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New York state Sen. John Liu pushes for return to merit-based high school admissions

  • Sen. John C. Liu (NY-D) sent a letter to New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor David Banks on Friday requesting to remove the high school lottery admissions process from the city's public high school system.
  • “The high school admissions process has been rife with uncertainty and confusion under the current system causing outrage during an already stressful time in families’ lives,” Liu said in a press release on Monday.
  • “The DOE must abandon this lottery as a relic of the pandemic, and reinstate an admissions system that values diligence and achievement,” he continued.
  • Liu noted in his letter to Banks that the uncertainty ingrained in the lottery-based admission process has driven many families out of the public school system, with some even opting to move out of New York.

Sen. John C. Liu (NY-D) has called on New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) to remove the city’s high school lottery-based admissions process and return to a system that “values diligence and achievement.”

In his letter addressed to DOE Chancellor David Banks on Friday, Liu requested that the DOE return to its previous admissions process that considered academic performance for students, calling the current lottery-based process “unpopular and ineffective.”

CIX member Seunghun reveals he was mugged in NYC

  • Seunghun of K-pop boy group CIX revealed he was mugged while in New York City earlier this week.
  • CIX was performing at the Korea-U.S. SMEs go TOGETHER event alongside K-pop soloist BoA and YG Entertainment boy group WINNER. 
  • During a livestream, Seunghun shared that he went out to get tacos sometime after the mini concert and was momentarily separated from his manager and bodyguards.
  • He was approached by six men who cursed at him and demanded all of his money, which he gave to them.
  • Seunghun assured fans that he is OK and is still excited to perform in New York.
  • CIX released their fifth EP “OK Episode 1: OK Not” last month.

Seunghun of K-pop boy group CIX shared during a livestream that he was mugged earlier this week in New York City.

CIX were in New York alongside K-pop icon BoA and YG Entertainment boy group WINNER for the Korea-U.S. SMEs go TOGETHER event, which was held at the The Rooftop at Pier 17.

Man arrested, then released without bail, for destroying Gandhi statue in NYC

  • Sukhpal Singh, 27, was arrested for his alleged role in vandalizing a Mahatma Gandhi statue outside the Shri Tulsi Mandir in Queens, New York City, on Aug. 16.
  • Surveillance footage of the incident shows five people pushing over the statue and taking turns smashing it with a sledgehammer.
  • The statue was found decapitated with all four limbs severed, along with the words “Kutta Dog” graffitied on its back.
  • Singh was charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime, criminal mischief in the second degree and aggravated harassment in the first degree.
  • He was released without bail following his arraignment on Sunday.

A man has been arrested and charged in connection to the early morning vandalism of a Mahatma Gandhi statue in Queens, New York City, last month.

Sukhpal Singh, 27, was apprehended on Saturday for the Aug. 16 incident at the Shri Tulsi Mandir, a Hindu temple located at 103-24 111th St. in South Richmond Hill.

Man accused of sucker punching victim into coma in NYC is rearrested after originally walking free without bail

  • Van Phu Bui, 55, was released without bail after allegedly sucker punching 52-year-old Jesus Cortes in a random attack in the Bronx, New York City, on Aug. 12.
  • The incident left Cortes with a fractured skull, a broken cheekbone and brain bleeding for which he was placed in a medically induced coma.
  • Bui, who was first arrested on Wednesday, was released on Thursday after Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark downgraded his initial attempted murder charge to misdemeanor assault and harassment. 
  • Amid public outcry, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Friday that she had ordered for Bui to be re-arrested.

A man released without bail after allegedly fracturing another man’s skull in New York City has been taken back into custody, Gov. Kathy Hochul said on Friday.

Van Phu Bui, a 55-year-old convicted sex offender, was first arrested on Wednesday in connection with the unprovoked attack outside a Fordham Heights restaurant in the Bronx before 11 p.m. on Aug. 12. He was re-arrested on a parole violation on Friday.

Filipino American MMA fighter takes down NYC man accused of six separate unprovoked attacks

  • Ro Malabanan, a Filipino American mixed martial artist, reportedly witnessed a man sucker-punching a construction worker in SoHo, New York City, on July 27.
  • Malabanan chased after the attacker, later identified as 28 year-old Samuel Frazier, and subdued him until police arrived, according to reports.
  • Frazier was accused of assaulting six men along Broadway in SoHo prior to the incident.
  • The New York Police Department has arrested the assailant, who has been charged with two counts of assault.

A Filipino American mixed martial artist reportedly stopped an attacker after witnessing him hit another man in an unprovoked attack in New York City.

Ro Malabanan, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, was heading to work when saw a homeless man, later identified as 28-year-old Samuel Frazier, sucker-punch a construction worker in SoHo on July 27, according to reports.

NYC career criminal arrested, charged with hate crime for slashing Asian woman

  • Anthony Evans, 30, has been charged with assault as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly attacking a 59-year-old Asian woman in Times Square on Sunday.
  • Surveillance footage of the incident at 7th Ave. and W. 42nd St. shows the alleged assailant running up to the victim and slashing her from behind with a box cutter.
  • Evans has reportedly been arrested over 30 times in the past for various crimes, including robbery, weapon possession and turnstile jumping.
  • The victim’s daughter said her mother feels happy about the arrest but is still traumatized.

A man accused of slashing a 59-year-old Asian woman in New York City’s Times Square on Sunday morning has been arrested and charged with a hate crime.

Anthony Evans, 30, has reportedly been nabbed more than 30 times in the past for various crimes, including robbery, weapon possession and turnstile jumping.

Asian woman slashed with box cutter in NYC attack; suspect identified

  • A 59-year-old Asian woman suffered a deep cut on her hand after being slashed with a box cutter in New York City’s Times Square on Sunday, according to reports.
  • Surveillance footage shows her assailant running up to her from behind before slashing her with the box cutter.
  • While no words were reportedly exchanged during the encounter, the victim believes it could have been an anti-Asian attack.
  • New York police have identified 30-year-old Anthony Evans as the assailant.

A 59-year-old Asian woman suffered a deep cut on her hand after being slashed by an assailant in New York City’s Times Square over the weekend.

The incident, which was captured by a security camera, occurred at 7th Ave. and W. 42nd St. at around 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Serial offender who punched Asian senior over 125 times in New York indicted on hate crime charges

  • Tammel Esco, the 42-year-old man arrested for allegedly punching a 67-year-old Filipino American woman in March, was arraigned on Tuesday and held without bail.
  • Esco has been indicted on multiple hate crime charges, including attempted second-degree murder as a hate crime and assault as a hate crime.
  • He was arrested shortly after the March 11 attack on the Filipino woman in the lobby of her apartment building on Riverdale Avenue in Yonkers, New York.
  • The attack, which was caught on surveillance footage, showed Esco punching the victim’s head and face over 125 times.

The New York man who was arrested for allegedly punching a 67-year-old Filipino American woman in March has been indicted on multiple hate crime charges.

Tammel Esco, 42, was arraigned on Tuesday and held without bail, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office announced on Wednesday.

Japanese Breakfast cancels show at New York venue over hosting of far-right event

  • Indie band Japanese Breakfast canceled their Main Street Armory show scheduled for September after learning that the venue in Rochester, New York, was set to host the right-wing ReAwaken America tour on Aug. 12 and 13.
  • “We have canceled the event because a number of people reached out letting us know they were boycotting the venue because of the Reawaken America tour,” the band wrote in a Twitter post. “We were told the event was canceled and later learned it was secretly still moving forward.”
  • The Main Street Armory was part of the band’s 2022 North American tour, which will be featuring other artists during select shows at other venues such as Florence and the Machine and the Linda Lindas.
  • The Rochester event of the ReAwaken America tour was set to feature far-right speakers such as Michael Flynn and Roger Stone.
  • In a statement distributed to media outlets on Monday, Main Street Armory owner Scott Donaldson announced the venue’s cancellation of the ReAwaken America Rochester event.

Indie band Japanese Breakfast have canceled their upcoming Main Street Armory show in New York after learning that the venue was set to host the right-wing ReAwaken America tour next month.

In a tweet on Friday, Japanese Breakfast, headed by Korean American musician Michelle Zauner, announced that their Sept. 27 performance has been cancelled after several people informed them that they are boycotting the venue.

NYC man wanted for headbutting Asian man after yelling ‘You Chinese are scum’

QUEENS ASIAN ATTACK
  • New York police are searching for a man accused of headbutting another man and yelling anti-Asian remarks at him in Queens, New York City, on Tuesday.
  • The victim, 22, was on Steinway Street near 34th Ave. when the suspect reportedly approached him at around 8:55 p.m.
  • According to the authorities, the suspect told the victim “You Asians are the reason I cannot get a job. You Chinese are scum” for no apparent reason.
  • The victim reportedly suffered a chipped tooth after the suspect slammed his own head into the victim’s.
  • The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

New York police are searching for a man accused of headbutting another man and yelling anti-Asian remarks at him in Queens, New York City, last week.

The victim, 22, was on Steinway Street near 34th Ave. when the suspect reportedly approached him at around 8:55 p.m. on Tuesday.