Archive for September, 2010
Thursday, September 30th, 2010
City police are asking for the public’s help in finding a guy wanted on a country wide warrant. 44 year old Peter Gerard Coffey is wanted for laundering proceeds of crime and possessing proceeds of crime. Back in July when he was first arrested, cops found half a million dollars in cash on him. Coffey was released on a court summons but attempts to locate him have been unsuccessful.
Manitoba Housing has confirmed exterminators are treating apartments and government offices for bedbugs in a downtown building. One resident says the bugs forced him to throw out his mattress, but now his couch is infested. Manitoba Housing says they’re doing everything possible to fight the problem.
Manitobans suffering from rashes and infections could soon bypass their doctor’s office and head right to the drug store. That’s if pharmacists support new regulations that allow them to prescribe medications to treat minor ailments. Expanding the role of pharmacists has long been a goal of provincial regulators. They say pharmacists have the time and expertise to alleviate some of the strain on overloaded doctors and walk in clinics.
Actor Tony Curtis has died. Nevada’s coroner says Curtis died of cardiac arrest last night at his Las Vegas area home. Curtis, one of the biggest box office stars of the 1950’s, and the other half of the original Odd Couple, was 85.
There are signs that the feds may not boost Employment Insurance premiums by as much as planned this January…and possibly not even at all. Harper cabinet ministers have insisted for months that a 2 year suspension on premium increases needs to end. But business and labor groups say with unemployment still so high, now’s not the time.
Someone out there is the rightful owner of a stolen lottery jackpot worth millions of dollars. Police say a Super 7 ticket sold in St. Catherine’s, Ontario back in 2003 and validated in nearby Burlington, actually won a free ticket that was worth 12 and a half million dollars. They allege a store employee and his 2 kids stole that ticket, claimed the jackpot and spent the next 7 years living in luxury. Now, the Ontario Gaming Commission is searching for the ticket’s rightful owner.
Well it may be several more weeks before Conrad Black learns his fate. Defense and prosecution lawyers went before federal appeals court judges in Chicago yesterday, stating their positions on Black’s fraud convictions. Black’s lawyer argued the former media mogul should not return to jail. But prosecutors say the bottom line is Black stole money. Black has been out of a Florida prison on bail since June while his case is appealed.
The tribe has spoken, and Jimmy Johnson is gone from “Survivor.” The 67 year old former coach of the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins was the 3rd person voted off the 21st edition of the hit CBS reality show. The oldest member of the entire tribe, Johnson declared himself the weakest castaway at Tribal Council and was given a unanimous boot by his tribe-mates.
There’s word Ottawa has obtained a list of nearly 1800 suspect Swiss bank accounts belonging to Canadians. Apparently the list turned up during an international probe into possible tax evasion. The Canadian Revenue Agency says it’s now gonna work aggressively to recover any money owed to Canadians.
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
When the city’s new 3-1-1 service was launched in 2009, officials said it would cut down on unnecessary calls to 9-1-1. But new numbers show that hasn’t exactly happened. Inspector Cam Baldwin says the police department still gets calls from people wondering when the Leisure Guide is coming out and when they can book a swimming lesson. In fact, police are now projecting a 7.5 per cent increase in the overcall calls to 9-1-1 this year.
The mother of a Winnipeg man shot to death in broad daylight on one of the city’s busiest streets, held a vigil last night to call for immediate changes that she feels will improve public safety. Nancy Goulet is calling on officials to take measures to make Winnipeg safer after her son was shot at a bus stop in July and later died. Goulet says she’d like to see the city install 2nd doors on bus shelters, so there’s an escape route if needed, and also give more treatment to people with addictions.
It should be an easy vote of confidence today for the Harper government. MP’s are set to vote on a motion implementing some tax relief measures announced in the last federal budget. Since all budget related matters are now confidence votes, Prime Minister Harper’s government would be toppled if the motion were defeated. But it looks like there will be enough support from both the Liberals and the Bloc, for that not to happen.
The woman who admitted lying when she claimed a stranger threw acid in her face, will be in court in Vancouver, Washington today. The lawyer for 28 year old Bethany Storro says she’ll plead not guilty to theft charges. She’s accused of accepting donations after claiming a woman splashed her with acid back in August. Police say Storro later admitted putting drain cleaner on her own face.
