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By Anh Do | April 9, 2014
Confronted with nearly 600 protesters upset over a proposal to join Irvine in "friendship" with city of Nha Trang in Vietnam, Irvine City Council members Tuesday night voted to revise their rules for choosing cities to be friends with. After more than five hours of debate, the council voted 3 to 2 to draw up new criteria  for forming "friendship city" ties. The new rules would exclude municipalities in countries that do not respect human rights or democratic values. They also chose not to enter into "friendship city" relationships with Karachi, Pakistan, or Baoji, China.
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March 23, 2003
The moment Hale Irwin stepped down from the interview podium in the Toshiba Senior Classic media tent at Newport Beach Country Club, the first thing PGA Champions Tour media official Dave Senko and Irwin talked about was the latest news on the war in Iraq. Sports and entertainment no doubt give folks an outlet in life during a crisis, but there's no denying the obvious in many hearts on the Newport Beach grounds Saturday. There's a war going on and it's nearly impossible not to think about it or pay attention to the updates in the Middle East.
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February 2, 2003
Buzz Jackson Vietnam! What a wonderful, exotic and mysterious place. Four couples from Newport Beach visited Vietnam in October. We were aboard a marvelous ship, The Seabourn Spirit, which had 195 passengers and 160 crew members. The service was excellent. We boarded in Hong Kong and spent four stops in Vietnam before returning through Bangkok to Singapore for our return flight. One night aboard ship, we cordoned off the bar at one end of the ship and had a "joke-off."
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By James P. Gray | March 27, 2010
My wife Grace and I just returned from a two-week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. This column will discuss today’s Vietnam — which has certainly changed since I was there briefly during the war — and next week’s column will talk about Cambodia. The first thing we noticed about Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is the chaotic traffic: mostly motorbikes and motor scooters, but also lots of cars, trucks and bicycles mixed in, and precious few traffic signals.
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By Alexandra Baird, abaird.dailypilot@gmail.com | March 25, 2011
A former Costa Mesa resident who repeatedly raped a young girl he bought in Vietnam will serve what could be the rest of his life behind bars. A federal court in Florida on Friday sentenced George Joseph England, 66, to 30 years in prison. England was convicted in January of transporting a minor for sexual purposes from Asia to California in 1974, and from California to Florida in 1977. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, England bought the girl — who was 3 or 4 years old at the time — from her mother in Vietnam, and brought her back with him to the United States.
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September 1, 2010
John Allen Janes lost his courageous four year battle with prostate cancer Aug. 31,2010, at the age of 63.  He passed away in his cherished home of 25 years in Corona del Mar with his beloved family at his side. John was the youngest child born to John Clifford Janes and Orga Edith Janes in Parkersburg, W.Va. He graduated from Parkersburg High School and attended UC Davis. John was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the United States Air Force for three years. He began his career as a developer more than three decades ago with the development of single family housing, as well as commercial and industrial development projects.
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March 12, 2003
Deepa Bharath Col. David Hackworth knows war. He's been in three of them. And Hackworth believes a war with Iraq could result in a "long occupation of the country that could put our forces in jeopardy." One of the country's most decorated soldiers -- he has been awarded eight Purple Hearts and more than 70 medals of valor for his services in World War II, Vietnam and Korea -- Hackworth will speak his mind to an audience at the Newport Beach Public Library and students at Newport Harbor High School.
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March 30, 2003
Paul James Baldwin The Friday story reporting on the concern for the lack of support for our soldiers, men and women, fighting a war in Iraq, requires a response to those individuals who hold dear in their hearts their opinions and convictions ("Not enough support"). First of all, there is tremendous support for our troops fighting in this invasion of Iraq, whether some find this war just or not. Secondly, as a democracy we have a right to disagree and voice our opinions even if these opinions may be found unpopular and unpatriotic by some.
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By Mary Ellen Bowman | November 11, 2007
Today we honor the memories of veterans who have died defending the ideals and freedoms that the people of the United States of America hold dear. We also honor those among us who lived to tell the tales about war, its aftermath and its impact upon their lives and those of their families. Each of these remarkable people has a unique voice in the litany of names associated with the struggles played out on a global scale. The library is closed on Monday to honor their sacrifices, and it will reopen on Tuesday at 9 a.m. These new titles are available to remind us that the fight for our way of life is an ongoing duty accomplished through individual heroism and an unswerving attention to maintain our democratic traditions.
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By B.W. COOK | June 28, 2007
As the Newport Mesa crowd arrived at the St. Regis Resort Saturday night they were bombarded by demonstrators making their voices heard concerning democratic issues in Vietnam. The president of Vietnam was in Orange County over the weekend meeting with business leaders promoting trade between the East and West. The local crowd was, in fact, headed to the St. Regis for a benefit dinner on behalf of Miocean Foundation. Guests in limousines and high-profile vehicles became targets for demonstrators as they pulled into the porte cochere of the hotel as it was assumed the shiny black cars might be carrying government dignitaries or perhaps even the arriving president of Vietnam.
