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Dec. 14, 2005: Mayor censured. SAN JOSE COUNCIL ALSO VOTES TO END TRASH CONTRACT PROBE. San Jose's city council Tuesday voted unanimously to censure Mayor Ron Gonzales for failing to reveal information about a contract amendment he helped secure for Norcal Waste Systems, but also decided in a split vote to call an end to the independent investigation into the matter. The mayoral censure is the first in San Jose's 155-year history, and threatens to weaken Gonzales' legacy as he wraps up the last of two terms as mayor, capping a 23-year political career. The mayor's behavior ``represents an unprecedented breach of trust,'' said Vice Mayor Cindy Chavez. More SJMN.

Nov. 15, 2005: S.J. cops accused of racial profiling. NAACP SEEKS PROBE OF POLICE ACTIVITY AROUND NIGHTSPOTS. Alleging blacks and Latinos visiting downtown are being targeted by police for questioning and searches, the head of the local NAACP on Monday said he is asking authorities to investigate whether San Jose police officers are engaging in racial profiling. More SJMN.

Alito argued against abortion rights, quotas. Court nominee proud of work arguing no constitutional right to abortion. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito boasted about his work arguing that “the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion” while trying to get a job in the Reagan administration as a deputy assistant attorney general, according to documents released Monday. More NBC.

Oct.10, 2005: San Jose neglects ethnic tourism. But at a time when multicultural tourism is on a dramatic rise nationwide, there is nothing to alert San Jose visitors that they're in the childhood home of Cesar Chavez, the epicenter of a worldwide protest by black Olympic athletes, or a place with one of the nation's highest concentrations of Vietnamese-Americans....

Dat Nguyen, executive director of the Vietnamese-American Council, wonders why San Jose doesn't promote its many Asian shopping centers, such as Lion Plaza or Grand Century shopping mall.

``The city hasn't really paid attention,'' he said. ``It's not a big deal to put a few signs on the highway.'' More SJMN.

Oct. 3, 2005: Senate presses for quick Miers confirmation. White House counsel with no judicial experience named to replace O'Connor. Hours after President Bush nominated his White House counsel, Harriet Miers, to the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans said they would press for confirmation by Thanksgiving a tight timetable that allows fewer than eight weeks for lawmakers to review her record, hold hearings and vote. More MSNBC.

Oct. 2, 2005: Councilwoman's aide turns self in to police. ACCUSED OF TAKING BRIEFCASE AT CITY HALL. The chief of staff for San Jose City Councilwoman Nora Campos turned herself in to authorities after a warrant was issued for her arrest in connection with the disappearance of a briefcase at City Hall last month. More SJMN.

Sep. 19, 2005: Making a Name in San Jose Politics. Nguyen (Madison) beats Nguyen (Linda) to become 1st Vietnamese American on council. SAN JOSE This city had never seen a victory party like it. Hundreds of Vietnamese Americans packed a rented cafe to watch election returns, munching pizza and sipping red wine. By 10 p.m. Tuesday it was clear: Madison Nguyen a 30-year-old Democrat with a master's in social science would become the first Vietnamese American to serve on San Jose's City Council. More LA. Times.

Sep. 18, 2005: Pioneering councilwoman walks elite path. NGUYEN CAN LEARN FROM OTHER ELECTED VIET-AMERICAN OFFICIALS; Madison Nguyen may be the first Vietnamese-American to break open the gates of San Jose City Hall when she takes her seat on the City Council on Tuesday. But the experiences and lessons learned by her compatriots in Southern California who have gone before her could be a great resource for Nguyen, who at 30 is following the path of a small, select group. More SJMN.

Sep. 15, 2005: Viet-American winner to mend fences after race. It was 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, and San Jose councilwoman-elect Madison Nguyen had one last piece of Election Day business to attend to. She dialed the cell phone number of her defeated opponent, Linda Nguyen, and left a message, wishing her rival well. Might they work on a couple of projects together in the future? Madison asked. More SJMN. Madison Nguyen: Rising star has much to prove in Dist. 7

Sep. 14, 2005: Madison Nguyen cruises to victory in District 7 election. Madison Nguyen steamrolled to victory Tuesday in the District 7 election, ending a bruising and historic campaign with her opponent Linda Nguyen to become the first Vietnamese-American to win a seat on the San Jose City Council. More SJMN.

Madison Nguyen Wins San Jose Council Seat.

Sep. 10, 2005: S.J. businessman returns to help Vietnamese-Americans in Biloxi. When Henry Huong Le took his first stunned look at the leveled neighborhood that had been the heart of the Vietnamese community here, one thought came to his mind: It was worse than Vietnam after the war. More SJMN.

