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An elderly Asian woman on Wednesday was attacked in San Francisco, becoming the latest victim in a stream of attacks against Asian people in the Bay Area and across the country, KPIX 5 reports.

Details: Xiao Zhen Xie, 76, said she was waiting by a traffic light when a man suddenly punched her in the left eye. She then attacked the assailant with a stick in self-defense, sending him to the hospital for his injuries.

  • Xie's daughter, Dong-Mei Li, told KPIX 5 that her mother is "very traumatized" and her eye was still bleeding later on Wednesday.

The big picture: Anti-Asian racism has increased since the beginning of the pandemic, with people blaming the Asian community for the coronavirus pandemic.

  • The director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University told Axios that the center tracked a rise in anti-Asian violence after former President Trump started calling COVID-19 the "China virus."
  • By the numbers: An analysis by the California State University, San Bernardino found that hate crimes targeting the Asian community rose by nearly 150% in 2020.
  • The Stop AAPI Hate reporting center collected nearly 3,800 self-reported cases of anti-Asian bias between March 19 last year and Feb. 28.

The backdrop: Shootings in Atlanta this week left eight people dead, including six Asian women. Atlanta police have said they are still trying to determine whether the shootings constitute a hate crime.

Editor's note: This post has been corrected to reflect that information about the rise in anti-Asian violence from the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University (not the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center).

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Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, which has been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.

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President Biden speaking at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday honored members of law enforcement who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2021 and saluted those who are currently serving.

Driving the news: "We expect everything of you, and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations. Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been," Biden said.