Cuba and Florida are battening down the hatches for a new storm system on the way. Forecasters say a tropical depression is expected to bring heavy rains and high winds to Cuba this morning, and will probably get even stronger before it heads to Florida.
For the second time in just 2 weeks, officials in France have received a bomb threat forcing the temporary evacuation of the Eiffel Tower. Intelligence officials are calling yesterday’s threat, called in from a telephone booth, part of a credible terror plot against Britain and France.
Well here’s some good news for those who fly a lot. A top official with the International Civil Aviation Organization says, he expects airline passengers to be able to bring gels and liquids back on board flights within a couple of years. The organization says they’re looking into technology right now that would allow liquid explosives to be detected by 2012.
From the strange but true file this morning….it’s still not clear how it all happened but, a Nova Scotia man who lost 4 fingers and part of his hand in a tug of war contest is in fair condition in a Halifax hospital. Doctors fortunately were able to reattach the man’s fingers in a marathon 25 hour operation. But they are not sure how much mobility he will actually have.
There’s still no word on how the entire incident happened.
Well when it comes to crimes like physical and sexual assaults, burglary and vandalism, this province leads the entire country. New numbers from Statscan say Manitoba has the highest victimization rate and one of the highest per capita crime rates. The numbers also showed that aboriginals were twice as likely to be a victim of violence.
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
A Winnipeg man whose face was so badly burned during a robbery that his family said he was unrecognizable, has died. Gerald Dumas was knocked to the ground and a liquid was poured on him before he was set on fire. 19 year old Gaston Genaille was charged with aggravated assault, robbery and breach of probation. But, his charges will probably now, be upgraded.
A city woman who killed 2 pedestrians in a downtown crash a couple of years ago, is appealing her 10 year driving ban. Lucy Muthoka is arguing the ban is harsh and excessive and should be reduced. 2 men from Cross Lake were killed instantly after being hit by Muthoka’s Subaru Forester. Court heard that she had been leaving a downtown parkade and hit the gas instead of the brake.
A cow’s escape from a livestock yard yesterday triggered a prolonged police pursuit through the streets of Brandon. Just before noon, the animal got loose from a stockyard and took off running. Officers in cruiser cars and animal control workers followed close behind but were forced to give chase for more than 40 blocks. The cow was finally corralled on the outskirts of the city.
CBC’s reality t.v. talent show, “Battle of the Blades,” has now got a former NHL all star joining the judges panel. Jeremy Roenick insists he’ll be fair in his assessments, but admits past on ice run ins with some of this season’s competitors, including Theo Fleury, and Georges Laraque, could make it a little tough. The show pairs former hockey players with former figure skating champs for weekly skating routines, and will begin this Sunday.
Defence Minister Peter MacKay says the “cavalry has come.” He was referring to the scores of army soldiers and engineers who’ve arrived in Newfoundland to help rebuild roads and bridges washed out last week by Hurricane Igor.
Some executions down in the States are being put on hold, because of a shortage of one of the drugs used in lethal injections from coast to coast. Several of the 35 states that rely on lethal injections are now scrambling to find the anaesthetic that renders the condemned inmate unconscious.
Late night t.v. talk show host, George Lopez is splitting from his wife of 17 years….the woman who donated a kidney to him back in 2005. A statement from his publicist says the 49 year old comedian and his wife Ann came to the decision together and the breakup is amicable.
Holy heat wave in L.A. yesterday. In fact that city broke an all time heat record with the mercury topping out at 45 celcius, or 113 farenheight yesterday. Those temps also caused the city to have its highest demand ever for electricity, which then caused several power outages affecting thousands of people. Utility officials are now calling for conservation.
Monday, September 27th, 2010
Not a good weekend for a young man out in Virden. Police say the man lost his leg in an accident with a law mower. Apparently the 21 year old had been working near the mower deck, which was being pulled by a farm tractor. He fell and was run over by the mower, severing his right leg above the knee. Police say he was taken to hospital but his leg could not be reattached, and he had lost too much blood to save him.
City police are investigating a report that a man tried to lure a 6 year old boy into his car. The boy was riding his bike this weekend when an unknown man in his mid 30’s approached him in a red convertible and tried to get him to climb in. The boy says he took off and immediately told his family. Police are now hoping anyone who might recognize the vehicle or know anything about this man, will come forward.
