Thursday’s Link Attack: Georgia Murder-Suicide, Philip Kwon Controversy, Flour Bomber
Y. Peter Kang
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Posted: April 12th, 2012
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Lawyer kills husband, herself in possible love triangle
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It’s still unknown what prompted Sylvia Jean Junn to allegedly shoot her husband and another woman and then turn the gun on herself in a Gwinnett County parking lot. And the one person who might have the answers was clinging to life late Wednesday.

Junn was an immigration attorney who ran her own practice in Gwinnett. Her husband, a former adjunct college professor, was the firm’s executive director. The two owned a home in nearby north Fulton County.

But Tuesday evening, Junn apparently snapped. The 44-year-old allegedly shot her husband, Charles Junn, and an unnamed woman outside their Duluth-area company.

The two victims fell to the ground, just yards away from the busy intersection of Satellite and Steve Reynolds boulevards, and the gunshots prompted calls to 911. Meanwhile, Sylvia Junn got in her Lexus sedan and drove away, running over the man.

Korean-Americans shocked by crimes in Gwinnett
Access North Georgia

Metro Atlanta’s Korean-American community is trying to come to grips with another violent incident involving three members in Gwinnett County.

Few U.S. Options as North Korea Readies Missile Launching
New York Times

With North Korea poised to launch a long-range missile despite a widespread international protest, the Obama administration is trying to play down the propaganda value for North Korea’s leaders and head off criticism of its abortive diplomatic opening to Pyongyang in late February.

Conservatives Hold on to Power in Korea
New York Times

After leading the besieged governing party to an upset election victory, Park Geun-hye on Thursday visited the national cemetery, where the dead of the Korean War are buried, and wrote in a visitors’ book: “I will create a new South Korea.”

That highly symbolic gesture spoke volumes about Ms. Park and the role she played in the parliamentary election Wednesday, in which her New Frontier Party retained a majority it was widely forecast to lose.

Ying Wu and Ming Qu, USC Grad Students From China, Identified as Shooting Victims
LA Weekly

The USC grad students murdered in a 1 a.m. shooting outside their apartment have been identified as Ying Wu and Ming Qu, according to USC officials. They were both 23, and had traveled from China to study electrical engineering at the prestigious USC campus.

County Executive, State Senator to Address Kwon’s Failed Nomination (Fort Lee, N.J.)

Thursday event will focus on “concerns” of the Korean-American community in the wake of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s rejection of Philip Kwon for NJ Supreme Court.

Closter BOE candidate: Grace Park
Northern Valley Suburbanite (N.J.)

As a Korean-American who grew up in a dual culture environment, I will continue to promote the importance of multi-cultural awareness and global thinking to our Board and be a liaison within our communities.

Lionsgate Intl. prexy Lee Kim to leave

Lionsgate Intl. has confirmed that its president, Helen Lee Kim, is stepping down from the company at the end of the year.

Lee Kim, who will continue to represent international sales for Lionsgate at the Cannes Film Festival next month, joined the company in 2007 with Lionsgate/Mandate exec Joe Drake who, according to sources, is also expected to leave the outfit soon.

Lee Kim’s departure sees the second esteemed sales veteran ankle the company since Lionsgate acquired Summit in January earlier this year: In February, during the Berlin Film Festival, Summit Intl. prexy and co-founder David Garrett began preparing his exit from the company, and officially leaves at the end of the month.

Kim Kardashian Won’t File Formal Police Report Against Flour Bomber

Kim Kardashian has decided not to file a formal police report against Christina Cho, the woman who threw a flour bomb on the reality star last month on the red carpet at the event for her new fragrance, is exclusively reporting.

Star potential shines at Aria
Chicago Tribune

I’ve been meaning to review Beverly Kim’s food ever since September’s Chicago Gourmet. I was mightily impressed with her contribution to the food festival: a seafood panna cotta topped with mango gelee and a pair of chilled mussels.

Kim further boosted her credibility with a strong showing in the recently concluded “Top Chef: Texas” reality show, leading me to wonder if the Fairmont Chicago’s Aria, a restaurant that to me has never lived up to its potential, might finally have the chef it needs.