Vietnamese-Americans empathize with gulf victims. Only days ago, Tuyet Pham stared helplessly out the window as she and her family drove to Fremont after fleeing New Orleans. Friday night, Pham stood awestruck over the generosity of those around her at a Hurricane Katrina relief fundraiser at the downtown San Jose Athletic Club. More SJMN.

Sep. 02, 2005: Thousands celebrate Vietnam National Day. Veterans with medal-covered uniforms were among about 13,000 people who celebrated Vietnam's National Day on Friday by parading through Ba Dinh Square, where beloved late President Ho Chi Minh declared independence 60 years ago. The veterans were accompanied by ribbon-covered floats, women wearing flowing "ao dai" tunics, and ethnic groups dressed in traditional garb. More SJMN.

Aug. 31, 2005: Candidates face off in forums. TODAY'S DISTRICT 7 EVENTS LIKELY TO HIGHLIGHT SHARP PHILOSOPHICAL DIFFERENCES. Sit down with San Jose City Council candidates Linda Nguyen and Madison Nguyen for a few minutes and it's clear they have philosophical differences about how to approach improving lives in District 7, the south central core that contains some of the city's poorest neighborhoods. More SJMN. For pioneer office-holder, a campaign in a campaign.

Aug. 28, 2005: Political novice steps up to challenge, despite odds. Throughout high school, Linda Nguyen always signed up for the most challenging classes. Honors math, accelerated English, advanced-placement history. At times she found herself in over her head, as was the case in her sophomore year with math analysis, a course typically taken by juniors. More SJMN.

Aug. 21, 2005: GLOVES OFF. Hoang Nguyen's heart swelled with pride when he heard two Vietnamese compatriots were running for a powerful San Jose City Council seat. What an honor, he thought, that the young generation has not only blended into the community but is about to have a role in leading it. But the conduct from both camps has turned him off, Nguyen said. He likened it to squabbling among vendors at a fish market, an analogy Viets like to use to describe uncouth behavior by bickering merchants hawking goods. More SJMN.

Aug. 18, 2005: Two generations under one roof. Like generations before them in Vietnam, the Truong clan -- grandparents, parents and children -- lived under one roof in America, carrying forth a cherished custom borne from the twin bonds of duty and love. So when Truong Dinh Tai married about five years ago, he brought his young bride, Duong My-Loan, to live in that same home. His mother cooked for the family and mixed herbal remedies; his father dispensed wisdom and tended the garden. More SJMN.

Aug. 8, 2005: ABC News anchor Peter Jennings dies at 67. Canadian-born broadcaster announced he had lung cancer in April. Peter Jennings was the face of ABC News. The urbane Canadian-born broadcaster delivered the nightly news to Americans over five decades. He was there for every big story, be it war or weather. Jennings, who announced in April that he had lung cancer, died Sunday at his New York home, ABC News President David Westin said in a statement. He was 67. More NBC.

Jun. 28, 2005: Valley hosts meeting with Vietnam officials. Prominent Vietnamese-American chief executives in Silicon Valley engaged a Vietnamese delegation of government officials at a rare gathering Monday, a further sign of the thawing relationship between the communist government and the Vietnamese community in the United States. The country is constructing two high-tech parks and pitched them to the group of 20 Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Hien Duc Cung, chief executive of Advantek in Palo Alto, wants to set up a high-tech training program in Vietnam. He was looking forward to meeting the ``brain trust of the Vietnamese scientific community,'' and seeing what they could offer. More SJMN.

Jun. 24, 2005: Veterans group supports old enemy on Viet flag issue. In his 20s, Paul Cox fought on the battlefields of Vietnam. Thirty years or so later, the former Marine finds himself battling some of the people he was sent to the jungles to defend. More SJMN.

Jun. 22, 2005: New era, familiar anger. CALLS FOR FREEDOM SHADOW HISTORIC MEETING; BUSH TO VISIT COMMUNIST NATION NEXT YEAR. Inside the White House on Tuesday, the Vietnam War was long over. President Bush welcomed Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, the highest-ranking Vietnamese official to visit since the fall of Saigon 30 years ago, and the two praised the new relationship between the former enemy nations. Bush also accepted Khai's invitation to visit Vietnam next year.

But in some ways, outside the White House's iron gates, the war still raged. About 800 protesters waved giant, yellow-and-red flags of the former Republic of Vietnam. Their chants of ``Phan Van Khai, go home!'' and ``Freedom for Vietnam!'' rolled across the White House lawn. More SJMN.

Vet interrupts U.S.-Vietnam friendship meeting. That’s life, Vietnam’s prime minister said after security officers hustled a balding, shouting protester believed to be a Vietnam veteran away from the head table at a gala dinner celebrating friendship between Vietnam and its one-time enemy, the United States. More NBC.

Jun. 21, 2005: Bush, Vietnam leader sign religious accord. President also accepts invitation to visit Vietnam in 2006. As protesters gathered outside to demand that Vietnam respect human and religious rights, President Bush and Vietnam's prime minister met Tuesday at the White House where Bush afterwards noted that Vietnam had agreed to ensure greater religious freedom. More NBC.

Bush to Visit Vietnam Next Year. Announcement Comes After Historic Meeting Between Vietnamese Leader and Bush. President Bush, speaking after an historic meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai at the White House today, announced he will visit Vietnam in 2006 on the invitation of the communist leader. Washington Post.

Jun. 20, 2005: Protesters heckle Vietnamese prime minister. With Boeing 787 deal complete, Khai turns to Gates and Bush. The first day of a historic U.S. visit by Vietnam's prime minister had a rocky start yesterday, as hundreds of noisy protesters lined the street outside his Seattle hotel and others heckled him at an afternoon news conference. Seattle P-I. Hundreds rally against Vietnamese prime minister. Phan Van Khai.

Viet-Americans protest prime minister's visit. Hundreds of Vietnamese emigres protested Saturday against Prime Minister Phan Van Khai's upcoming visit to the United States, saying the communist government needs to improve its human rights record. Khai will have an unprecedented meeting with President Bush on Tuesday that will mark the first time a Vietnamese prime minister has set foot in the United States since the end of the Vietnam War 30 years ago. Some people who fled Vietnam oppose Khai's visit and they gathered in Orange County's Little Saigon area, home of the nation's largest Vietnamese community, to protest. More SJMN.

Visit from Vietnam expected to prompt protests. Local law enforcement and the Secret Service will increase security around downtown today amid concerns that hundreds of people from across the country are coming to Seattle to protest the arrival of Vietnam's prime minister, the highest-ranking Vietnamese leader to visit the United States since the Vietnam War. He will meet today with Alan Mulally, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and tomorrow with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. More Seattle Times.

Protest greets Vietnamese prime minister's visit. Hundreds of demonstrators carrying South Vietnamese flags lined the street in front of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel today to protest the visit of Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai. Shouting "Down With Communists," the demonstrators called for the end of political oppression in Vietnam. More Seattle Times.

Viet PM begins historic U.S. visit. Phan Van Khai, the first Vietnamese prime minister to visit the United States since the Vietnam War ended 30 years ago, held out an olive branch to the emigre community as he began a weeklong U.S. tour aimed at boosting relations and gaining support for his country's entry into the World Trade Organization. More CNN. More NBC.

Jun. 18, 2005: Visit to U.S. a historic step for Vietnam. The last time a top leader of a country with Vietnam on its passport came to the White House, Dwight Eisenhower was greeting him, South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem. That was 1957, before most Americans had ever heard of Vietnam. What followed was a long and divisive war, the 1975 fall of South Vietnam to the North Vietnamese communists and two decades without diplomatic or economic ties with the United States. More SJMN.

Vietnamese leader to make historic U.S. visit. Khai also said he also looked forward to discussions on major issues with representatives of the 1.5 million-member Vietnamese community in the United States. Many are refugees and ardent foes of the communist government in Hanoi. Thirty years have passed since the end of the war, Khai said. We won’t have any discrimination over the past political opinions. More NBC.

Jun.16, 2005: Vietnam leader's U.S. tour starts here. Vietnam's Prime Minister Phan Van Khai. For the first time since the end of the Vietnam War, that country's prime minister will visit the United States next week, stopping first in Seattle to meet with Boeing executives and returning later in the week to meet with Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and a delegation of about 200 politicians and business leaders are to arrive here Sunday for a nationwide tour to promote trade. Seattle Times.

Jun. 9, 2005: Runoff could mark new political era for S.J.'s Vietnamese. bloc of Vietnamese-American voters propelled two of their own into the runoff for San Jose's District 7 council seat, an awakening of political might that may be the first real sign of the influence this community could exert for years to come. ``This signifies they'll be players in San Jose politics citywide,'' said Terry Christensen, a San Jose State University political-science professor. ``They proved there is a substantial core of voters in that community. Candidates for mayor already are paying attention to them. More SJMN.

