Brooklyn Street dedicated to fallen Officer Liu
A Brooklyn street was renamed in the honor of fallen NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu. On June 12, NYC Mayor De Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton met with Liu’s wife, Pei Xia Chen, and his family on the corner of his home on West 6th and Avenue T where the new street sign, “Detective Wenjian Liu Way” was placed.
“For the Liu family, for their neighbors, their friends, their entire community, this will be one physical manifestation of the life of a great man, one more reminder of his brave spirit,” the mayor said.
Liu and Ramos were shot while on duty in December by Ismaaiyl Brinsley who traveled from Baltimore and used his instragram account to announce his plan to kill cops.
Asian American wins Tony Award
Congratulations to Ruthie Ann Miles on winning the 2015 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in the well-received revival of The King and I.
The New York Times called Miles “first-rate,” and said she “turns ‘Something Wonderful’ into an exquisite expression of romantic realism that could be the show’s anthem.”
The King and I won four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Kelli O’Hara (Best Leading Actress in a Musical), Ruthie Ann Miles (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) and Catherine Zuber (Best Costume Design).
For the second year in a row, we have a pair of co-champions in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, reports the Washington Post.
Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, and Vanya Shivashankar, 13, jointly lifted the championship trophy and walked away with $35,000 each.
“It was the culmination of all the hard work of the past six years. I’m finally happy to have success,” said Venkatachalam who has competed five times in the tournament.
“I’ve wanted this for such a long time,” said Shivashankar who was also appearing in the tournament for the fifth time and who dedicated her win to her late grandmother. “I hope I make her happy with this.”
In case you’re counting at home, this is the eighth year in a row an Indian American has won the tournament. Tournament officials credit the perseverance of the contestants for the string of victories pointing out that many compete year after year.
Nearly $3 million in grants awarded to preserve history of incarceration camps
The National Park Service has announced it has awarded $2.8 million in grants to interpret and preserve the history of 120,000 Japanese American imprisoned in incarceration camps during World War II.
“As stewards of our nation’s history, the National Park Service recognizes the importance of preserving these confinement sites,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis. “They are poignant reminders – today and for future generations – that we must be always vigilant in upholding civil liberties for all. ”
Projects include plans to digitally archive scanned photos and documents, a book on the lives of children of Manzanar, a traveling exhibition on the lesser known Tuna Canyon Detention Center, and the restoration of the Honouliuli Internment Site in Hawaii.