Michaelle Jean is waking up this morning to her last week as Governor General. Her 5 year term will conclude with a military salute and event on Parliament Hill. Thursday, she’ll then become a U.N. envoy to Haiti, her homeland, and the country’s next Governor General, David Johnston will take over.
Well it was money and greed topping the North American box office this weekend, as “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” debuted as the number one movie, taking in about 19 million. The sequel to 1987’s “Wall Street” stars Michael Douglas , who reprises his role as investment shark Gordon Gekko. Coming in second was “Legends of the Guardians: the Owls of Ga’Hoole. And, Ben Affleck’s new movie, “The Town” came in third.
The first athletes arriving from the Canadian squad will see for themselves today if their rooms at the Commonwealth Games in India are up to snuff, as they’ve been assured. Some Canadian support staff were forced to spend the weekend in a local Dehli hotel because of what officials called a “minor setback” at the athletes village. Apparently the doors of several rooms had been left open, with the lights on, which attracted hordes of mosquitoes. And, with a recent outbreak of dengue fever in the area…well, that’s not a good thing. Officials however say the problem has been taken care of.
The chocolate giant is going medical. Swiss food and drink giant Nestle says it’ll invest hundreds of millions of dollars to expand its medicinal nutrition business over the next decade. The company says the aim is to help treat conditions like diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s.
A legal battle between actress Demi Moore and an Australian magazine over photos it published of a private post Oscar party thrown by the star, has been settled out of court. Moore sued Pacific Magazines, the publisher of New Idea, for printing shots taken at a 2008 party that showed herself, her daughter Rumer and, other stars. The terms of the settlement have not been made public.
Friday, September 24th, 2010
Hey…the Winnipeg Goldeyes will have a starring role in next week’s t.v. episode of the Rick Mercer report. The club has announced that a segment Mercer did with the team late last month will air this Tuesday on the 2nd episode of the CBC hit show. Mercer by the way got some pitching in with the club, he got hitting tips from the players and even served beer in the crowd at one point.
Well it’s gonna take more than a paint job to disquise this stolen vehicle. Someone in Brandon has swiped a combine from an ag equipment shop. An employee at the dealership reported the missing green 2005 John Deere combine earlier this week. Cops say it appears the combine, worth tens of thousands of dollars, was simply driven off the lot.
More details on those early morning drug raids we told you about a couple of days ago. City police arrested 9 people, seized more than 500 thousand dollars and 15 kilos of hash and pot. All the suspects have now been charged with several drug related offences.
You could almost call it the little mosque that could. A mosque built here in Winnipeg, has now reached its destination in the Northwest Territories. The building was shipped more than 4 thousand kilometers to Inuvik by truck and then by barge. The building will now become a place of worship and a community center for Inuvik’s growing Muslim population.
Don’t expect to be flyin outta the new terminal at the airport anytime soon. Yesterday, the airport authority announced a major problem with the project, causing it to be delayed until sometime in 2011. It was supposed to open this fall. Apparently the major issue is leaky pipes in the foundation.
Prime Minister Harper is in Newfoundland today. He’s gonna get a firsthand look at the damage caused by Hurricane Igor. Residents are still clearing downed trees and working on damaged roads. And thousands of others are still without power this morning.
More courtroom drama for Lindsay Lohan today. The actress will be back in a Beverly Hills courtroom this morning after admitting she failed yet another drug test. She’ll appear before the same judge who agreed to release her early from drug rehab last month. The judge at that time told her if she failed, or missed a drug test, he would send her to jail for 30 days.
Soccer star David Beckham is planning to kick a magazine that claims he had sex with prostitutes. His publicist says Beckham will sue In Touch magazine in several jurisdictions. The magazine quoted a 26 year old prostitute as saying that she and Beckham had sex 5 times in 2007. Beckham’s management company says the allegations are untrue and ridiculous.
Nearly one quarter of Canadians are obese, and what’s more…the country is getting fatter. That’s according to a group out of Paris, France. It says weight concerns are particularly prevalent among men, with 2 out of every 3 considered overweight. But, that being said…we’re not the worst. The U.S. weighed in as the fattest nation in the world, with a whopping 70 per cent of Americans qualifying as obese or overweight.
