Carl Samson

Carl Samson

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Decorated NYPD officer charged with murder after fatally shooting ex-GF’s new lover

NYPD officer murdered ex new girlfriend

A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer caught in a deadly love triangle has been charged with murder after allegedly killing her ex-girlfriend’s new lover on Wednesday.

What happened: Yvonne Wu, 31, who works at the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park, allegedly broke into the Bensonhurst home of her ex-girlfriend, Jenny Li, before shooting her and her new lover, Jamie Liang. Wu and Li reportedly dated for two years until they broke up three weeks ago.

State GOP poured thousands into Boston Council candidate’s campaign despite his anti-Asian messages

GOP funded candidate

Massachusetts’ Republican officials reportedly spent thousands of dollars to support the campaign of a Boston City Council candidate who has repeatedly expressed anti-Asian sentiments on social media.

Driving the news: Donnie Palmer, who ran in the Sept. 14 preliminary election, has made anti-Asian statements targeting Michelle Wu, a Taiwanese American councilor running to become Boston’s mayor.

Shirtless North Korean soldiers break bricks with their heads, lay on glass and nails for Kim Jong-un

North Korean soldier breaks bricks

A video of North Korean soldiers — some of them shirtless — performing extreme martial arts for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has gone viral on social media.

What’s going on: The performance, which originally aired on North Korean TV, was part of a “self-defense” military exhibition held on Monday. The rest of the event included a formal ceremony, a weapons display and flight stunts by combat pilots, according to KCNA.

Suicide rate of Japanese children is revealed to have quadrupled to record high in 2020

suicides up from 2019

More than 400 Japanese students, from elementary to high school, committed suicide in 2020, the country’s education ministry said.

Driving the news: The record-high rate was revealed through a survey by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), which called it an “extremely disturbing result.” While reasons for committing suicide remain largely unchanged, school closures and increased stresses at home as a result of COVID-19 are believed to have caused the spike.

New multimedia web project tells lost history of Chicago’s Japanese American redress movement

Japanese American redress

A new interactive multimedia web project is shedding light on Chicago’s Japanese American redress movement, which developed in response to the injustices the community experienced during World War II.

Why this matters: Written and produced by Katherine Nagasawa, “Reckoning” is a multimedia experience that takes learners from the origins of the movement in 1970s Chicago to the signing of the Civil Liberties Act in 1988. It also highlights the continued efforts to preserve Japanese American history in the country today.

Boston man allegedly harasses Asian women dancing to K-pop for ‘communism’ and mask wearing

Boston man harasses Asian women

A video showing a man who allegedly harassed a group of Asian women for wearing masks while dancing to K-pop in public has gone viral on TikTok.

What happened: TikTok user @celenana_na and her K-pop dance group, Hush Crew, were filming a dance routine in Boston’s Downtown Crossing on Sunday when the incident occurred. What they thought was an ordinary interaction escalated after the man allegedly started talking about communism and they realized he was being racist.

Asian elder scared of stepping outside after seeing his arrested attacker in the same spot days later

LA Koreatown attack

An elderly Asian American man is fearful of going out after seeing the person who viciously assaulted him in Los Angeles’ Koreatown just a few days later.

What happened: Samuel Kang, 70, was waiting for a bus at the corner of 5th Street and Western Avenue on Sept. 20 when he first came across Cartrell Smith, who, after walking by, allegedly turned around and hit Kang in the face.

China ‘fully able’ to invade Taiwan by 2025, Taipei defense chief says amid worst tensions in 40 years

Taiwan relations with China

Taiwanese defense minister Chiu Kuo-cheng believes China will be able to launch a “full-scale” invasion of Taiwan by 2025, noting that current tensions are the “toughest” he has seen in over four decades.

Driving the news: Chiu made the assessment at a parliamentary meeting Wednesday, days after Beijing sent 150 warplanes to the self-governed island’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). The area is international airspace but Taipei considers it a buffer, according to AP News.

Florida man charged after pointing a gun, yelling anti-Asian slurs at neighbors over garbage dispute

A man accused of yelling anti-Asian slurs while threatening to kill his neighbors over a garbage dispute in Hawthorne, Fla., has been arrested and charged with assault.

What happened: Cody McClure, 19, allegedly went to his neighbors’ residence on Sunday after seeing trash dumped in his yard on 119 Twin Lakes Rd. A dispute broke out and led to the suspect pointing a gun at two people, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO).