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Man Charged in NYC Homeless Murders

Randy Santos, 24, is up on murder and attempted murder

(Newser) - Four homeless men are dead, and prosecutors have their perp. Randy Santos, 24, was charged Sunday with four counts of murder and one of attempted murder as well as unlawful possession of marijuana, an NYPD detective tells CNN . The four men were beaten to death and one seriously injured in... More »

She Put Life Savings in a Bag, Came Home With Corn Starch

'New Yorker' looks at rising 'blessing scams' in Chinatown

(Newser) - It was a slick con. In Brooklyn's Chinatown, a small group of Chinese women working as a crew found their victim in another Chinese woman, this one a 61-year-old immigrant destined to lose her life savings in a "blessing scam." A story by Jiayang Fan in the... More »

Archaeologists Find Pieces of SF Before the Quake

Sewing machine parts are the newest find

(Newser) - Subway construction workers in San Francisco are becoming accustomed to working alongside archaeologists as they dig up layers of the city's past to make way for the $1.6 billion light rail line set to connect Chinatown with South of Market by 2019. And now those teams have unearthed... More »

NYC Sees Rash of Rare Infections Tied to Seafood

Outbreak tied to purchases made from Chinatown fish markets

(Newser) - Two things you never want to see linked: "outbreak" and "rare skin infection." Unfortunately, that's apparently the case in New York City, where some 30 people who bought seafood in Chinatown markets over the last six months have found themselves battling "Mycobacterium marinum." The... More »

NYC Woman Sets Off Bug Bombs, Blows Up Building

Apparently, one should shut off pilot lights before setting off 2 dozen

(Newser) - You're actually supposed to try this at home, but apparently it's not for everyone: A New York City woman apparently battling a heck of an infestation in her hair salon set off 20 bug foggers in the Chinatown building last week, which was great. A day later she... More »

Feds Shut Down 26 Chinatown Bus Lines

Don't worry: Fung Wah and Lucky Star are OK

(Newser) - They're cheap, they're convenient, and according to the federal government, many Chinatown buses were also death traps. Authorities cracked down hard on Chinatown bus operators yesterday, shutting down 26 companies that they said were part of an "unscrupulous" network of bus operators that flouted federal rules, the... More »

'Hypnotist Thieves' Stir Fear in Boston's Chinatown

Boston's Chinatown on lookout for wily hypnotists

(Newser) - A woman in Boston's Chinatown claims that a trio of thieves hypnotized her into handing over $160,000—and the police are taking this seriously, the Boston Herald reports. The 57-year-old Cantonese speaker says three women stopped her on the street, did a little hocus pocus, and sent her... More »

Cops: 'Robin Hood' Robbed Chinese to Help Poor

NYC woman says she steals for the poor, but targets Chinese

(Newser) - New Yorker Ho Vasko says she went on a Chinatown pickpocketing spree to amass money to give to the poor. But prosecutors have a different explanation: She's a thief who hates Chinese people. The 67-year-old former restaurateur, who came to the US as a refugee from Vietnam, faces up to... More »

Mandarin Becomes Talk of Chinatown

Cantonese-speakers sidelined by new generation of immigrants

(Newser) - Goodbye "Leih Hou Ma," hello "Ni Hao Ma." The language most often heard in New York's Chinatown and in Chinese communities across America is quickly changing from Cantonese to Mandarin as new immigrants from mainland China outnumber those from Hong Kong. Even Cantonese-speaking parents are pushing... More »

Swiss Nab Polanski on 31-Year-Old US Warrant

Fugitive director, in town for lifetime award, arrested on 1978 statutory rape charge

(Newser) - Director Roman Polanski has been taken into custody by Swiss police on a 31-year-old US arrest warrant for statutory rape, organizers of the Zurich Film Festival said today. The 76-year-old director of Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby, slated to receive an award for his lifetime of work, had recently sought... More »

Calif. Gay Marriage Fight Centers on Chinatown

Campaigners hope to repeat success in changing Asian attitudes

(Newser) - Campaigners seeking to bring legalized gay marriage back to California believe their success in Chinatown points the way forward, Reuters reports. The state's Asian communities swung in favor of gay marriage faster than any other group over the last decade as advocates worked to bring taboos into the open and... More »

NYC Van Crash Kills 2 Kids

Vehicle spun out after making a U-turn, witnesses say

(Newser) - Two preschoolers were killed and 11 other people were injured when a van jumped a curb and ran into a crowd in Manhattan’s Chinatown today, Newsday reports. The gray van went out of control after making a U-turn, witnesses said. The dead children were identified as a 4-year-old girl... More »

Ethnic Media Proud of, Cautious About Candidate

A step for diversity, all agree, but will he show minorities the love?

(Newser) - Ethnic media outlets are lauding Barack Obama's victory as a step for all minorities, but they're also holding him at arm’s length, waiting for personal attention. “The White House may not be a house for whites anymore,” said Korea Daily. Indeed, American minorities say glass ceilings broken... More »

In Chinatown, Something Smells Fishy

LA Times investigates Clinton campaign contributions

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton’s campaign coffers are benefiting from unlikely and possibly illegal sources, an LA Times investigation reveals. Checks for four-figure amounts are coming from dishwashers, immigrants unable to vote, and other unlikely donors in New York’s Chinatown, some of whom report feeling coerced by neighborhood associations. Other donors... More »

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