In this July 2 photo, North Korean ferry Mangyongbong-92 is anchored at the port in Wonsan, North Korea. The Mangyongbong-92, a sleek white ship longer than a football field, was long the symbol of a once-massive flow of goods, people and cash between the countries. Its recent return suggests that Pyongyang wants to resume port calls, and start pulling in Japanese cash, as soon as possible, but there has been no official explanation. Like the proverbial 500-pound gorilla in the room, Wonsan residents are reluctant to even mention it. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Akron cannot independently confirm FirstMerit Corp. fulfilled its 2013 promise to provide 150 new jobs in Akron in exchange for millions of dollars of upgrades to its aging plaza, but a city official said he has no reason to doubt the bank’s word.