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Monday, December 19th, 2011

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Korean pastor in Wilmington reacts to death of North Korean dictator

Monday, December 19th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tensions and uncertainties are high in Asia following the death overnight of North Korean president Kim Jung Il. Half a world away, Kim’s death is impacting people in the Port City as well.

“I’m very sorry that he passed away before he (had) compassion or before he said sorry to what he did,” said In Woo Ryoo, pastor of the Korean Presbyterian Church of Wilmington. “Some people, including Kim Jong Il’s family, lost their minds; no humanity, no wisdom. They want to drive their people as slaves.”

Ryoo was born in South Korea in 1967; a little more than a decade after the peninsula split at the 38th Parallel. Born and raised in Seoul, his family faced much affliction from the north, because his grandfather and father were christian leaders in the south.

Ryoo called Kim’s reign bloody and brutal.

“My memory of North Korea is not good, because they persecute the people, no political freedom, no freedom of speech, and they starve their people to death,” Ryoo said.

Ryoo said his father gave food to the northern people, but they never once said thank you. He also recalls that northern forces invaded and killed with no remorse.

Ryoo’s family and his wife’s family still reside in South Korea. He said he’s nervous for his loved ones and his beloved country with Kim Jung Un next in line to lead North Korea.

“(The) new leader is so young, no experience,” Ryoo said. “He don’t know what is the world. I think he can do several mistakes, and north korea has nuclear weapons.”

Ryoo believes most North Koreans are innocent and good people that fell prey to an evil leader. He prays the Korean Peninsula will reunite peacefully.

“We are one people. We speak same languages. We are the same culture, and we are the same race,” Ryoo said.

Pastor Ryoo says there are a few hundred Koreans in Wilmington, most of whom are from the south. He says the north is very isolated and insulated, and citizens are not allowed to freely travel outside the country.

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ONLY ON 3: Berger does first exclusive sit-down interview since being kicked off boards

Monday, December 19th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger sat down exclusively with Katie this afternoon, his first extensive interview since being kicked off local boards and commissions by his fellow commissioners.

Katie’s interview with Berger will air tonight at 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm.

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Perdue media team used confidential data to spin jobs reports

Monday, December 19th, 2011

RALEIGH,NC (CAROLINA JOURNAL) — Since as early as January 2011, and perhaps before then, Gov. Bev Perdue’s press office has received access to confidential employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics hours if not days before its scheduled release, quite likely in violation of federal law. The governor’s staff used its early access to massage the monthly employment press release that reported jobs data to the public.

Documents and correspondence obtained by Carolina Journal show that the Division of Employment Security, formerly known as the Employment Security Commission, sent a draft of the press release each month to Perdue’s press office. The governor’s spokesmen typically rewrote the text and added a positive spin, even if the data did not support Perdue’s talking points.

The glowing quotes were attributed to Lynn Holmes, director of the employment agency, but the documents show the quotes were approved and probably written by a Perdue press aide, either Chrissy Pearson or Mark Johnson.

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Secret Santa pays for layaway at Wilmington Kmart

Monday, December 19th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The spirit of giving is in the air across the nation. Anonymous donors are paying off layaway purchases at Kmart stores from coast to coast. Now, it’s happening in Wilmington.

“I was astonished, shocked, surprised,” David Marlowe said.

Many emotions ran through Marlowe Saturday night. That’s when a stranger sitting in the Kmart layaway department did something unexpected.

“When I went up to make the payment on my layaway, a gentleman stepped up and said he was going to go ahead and pay for it,” Marlowe said.

The generous donor didn’t want any recognition. He only wanted to help.

He did.

“It helped us tremendously,” Marlowe said. “It’s no secret, the economy the way it is, you’ve got to pinch every dollar.”

But the secret Santa wasn’t finished yet. The Marlowes aren’t the only ones who received a Christmas surprise.

“It was several while I was back there,” Marlowe said. “They had a stack of paid layaway receipts that he had already paid up, and he had helped several people before I got there, and it was an emotional layaway.”

There have been “emotional layaways” across the nation. Anonymous donors are popping up at Kmarts everywhere paying off balances for unsuspecting shoppers. It happened recently in Nevada, Iowa, South Carolina and now here.

“They had a lady who actually come back from purchasing her layaway a few minutes earlier, and she gave him a hug and a kiss,” Marlowe said. “I told him I wasn’t going to give him a hug and a kiss, but I shook his hand and told him how much I appreciated it.”

Marlowe says the anonymous donor told him he knew what it was like to struggle, so now he’s helping others.

Marlowe wanted to show his appreciation. He volunteers at the Cape Fear Optimist Christmas tree lot in the Kmart parking lot. When he found out the Kmart Santa didn’t have a tree yet. He bought him one. After all, it’s even better to give then to receive.

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