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  • As tensions ramp up near the Korean Peninsula, here is a primer on North Korea, its leader and its people. Some facts The name: North Korea -- or formally, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea -- borders China, Russia and South Korea. Population: 25,115,311 (estimated as of July 2016) Area: North Korea is a little bigger than Virginia, with 46,000 square miles. Capital: The capital city is Pyongyang. An interesting fact: Pyongyang runs on its own time zone. It’s about 30 minutes behind Japan and South Korea. No ties: North Korea does not have diplomatic representation in the United States, nor does the U.S. have diplomatic representation in North Korea. Median age: North Korea’s median age is estimated to be 33.8 years. GNP: The gross domestic product, per capita, is $1,800. In the U.S., it’s $51,638.10 Leaders: North Korea is led by Kim Jong-Un. Since 1945, the country has been led by three generations of the same family: Kim Il-Sung, in 1945; then his son, Kim Jong-Il, upon his father’s death in 1994; then the current leader, Kim Jong-Un, upon his father’s death in 2011. Why are there two Koreas?From 1910 until the end of World War II, Japan controlled the Korean Peninsula. After the Japanese lost the war, the U.S. occupied the southern half of the peninsula and the Russians occupied the north half.  In 1945, Kim Il-Sung became the country’s first leader. In 1948, separate governments -- one in the north and one in the south -- formed after regional differences went unresolved. On June 25, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea. The United Nations intervened with troops, and the “police action” (another name for a war), continued until 1953.  After a peace treaty was brokered, the country broke into two countries. South Korea becomes a prosperous capitalist nation, while North Korea remains a poor country. Why are tensions high now?The leaders of the country have vowed to test and threatened to use nuclear weapons. The North Korean military has tested nuclear missiles on at least five occasions -- twice in 2016. Can they attack nearby countries with nuclear weapons?They can when they make a warhead small enough to be delivered on a missile that is fired at an enemy. North Korea says it has done that, but there has been no verification of that by the U.N. or other countries. What are their neighbors doing?The U.S. has given South Korea an advanced missile defense system. Japan has put its military on high alert. China, which is an ally of North Korea, has warned North Korean officials to step back from provocative actions. Interesting facts about the country USA Today reports that North Koreans born after the Korean War tend to be shorter than South Koreans of the same age. About 2 inches shorter, in fact.  According to The Chosun Ilbo, men are encouraged to copy the hairstyle of the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un. No long hair. Women should copy the style of his wife, he reportedly said. North Korea claims it has a 100 percent literacy rate for both men and women, according to the CIA World Factbook. Only 3 percent of the roads in North Korea are paved. (CIA World Factbook.) You cannot become a citizen of North Korea unless one of your parents is a citizen. (CIA World Factbook.) The last election was held in the country on March 9, 2014. Kim Jong-Il won 100 percent of the vote. The next one is scheduled for March 2019.
  • The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner is set for Saturday, and while most of Washington’s journalism elite will be on hand, one of its usual guests – the president of the United States -- won't be there. President Donald Trump will not attend the dinner, which customarily includes a roast of sorts of the commander in chief. The White House announced that Trump will be at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday night, not hobnobbing at the Washington Hilton Hotel. 'This wasn't a president that was elected to spend his time with reporters and celebrities,' White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on ABC's “This Week.” 'I think it's kind of naive of us to think that we can all walk into a room for a couple of hours and pretend that some of that tension isn't there.” If you don’t have a ticket but want to catch it, here’s how to watch. What time: 9:30 p.m. ET Saturday Where: The Washington Hilton Hotel What channel: C-SPAN is on channel 350 for DirecTV subscribers; Channel 230 on AT&T U-verse; Channel 210 on Dish Livestream: The dinner will be livestreamed on C-SPAN.org  Host: “The Daily Show’s” senior correspondent Hasan Minhaj is the host for the evening. “Hasan’s smarts, big heart and passion for press freedom make him the perfect fit for our event, which will be focused on the First Amendment and the importance of a robust and independent media,” White House Correspondents’ Association president Jeff Mason said in a statement. Has any president skipped it before? Yes, President Ronald Reagan missed the dinner in 1981, a few weeks after he was shot in an assassination attempt. Both Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon skipped the dinners at times, Carter in 1978 and 1980 and Nixon in 1972 and 1974.  What else do they do at the dinner? The White House Correspondents’ Association hands out scholarships and awards. This year, awards are going to Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post, Edward Isaac-Dovere of Politico and David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post, along with Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.
  • Jacksonville officers are looking for a man accused of shooting a Popeyes employee in the leg Wednesday night.  According to the police report, officers were called to Popeyes Chicken on North Edgewood Avenue at about 9 p.m. in reference to an employee who was shot in the leg.  Officers interviewed the restaurant's employees, who said a man pulled up to the restaurant in a dark-colored pickup truck.  The man tried to place an order inside the restaurant but had to order at the drive-thru because the store was closed, employees said.  The man ordered his food but was upset that his meal 'cost too much.' He drove from the drive-thru but stopped his car in front of the store. The police report said the employees were in the lobby when the man entered the restaurant.  An employee said the man walked up to another employee, punched him in the face and shot him once.   The man fled the scene.  The injured employee was taken to UF Health with non life-threatening injuries.  Officers are looking for the man and believe he was last seen in an older-model Ford pickup truck with a standard cab and a tool box in the back.
  • Police have released surveillance video footage from inside a Westside Popeyes restaurant where an employee was shot by an angry customer. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is working to identify the customer involved, who they say was upset with his order Wednesday night and shot an employee working at the Edgewood location. The suspect was seen leaving the restaurant in a dark colored pickup.  If you have any information, please call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers.
  • The 2013 Corrine Brown Invitational Golf Tournament was advertised “to benefit the COMTO Jacksonville Chapter Scholarship Fund and other community non-profits”, but the head of COMTO says they have no record of any money coming in. Testimony Friday in the federal fraud trial of now-former Congresswoman Corrine Brown has focused on events allegedly funded by donations to a “sham” charity, One Door For Education, and whether those events actually did anything for charitable giving. A prior witness told the court that bank and financial records showed more than $55,000 from One Door was used toward this gold tournament at TPC Sawgrass. The event took place during the same time frame that the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials- or COMTO- was holding an annual conference in Jacksonville, and the President of COMTO at the time did attend the event. Current COMTO President and CEO Brad Mims testified that their records show One Door made no donation to their scholarship fund, either at the national or local level. When prosecutors asked what a $25,000 donation to the organization directly would have meant, Mims said it breaks down to five or six scholarships. Another event that allegedly tapped One Door funds- about $15,000 worth- is a luxury box at a Jaguars-Redskins game in DC. The head of the Florida Democratic Party, Stephen Bittel, says he paid for his private plane to take people he believed to be One Door donors to what he thought was a fundraising event. Prosecutors say there was no fundraising at the event. One of the people who was invited on the plane along with his family was Jack Hanania. Hanania says he had refused donations to Brown’s campaign, but when he heard about One Door’s mission, he agreed to contribute $7,000. He told the court he donated and was later invited to the game- including on the plane with Brown- but his understanding was that these were separate. He believe his money was going to charity, and the event was being covered by other dollars. These are just a few of the witnesses that have taken the stand today. WOKV is inside of the courtroom and will continue to update you on testimony throughout the day.

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