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VP of Boston bank arrested in connection with series of stabbings, sexual assaults dating back to 2003

  • Ivan Cheung, 42, of Quincy, Massachusetts, is facing multiple charges related to a series of sexual assaults involving two young girls and two women in Boston between 2003 and 2006.
  • The victims include a 13-year-old girl, a 14-year-old girl, a 23-year-old woman and an 18-year-old woman, according to prosecutors.
  • Cheung allegedly picked up his victims, drove them elsewhere and raped them at knifepoint before stabbing them.
  • In June, Boston police collected a cigarette he had discarded and linked its DNA content to genetic material recovered from the last two attacks.
  • Cheung worked at Boston-based financial services firm State Street, which terminated his employment following his arrest.

A man from Quincy, Massachusetts, has been hit with multiple charges in connection with a string of sexual assaults involving women and children in Boston nearly 20 years ago.

Ivan Cheung, 42, is accused of raping two young girls and two women in separate incidents in 2003, 2005 and 2006. He worked for State Street, a financial services firm in Boston.

Boston Chinatown restaurant served as front for global money laundering scheme, DOJ says

A family-owned restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown allegedly served as the headquarters of international money laundering and transmitting schemes that reaped tens of millions of dollars in proceeds from drug trafficking and the resale of Apple products.

Eight individuals have been indicted for their alleged roles in the schemes which were partly run at China Gourmet, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Former spouses Shi Rong Zhang, 48, and Qiu Mei Zeng, 47, co-own the restaurant.

Boston Mayor Wu announces $20MM investment to increase access to early childhood education

  • Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced Wednesday that the city is investing $20 million in early education via the universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) program.
  • The funding will provide nearly 1,000 seats for 3 and 4-year-olds at community-based child care facilities as well as integrate family child care providers into the UPK system.
  • “With this historic investment in early childhood education, we can kickstart an increase in high-quality Pre-K seats, bring family child care providers into the UPK network, and ensure all of our families have access to free and accessible early child care and education,” Wu said.
  • The allotted budget, which will be sourced from the Boston Public Schools funding and the city’s Quality Pre-K Fund, will also increase developmental and behavioral health screenings, student support interventions and coaching in the program.

Boston is set to invest $20 million in early education via the universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) program, the city mayor announced Wednesday.

According to Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, the budget will provide additional support for community-based classrooms by adding nearly 1,000 seats for 3 and 4-year-olds at child care facilities as well as integrating family child care providers into the UPK system. 

Recent assaults at Boston schools involved students using city-issued Chromebooks as weapons

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  • School officials from the Boston Public Schools district reportedly failed to notify the police about three separate physical assaults that involved school-issued Google Chromebooks.
  • The incidents occurred between April 28 and May 3 at Richard Murphy School in Dorchester, Joyce Kilmer School in West Roxbury and Boston Latin Academy in Roxbury.
  • The first reported incident took place at Richard Murphy School on April 28, when a seventh-grader was struck in the head and face with a Chromebook.
  • Karen Pham, the mother of the victim, said the attack left her daughter bloodied and so injured that she needed five stitches at the hospital.
  • Another female student was reportedly struck at least six times in the head with a Chromebook at Joyce Kilmer School on May 2. The victim said she was attacked by a former friend and was hospitalized due to a concussion following the incident.
  • Authorities responded to Boston Latin Academy on May 3 after a girl was accused of hitting a boy with a Chromebook on the head over a classroom seat dispute.

School officials from the Boston Public Schools (BPS) district reportedly failed to notify the police about three separate incidents from late April to early May that involved students being physically assaulted with laptops.

The incidents occurred between April 28 and May 3 at Richard Murphy School in Dorchester, Joyce Kilmer School in West Roxbury and Boston Latin Academy in Roxbury, according to reports. All three assailants were accused of using Google Chromebooks provided to them by their respective public schools.

Boston Mayor Wu seeks limits on residential picketing after weeks of noisy protests outside her own home

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  • Boston Mayor Michelle Wu proposed a new city ordinance on Monday that would limit protests outside private homes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. after angry protesters gathered outside her house for weeks protesting the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for city employees.
  • The protesters would reportedly organize outside her Roslindale home as early as 7 a.m. to shout, bang on drums and blow on whistles. The rally not only disturbed Wu’s family but her neighbors as well.
  • “Boston has a strong legacy of activism, and it’s important to uphold and protect the ability to speak out and advocate fiercely to keep our democracy strong," Wu said in a statement. “But in a moment of divided national politics, we can’t normalize the harassment and hate spilling over into our communities. Boston must model not only bold, urgent policies, but also inclusive, empowering politics."
  • Boston City Council President Ed Flynn and Police Commissioner Gregory Long voiced their support of Wu’s ordinance.

