Author Corih Kim Speaks at Reading Club in South Korea

Author of the book, “Tears of the Yangtze,” Corih Kim was invited to speak with a Reading Club, “Dale Carnegie Gwangju CEO Book Club” located in Gwangju, South Korea on May 12th, 2022.

She discussed the motivations and inspirations that led to her decision to write the novel, “Tears of the Yangtze.”

The event was enjoyed by all, and the meeting involved discussion in depth.

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DC enforces owners of vacant & Blight houses due to tax evasions

News Release — DC Office of the Attorney General

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

May 10, 2022

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OAG Sues Owner of 1000 C St NE for Falsely Claiming Property Is Occupied to Avoid Taxes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – AG Racine today announced the first enforcement action brought by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) against owners of long-term vacant or blighted homes who made false claims to avoid paying the higher property taxes that the District imposes on empty or blighted properties.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) filed a lawsuit against the owners of a crumbling and vacant Ward 6 home, alleging that they made false claims to the District to avoid paying the vacant property tax since at least 2015. This enforcement action represents a new front in OAG’s efforts to combat the District’s affordable housing crisis and to ensure property owners uphold their legal responsibilities.

“Too many District residents are struggling to find safe and affordable places to live, while more than 3,000 homes sit vacant across the city,” said AG Racine. “The Council has imposed higher taxes on vacant and blighted houses to motivate owners to keep properties in use and in good repair. But instead of fixing up, renting out, or selling these homes, some owners repeatedly lie to avoid paying the taxes they owe. That’s not acceptable, and we’re putting owners on notice: if you own a vacant home, you must register it with the District and pay all required taxes. If you try to cheat the system, the Office of the Attorney General will hold you accountable.” 

“This is an important step in what should be the final chapter of three decades of a vacant building in our city,” said Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. “I’m hopeful that this suit will send a message that the District is serious about fraud and that these LLCs must make an effort to put their properties back into use rather than continue to try to game the system.”

“For years, this vacant property has been a blight in our neighborhood and the owner has avoided paying their fair share of taxes,” said Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Laura Gentile (6A05). “I’m grateful AG Racine is taking action to hold them accountable. Hopefully we’ll finally see this property put to good use.”

Despite a booming real estate market, more than 3,000 residential properties in the District are sitting vacant or blighted. When properties sit vacant, they reduce the supply of available housing and can attract drug activity and crime, affecting the safety and quality of life of nearby residents. To motivate owners to fix their properties and return them to productive use, the D.C. Council imposed significantly higher property tax rates on vacant and blighted homes than on those that are occupied. However, rather than paying the required taxes on vacant properties—or selling or renting out these homes—some owners attempt to evade their tax obligations by repeatedly submitting false information to the District claiming their properties are occupied or falsely claiming a tax exemption to which they are not entitled.

Under the District’s False Claims Act, it is illegal to knowingly make false statements to conceal, avoid, or decrease an obligation to pay the District—and those who break the law can face extremely steep costs. The District can file a lawsuit seeking to recover three times any amount that is owed (treble damages) and can also obtain civil penalties for each violation of the law. OAG has independent authority to investigate and take legal action under the False Claims Act.

Lawsuit Against Owners of 1000 C St NE
OAG filed suit against the owners of 1000 C St NE, a once-stately home in Ward 6, for making false claims to the District to avoid paying the vacant property tax since at least 2015. In the suit, OAG alleges that the home has sat vacant for years: boarded up, overgrown, with crumbling masonry, a visibly decaying roof, and vacancy notices pasted on top of weathered vacancy notices from prior years. Yet year after year, its owner, George Papageorge, who owns the property through an LLC, avoids registering the property as vacant and paying the higher property tax rate as required. Instead, they repeatedly and falsely report to the District that the property is occupied. With the suit, OAG is seeking to recover unpaid property taxes, damages, and penalties from the defendants that could total more than $750,000.

Α Cup of Poem – 세월 (김호천)

세월

청곡 김호천

소 걸음으로 살아도
산천이 어지럽게 하고

생각을 잊으려 하나
발길에 그리움만 밟힌다.

동백도 철쭉도
라일락도 모란도

망신 주는 모과도
피 흘리며 이승을 떠났네.

새 소리도 없는
외로운 창가

푸른 하늘에
구름만 흐르네.

2022.5.2

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Rare opportunity to see the Eclipse

A rare opportunity to see the sky is available if you live in the southern part of South America or the southeastern Pacific Ocean. According to NASA, on the mornings of this Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, 2022, the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter will show up only half a degree apart. These two brightest planets will be visible about 7 degrees above the eastern horizon as morning twilight begins along with Mars and Saturn, which will appear farther to the upper right of Venus and Jupiter. The close pairing of the two brightest planets is very unusual to see.

