Mystery after Yale graduate student fatally shot

Investigators say Kevin Jiang may have been targeted; Eric Shawn has the latest on 'America Reports'

The former MIT researcher accused of murdering a Yale graduate student and subsequently leading authorities on a months-long manhunt until his ultimate capture in Alabama was deemed competent to stand trial despite his attorneys claiming he was refusing to talk to them about his own defense.

Qinxuan Pan, once a Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer science and artificial intelligence researcher originally from China, is charged with murder in connection to the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Yale University graduate student Kevin Jiang on Feb. 6, 2021, in New Haven, Connecticut.

More than 21 months after the shooting, which happened in the street outside of Jiang’s fiancée, Zion Perry’s apartment, Pan has been deemed competent to stand trial, The New Haven Register reported.

Following a brief competency hearing in state Superior Court in New Haven on Monday morning, Pan's lawyer, Norm Pattis, said that "it was an unambiguous finding," so "we will go forward with litigating this case."

FIANCEE OF SLAIN YALE STUDENT, ARMY VETERAN SPEAKS OUT AFTER HIS MURDER

Qinxuan Pan, the fugitive sought in the killing of a Yale graduate student, was taken into custody in Alabama, U.S. Marshals said in May 2021. 

Qinxuan Pan, the fugitive sought in the killing of a Yale graduate student, was taken into custody in Alabama, U.S.

With help from Derek Robertson

Tomorrow is a big day for America, but what does it mean for crypto?

Overall, the composition of the next Congress is expected to be younger and more Republican, two trends that favor a more crypto-friendly environment on Capitol Hill.

But changes in control come with friction that could delay bipartisan efforts to regulate crypto at a time when the industry says it wants more clarity sooner.

So, here’s what to look for on Tuesday, and what to expect after that.

SENATE

If Republicans take the upper chamber, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, one of the most outspoken crypto skeptics in Congress, will lose the chairmanship of the Banking Committee, with Tim Scott of South Carolina likely to replace him.

As our colleagues at Morning Money noted on Friday, Scott is “a blank slate on crypto policy,” so his ascension would be a wild card.

Meanwhile, Tuesday is expected to bring some young, new pro-crypto Republican faces to the Senate.

In Ohio, J.D. Vance is favored to win the state’s open seat, while Blake Masters remains the underdog in Arizona.

While the two Peter Thiel acolytes have gotten the most attention, their fellow millennial Katie Britt, who is expected to win the Alabama Senate race, has also embraced crypto.

In North Carolina, Rep.

By Manushag N. Powell, Purdue University

The period after the Second World War and particularly after the Vietnam War, witnessed a resurgence of piracy and smuggling in South East Asia and the South China Sea. It was the result of political instability, imperial conflicts, and refugee crises. The difference was that now pirates had their own motorboats and a surprising amount of modern piracy involves fish.

An image of a trawler, fishing on the North Sea, using drag nets.
Fish thieves, whose takes may represent up to a fifth of the world’s international fish markets, are a widespread international problem, with no very clear solution. (Image: Hans Viveen/Shutterstock)

Pirate Fishing

Deep-sea fish piracy can take many forms, from poaching fish without a permit, to using illegal environmentally, damaging gear, to stealing the hall from other vessels nets, to actually attacking other fishing boats directly. Delicious Patagonian and Antarctic toothfish, which is sold in U.S. restaurants as Chilean sea bass, isn’t especially appealing prize, for illicit fishing. A decent haul can be worth millions.

But while pirate fishing can mean big money, the crews are often forced men, or at least severely underpaid, and unable to leave or complain.

Fish thieves, whose takes may represent up to a fifth of the world’s international fish markets, are a widespread international problem, with no very clear solution. Their predation are under reported, hard to discourage, and harder to prosecute. Possibly the most famous such case, mostly because it actually has a well-known conclusion, involves the Andrey Dolgov.

Andrey Dolgov

After years of eluding capture, Andrey Dolgov was taken by the Indonesian navy, in February 2019, while entering the Straits of Malacca.

The exodus continues for ordinary Russians.Shortly after Vladimir Putin ordered his country’s first war mobilization since World War II on Wednesday, prices for one-way plane tickets out of Moscow immediately skyrocketed—as we relayed Wednesday—and border crossings began surging across locations in Finland and Georgia, Reuters reported Thursday from the capital cities of Helsinki and Tbilisi. The BBC reports a 3-mile long wait for at least one border crossing into Georgia.

New: Protests against Putin’s mobilization erupted across at least 38 Russian cities, leading to the arrests of more than 1,300 people, according to a monitoring group called OVD-Info. “Now the courts are starting to consider the administrative cases brought against the protesters. And they are already imposing fines and arrests on them,” OVD says. 

The UK’s forecast for Putin’s 300,000-man recruiting surge: “Russia is likely to struggle with the logistical and administrative challenges of even mustering the 300,000 personnel,” many of which “are unlikely to be combat effective for months,” the British military tweeted Thursday in its latest Ukraine update. From London’s point of view, “Putin is accepting considerable political risk in the hope of generating much needed combat power,” the military said. “The move is effectively an admission that Russia has exhausted its supply of willing volunteers to fight in Ukraine,” they added, and predicted, “Even this limited mobilization is likely to be highly unpopular with parts of the Russian population.”

  • Behind the number: Independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reports there is a “secret seventh paragraph” in Putin’s Wednesday decree that permits calling up one million Russians for Putin’s Ukraine invasion, according to a government source. 

Britain’s POV on upcoming annexation votes across four occupied Ukrainian territories: “Sham referendums in Ukraine are a desperate Kremlin tactic to legitimize the illegitimate,” the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office tweeted Thursday—a day before the votes are set to begin—and noted, “The areas rejected Russian rule in the 2019 Ukrainian election.

    OCTOBER 1

    FOOD & DRINK

  1. Feast at the Market

  2. This progressive meal/self-guided tour lets you eat your way through Pike Place Market, tasting dishes from Aerlume, Honest Biscuits, Matt's in the Market, the Pike Brewing Company, Red Cedar and Sage, Seatown Market Diner, and other restaurants, capped off with desserts at Pike Place Market Atrium Kitchen. Proceeds benefit Neighborcare Health at Pike Place Market Clinic, which provides comprehensive primary healthcare to low-income and uninsured people in downtown Seattle.

    MUSIC

  3. Morrissey, Interpol

  4. Sean Hughes once said that “everyone grows out of their Morrissey phase… except Morrissey.” Well, all due respect, etc., but the Wamu Theater will be filled with close to 4,000 people who beg to differ with the late Irish comedian/writer/DJ. The Morrissey phase is a complicated matter, and Morrissey himself doesn’t do much to make it easier, between the increasingly reactionary public pronouncements and the late-period music—most recently the keyboard-y “Spent the Day in Bed” (which is qg, actually)—one strains to love. And yet, the love of Morrissey is not easily renounced, because it tends to be foundational, in a way that is unique among lovers of pop music. It’s the kind of love you might feel you ought to grow out of, but then, without it, like, who would you even be? SEAN NELSON

  5. Taylor McFerrin

  6. The music of Taylor McFerrin isn’t much like what you’ve heard from his dad Bobby, whose own catalog leans heavy into the vocal jazz and scat-driven spectrum, save for ’80s-era hit (and the reason you know him) “Don’t Worry Be Happy.” Taylor maintains his dad’s style of effortless breeziness while exploring the realms of future-soul, post-jazz, and ambient R&B, with shades of hip-hop in the rhythms and funk in the bass lines.