lazy link roundup

Danny Pang dies at 42; accused O.C. financier: Danny Pang, an Orange County financier who faced charges of massive international fraud and whose wife's unsolved murder 12 years ago prompted questions about his possible ties to organized crime, died Saturday. He was 42.

Immigrant Finds Path Out of Maze of Detention: The New York Times has a story on Xiu Ping Jiang, a waitress with no criminal record and a history of attempted suicide, who was trapped in immigration limbo, recently released from a detention center and is awaiting a new hearing.

Little critic has big vision: The San Diego Union Tribune has a fun profile on 9-year-old Perry S. Chen, a fourth grader from Carmel Valley who has made quite a name for himself as a bona fide movie critic -- G- and PG-rated movies, of course (but what he really wants to do is direct).

The California Report: David Mas Masumoto: Here's a radio story on third generation Japanese American peach farmer/writer David "Mas" Masumoto, whose latest book Wisdom of the Last Farmer: Harvesting Legacies from the Land, recounts his father's recovery from a stroke -- an illness that forced him to re-learn farming from the son he taught to farm.

Life After the First Lady: Wall Street Journal profile on fashion designer Jason Wu, whose inauguration ball gown for Michelle Obama instantly launched his career from relatively obscurity to talk-of-the-town, and what he's been up to since his breakthrough.

The First Few Strides Are Looking Good: Speaking of Jason Wu, here's a recent New York Times fashion review of his new collection, alongside new designs from Wayne and Prabal Gurung. (Thanks, Biplaw.)

Exclusive AKIRA Movie Update: I regret to inform you that the live-action Hollywood adaptation of Akira is apparently still in the works and still a priority for Warner Brothers, with the aim to start production in 2010.

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