Musician Grannis’ mother needs blood stem cell donor

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Kina Grannis’ mother, Trish Grannis, needs a blood stem cell donor match. The musician shared a DKMS post on various social media platforms in late January that she wrote with her sisters Emi Grannis and Misa Grannis, seeking a match for their mother. DKMS stands for “Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei,” or German Bone Marrow […]

Lakers acquire Rui Hachimura from Wizards

The Los Angeles Lakers acquired former lottery pick Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards on Jan. 23 in exchange for Kendrick Nunn and a package of second-round draft picks. Hachimura and the Wizards did not agree on a rookie extension before the season started, which prompted speculation that the Japanese power forward wouldn’t be in […]

A look at Calif.’s deadly back-to-back mass shootings

LOS ANGELES — In the course of 48 hours, two gunmen went on shooting rampages at both ends of California that left 18 dead and 10 wounded. The unrelated massacres at a dance hall in a Los Angeles suburb the evening of Jan. 21 and a pair of mushroom farms south of San Francisco on […]

Anti-Asian hate ‘runs the gamut,’ racist Yelp reviews show

WASHINGTON — As if running a restaurant during a pandemic wasn’t tough enough, Christopher Wong also had to contend with a racist troll. “I will not have my dog eat in this place because they might cook him,” read the Yelp review of Wong’s eatery, the Curry Up Cafe in suburban Los Angeles. “The owner […]

S.F. J-Town mural team narrows down nominees for depiction amid criticisms

As the San Francisco chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League works to further its plans for a mural commemorating the history of the city’s Japantown, community members gathered for the fourth installment in a series of meetings. The latest community meeting, focusing on the selection process of notable figures from the ethnic enclave to […]

University: Student stabbed on bus because she is Asian

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (AP) — A 56-year-old woman has been charged after an 18-year-old Indiana University student repeatedly was stabbed in the head on a public bus in an attack the school says was because the victim is Asian. The victim told investigators she was standing and waiting for the exit doors to open on a […]

Naomi Osaka says she’s pregnant, plans tennis return in 2024

Naomi Osaka is pregnant and plans to return to competition in 2024, the tennis star announced Jan. 11. The former world No. 1 posted what she called “a little life update for 2023” on social media, including a picture of an ultrasound. The 25-year-old Osaka has been dating Cordae, a rapper, for years. “I know […]

Longtime L.A. Times editor Randy Hagihara passes away

Randy Hagihara, a longtime Los Angeles Times editor, who “delighted in finding and mentoring young journalists,” passed away Jan. 7 at his Huntington Beach, Calif. home at the age of 72, the publication reported. According to his stepson, Sean Kawata, Hagihara passed after “a battle with esophageal cancer.” Hagihara spent more than two decades at […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Another bean binge

Yes, I’ve discussed the benefits of the humble legume on many occasions, but since I’ve retired from the day job and inflation still keeps most cuts of beef in the double digit per pound range and chicken well above $5 per pound, what better source of affordable protein is there? Not to mention that animal […]

Yukihiro Takahashi, drummer of legendary Japan band YMO, dies at 70

TOKYO  — Yukihiro Takahashi, the drummer of legendary Japanese electronic music band Yellow Magic Orchestra, has died, a source close to him said Jan. 15. He was 70. Takahashi was known as the composer of “Rydeen,” one of the most popular tracks of YMO, the trailblazing band he formed in 1978 with Ryuichi Sakamoto, world-renowned […]

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