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Pasadena Buddhist Temple’s LGBTQ flag set on fire

PASADENA, Calif. — A rainbow flag at the Pasadena Buddhist Temple — a salute to the LGBTQ community — was set on fire and burned on April 24, according to Gregory Gibbs, the resident minister who is in his ninth year at the temple. Local artists made the hand-painted Progress Pride flag, which — measuring […]

Groups demand officials share information on Texas mall gunman’s motives

DALLAS (AP) — Members of several Texas groups representing people of color on May 15 demanded that authorities quickly acknowledge whether they believe the neo-Nazi who killed eight people at a Dallas-area mall over a week ago was racially motivated in choosing his victims. More than a week after the May 6 attack at the […]

Wakasa remembered in Utah, 80 years after fatal shot in concentration camp

 TOPAZ, Utah — A set of solemn and respectful ceremonies permeated through the Central Utah breeze April 22 under dotted clouds over the former Topaz concentration camp and the Topaz Museum in Delta, Utah. They served as a contrast to the sudden and violent death of Japanese immigrant James Hatsuaki Wakasa 80 years ago, […]

Texas mall victims include several members from two families

DALLAS — The people killed in a shooting at a mall near Dallas include two elementary school-age sisters, a couple and their 3-year-old son, a young engineer and a security guard. The victims represent a multicultural cross-section of the area’s increasingly diverse suburbs. Cox Elementary School students Daniela and Sofia Mendoza, grades four and two, […]

SJ: Police arrest 3 East Bay men suspected in robberies targeting AAPI community

Three East Bay men have been arrested in connection with recent robberies targeting the Asian American-Pacific Islander community throughout the Bay Area, San Jose police said May 1. The trio, suspected in a string of armed and strong-arm robberies from December to February, were identified as 26-year-old Joel Contreras Barron of Antioch, 28-year-old Francisco Rincon […]

S.F.: Muni officials double down on intolerance for crimes on public transit

Muni officials have one message to people thinking about committing a crime on San Francisco’s public transit system — “you will be caught.” On April 25, city transportation officials hosted a Muni safety roundtable after a man was arrested and charged for allegedly throwing eggs and yelling racial slurs while riding a Muni bus. “We’re […]

California reparations panel OKs state apology, payments

OAKLAND, Calif. — California’s reparations task force voted May 6 to approve recommendations on how the state may compensate and apologize to Black residents for generations of harm caused by discriminatory policies. The nine-member committee, which first convened nearly two years ago, gave final approval at a meeting in Oakland to a hefty list of […]

SJ: Parks officials say 50 koi fish missing from Japanese Friendship Garden

Parks officials in San Jose said May 3 they are heartbroken after discovering that 50 koi fish were missing from the Japanese Friendship Garden. Parks officials said in a social media post that the theft of the colorful carp was reported to San Jose police. “The city is heartbroken at the disappearance of these beautiful […]

Santa Clara Co.: DA adds hate crime enhancements to 3 men charged with armed robbery

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office will be adding hate crime enhancements to charges against three men arrested April 17 on suspicion of a string of armed robberies in Palo Alto and Milpitas, alleging that they exclusively targeted Asian people, prosecutors said April 20. Siahola J’lan Tupouata, 18, Tavita Lauti Fifita, 21, and Curtis […]

S.F.: Man arrested, charged for alleged hate crimes, battery on Muni bus

A man has been arrested and charged for alleged hate crimes on a Muni bus in San Francisco in February, police and prosecutors said. Joseph Benjamin, 44, was charged with four counts of battery on a transit employee or passenger as well as three counts of violations of individuals’ civil rights for the alleged attacks, […]