Seoul, South Korea (CNN) — North Korea fired artillery toward its tense western sea border with South Korea on Tuesday, killing at least one South Korean soldier, the Yonhap news agency reported.
Two civilians and 13 other South Korean military personnel were injured, with three of the soldiers seriously hurt, Yonhap said.
However, a spokesman said the Ministry of Defense had not confirmed any deaths and that the military was checking on possible civilian casualties.
At least 200 rounds of artillery hit an inhabited South Korean island in the Yellow Sea after the North started firing about 2:30 p.m. local time, Yonhap said.
South Korea’s military responded with 80 rounds of artillery and deployed fighter jets to counter the fire, the report said.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak ordered his ministers to take measures against an escalation of the situation, presidential spokeswoman Kim Hee-jung said, according to Yonhap.
"Take a stern response and carefully manage the situation from further escalating," the president said.
The North Korean fire came as the South’s military conducted routine drills in waters off the island, which is about 10 kilometers [6 miles] from the North.
The Yellow Sea has been a longstanding flashpoint between the two Koreas, but Tuesday’s attack was an escalation in violence.
"Our navy was conducting a maritime exercise near the western sea border today. North Korea has sent a letter of protest over the drill. We’re examining a possible link between the protest and the artillery attack," presidential spokeswoman Kim said, according to Yonhap.
One of North Korea’s most potent threats is the hundreds of artillery barrels dug in along its demilitarized zone with South Korea and ranged on Seoul.
Yonhap television was covering the attack nonstop in South Korea, forgoing other news Tuesday. Meanwhile, state television in North Korea did not mention the attack.
I am starting to begin to question my choice as a journalism major. It seems like the past few weeks have been a bunch of dumb tasks. Honestly though, so far all my classes have been are showing how well you can be someone’s bitch and do pointless tasks to make them happy. I say happy because they all have their own fun little ‘right’ way to do things. Doesn’t matter if its in a style book or a more efficient way to do something– there is only the ‘right’ way, anything else is wrong. Sure this all might come useful in the real world (and I am using ‘real world’ incredibly subjectively), but to be quite honest, I am sick of (for example) paying money to take a class once a week where I show up more than my actual teacher. Oh and canceling class 3 hours beforehand, since you know, I check my e-mail several times during the afternoon to find out which of my teachers are sick.
Yesterday, we had to go to a polling place and get some ‘multimedia’ on election day. We had ‘an hour and a half’ to go to our respective polling places (each student was assigned an area in town) and get multimedia (photos, interviews, audio, etc.). Usually I wouldn’t bitch since this type of thing is expected, but we were expected to be back at 5:30, the class starting at 4. Keep in mind that driving to our random places takes at least 10-15 minutes, we also had to rent/get a camera before then. Also it took about 15 minutes to explain all of this to us.
OK, I may be just whiner, but we were honestly expected to do this all in about 45 minutes? If we didn’t get back in time we had our grade marked down, (we had to come back so we could get help from the media people to put our media stuff together [this is also pointless considering we all have been doing this for at least 2 semesters, so anyone who doesn’t know how to edit a photo properly by themselves is pretty slow]). Also some background: some people’s areas to report were 30-40 minutes away, one didn’t have a car and had been taking the bus to class, another didn’t have a memory card for the cameras we had to rent (if we didn’t have one ourselves already). Doesn’t matter if you’re doing broadcast, print, PR, advertising, production, etc., we all are forced to jump through the same damn flaming hoops.
All in all, I am pretty fumed. I chose not to do any majors involving (or being) graphic design since I feel I don’t need a class to tell me things I already know pretty well. After all, school is for learning and growing, isn’t it? I am not working on this degree just to say I have a degree, that’s what high school was for. The journalism college at my school is pretty good for what they do and the people they have taught, but some of these new professors and changes in how the program works are some things that definitely needs to be worked on.
I am doing journalism so I can continue onto advertising within that college, my ultimate goal. It stresses me out that because of all this new technology (photoshop, finalcut, social media, etc.) all the ancient journalism professionals think we should know it all to stand a chance. Don’t get me wrong, the fields in journalism are very competitive, and it of course has its pros and cons, but If I was honestly working out in the real world, I would not go and take a photo shoot by myself if I was doing advertising or PR. I would do what any sane professional would do and hire another professional to do that (likewise for copywriters, web designers, the list goes on and on). If this bullshit is what it will take to even get there, then I will bite my tongue and bite the bullet until then. I really am hoping I am not wasting my time with these ridiculous assignments.
Sparks girl, 13, hit in crosswalk by 13-year-old motorist
Sparks police are investigating an incident where a 13-year-old girl who was driving a vehicle struck another girl in a crosswalk, causing her serious injuries.
Investigators found that the injured girl had been crossing Los Altos northbound in a marked crosswalk with two friends. One of the friends saw the vehicle approaching and yelled to the others, Dyer said.
The vehicle, 1998 Jeep Cherokee, had been provided to an 18-year-old, who then allowed the 13-year-old to drive, Dyer said. The girl told police that she did not see the pedestrians in the crosswalk. The 18-year-old and two other juveniles in the vehicle were not injured.