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Local Koreans React To New Fighting

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA) --- The exchange of artillery fire between North and South Korea Tuesday is the most serious military confrontation between the two countries in decades and has caught younger Korean Americans somewhat by surprise.

"There's a big difference between the people who have been through the war, people who are in their 50s and 60s and the people who are my age, you know, 30s, 20s," said local immigration attorney Gie Kim, who was born in South Korea

"I think in Korea and here people in my generation, people are not aware of a lot of the things that have happened and they don't have the negative reaction to communism and the communist country that North Korea is as the people that are older," she told 9NEWS NOW.

Playoff Results of Toyota's dc.highschoolsports.net Report

(WUSA)- This week's playoff edition of the Toyota dc.highschoolsports.net Report featured some serious performances from local teams.

Check out tonight's results:

-Broad Run dominated Sherando 49-26

-DeMatha dispatched St. John's 34-20

-Hayfield ended McLean's comeback season 34-13

-Gaithersburg snuffed out Whitman 28-0

-Quince Orchard came back and beat Seneca Valley 19-15

-Damascus remained perfect 21-6 over Linganore

-Liberty toppled Fauquier 49-27

Looking forward:

-Regardless of all of the insanity in the regular season, DeMatha will be playing Good Counsel for the WCAC title for the seventh year in a row. 

-With Hayfield upsetting McLean and Washington-Lee upending Yorktown, the two lower seeds present a match-up no one predicted. 

MVA: 1,300 Could Be Driving With Bad Licenses

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The head of Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration says more than 1,300 residents may be driving on licenses that could be suspended or revoked.

MVA officials reviewed more than 10,000 licenses with eight or more violation points after a state audit revealed problems with oversight at the administration.

MVA Administrator John Kuo says more than 1,300 cases drew potential red flags and are being reviewed manually. He told lawmakers Tuesday that automated software that translates data from courts into points on people's licenses was responsible for the failure to notice the problem.

Kuo says he has addressed other issues uncovered by the audit, including a conclusion that MVA electronic databases left drivers' personal information vulnerable to theft.

Sunday Liquor Sales Approved In Montgomery County

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Liquor stores in Montgomery County will soon be opening their doors on Sundays.

The Washington Examiner reports that County Executive Isiah Leggett has issued an executive order to allow Sunday liquor sales. The order is expected to be finalized Wednesday.

County spokeswoman Donna Bigler says the plan is for Sunday sales to begin sometime this month.

Distilled spirits can only be purchased in Montgomery at two dozen county-owned stores. The county also acts as a distributor to restaurants and private stores that sell beer and wine. Those shops can open on Sundays.

Earlier this year, Councilman Mike Knapp estimated the county would make an additional $1.5 million to $2 million a year by opening its liquor stores on Sunday.

But some argue the change will hurt private shops.

 

Local Volunteers Eager to Return to Haiti After Hurricane

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA) Dr. Robert Freishtat is heading back to Haiti with 16 colleagues as quickly as the weather clears in the wake of Hurricane Tomas.

Freishtat volunteered in the wake of the January earthquake and is now deeply concerned about the many children he, his wife Jamie and other volunteers bonded with at the Sacre-Coeur Hospital in Milot, about 75 miles north of Port au Prince

"We're frankly annoyed that we have to wait," he says. "We'd like to be there now."

Freishtat had planned the journey to follow up with earthquake patients long before Tomas began to threaten the area.  The hurricane adds urgency to the mission.  A Friday flight was cancelled due to the passing storm.

"I'm actually worried for a lot of the kids we got to know so well while we were there," he said.

Montgomery County Ambulance Fee Fails

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) -- With most of precincts reporting, 54% voters in Montgomery County are voting "No" to a proposed ambulance fee. 

Local firefighters tried to dispel, what they were calling, the "myths" about the ambulance fee before Tuesday's vote.

"It is not a tax," said one fire chief. "It is not a fee and no county resident will ever pay a dime or get a bill. It is a revenue stream."

They said a revenue stream would come from insurance companies roughly to the tune of $14 million. People who don't have insurance will not have to pay a fee if they call 911.

"The unfortunate impact is without the the EMS transport fee is the potential for 89 career firefighters and paramedics to be laid off in addition 11 ems units to be de-staffed," firefighters said.

It looks like voters would rather take their chances with their insurance companies, rather than pay the fee.

Gov. Martin O'Malley Wins 2nd Term In Maryland

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Democratic incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley won a second term in a rematch with Republican former Gov. Robert Ehrlich on Tuesday in a race that featured negative advertising and sniping debates between Maryland's two biggest political rivals.

O'Malley's victory provided a bright spot for Democrats suffering big losses in both congressional and governors' races. His first term was hampered largely by the recession, which made budget cuts routine over the last three years. Still, the governor emphasized throughout the campaign that he has worked hard to protect priorities in public safety and education while positioning Maryland to weather the recession better than most states.

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