We’re learning more about the huge price tag for the G-8 and G-20 summits. The feds apparently spent more than 1.2 billion on the 2 meetings. Documents show the taxpayer bill included 2.8 million for rental cars for the RCMP. 439 grand for porta-potties, and 14 thousand for glow sticks.
And Facebook has apologized for yesterday’s technical glitches….but, it’s not explaining just what the problem was. Some of Facebook’s 500 million users worldwide were shut out of the site entirely yesterday, while others experienced sluggied page load times. Facebook says it has fixed all the problems by the way.
Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
Officers raided a number of locations around the city yesterday morning. Members of the organized crime unit, street gang unit and tactical team targeted 9 locations, carrying out search warrants and hunting for high level cocaine dealers. Sources also say that along with raiding locations here in Winnipeg, police also executed search warrants in B.C. and Montreal.
That Manitoba judge who found herself at the center of a scandal involving explicit photos of her on a sex website, may be a step closer to resuming her duties. Alexander Chapman, the man who alleges he was pressured to have sex with Lori Douglas 7 years ago, dropped a lawsuit against her yesterday. His lawyer admitted there was simply a lack of evidence connecting the judge to the case. But, Chapman will still proceed with legal action against her husband.
An unexpected delay in ordering security gear has held up the “walkies” for the man who beheaded a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus a couple of years ago. The Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board ruled earlier this year that Vince Li could have escorted walks on the grounds of the Selkirk Mental Health Center. But officials say there’s been a holdup in ordering some standard security gear for officers going on those walks with Li, and, it could be November before everything’s in place.
Well the Harper government took aim at the long gun registry, but, missed the shot, so now the controversial database lives on. A private member’s bill from right here in Manitoba to kill the registry was defeated by just 2 votes late yesterday afternoon. Prime Minister Harper vows however he will continue the fight.
Okay…so here’s a question for ya? Who’s got the coolest “john” around? Well a company, which provides restroom hygiene products, held an online contest that determined the “Cactus Club Café,” in Burnaby, British Columbia was the winner. The swanky washrooms boast hardwood walls, flat screen t.v.’s, foot flush toilets, coffee tables with magazines, and for the women…illuminated make up mirrors with the line “You’re Beautiful” all over them.
Listen up all you Starbuck-a-holics. Customers will soon be getting a jolt before any caffeine even touches their lips. The world’s biggest coffee chain is raising prices…mainly because raw coffee prices are on the rise. Starbucks says the price increases will be focused on big and labor intensive drinks.
Reports out this morning say, those red light camera’s at intersection’s around town, not doing much in improving safety. According to stats from MPI, collisions at those intersections have actually jumped up 18 per cent since 2003 when they were installed. And it’s not just a couple of bad area’s that are driving up the numbers. 9 out of the 12 red light sites, saw increases in the number of collisions. By the way, the worst intersection in town is at the corner of Talbot and Watt.
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
There are reports this morning that the daughter of a provincial court judge is among a group of suspects taken into police custody after break ins at businesses around the city yesterday. Cops say the break ins all happened with an hour yesterday morning. While most of the 4 businesses hit didn’t lose substantial cash or items, damage from broken windows is estimated to be thousands of dollars.
City police plan another enforcement push over the next couple of weeks to bring home the message that it’s dangerous to drive while texting or gabbing on your cell phone. The new law banning both of those practices came into effect on July 15th. But, between then and the end of August, cops still handed out 290 tickets for breakin the law. Officers say the problem has definitely not gone away.
It’s already come back to haunt her. Paris Hilton may have escaped jail time after pleading guilty Monday to a drug possession charge in Vegas, but she’s not as free as she wants to be. Hilton is on her way back to the U.S. after being denied entry into Japan this morning. Japan has strict immigration laws that bar entry to those convicted of drug offences.
It’s gonna be quite the seen on parliament hill today. A commons vote on turfing the long gun registry is certain to be a close one. The Liberals and the Bloc Quebecois want the registry to survive, but the Prime Minister’s Tories want to kill it. So that means the registry’s fate is all up to the NDP…and leader Jack Layton says he’ll allow his members to vote with their conscience.
