Explosion Rocks Boston Marathon, Chinese Netizens Watch (On Youku)

Police officers run with their guns drawn as they hear the second explosion down the street. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
In the worst bombing on US soil since 9/11, three are dead and more than 100 are injured after two blasts ripped through a crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on an otherwise perfect day. You'll find updating coverage everywhere at this moment, led by the Boston Globe and Gawker, so we'll spare the words here. Just a little China angle though, via Reuters: Read more »

Kobe Bryant’s Legion Of Chinese Basketball Fans Flood Social Media To Wish Him Well

Kobe Bryant injury
On Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers’ torturous season suffered another calamity when star guard Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon, ending one of his most impressive statistical seasons on a down note. Though the 34-year-old Bryant has his detractors, his work ethic and ability to battle through injuries are legendary, moving opposing fans and Lakers... Read more » Read more »

Cute Two-Headed Pig Born In China

Two headed pig in China
On the morning of April 9, a sow in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province gave birth to a dozen piglets, including this one with two heads. The adorable youngling is reportedly 28 centimeters long and weights 1 kilogram. Don't get too attached though, because it's not expected to live long. Those with polycephaly don't usually survive to adulthood. The pig is owned by a villager surnamed Ouyang, who hopefully thinks better of giving it a water funeral. Read more »

Dramatic Video Shows People Jumping Out Of Windows To Escape Deadly Fire In Central China

Fire in Xiangyang hotel 1
A major fire yesterday morning has killed at least 14 in Xiangyang, Hubei province, with another 47 injured. Shanghai Daily reports that the blaze started at 6 am on Sunday from an Internet cafe before spreading to a nearby hotel. An employee said that 42 of the hotel's 50 rooms were occupied at the time. He said some guests were saved by firefighters while other managed to escape by themselves. Read more »

North Korean Situation “A Tragedy,” Psy Says Before Performing His Newest Single, “Gentleman”

Psy - Gentleman
Psy unveiled his newest single, "Gentleman," at midnight on Thursday, then christened it on Saturday at a solo concert at Seoul's World Cup stadium in front of 50,000 fans. That should tell you exactly how worried the people of South Korea are about its neighbor's threats, and offers more context for the phrase "heightened tension." Before the concert, Psy, i.e. Park Jae-sang, was asked about the situation on the Korean peninsula. Read more »

Fernando Alonso Wins F1 Chinese Grand Prix In Shanghai (Watch Entire Race Here)

Alonso wins Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai
Fernando Alonso of Spain steered his Ferrari to victory at Formula One’s Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday at Shanghai International Circuit. F1 fans should know Mark Webber didn’t do as well, as WorldCarFans.com reports. Alonso, sounding more bored than anything afterward, said: “The celebrations tonight will be nothing special as I have an early flight for Bahrain,”... Read more » Read more »

Beijing Has Its 2nd Case Of H7N9, Though Carrier Has Yet To Show Symptoms

Red feather H7N9 bird flu
Intrigue in the bird flu saga. A four-year-old boy in Beijing tested positive for H7N9 yesterday, according to the Beijing Municipal Health Bureau, but he has yet to show any symptoms. The boy’s parents, traders of poultry and fish, voluntarily went in to Beijing’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for tests recently. Only the boy’s came... Read more » Read more »

People’s Daily’s New Headquarters Is More Than A Little Phallic

People’s Daily new headquarters penis
There's phallic -- the Washington Monument, skyscrapers, ice cream drumsticks -- and then there's penis. Behold the above, purportedly the new headquarters of People's Daily. As Hug China explains: Pictures of the People’s Daily new headquarters that is under furnishing at the moment have gone viral on Chinese social media. One of the picture taken by a netizen from a special angle on April 11 when the top part of the building was framed with construction racks makes the construction look like a colossal human male genital. Read more »

Django Unchained May Be Returning To Chinese Theaters After Further Cuts

Via @remonwangxt
Good news and bad news for those itching to watch Django Unchained. Seeing Red in China reports via China News that it might be returning to mainland China theaters, though likely not in its current form. There have been reports today that Django could be resumed late this month in Chinese theaters, provided that director Tarantino will cut what the Chinese censors ask him to cut. The New York Times elaborates: Read more »

Guan Tianlang Assessed Stroke Penalty For Slow Play, Makes Cut Anyway

Guan Tianlang makes cut
Guan Tianlang accomplished two historic firsts in the second round of the Masters yesterday. He made the cut, becoming the youngest player to do so in any major (he was, after all, the youngest player to ever participate in any major). And he was assessed a stroke-penalty for "slow play" on the 17th hole. "He became the first player, by all accounts, in the 77 times they've held this tournament, to be assessed a penalty for slow play," writes ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski. Read more »

University Student Crushed And Killed Under Fallen Basketball Hoop, Controversy Lingers

Basketball hoop kills dunking freshman
A first-year student at Jinggangshan University in Ji’an, Jiangxi province was killed on April 9 when a basketball hoop fell on him. This is not in dispute. What is less certain, however, is why the steel hoop fell. “The basket leaned down so it was easy for the 1.71m-height boy to reach. And there was... Read more » Read more »

Finally, Beijing Has Its First Official Case Of H7N9 Bird Flu

Liu Yaqing, deputy director of Beijing Municipal Bureau of Agriculture
It was only a matter of time, and it's somewhat surprising it's taken this long. Xinhua reports that a seven-year-old girl in Beijing was infected with H7N9, confirmed earlier today after a test by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The girl reported symptoms on Thursday, but after checking into the hospital, she is reportedly in stable condition. Read more »

Friday Night Musical Outro: Demerit in the USA

Demerit in USA
Long time no see, Beijing Creamers. Hope you all had a nice holiday last week. Yep. Welp. Weather is nicer, festival season approaching, lots of interesting and wonderful bands and bullshit coming to Beijing soon, blah, blah, blah. Zzzzzzz. God, who can even muster the energy anymore, eh! So, um… yeah. Here's another Chinese punk band for you to get into. Another bunch of reprobate Chinese kids playing that punk rock. Read more »