‘Sexually explicit’ tattoo described in Pinkberry beating case
Los Angeles Times
Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee, who is facing a felony charge that he beat a homeless man with a tire iron, has told police the incident was sparked by the alleged victim’s tattoo, which he found offensive.
L.A. prosecutors have described the tattoo only as “sexually explicit” in nature. But a law enforcement source told The Times the tattoo was of a man and woman having sex.
The source said detectives believe Lee was angered when the transient revealed the tattoo and that prompted him to get out of his car, chase down and beat the man.
Lee’s attorney, Philip Kent Cohen, tells a significantly different story. He said the transient “made explicit threats as if he had a weapon, which he may have had.”
“As the evidence comes out, the reality will be much different than has been presented,” Cohen said. “All of the people in the car felt at risk and felt threatened.”
Family of slain Beverly teen sues accused, family
The parents of a Chicago teenager who police said was killed after another Chicago teen punched him at an Indiana beach July 4 filed a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday against the teen accused of throwing the punch, his sister and his mother.
James Malecek, of Chicago, is charged in LaPorte County, Ind., with aggravated battery, involuntary manslaughter and battery in the death of Kevin Kennelly Jr., 17, who lived in the Beverly neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Malecek has pleaded not guilty.
Malecek, who was 19 at the time of the incident, is accused of punching Kennelly in the head at a beach in the 2600 block of Lake Shore Drive in Long Beach, Ind. Police said Kennelly was unconscious when they arrived. He died less than two days later in a Crown Point hospital. An autopsy report said Kennelly, who had just completed his junior year at Mount Carmel High School, died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Chef at downtown eatery charged with meth possession
Juneau Empire (Alaska)
The general manager and head chef of Kenny’s Wok and Teriyaki, a restaurant with delivery service in downtown Juneau, was indicted Friday for possessing methamphetamine.
Angelo Bruce Kim, 51, is scheduled to be arraigned on the federal charge in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday. The Office of Public Advocacy was appointed to represent Kim, and bail was set at $2,500.
Prosecutors charge that in mid-December an anonymous caller tipped off the Juneau Police Department a Korean man named Bruce who worked at Kenny’s Wok was distributing methamphetamine from his apartment above the restaurant. The caller said he or she had personally seen Kim give methamphetamine from a sandwich bag.
Kim Jong Eun’s Brother: Succession ‘Can’t Be Done’
Wall Street Journal
If Kim Jong Eun is looking for votes of confidence in his standing as North Korea’s new leader, he may wish to steer clear of a book that went on sale in Japan Wednesday.
It contains the thoughts of his older half-brother, and it’s less than a rave review.
In “My Father, Kim Jong Il, and I: Kim Jong Nam’s Exclusive Confession,” Kim Jong Nam, the late dictator’s eldest son, is quoted as saying does not believe his youngest brother will succeed.
Albany scrap yard owner arrested for allegedly buying metal from known felons
The Oregonian (Ore.)
The owner of an Albany scrap yard is facing charges after allegedly buying metal from known felons.
On Tuesday, Linn County detectives arrested Myung Jei Kim, 53, of Beaverton, operator of MJ Recycling in the 34100-block of Highway 20 SE in Albany.
Detectives began investigating Kim last year, after the Linn County Sheriff’s Office received citizen complaints that he was skirting recycling laws for metal and scrap businesses intended to prevent stolen metal being sold by criminals.
Springfield Repair Shop Owner Pleads Guilty to Marriage Fraud
Patch.com (Kingstowne, Va.)
The owner of Springfield auto repair shop pleaded guilty Thursday to arranging a marriage so his girlfriend could stay in the country.
Yong Hyon Kim, a 50-year-old Korean citizen and Centreville resident, faces up to 10 years in prison. Kim was indicted in November on counts of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, false statements, alien harboring, inducing an alien to come to the United States, and immigration document fraud.
Kim arranged a marriage between his girlfriend and the general manager at his car repair shop, 395 Collision Center, located at 6708 Industrial Road. Kim was seeking to use the marriage to keep the woman, an illegal alien, in the country.
While Kim said his girlfriend worked at 395 Collision Center, she was actually a madame at a Falls Church business called Tomato. Men would come to Tomato to flirt and dance with female employees, many of whom were also illegal aliens from South Korea. In April, two madames from Tomato were sentenced to terms in federal prison.
What they said: Anthony Kim
Pro golfer Anthony Kim is playing in the Humana Challenge (formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic) this week in Palm Springs, Calif., not far from where he grew up in La Quinta.
Q. There’s nothing like home cooking and the comforts of home, is there anything that your parents have made perhaps that has made you feel at home?
ANTHONY KIM: The Korean food they make is pretty good. But I can only do that about once a week, so I’ve been going to Baja Fresh a lot.
Kim starting his season at home, with plenty to prove
Anthony Kim has gone back to the future this week, and he’s hoping it will jump-start his 2012 PGA TOUR campaign.
The 26-year-old went to high school here at La Quinta but he’s been doing more than renewing acquaintances since he returned to his parents’ house just before Christmas. Kim has been trying to recapture the feelings he had when he was one of the top-rated juniors in the country, back when he played golf for fun rather than frustrated by fundamentals.
Shivering S. Koreans battle ‘Big Chill’ in offices
AFP via Yahoo News
“It’s freezing!” complained chef Byun Sang-Won, jogging on the spot with arms folded and teeth clenched as he tried to keep warm inside the luxury Seoul hotel where he works.
“I can’t even imagine working without wearing extra underwear and hot packs because it’s too cold in the kitchen and hallways,” the 26-year-old said.
Tens of thousands of shivering South Koreans feel the same way.
Cold Januarys, with average lows of minus 6 to 7 Celsius (21-19 Fahrenheit) and occasionally minus 15 C, are the norm. But this winter there is no escape from the chill.
The government, worried about shrinking power reserves after a shock September blackout, has ordered staff in 19,000 government offices to keep the indoor temperature below 18 degrees C (64 F).
Private buildings including offices must not exceed 20 C (68 F) between December 5 and February 29. Offenders face fines of between 500,000 won ($433) and three million won.
YouTube Founder Married Korean Woman
Steve Chen, co-founder of YouTube, tied the knot with a former Google Korea employee back in 2009, it was belatedly revealed here.
Chen visited Korea in March of 2008 to promote the video-sharing website here and met Park Ji-hyun (36), who was then working as a product marketing manager at Google Korea. Chen apparently fell in love with Park at first sight and proposed to her after a whirlwind courtship.
Park studied Korean language and literature at Seoul’s Yonsei University and worked as an advertising copywriter at Cheil Communications after graduating in 2000. She later took a job with Google Korea in 2007. The couple, who live in San Francisco, had a son in July 2010. Park now goes by the name Jamie Chen.
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