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By Anh Do | April 9, 2014
Confronted with nearly 600 protesters upset over a proposal to join Irvine in "friendship" with city of Nha Trang in Vietnam, Irvine City Council members Tuesday night voted to revise their rules for choosing cities to be friends with. After more than five hours of debate, the council voted 3 to 2 to draw up new criteria  for forming "friendship city" ties. The new rules would exclude municipalities in countries that do not respect human rights or democratic values. They also chose not to enter into "friendship city" relationships with Karachi, Pakistan, or Baoji, China.
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By Anh Do | April 7, 2014
Of all the places in the world, why did Larry Agran have to choose Vietnam? That's what local Vietnamese Americans wondered after learning that the longtime Irvine councilman hoped to forge a relationship between the master-planned community and Nha Trang, a southern coastal city in Vietnam known for its beaches and scuba diving. To many who fled the country after it fell to communist forces, Agran's proposal seemed designed to cause hurt, and hundreds indicated they planned to confront Agran on Tuesday, when he was expected to propose that Irvine and Nha Trang form a "friendship city" relationship.
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By Britney Barnes | November 3, 2012
Amid the many booths of handmade and commercial jewelry and accessories, 13-year-old Ali Pfleger's booth, My Passion, blends in well. With her handcrafted beaded and wire necklaces, bracelets and rings, photo notecards and small key chains and ornaments bought at Vietnamese markets, Ali's wares are not out of the ordinary. What makes them special is what they represent. When customers buy the Newport Beach resident's jewelry and trinkets, they are helping fund a heart surgery or build a house or purchase rice for children and families in need in Vietnam.
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By Sarah Peters | October 19, 2012
An old adage takes on new meaning for two local shipwrights preparing to watch a piece of Newport Harbor history sail out of port Saturday for the last time: Home is where the hull is. Newport Beach residents and Vietnam veterans John Matthews, 70, and Robert Payon, 57, spent more than seven years and upward of $45,000 restoring Old No. 9, the harbor's first fireboat, after it was docked more than a decade ago at the Newport Sea Base . ...
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By Alexandra Baird, abaird.dailypilot@gmail.com | March 25, 2011
A former Costa Mesa resident who repeatedly raped a young girl he bought in Vietnam will serve what could be the rest of his life behind bars. A federal court in Florida on Friday sentenced George Joseph England, 66, to 30 years in prison. England was convicted in January of transporting a minor for sexual purposes from Asia to California in 1974, and from California to Florida in 1977. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, England bought the girl — who was 3 or 4 years old at the time — from her mother in Vietnam, and brought her back with him to the United States.
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By Candice Baker | January 27, 2011
While putting on his uniform to attend an all-boy Catholic high school in Orange County, Marshal Kennedy Carolan never dreamed that in a few short years he would grow out his hair and travel the country, doing drugs, dissing the establishment and taking part in political demonstrations. All onstage, of course. Carolan is part of the ensemble in the national touring company of the famed (and divisive) "HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," which underwent a successful Broadway revival in 2009.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | January 6, 2011
Just as Orange County prosecutors had hoped, a convicted pedophile from Costa Mesa who for years raped a Vietnamese girl he had bought overseas could spend the rest of his life behind bars. George Joseph England, 66, was convicted in a Florida federal court Wednesday of multiple counts of moving his young victim across international and state lines in the 1970s. He faces up to 30 years in prison at his sentencing March 24. In 1972, England was in Vietnam where he bought a 3- or 4-year-old girl from her mother and passed her off as his adopted daughter.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | September 4, 2010
Drawing blood from his own arm, the father resolved to save his children from starvation and dehydration at sea. He dribbled it into their mouths, all to deliver them from a bleak promise of poverty and repression. That's how Phu Nguyen describes his and his sister's escape from Vietnam. It was 1981, and Nguyen, only 3 at the time, had set sail with his family. After one month at sea, the death of nine children aboard their boat, and eight months in a Hong Kong refugee camp, the Nguyens finally arrived in America.
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September 1, 2010
John Allen Janes lost his courageous four year battle with prostate cancer Aug. 31,2010, at the age of 63.  He passed away in his cherished home of 25 years in Corona del Mar with his beloved family at his side. John was the youngest child born to John Clifford Janes and Orga Edith Janes in Parkersburg, W.Va. He graduated from Parkersburg High School and attended UC Davis. John was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the United States Air Force for three years. He began his career as a developer more than three decades ago with the development of single family housing, as well as commercial and industrial development projects.
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By Tom Ragan | June 2, 2010
N icole Irigoyen, a senior at Estancia High School in Costa Mesa, has been spending quite a bit of time in a different sort of place for her senior class project. It's depressing but at times uplifting. The sad stories come at her full force, but so do the encouraging ones. The sight of the number of wheelchairs can be daunting, and yet they serve as testimony to survival. In short, it's the Living Community Center at the Long Beach VA Medical Center, and Irigoyen has caught the volunteer bug there.
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