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August 26, 1992 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Bong Hwan Kim was hired as director of the Korean Youth Center four years ago, housing development was not part of his job description. The center's gang prevention, family counseling and athletic programs occupied his time. But gradually, center officials began to look for ways to ease overcrowded living conditions in Koreatown--home to more than 60,000 people, many of them Latino and Korean immigrants crammed together in aging apartment buildings.
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May 10, 1992 | ROSE KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under a leaden sky, about 2,000 people gathered Saturday in the heart of Koreatown to appeal for racial harmony and vent anger at government officials who failed to quell the deadly Los Angeles riots. The boisterous demonstrators, who broke often into cheers and chants, were silenced only when they bowed their heads in prayer for Edward Song Lee, an 18-year-old college freshman who was shot and killed when he tried to protect a merchant from looters.
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May 8, 2004 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
It is Sunday morning at Immanuel Presbyterian Church on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles' Koreatown, and its diverse congregation is singing "From All Four of Earth's Faraway Corners." With gusto, they sing -- the first stanza in Spanish, the second verse in English. And, back and forth until they complete the entire song in two languages.
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January 19, 2000 | SYLVIA PAGAN WESTPHAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Silence on Tuesday morning replaced the laughter of children usually heard at the Gloria Montejano School in Koreatown. Instead, parents and teachers toured in sadness and disbelief what was left of the classrooms that were damaged in a fire that investigators believe was arson. The school, which provides care for 72 children ages 2 to 5, is a vital resource for many working parents in the neighborhood, said Director Sonia Reyes.
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October 11, 2006 | Sandy Banks, Times Staff Writer
Concern percolating for weeks through the local Korean American community came to a head Tuesday as news of North Korea's purported test of a nuclear weapon sparked anger, worry -- and a small measure of hope -- in Koreatown markets and cafes. The news dominated the front pages of local Korean-language newspapers and television news programs in Los Angeles, which has the largest urban population of ethnic Koreans of any region outside the Korean peninsula.
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June 8, 2000
A controversial Koreatown dance club project cleared its final regulatory hurdle Wednesday when a Police Commission review board granted a permit to allow dancing at the venue. The commission's Permit Review Panel voted unanimously to grant dancing and live entertainment permits to the Le Prive restaurant, but scheduled a follow-up hearing in six months to check the club's adherence to 28 conditions specified by their approval.
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March 11, 1994
A 25-story office-hotel that would serve as a gateway landmark to Koreatown received the tentative approval of the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday. Boosters of the proposed Pacific Trade Center also hope it will spur economic development in Koreatown, just as construction of the New Otani hotel stimulated the revival of Little Tokyo. King Woods, a lobbyist for the developers, said the area is still in need of rebuilding after the 1992 riots.
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November 12, 1994
The Los Angeles Public Library, which owns one of the nation's largest popular collections of Asian language books and materials, has introduced catalogue cards in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The cards are used at seven branches that serve a large part of the city's burgeoning Asian population. The branches are in the Koreatown area, Granada Hills, Northridge, Chinatown and Little Tokyo.
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August 28, 1997
A cluster of candles will be lit at a bustling Koreatown intersection at noon today as part of a vigil for three elderly Korean Americans who died after being hit by a bus at Vermont Avenue and Olympic Boulevard. The vigil will honor Jae Sil Kim, 80, Sam Suck Yang, 78, and Soon Yi Young, 63, who were killed last week. "The family expressed their wish to have a quiet ceremony and remembrance of their parents and grandparents," said Peter Park, executive director of the L.A.
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August 26, 1991
Three people were found murdered in a new, security-gated apartment building on the edge of Koreatown, law enforcement officials said. The victims' bodies were found by a neighbor Saturday, apparently several days after they were killed. One of the dead was identified as Virginia Louie, 60, of Los Angeles. The others' names were not released because their families had not been notified.
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