South Korean officials: North Korean rocket could hit U.S. mainland
The rocket launched earlier this month by North Korea had the capability to travel more than 6,000 miles, meaning this type of rocket could strike the United States, South Korean defense officials said.
In remarks to reporters Friday, which were embargoed until Sunday, three officials with South Korea’s defense ministry offered their observations about the December 12 launch based on a recovered oxidizer tank that had been part of one of the rocket’s boosters. According to NASA, an oxidizer tank contains oxygen compounds that allow rocket fuel to burn in the atmosphere and outside of it, in space.
North Korean officials cheered what they hailed as a successful launch of a long-range rocket, which they said put a satellite in orbit. But the mission drew international condemnation, with many viewing it as cover for testing of ballistic missile technology, which the United Nations has forbidden Pyongyang from using.
South Korea Seeks to Buy Spy Drones
Reuters via New York Times
The Obama administration formally proposed a sale of advanced spy drones to help South Korea take a more active role in its own defense from any attack by the heavily armed North.
Seoul has requested a possible $1.2 billion sale of four Northrop Grumman Global Hawks, remotely piloted aircraft with enhanced surveillance capabilities, according to a statement by the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency dated Monday and distributed Tuesday.
State Sen. Kim to apply for vacant U.S. Senate seat
Hawaii News Now
State Senator Donna Mercado Kim announced Friday that she will submit her name for consideration to fill the late Daniel K. Inouye’s U.S. Senate seat.
Senator Donna Mercado Kim was first elected to the State House of Representatives in 1982, representing Salt Lake and Moanalua. She has represented Hawaii ‘s l4th Senatorial District since 2000.
The announcement comes one day after after Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz confirmed he is applying for the U.S. Senate.
Mickadeit: Irvine Mayor Choi’s unexpected career path
Orange Country Register (Calif.)
I suppose if I could have wished any civic present upon the good people of Orange County in 2012, among my top choices would have been to place the stewardship of the Great Park in hands other than Larry Agran’s.
But what a fanciful wish that would have been! I would have had a hard time seeing it happen. Oh, I did what I could to expose Agran’s legal but cynical campaign-finance schemes, and many others put in years trying to tell Irvine voters what Agran was really all about. But Agran always won. In September, I predicted he would beat Steven Choi in the mayor’s race.
Choi won a stunning victory, with 46 percent of the vote to Agran’s 40 percent. Agran remains on the City Council, but his loss of the mayorship meant he failed to retain a three-vote majority.
New Urban Arts’ Jason Yoon: 12 Who Made a Difference in RI in 2012
GoLocalProv (Rhode Island)
While schools in Rhode Island continue to struggle with funding cuts, the pressure was never higher on Jason Yoon’s New Urban Arts to fill in the startling gaps in arts education for Providence youth. And under Yoon’s leadership as Executive Director, New Urban Arts posted a banner year, including being one of only 19 arts and cultural organizations to receive general operating support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA).
The numbers tell the story. In 2012, 277 students enrolled in New Urban Arts’ Youth Mentorship Program, while 135 students actively participated in the center’s studio each month. Meanwhile, 22 artists combined with 2 tutors and a senior life coach to volunteer more than 4,000 hours mentoring Providence area high school students.
Asian-Americans speak out against Google app they call offensive
The maker of a Google app thinks it’s fun to make yourself look Asian by changing the shape of your eyes and wearing a Fu Manchu mustache and rice paddy hat.
Or you could be a Native American with brown skin, war paint and a feather headband.
“This is just a fun app (that) lets you indulge you and your friends,” says the description of the “Make Me Asian” app created by user KimberyDeiss and available on Google Play.
Panty thief Sung Koo Kim released from prison
KPTV (Portland, Ore.)
A man convicted of stealing women’s underwear at Oregon college campuses has been released from prison.
Sung Koo Kim was released Monday, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Back in 2004, a jury convicted Kim for a series of burglaries at George Fox University in Newberg and Linfield College in McMinnville.
South Korea Flirts With Another Power Disaster
Wall Street Journal
South Korea set a new record for power consumption on Wednesday, the third consecutive day of very cold temperatures and busiest work-wise after the lead-in and celebration of Christmas.
And the country’s energy monitors were forced to warn that power outages might occur because demand had surpassed the limit that the government considers safe.
Demand hit 76.58 million kilowatts at 11:01 a.m., surpassing the record of 75.17 million kilowatts that was set eight days ago on Dec. 18. South Korea had 79.16 million kilowatts of power available.
‘Top Chef Seattle’: Kristen Kish of Kentwood leads the pack on reality cooking show
Kristen Kish has three wins under her belt (or is it apron) and shows no signs of slowing on her path to winning “Top Chef: Seattle.”
Live chats during episodes of “Top Chef: Seattle” happen every Wednesday at 10 p.m. on mlive.com/tv.
Join in the fun in the comments section at the bottom of this story. The chat forum updates live so there is no need to refresh your screen. It’s similar to your Facebook wall and easy to follow and engage with other viewers. “Top Chef” is broadcast on Bravo and MLive’s John Serba and Todd Chance will be your hosts for the chat. You won’t find any food critics in the bunch, just a group of fun reality TV lovers.
Psy Hits 1 Billion — And On to 2013
Wall Street Journal
When will the frenzy end?
Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video passed another milestone on Friday, when the number of viewings on YouTube surged beyond 1 billion. The music video is the first to get to that many views on the Google Inc. site.
Psy has been in the U.S. for the past month. But he appeared on South Korean TV this weekend with comedian Roh Hong-cheol, who appears in “Gangnam Style” swinging his hips above Psy in an elevator car as the door opens and closes. Mr. Roh flew to New York to interview Psy for a popular show called “Infinite Challenge.”
Frampton shares her voice with Bangkok
Bankok Post (Thailand)
Held in collaboration with Get FM102.5, “Dia Frampton Acoustic Live in Bangkok” will see the woman who won the first runner-up prize in season one of The Voice in the United States, singing hits including Walk Away and Don’t Kick The Chair.
The 24-year-old American of Korean descent gained international recognition as a finalist on NBC’s The Voice, with 15 million people a week tuning in to see her unique interpretations of popular songs. She signed with Universal Republic upon completion of The Voice and released her solo debut, Red, in December 2011. The first single from that album, The Broken Ones, debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart in the US, and caught fire internationally where she’s had three Top 10 singles.
The concert will kick off at 8.30pm on Jan 10 and is due to wind up about 10pm. Standing tickets cost 600 baht and include one beer. Tickets for Silver, Gold and VIP seats (which are inclusive of a set-menu dinner) cost 2,500, 3,000 and 4,000 baht, respectively (each covers admission for two people).
Na Yeon Choi excels on the course and in English
AP via Google News
Na Yeon Choi won her first major at the U.S. Women’s Open, and she closed the season by winning the LPGA Titleholders.
But her most remarkable performance came when the season was over.
Players for whom English is their second (or third) language can get by in an interview with print reporters. They tend be a lot more uncomfortable when cameras are involved. Choi showed how much progress she has made the day after winning the Titleholders. She went into the studio for a live segment on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.”