Kim Jong-un wrestles military for control
It was always unlikely that Kim Jong-un, not yet 30 years old, would be able to smoothly take control of North Korea’s Byzantine court, which he inherited when his father, Kim Jong-il, died almost a year ago.
The snippets of information that have trickled out from the secretive, Marxist hermit kingdom are beginning to form into a pattern that confirms this.
As the anniversary of his father’s death on Dec. 17 approaches, it appears Kim Jong-un is locked in a tussle for power with the military.
Boat Piloted by Princeton Man Involved in Crash
Patch.com (Princeton, N.J.)
A man from the Colonia section of Woodbridge died after his boat and another boat collided on the ocean off Long Branch, state police said on Monday morning.
Eric Kim, 31, died after his boat was struck off Long Branch by “No Surrender,” a 38-foot boat piloted by Thomas Oloughlin, 44, of Princeton, on Saturday afternoon, said Sgt. Brian Polite.
Kim’s passenger, Soo Lee, 34, of the Parlin section of Sayreville, suffered cuts, but was not seriously injured, Polite said.
NY doctor pleads guilty in $11.7M Medicare scheme
AP via San Francisco Chronicle
A Queens medical doctor who is also president of two Brooklyn medical clinics has pleaded guilty in an $11.7 million fraudulent Medicare scheme.
Federal prosecutors say 86-year-old Ho Yon Kim, of Queens, pleaded guilty on Monday. They say Kim admitted that from March 2007 to October 2011, he conspired with others to persuade Medicare beneficiaries to allow their Medicare numbers be billed for medical services that were never performed.
Danny Kim Fans the Flames in Speaker’s Lobby on Capitol Hill
On Capitol Hill, most people consider a good day’s work to be one in which they put out fires. But for Danny Kim, the goal is quite the opposite. Kim, 36, officially works as a chamber security guard with the Office of the House Sergeant at Arms, but his unofficial job for the past six years has been to build fires in the Speaker’s Lobby on cold days when the House is in session.
Members, staff, and reporters who pack the long hall during votes have come to expect the warmth, glow, and crackle of the fires—built on both the Republican and Democratic sides of the lobby—but the hearths that host them had long sat empty. Kim said he patrolled the perimeter of the House chamber for six years before he asked a staffer if the fireplaces were functional.
“I said, ‘I think we can start a fire here,’ and I got a match out to see if the smoke would go up [the chimney],” Kim said, “And it turns out, it’s an open fireplace.”
Transgender Woman Finds Acceptance In South Korea
NPR News via KTEP
In a powerful essay that we found in The Huffington Post, Andy Marra talks about searching for and finding her birth mother in Korea and her decision to come out to her family as transgender. The essay is titled “The Beautiful Daughter: How My Korean Mother Gave Me the Courage to Transition.” And Andy Marra is with us now.
‘Top Chef’ contestant Kristen Kish from Barbara Lynch’s Stir
Kristen Kish, Chef de Cuisine at Boston’s Stir demonstration kitchen, a Barbara Lynch place, has been flaunting her culinary expertise on Bravo’s “Top Chef: Seattle.” Currently five episodes deep into season 10 of the cooking competition, Kish is holding her own as more of her competitors get picked off each week. One of 21 “cheftestants” selected for the show, Kish, who we reached on Tuesday, describes watching the show back in Boston as, “Kind of surreal to a) see myself on TV and b) hear my own voice, which is the most awkward thing humanly possible.”
Jesus in India: Finding Out Who We Are with Lloyd Suh
The Brooklyn Rail
In Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India, we are presented with a young version of Jesus, who hasn’t quite dealt with his lot in life. While the title and set up of Suh’s play might have us assume we are headed into a religious examination of Jesus and his beginnings, he instead makes a point of using such an iconic identity to explore just how lost each of us are, regardless what sort of destiny we may have been handed.
“I feel like there’s something that’s been happening over the past several years that has to do with re-examining our big cultural markers,” says Suh. “You see it in movies with these ‘reboots,’ where Batman begins, or Star Trek happens. I love these ‘prequel’ stories because they’re a way to examine not just how our heroes become themselves, [but] for us to assess what those icons mean in terms of how we live now.”
Jeremy Lin recaptures Linsanity in loss to Spurs
On Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs, though, Lin recaptured the magic that made him such an exciting figure last season. With star teammate James Harden sitting out with a sprained right ankle, Lin took over the offense and scored 38 points on 11-of-21 shooting (including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and 12-of-12 from the line), dished out seven assists, and turned the ball over just twice. The Rockets lost 134-126 in overtime, but those are the numbers of a star. For at least one night, we saw glimpses of Linsanity once again. It was thrilling.
Talk of the Day — Do we love South Korea too much?
Many Taiwanese envy South Korea’s economic achievements, watch its soap operas, dance to PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” and enjoy South Korean kimchi, which is why a recent article in a National Taiwan University publication, NTU Consciousness, on the dark side of South Korea has triggered widespread debate.
On The Line: Dean Kim of OC Baking Company, Part One
“I kinda like being the guy who does bread, but nobody knows who I really am.”
Oh, Dean. You shouldn’t have let us into your office. It seems as though every third chef we interview name drops you. While you might not have your own restaurant, you do provide the goods to 70+ establishments in the Orange County area (plus you mentioned working with a chain on a high-end burger line). That’s enough qualification for us.
Do you only sell at the Orange Farmers Market?
I’ve been offered numerous farmers markets, but my problem is that it’s an artisan product. It should be fresh, you know? I like the whole concept of being sustainable. I see bakeries from all the way down in San Diego come to L.A.’s farmers market. That doesn’t make sense to me.
I only do the Orange Home Grown because it’s local. Secondly, they kind of give me total carte blanche as to how I want to represent my bread. One thing we do is try to educate everyone. (Someone says) “Dean, I bought one of your baguettes and it cut my mouth.” (I say) “Well, good. That’s what bread does.” We don’t use any preservatives and we make everything natural.
‘Art Takes Seoul’ Bridges Cultural Divide
Wall Street Journal
African-American artist Mira Gandy and Korean-American playwright Ahrum Claiborne journeyed from different cultures but found commonality when their paths intersected last year, leading to a collaborative exhibition called “Art Takes Seoul,” featured now at the Knox Gallery in Harlem.