Facebook Graffiti Artist Could be Worth $500 Million
New York Times
Mr. Choe said Facebook originally offered him $60,000 to paint murals in the company’s Palo Alto offices in 2005. Today, he said, the stock he took instead could be worth more than $500 million.
Yes, that’s what he says: half a billion dollars to paint the murals.
FBI investigates bribery allegations at Department of Building and Safety
Los Angeles Times
Federal investigators have interviewed current and former department employees about Samuel In, a Korean-speaking employee who had been assigned to Koreatown and nearby neighborhoods.
Building and Safety officials have responded to a grand jury request for documents on In, who quit his job last May, two days after he was placed on administrative leave amid an internal corruption investigation.
Robotic surgery improves sleep apnea
CBS News via WANE-TV
Surgeon Jeffrey Ahn at NY Presbyterian/Columbia is using robotic tools to go through a patient’s mouth, cutting out excess lymphoid tissue. The technology lets him operate in a place that until now was difficult to reach with human hands.
“This is really an amazing technology that boosts the ability of the surgeon,” said Ahn. It’s only recommended for those who’ve tried everything else, from a breathing mask to partial surgeries.
South Korea police arrest man over ‘Kim Jong-il altar’
The man is alleged to have set up the altar in central Seoul to honour Kim Jong-il, who died in December.
Police say that he also spread pro-North Korea material on the internet.
Both activities are banned under a controversial South Korean law outlawing any praise or sympathy for “anti-government organisations” or the sharing of “anti-state” publications.
Korean chef wins over New Yorkers’ hearts
It was not until Danji got a [Michelin] star last October that a Korean restaurant was placed in the strict and picky annual food guide, and Danji was barely a year-old when it got it.
Following the news, the restaurant’s chef visited Seoul last month. It was not to boast of the good news, but to eat and eat and eat.
“I’m a foodie before a chef,” said Hooni Kim, the chef and owner of Danji. “I love food. I come to Korea once a year every year. Every time I come here, I eat and walk. That’s how my day is filled.”
Leonia Council adds Korean resident
The Borough Council has selected a Board of Education member to fill the unexpired term of former Councilman John DeSimone, who became mayor last month.
The council unanimously appointed Ik-Seong Pak, who was sworn in on Monday.
He is the borough’s second councilman of Korean descent, joining Philip Choi. Pak noted that 35 percent of the borough’s residents are Asian, 30 percent being Korean. While there are several Korean-owned businesses in the borough, he said, the Korean population has not been heavily involved in the community.
Teenagers Banned from Multi-Purpose Private Rooms
The government on Tuesday banned adolescents from renting private rooms that can be rented by the hour to sing karaoke or play video games. The decision follows claims that teenagers increasingly use them to have sex.
The decision concerns so-called “multi-bang” businesses, from the Korean word for “room” (bang). They started emerging two or three years ago in Seoul’s Sinchon and Jongno areas, which are gathering places for young people.
Comedian Margaret Cho’s Secret Los Angeles
If you think of Los Angeles, synonymous with glitz and glamour, you instantly imagine palm trees, celebrities and warm sunny weather.
But for comedian Margaret Cho LA means something different: a melting pot of cultures, underground art and tattoo parlors.
While many would go to LA and attempt to rub elbows with the rich and famous, drive down the coast with the top down or walk down Hollywood Boulevard, Cho says when she is in town, she likes to soak up rock ‘n roll music and take a Harley out for a spin.
How a Korean Spa Can Keep You Lean, Rejuvenated and Sexy
A study in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, for instance, showed saunas could help remove heavy metals and chemical xenobiotics.
To get these detoxification benefits, you’ll need to schedule a longer session. The researchers in this study concluded that “saunas are safe and effective and should be used more frequently to benefit [your] health.”
Let’s not forget too Korean spas lower cortisol levels to help you reduce stress and lose weight. According to Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, stress can stall your metabolism to a grinding halt and make those skinny jeans become unbearably tight.
Korean baseball protests Kim’s signing
“We have sent an official complaint to MLB,” said Michael Park, the KBO’s operations manager. “We were told they will look into the case. … They are investigating whether the Orioles did sign Kim to a contract.”
Although there is nothing stopping foreign teams from signing Korean amateur players, the process needs to be done after making inquiries to the KBO first, the organization said to Reuters.
“We are cooperating with MLB to resolve this concern,” said Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.