Saturday afternoon, April 30, 2022, at 4:28 p.m. EDT, will be the new moon, and when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, there will be a partial solar eclipse in the sky. If you live around the southeastern Pacific Ocean or the southern part of South America, you will see the tail of the Moon that blocks part of the Sun.

This eclipse will be first visible at 2:45 p.m. EDT (18:45 GMT) in the areas of visibility. it will end at 6:37 p.m. EDT (22:37 GMT); the event will take about 4 hours, according to TimeandDate.com.

In eastern culture, especially in Korea, around 1,500 years ago, some people used eclipses as evidence of witchcraft and manipulated the masses into complying. Hopefully, it won’t happen this time around.

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JMU Softball Player Lauren Bernett dies, Age 20

Lauren Bernett was a softball player from James Madison University. The school announced her death on Tuesday; no cause of death was provided; the cause of death is still being investigated.

Burnett was a key member off the 2021 Women’s College World Series team as a freshman catcher.

Burnett is survived by her mother and father, two sisters, and two brothers. She was a biology major.

Rest in peace, Lauren.

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Solar Storm will Cause Radio Blackout on April 27

A solar storm will impact Earth as a geomagnetic storm by Tuesday April 26. The Sun has last emitted highly energized particles. It is likely to disrupt Earth’s radio and satellite signals again.

The geomagnetic storm will affect up to 65 degrees in latitude.

The US space weather also made a follow-up update on Sunday stating that solar events may also bring radiation storms and radio blackouts until Wednesday April 27.

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A Cup of Poem – “버리는 중입니다” 봉주르 김

알아가는 중이 아니라
버리는 중입니다.

왜 장만했는지 이유는 알지만
전혀 사용하지 않은 지
너무 오래된

못 버리는 것도 병이라던데
언제 그 병에 걸린 지도 모르는데

지구 탈출 계획이 있는 게 아니라
그냥 그 병에서라도 벗어나고자
버리는 중입니다.

나무늘보급 속도라서 아쉽지만
평생 다이어트처럼
계속 진행 중입니다.

이걸 들일 땐 어떠했고
요걸 살 때는 어땠었고
저 물건을 선택했을 땐 또…

기억을 되살리는 게 아니라
버리는 중이라니까요

오히려 쓸모없는 기억은
잘 버려지지 않습디다.

평생 기억해 두고팠던 추억은
점점 낡아져 희미해지고

진작에 해치웠어야 할 사진은
잘 들여다보지 않았던 곳에서
발견되듯이

아, 맞다, 그래, 그랬었어야 했구나…
알아가는 중이 아니라
버리는 중입니다.

그들은 이미 버렸습니다.
나만 아직도 들고 있었구요…

  1. 4. 20. “버리는 중입니다.

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Adam’s Law Signed in Virginia

On April 20, 2022, Gov. Youngkin signed “Adam’s Law,” mean t to expand hazing education and training on college campuses.

This law was signed in memory of Adam Oakes, who died from alcohol poisoning after accepting bid to join the Delta Chi chapter at Virginia Commonwealth University in February 2021.

Adam’s Law will also add immunity to those that in good faith. report act of hazing and call for help. Colleges will also be required to maintain and publicly post hazing violations reported from student organizations online.

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New Deadline for Mariupol’s Surrender: Ukraine Still Stands

Russia is now offering a surrender of Wednesday for Ukraine to give up Mariupol, and important city that will link up the Russian-controlled Crimea with Russia.

However, the western governments are continuing to promise more weapons to help Kyiv.

So far, Russia has failed to capture any of Ukraine’s main cities since its invasion 8 weeks ago. This has made Russia change its tactics to separatist regions instead. That being said, the invasion of Ukraine has led to 5 million Ukrainian exodus, with many of its cities now in rubbles.

Ukraine reported that Russia attacked the Azovstal steel plant, which is the remaining stronghold in Mariupol. It has not yet been verified. No Ukrainian soldiers have surrendered, and Ukrainian commanders have also vowed not to surrender.

The Russian ministry have issued a renewed ultimatum of April 20.

The U.S., Britain, and Canada have continued to promised to send more artillery.

Pres. Zelensky of Ukraine has called the Russian army as inscribing itself as one of the most barbaric and inhuman army in the world.

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Winter isn’t Over Yet!

The U.S. eastern seaboard is expecting a post-Easter Nor’easter which could lead to snow on parts of the region this week, according to AccuWeather meteorologists.

The storm is expected to hit the region from early Monday evening until around midday Tuesday. Wintry mix is expected for much of central Pennsylvania, while most other areas will likely see rain and thunderstorms.

On Easter sunday, April 17 was mostly sunny and brisk with high temperature in upper 40’s to mid 50’s. Snows or wintry mixes are expected for states from Philadelphia to Maine, although rain and thunderstorms are expected for the areas by the Atlantic ocean all the way down to South Carolina.

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