon Kang — a senior staff photographer with Reuters, and perhaps America’s foremost authority on Korean dogs — has told me that Shaohu’s personality was typical of this exceptional breed. “Faithful, independent, and very proud,” he calls them. They’re also devastatingly smart, fiercely fearless, and capable of extraordinary (and sometimes infuriating) feats.

Store Owner Still Waiting for Looters to Pay
Bay Citizen (Oakland, Calif.)

On July 8, 2010, as an angry crowd made its way through downtown Oakland smashing windows, James Cho and his wife, Kim, huddled in the back of his store, JC Jewelry, along with an employee and her 2-year-old daughter.

That day, members of the crowd, enraged over the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Johannes Mehserle, the BART police officer who had killed Oscar Grant in 2009, looted stores and lit trash cans on fire.

“It seemed like the people were crazy. I understood why they were angry,” Cho said. “But I was scared to death.”

By late afternoon, Cho heard people shaking the steel bars covering his windows, which eventually gave way. More than 200 people rushed into the store, smashing glass jewelry cases, punching Cho in the face, pummeling his wife and running off with around $100,000 worth of merchandise — enough to force the jeweler out of business.

South Korea police probe possible election fraud
Los Angeles Times

REPORTING FROM SEOUL — Probing political chicanery reminiscent of some banana republic nation (or perhaps the state of Florida circa 2000) South Korean authorities are investigating a case of alleged election fraud that appears to be designed to keep a ruling-party candidate in office.

Police say that an aide to a lawmaker for the nation’s Grand National Party organized a widespread cyber attack to confuse voters trying to get to the polls on election day in late October.

The aide, who is in custody, reportedly hired three Internet technology workers to cause computer breakdowns on a website designed to help voters find their polling stations.

Pyongyang Restaurants Extending Reach in Southeast Asian Cities
Voice of America

North Korean restaurants are offering a rare glimpse to the country’s reclusive culture by growing its network in major Southeast Asian cities. The restaurants, bearing the brand name Pyongyang after the capital city of North Korea, are serving everything from cold noodles to quirkier dishes such as dog meat casserole.

At first, the establishments catered to South Korean businessmen in the region. But in recent years, they have seen an increasing number of tourists and locals craving Korean cuisine.

Some Asians’ college strategy: Don’t check ‘Asian’
AP via Yahoo News

Lanya Olmstead was born in Florida to a mother who immigrated from Taiwan and an American father of Norwegian ancestry. Ethnically, she considers herself half Taiwanese and half Norwegian. But when applying to Harvard, Olmstead checked only one box for her race: white.

“I didn’t want to put ‘Asian’ down,” Olmstead says, “because my mom told me there’s discrimination against Asians in the application process.”

For years, many Asian-Americans have been convinced that it’s harder for them to gain admission to the nation’s top colleges.

Studies show that Asian-Americans meet these colleges’ admissions standards far out of proportion to their 6 percent representation in the U.S. population, and that they often need test scores hundreds of points higher than applicants from other ethnic groups to have an equal chance of admission. Critics say these numbers, along with the fact that some top colleges with race-blind admissions have double the Asian percentage of Ivy League schools, prove the existence of discrimination.

The way it works, the critics believe, is that Asian-Americans are evaluated not as individuals, but against the thousands of other ultra-achieving Asians who are stereotyped as boring academic robots.

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South Korea and U.S. Differ on Nuclear Enrichment
New York Times

Over the past year, Washington and Seoul have held low-key but highly sensitive talks on whether South Korea should be allowed to do what the Americans have long tried to stop North Korea from doing: enrich uranium and reprocess spent nuclear fuel.

The talks, set to resume Tuesday in Seoul, are aimed at revising a bilateral nuclear cooperation treaty for the first time in four decades. And the two allies’ expectations are as far apart as their perspectives on what it would mean for South Korea to adopt the technologies, which can be used to create fuel for reactors, but also to make nuclear weapons.

Video: Dia Frampton Performs “The Broken Ones” On ‘Jay Leno’
Neon Limelight (blog)

After finishing in second place on the first season of The Voice, Dia Frampton is ready for the spotlight. Dressed up in a dazzling blue floor-length dress, the shy girl with the sweet voice stopped by the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to perform her new single, “The Broken Ones.” It’s the first track taken from her debut solo album, Red, out on December 6.

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