Several key Boston officials have voiced their support for Mayor Michelle Wu’s new proposed ordinance that would limit protests and picketing outside private residences between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The new ordinance, filed on Monday, would protect all homes from “targeted residential picketing” and would reportedly not apply to gatherings, marches or rallies that do not target a specific person or resident, according to NBC Boston.

Ex-Boston University lecturer accused of assuming Asian students’ ethnicities denies discrimination claims

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  • Geoffrey Carliner, a retired Boston University lecturer, faced allegations of discrimination against Asian students in his cconomics class, which he denied despite the school’s Equal Opportunity Office (EOO) having reportedly found “preponderance of evidence.”
  • A student claimed that the professor was “making [Asian students] feel uncomfortable, offended and unable to participate fully or attend class.”
  • After an investigation into the student’s claims was initiated by the EOO, Carliner emailed his students asking them to contact the investigator regarding his behavior in class. Although 26 students out of the class of 64 emailed the EOO, only two students confirmed the claims made against Carliner.
  • “Based upon these facts and logical factors, I can assure that Professor Carliner’s mistake is not an act of discrimination but simply a misidentification of one specific student,” an Asian student reportedly wrote.
  • The EOO did not provide details about the investigation in an effort to “[protect] the integrity of the investigative process and involved parties’ privacy.”

Boston University’s Equal Opportunity Office (EOO) found evidence to support the claim that retired Boston University lecturer Geoffrey Carliner discriminated against his Asian students, an allegation Carliner continues to deny.

A student from Carliner’s Economics of Less-Developed Regions class claimed that the professor was “making [Asian students] feel uncomfortable, offended and unable to participate fully or attend class,” according to The Daily Free Press.

Protester interrupts Boston press conference by heckling Asian American woman he mistook for Mayor Wu

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  • An unidentified protester interrupted Monday’s Boston Common press conference by heckling executive director of the Massachusetts Voter Table, Beth Huang, who he mistook for Boston Mayor Michelle Wu.
  • “You’re a political puppet… Why don’t you look into it, Mayor Wu?” the protester taunted. “Look into that — you’ll find the truth, Mayor Wu.”
  • The conference was held to boost support for election-day voter registration as a way to help raise turnout among Black and Latino communities in Massachusetts.
  • “If only being a 5'4" Asian woman imbued in me the powers of being mayor of Boston,” Huang lightheartedly tweeted. “I am not @wutrain, but we both support voting rights!”

A protester interrupted a Boston Common press conference to heckle an Asian American woman he mistook for the city’s mayor, Michelle Wu.

The unidentified protester attended Monday’s Boston Common press conference that was held to boost support for election-day voter registration as a way to help raise turnout among Black and Latino communities in Massachusetts, reported MassLive.  

Racist posts targeting South Asian students emerge on Boston College’s anonymous social media app

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  • South Asian students at Boston College were targeted with hateful posts on Herrd, an app available exclusively for Boston College students.
  • Directed at specific students and South Asians in general, the posts insulted South Asians’ physical features and compared the group to other racial minority communities in the school.
  • The South Asian Student Association (SASA) condemned the racially charged posts, noting that racism disguised as humor eventually escalates to explicit racism.
  • Herrd co-founder Carter Beaulieu said the app removed the hateful content, emailed and banned the offending user, and are coordinating with the college’s administration to address the issue.

Hateful posts targeting South Asian students at Boston College emerged on an exclusive anonymous social media app over the weekend.

On Wednesday, the South Asian Student Association (SASA) condemned the racially charged posts published on Herrd, an app currently available exclusively to Boston College students, student publication The Heights reported. 

Massachusetts’ Sokhary Chau becomes first Cambodian American mayor in US

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  • Sokhary Chau, a 49-year-old Cambodian refugee and former city council member, was sworn in as mayor of Lowell, Massachusetts, on Monday.
  • He now represents the city of more than 115,000 residents and its nearly 25% Asian population.

Sokhary Chau was sworn in as mayor of Lowell, Massachusetts, on Monday.

Chau, 49, is a Cambodian refugee and came to the U.S. at a young age to escape the Khmer Rouge. He became a Lowell city council member in 2019, and he was unanimously picked by the city council members to be mayor on Monday, according to the Associated Press (AP).

‘Mayor Wuhan’: Boston leader Michelle Wu flooded with racist comments after COVID-19 vaccine policy

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Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said her office has been bombarded with racist comments since her announcement of vaccine requirements for entry into indoor establishments.

Driving the news: On Monday, Wu said that individuals entering indoor spaces for dining, fitness and entertainment must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination starting January  2022. The policy has been introduced as “B Together.” 

NPR called out for reporting ‘letdown,’ ‘disappointment’ over Michelle Wu’s Boston mayoral win

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National Public Radio (NPR) sparked controversy for appearing to downplay Michelle Wu’s historic win as Boston’s first elected female and Asian American mayor. 

The article: A story published by the media platform drew backlash for its lede, which referred to Wu’s victory as a “letdown” after she defeated three Black candidates running against her, reported the New York Post