The short answer: Kim is most definitely a chef to be reckoned with, though she needs to update her menu more frequently. More important, she deserves a better supporting cast. There are times, which I’ll get to later, when the dining room operation lacks the precision and focus that is evident in the kitchen.

Officials identify Pomona man killed in Diamond Bar crash
San Gabriel Valley Tribune (Calif.)

Coroner’s officials Thursday released the name of Pomona killed in a car crash on Brea Canyon Road.

Sung Choe, 53, died at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton shortly after the 7:25 a.m. crash on Brea Canyon Road, near the Orange County-Los Angeles County border, according to Orange County coroner’s officials.

He was driving a Honda Civic southbound on Brea Canyon Road when he was struck head-on by a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck being driven by a 19-year-old Murrieta woman, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.

Historian talks ‘Coming War with Robots’
UMSL Daily (Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis)

Humanity has had a fascination with robots for years. But humans have also grown anxious about our robotic counterparts playing an increasingly greater role in future day-to-day life (“Terminator 2,” anyone?).

Minsoo Kang, associate professor of history at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and author of “Sublime Dreams of Living Machines,” will address the long history of human interest in automata and how it provides clues to understanding our current ambivalence in the face of artificial intelligence. Kang’s presentation, “The Coming War with Robots: A Historical Perspective,” will begin at 7 p.m. April 17 in the Lee Auditorium at the Missouri History Museum.

Filipina Wins Seat In South Korea Assembly
Manila Bulletin

Davao-born civil servant Jasmine Bacurnay Lee, 35, has been elected as a proportional representative in the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, making her the first Filipino naturalized citizen of South Korea to become a lawmaker.

Students to return to their roots in Korean Culture Night
Daily Bruin

UCLA students are set to unveil their annual Korean Culture Night this Friday.

Clara Park, a third-year mathematics student, said she remembers the nostalgic joy in her grandmother’s eyes when she told her grandmother in Korea that she played in a Poongmul group. This group is a collection of performers that all come together in a tight circle and dance. The Poongmul drummers are deeply rooted in the rural farming community, especially at village-building activities, political protests and pageantry.

Why are Asian American Films Bad?

One, the mainstream hardly knows any Asian American films. Two, most Asian Americans don’t even watch these APA films. And if one does know these films, he or she is probably in connection to the said actors and film makers who made the films and in this small Asian American film community, it is not recommended to piss off your fellow Asian peers even if you want to point out a valid criticism. Trust me, our community can be incredibly touchy when it comes to anything but praise for our fellow countryman’s works.

Men rescued from ice on Lake Granby
Sky High News (Colorado)

A woman who lives near Lake Granby called 9-1-1 Saturday afternoon after she saw a man fall through the ice into the lake.

By the time Granby Fire Department arrived to conduct an ice rescue seven minutes later, another man had fallen through and both men had managed to climb back onto the thin ice. A third man in the group did not fall in.

At 3:38 p.m. Granby and Grand Lake Fire departments worked from Sunset Point on the southern tip of Lake Granby with ice rescue gear to help the three men off the ice.

The men, all from Aurora, are Seon Beok Kim, 65, Jin Youn Kang, 78, and Sun Hag Park, 74. They had been fishing on the lake.

Kent Place School student Alexis Kim selected for pioneering bioethics project
Independent Press (N.J.)

Kent Place freshman Alexis Kim, of New Providence, was selected for participation in the inaugural Bioethics Project 2012: The Medically Modified Human offered through the partnership of The Ethics Institute at Kent Place and The Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics research institute with offices in Garrison, N.Y. and Washington, D.C.

In order to be considered for inclusion in the project students had to engage in a rigorous application process.

Players of the season: Sunny Choi
Concord Monitor (N.H.)

The Bishop Brady freshman won the slalom and took third in the giant slalom to lead the Green Giants to a runner-up finish in Division III.

Q: How did it feel to be the Division III slalom winner?

A: It was amazing. I didn’t think about winning before the race. My goal was to finish among the top five in slalom and make the Meet of Champions. So I tried the best I could. Everyone worked real hard. It was just unbelievable.

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