Blech, it's another weekend, and that means slow news. Which means you get a lot of "future" stories, telling you what such-and-such person or agency says
they're going to do, not what they've already done. I hate stories like that. It also doesn't help that tomorrow is Superbowl Sunday, so nobody's really doing anything. Thank God for the workaholics at Yonhap.
And of course, on slow news days, the mundane becomes news, so we get lots of reporting on Stupogant™ 2.0 (i.e., Robert Park) being in Beijing. Expect to see big news tomorrow when he lands in Los Angeles, followed by big news when he finally touches down in Phoenix or Tucson. I'm surprised they're not reporting on the size of his stool already. Or are they?
[right: Looking gaunt and weakened from his ordeal in North Korea, Robert Park is offered a giant vanilla popsicle.]
- Korean-American missionary who entered North Korea, now in Beijing and headed home (AP via WaPo, Bloomberg, Yonhap, Christian Post, )
- Bank of Korea downplays fallout from recent jitters (Reuters via CNBC)
High-ranking UN envoy to North Korea Lynn Pascoe will discuss six-party talks and UN sanctions on visit to Pyongyang next week (Yonhap)
South Korean government considers recall of Toyota Prius over safety issues (Joongang Daily)
Owners of imported vehicles may face higher premiums than before as insurance companies bring foreign vehicles in line with rate scales for domestic cars (Joongang Daily)
Seoul launches basic structure for "floating island" in the Han River (Yonhap)
ROK government says inter-Korean tourism talks to be held as expected next week (Yonhap)
Prosecutors to declare war on loan sharks (Donga Ilbo)
- South Korean stocks to face continued correction next week (Yonhap)
Thousands of Buddhist monks expected to visit temple located on North Korea's Mt Kŭmgangsan next month (Yonhap)
Congressional inquiry into Major League Baseball steroid use continues following belated admission my Mark McGwire (ESPN)
- sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads
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