Tropical storm warnings have been lifted in Northeastern Newfoundland as the back end of what was Hurricane Igor has blown out of the region. Igor pounded most of the island yesterday with destructive winds and more than 200 millimeters of rain in some areas. Roads are now washed out, power lines are down, and there’s been enough damage in 30 communities to warrant states of emergency.
Experts doing battle against bedbugs are putting their talents on display at the North American Bed Bug Summit, underway at a Chicago hotel today. The manager says he’s confident none of the live bedbugs on display will escape. The pests are running rampant in the U.S. northeast these days.
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
The judge at the center of that sex scandal has finally spoken up. Justice Lori Douglas says the lawsuit against her should be dismissed. In fact, Douglas has now filed a statement of defence in which she disputes allegation that one of her husband’s former clients was pressured to have sex with her. Lawyers for both Douglas and her husband will now be in court on Wednesday to set a date for a hearing to have the lawsuit thrown out.
The province’s vets are welcoming Manitoba’s new animal protection regulations. The new regs provide protection for veterinarians who report suspected cases of animal abuse. Previously, vets could be sued and accused of violating doctor-client confidentiality if they reported suspicions that animals were being abused. The new legislation by the way includes stiffer fines and longer jail terms for people who abuse animals.
Much of southeastern Newfoundland is battening down the hatches this morning as Hurricane Igor nears the Grand Banks today for its forecasted blow past. The Canadian Hurricane Center is warning large tree branches could snap, causing downed power lines. As well, lots of flooding could take place with the area expected to get over 150 m.m. of rain today alone.
A husband and wife from B.C. are suing Toronto Maple Leaf center, Mikhail Grabovski, claiming he severely beat them in a brawl in Vancouver during this year’s Olympics. Dylan and Brenna Richardson say they suffered a number of injuries, including facial fractures that required reconstructive surgery. Grabovski, who was at the Olympics with the Belarus hockey team, was arrested by Vancouver police after the confrontation, but was never charged.
An arrest warrant has been issued for that Washington state woman who splashed acid on her own face and then claimed a stranger attacked her. Prosecutors have filed 3 felony theft charges against Bethany Storro. The charges relate to the 28 thousand dollars donated to benefit Storro after she got burned. Her parents have said by the way, all the money raised for her will be returned.
Manitoba Tory MP, Candice Hoeppner admits it’s looking like a long shot that her private member’s bill to kill the long gun registry will pass. As Parliament resumed sitting yesterday, a few MP’s said they were going to switch their votes….and will now support keeping the registry in place. But get this…with the numbers so close, and Prime Minister Harper intent on bringing the registry down, Harper and 3 of his cabinet ministers will fly back from U.N. meetings in New York to be present for tomorrow’s vote.
Researchers at George Washington University say obesity puts a real drag on the wallet, as well as your health….especially for women. They found the annual cost of being obese is nearly 4900 dollars for a woman, and more than 2600 for a man. The extra costs include not only medical expenses but also sick days, lost productivity and even extra gasoline.
New political survey to tell ya about this morning. New poll numbers show the Tories are on top with 33 per cent support. The Liberals are next with 30. And the NDP is well behind with just 14 per cent support…only 3 points ahead of the Green party.
Veteran city councilor, Harry Lazarenko has announced that he won’t be running for re-election in this October’s election. Lazarenko who has represented the Mynarski ward for over 30 years, has been dealing with serious health issues since suffering an aneurysm back in May.
Monday, September 20th, 2010
City police are looking for a part of a Taser that was lost by an officer. The taser somehow got loose and fell out of the officer’s service belt Saturday night in northwest Winnipeg. The part that was lost was the cartridge that contains the probes on wires which extend when the device gets discharged. Police say that if the cartridge was picked up by someone and carried in a pocket, a buildup of static energy could activate it, causing the probes to be propelled.
Stony Mountain Penitentiary remained locked down over the weekend following attacks on a couple of inmates last Thursday. Now, officials are continuing their search of the jail, from top to bottom, to look for weapons. One inmate was stabbed and another attacked in the incidents last week.
City police are asking for the public’s help in finding a 52 year old woman missing since last Wednesday. Shena Alcock was last seen the afternoon of September 15th, and police say her family is very concerned about her well being. Alcock is described as Caucasian and 5 foot 3, with a medium building and long curly hair that’s been dyed black. She may also have a blue bicycle with her. If you know anything about Shena or see her, please give city police or crimestoppers a call.
