Archives for April 2016

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Spring cleanin’

For some reason, I decided to clean out our kitchen pantry while I was in the middle of doing our federal and state tax returns. It was probably to break away from the monotony of pencil pushin’, as well as the realization that the extra tax burden will consistently be in the four-figure range until […]

2-time Olympic weightlifting champion Tommy Kono dies at 85

NEW YORK — Two-time Olympic gold medalist Tommy Kono died April 24 in Honolulu due to complications from liver disease, the U.S. Olympic Committee said. He was 85. Kono won gold medals at the Olympics in Helsinki in 1952 and in Melbourne in 1956, and captured six World Championship titles. He set 26 world, seven […]

Hundreds of volunteers arriving to help quake-hit Kumamoto

KUMAMOTO, Japan — Hundreds of volunteers arrived in Kumamoto and other prefectures in southwestern Japan on April 22, seeking to help people in some of the areas hardest-hit by the continuing series of earthquakes. Some 1,000 people reported to Kumamoto city, the first batch of volunteers to be accepted by the prefectural capital, as the […]

OBITUARY: Noboru “Nobby” Nakamura

NAKAMURA, NOBORU “NOBBY,” 91, of Orinda, Calif., born March 19, 1925, died April 20, 2015. Loving husband to Masaye, dedicated father to daughter Ann and son John, proud grandfather of grandchildren Bryan, Jill, Mia and Kyle. Multi-talented and creative architectural designer. Peaceful warrior for what is right and just. Grateful for his Legacy. A Celebration […]

Prisoner charged in 1984 kidnapping, murder of boy, 3

FAIRFIELD, Calif.  — The Solano County District Attorney’s Office charged a state prison inmate April 26 with the 1984 kidnapping and homicide of a 3-year-old boy. Michael Anthony Blas Fejarang, 57, an inmate at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla, is accused of the murder and kidnapping of Clark Toshiro Handa on Aug. 22, 1984. The […]

S.F. supervisors establish Filipino heritage district

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution April 12 to establish a Filipino Cultural Heritage District in the city’s South of Market neighborhood. SoMa Pilipinas will be the name for an area bound by Second Street to the east, 11th Street to the west, Market Street to the north and Brannan Street to […]

Nichi Bei to participate in Silicon Valley Gives online fundraiser May 3

Various Bay Area nonprofit organizations  are participating in Silicon Valley Gives 2016, a 24-hour online fundraiser that takes place Tuesday, May 3, and is hosted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. These organizations include: • The Nichi Bei Foundation, the nonprofit publisher of the Nichi Bei Weekly and organizer of the annual Soy and Tofu […]

New racist text message scandal triggers review of 200+ criminal cases

The latest racist text scandal involving four San Francisco police officers, including one who now faces criminal charges, could affect more than 200 criminal cases, Public Defender Jeff Adachi said April 26. The messages, which were made public by District Attorney George Gascon late last month, emerged during a police department investigation into sexual assault […]

Brett Yamaguchi, the Golden State Warriors’ entertainment orchestrator

OAKLAND, Calif. — Few sports fans would refute that the Golden State Warriors have been one of the most entertaining teams in all of professional sports this season. From their furious pace and lightning quick ball movement to Stephen Curry draining shots from otherworldly distances, the entertainment value of Warriors games has been compared to […]

OBITUARY: Mary M. Morino

MORINO, MARY M., 95, was born on June 2, 1920 in San Francisco and passed away on March 11, 2016. Predeceased by her husband Ginzo “Babe” Morino, and eldest son Larry. Survived by her sons Russell and Steven, daughters Marilyn (Caleb) Hoshiyama, and Cindy (Kaz) Nakamoto, and 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.  […]

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