Activist targeting U.S. schools, backed by big bucks
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
Rhee has emerged as the leader of an unlikely coalition of politicians, philanthropists, financiers and entrepreneurs who believe the nation’s $500 billion-a-year public education system needs a massive overhaul. She has vowed to raise $1 billion for her national advocacy group, StudentsFirst, and forever break the hold of teachers unions on education policy.
Michelle Rhee, ‘Parent Trigger’ Supporters Are Behind Huge L.A. Lawsuit to Strip Teachers of Job Protection
California’s teachers have long been protected by a series of state laws — lobbied into existence by powerful teachers unions — that make the ineffective ones almost impossible to fire.
Now, in the largest state lawsuit of kind, a new organization called Students Matter, advised by the key players behind the controversial “Parent Trigger” law, alleges in L.A. Superior Court that strict tenure and seniority rules are ruining the K-12 system:
Q & A With Roy Choi: Slinging Tacos at Midnight, Calling Out Jamie Oliver + Choi’s Vegetable Moment
Squid Ink: So I hear you’ve become a vegetarian?
Roy Choi: Let’s go back to my post, because it was really just a diary entry. I didn’t realize that people cared that much. I’ve been doing Kogi for three years now and a lot of shit has blown up — but food has been my voice. And people have been responding to it. I’ve just been myself. Everything you eat is everything I say and everything I am. So I feel like I’ve been talking to the public for a long time, even though I haven’t been using words. I didn’t know that it was going to get picked up, or that people even cared that much. But if you look at the post, I never used the word “vegetarian.” And I never said I was quitting cooking. And those seem to have been the two focal points.
North Korea’s Gulag: New evidence reveals a vast, cruel network of prison camps.
Wall Street Journal (subscription req’d)
A new report by South Korea’s National Human Rights Commission provides further vindication. It documents the suffering of Pyongyang’s roughly 200,000 political prisoners, held in a network of labor camps across the country.
Woman To Testify Against Cousin in Dentist Murder Trial
Patch (Glen Burnie, Md.)
In opening statements, prosecutors said Hickman will testify that she hired her cousin, 25-year-old Dante A. Jeter, and two other unnamed men to kill dentist Albert Ro to cover up the fact that she was embezzling funds from the business, WBAL reported.
Guilty plea entered in slot machine scheme
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Danny Ahn pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson to three charges: trafficking in, production and use of counterfeit access devices; fraudulent transactions with access devices; and conspiracy to commit access device fraud. Dawson set an Aug. 22 sentencing date.
‘Korean Zombie’ turns in Fight of the Year candidate at UFC on FUEL TV 3
Las Vegas Sun
In two UFC wins last year, “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung arguably pulled off both the Submission of the Year and the Knockout of the Year.
Jung may have proven victorious in 2012’s Fight of the Year Tuesday night in Fairfax, Va. Jung submitted heavily favored Dustin Poirier with a d’arce choke at 1:07 of the fourth round in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 3.
Asian Art Museum exhibits ‘Phantoms of Asia’
San Francisco Examiner
Among the show’s most notable pieces is Choi Jeong Hwa’s large 30-by-24-foot Breathing Flower sculpture in the Civic Center Plaza; its motorized, bright-red fabric leaves simulate the movement of a live lotus, an important symbol in Asian cosmology. Growing in muddy water, the lotus rises and blooms during daytime, closes at night and rises again at dawn. Similarly, Choi’s lotus emerges from the cityscape, seemingly out of nowhere.
Korean-American TV Host Yul Kwon Charts Success in Autobiography
Yul Kwon’s autobiography charts the personal struggles and rise to fame of the 37-year-old Korean American who became the first Asian winner of CBS’s reality TV show “Survivor: Cook Islands” in 2006 before going on to become a TV host in the U.S.
TV host seeks bigger Asian presence in US media
The Korea Times
But Kwon, host of recent public television miniseries “America Revealed” which explored the infrastructure powering the world’s top economy – seems proudest of a more modest development: being seen as a regular guy.
“I got a lot of positive feedback,” the 37-year-old said of the show in an interview in Seoul, Tuesday. “What was great was that they didn’t mention that I was Korean or Asian. They just said ‘you’re a great host.’
Yul Kwon, From Bullying Target To Reality TV Star
Kwon’s early life involved a host of challenges. He was born in 1975 in New York to South Korean immigrants. He tells Tell Me More host Michel Martin he had a severe lisp as a kid, so many people assumed he was a foreigner who could not speak English properly. Kwon says he grew increasingly quiet to avoid being teased or beaten up.
Move of the Day: Choo leads off
Choo was followed by second baseman Jason Kipnis in his usual slot, then Asdrubal Cabrera, then Carlos Santana. If that sounds to you like every good Indians batter, stacked up in a row, you’d be right. But with Choo’s .362 OBP (pre-game) up front, it gave manager Manny Acta some big-inning potential, and when Minnesota’s Jason Marquis got into trouble in the fifth, there was no easier out for him to get, and they cranked a trio of home runs before Ron Gardenhire could get him off the mound.
From Kimchi to Infinity
It all st arted with the kimchi dispute of 1996. Distressed by the increasing popularity of Japanese-made kimchi, the Korean government launched a protectionist campaign to create an international standard for authentic kimchi. Since then, South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has waged an international campaign of “gastrodiplomacy,” with the aim of propelling Korean cuisine to epicurean heights around the world.
BMW Eyes Korea’s Fledgling Electric Car Market
The Wall Street Journal
BMW will be entering the local electric car market around the same time as Hyundai, which plans to sell an Elantra-sized compact electric car from 2014. Kia Motors aims to introduce an electric version of its Ray mini car in 2013, depending on Korea’s progress in building charging stations for electric vehicles.
K-Town Girl by dumbfoundead x Breezy Lovejoy
Rappers dumbfoundead x Breezy Lovejoy join forces once again for music video. This time it’s for the single “K-Town Girl”. The video takes you to some of the local Los Angeles K-Town establishments. From drinking to partying, it’s got it all for the K-Town girls. They come real with their description of the girls of K-Town. The late night partying affords them drink and dancing in the streets.