The sun has set on Parliament’s summer break, as MP’s return for a fall session that promises to be quite the raucous affair. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff spent much of the summer touring the country by bus, and says the Tories are outta touch with what Canadians want. The first major issue that’ll come up however will happen Wednesday, with a vote on the long gun registry.
Bermudians have been holed up in their homes overnight, waiting out the last of Hurricane Igor. The eye passed just west of Bermuda late last night, hitting the island with high winds and big waves for hours. There are reports of thousands without power, but fortunately, it doesn’t look like there has been any major damage so far.
Ben Affleck’s “The Town” is on top on the weekend box office. The film about Boston bank robbers took in just over 23 million U.S. on its opening weekend. The high school comedy, “Easy A” debuted in 2nd spot, followed by the opening of the thriller, “Devil.”
It’s a start, but it’s not enough. That’s the reaction from advocates for Canadian war vets in the wake of the Harper government’s announcement of expanded benefits for wounded soldiers. Vets who can’t work because of injuries will get an extra one thousand dollars a month, on top of current salaries and a permanent monthly allowance. But one retired master corporal, who lost both legs back in 2006 in Afghanistan, says it’s not near enough to cover all his expenses.
Friday, September 17th, 2010
The numbers are staggering. The Winnipeg Police Association says the number of officers assaulted in the city, has risen by almost 64 per cent over the last 10 years. One officer said he wishes people would calm down when being placed under arrest. He also said the only way to try and stop this, is to put harsher penalties into place for those who do decide to take on the cops. By the way, just 2 days ago, 4 officers were assaulted while responding to calls in a 12 hour period.
More than 40 rural municipalities in the Interlake area will test out their emergency preparedness on September 18th. Provincial officials say the exercise is the first of its kind in the country to involve more than 40 communities at the same time. The exercise will focus on a fictitious incident in which the transportation of dangerous goods results in evacuations, along with opening of emergency centers.
Quite the scene downtown yesterday. A man decided to climb the roof of the worker’s comp building and stay there for about half an hour before police finally tackled him safely and got him to the ground and into custody. Apparently, this had nothing to do with a worker’s comp case gone awry, rather a guy who was simply intoxicated, and decided to climb a building and try to commit suicide. No word on what if any charges this guy is now facing.
Canadian consumers are getting tapped out and as a result the housing market is finally starting to cool off. The T.D. bank says those are 2 of the reasons that economic growth is now beginning to slow.
Pilgrims and protestors are greeting Pope Benedict on day 2 of his visit to Britain. This morning, several people protesting the Vatican’s stance against birth control, gathered outside a college where the Pope will address students and open a sports center.
Forecasters say Karl is now a major hurricane as it heads for Mexico. Karl has strengthened into a category 3 hurricane with winds of around 200 kilometers an hour. It’s expected to make landfall along the Gulf coast late this morning or early afternoon.
After 5 long month’s, the oil well that spewed thousands of litres of crude into the Gulf of Mexico is on the verge of being plugged once and for all. The U.S. government says a relief well drilled beneath the floor of the Gulf has now just intersected BP’s blown out well. The next step will be to pump mud and cement down through the relief well to seal the ruptured well. The final seal should be in place by this Sunday.
Government House leader, John Baird says the economy will be the top priority when Parliament resumes sitting on Monday. He admits that the economic recovery is still very fragile. Baird also says cabinet ministers will travel around the country to see what needs to be done to keep things on a solid growth path.
Casey Affleck is admitting what many have suspected. His documentary, “I’m still here,” is a fake. It follows Joaquin Phoenix as he announces he’s retiring from acting and launching a rap career. Affleck told the New York Times that the whole thing was an act, including that awkward, rambling appearance by Phoenix on David Letterman’s show last year.
Michael Moore, the king of docu-drama’s, says he’s now turning his guns on this Canada’s position on U.S. war dodgers. Moore says Ottawa’s refusal to allow U.S. soldiers opposed to the war in Iraq to find safe haven in this country betrays what Canada once stood for. He says draft dodgers who fled to this country during the Vietnam war were allowed to stay and become productive citizens.