Vo mulls wins, losses of first term. Area lawmaker frustrated with failure of public school financing law, creation of business district. Saigon was a shooting gallery in 1975, the year the city fell to the North Vietnamese and 17-year-old Hubert Vo escaped to make his way, country by country, to the United States. His father said America was the best place on earth for freedom and opportunity.

Thirty years later, state Rep. Vo, D-Houston, returned from a different sort of war his freshman year on the floor of the Texas Legislature where he represented District 149, which includes southwest Houston and Katy. As his first term ended in May, Vo racked up some successes and some losses. Houston Chronicle.

Jun. 8, 2005: Nguyens to battle in S.J. council runoff. For the first time in San Jose history, voters will put a Vietnamese-American on the city council, the only sure result of Tuesday's landmark District 7 election. But which candidate will it be? Will it be Franklin-McKinley school board member Madison Nguyen, who gathered 43 percent of the absentee vote and leveraged it into an impressive first place showing? More SJMN.

Jun. 2, 2005: 'DEEP THROAT' REVEALED. Felt to Woodward: Secrecy at All Cost. On Saturday, June 17, 1972, the FBI night supervisor called then-Deputy FBI Director W. Mark Felt at home. Five men in business suits, pockets stuffed with $100 bills and carrying eavesdropping and photographic equipment, had been arrested inside the Democrats' national headquarters at the Watergate office building earlier at about 2:30 a.m. By 8:30 a.m., Felt was in his office at the FBI, seeking more details. About the same time, the Washington Post's city editor woke me at home and asked me to come in to cover an unusual burglary. More LA Times.

Disgust and Admiration at FBI. Some past and present FBI agents said Wednesday that they felt uncomfortable with the revelation that one of their own was the legendary "Deep Throat," who had helped the Washington Post uncover details of the Watergate break-in. One called it appalling. But others said that W. Mark Felt, then the FBI's No. 2 man, did what he had to do to get the story out. That's a sentiment that has permeated the bureau throughout its history and continues to this day sometimes for ignoble purposes. More LA Times.

May. 18, 2005: San Jose backs Vietnamese `Freedom Flag' The unanimous vote met with thunderous applause from the approximately 600 Vietnamese-Americans there to watch the city publicly recognize the flag of pre-Communist Vietnam as the official symbol of the Vietnamese-American community abroad. About 100 other U.S. cities have passed similar resolutions to embrace the so-called Freedom Flag, a saffron-colored banner with three bold red stipes, an undiplomatic slap at communist Vietnam, whose flag is red with a bright gold star in the center. More SJMN.

Apr. 29, 2005: 30 YEARS AFTER SAIGON. Vietnam refugee a true success story. Nguyen Van Nam walked to the rock pier and watched the sailboats cut across Galveston Bay on a recent visit to Seabrook. There was a time, when instead of seeing sails coming over the horizon, he'd stand at his dock waiting for the approaching green nets of shrimp boats manned by his fellow countrymen. More Houston Chronicle.

Day of rebirth, sorrow revisited. It's been 30 years since Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" echoed over the Saigon airwaves, signaling the U.S. evacuation of the besieged capital. Throngs of desperate South Vietnamese crowded the U.S. Embassy and lunged at departing Army helicopters fleeing the advancing communist troops. More Seattle Time.

Apr.24, 2005: Return to Vietnam, the things I left behind. For years I put off returning to Vietnam. I'd say that I couldn't get off work, or that my parents needed me here right now, or that I'd go next year. I was 6 years old April 30, 1975, the day Saigon fell. It was the day I lost my identity, the day my family like 2 million other South Vietnamese traded one life for another. Houston Chronicle.

HOMELANDS: VIETNAM. New world city Poised on the brink of the future. The rich fabric of Bay Area life is woven from threads plucked around the world: from cities in China and Vietnam, from the coasts of Mexico and Italy, from island nations in the South Pacific and the Atlantic, to name a few. SF Chronicle.

Apr. 20,2005: Benedict XVI: German cardinal elected pope. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, a hard-line guardian of conservative doctrine, was elected the new pope Tuesday evening in the first conclave of the new millennium. He chose the name Pope Benedict XVI and called himself a simple, humble worker. More NBC.

What’s in a pope’s name?

Apr. 13, 2005: The Holy See is seeing red. Next pope must deal with financial losses. The Vatican's real estate holdings are assessed at a relatively modest 700 million euros (US $907.97 million), but such properties as St. Peter's Basilica, shown here, and the Sistine Chapel are listed as priceless, listed at a symbolic 1 euro. The next pontiff will not only have to care for the souls of his 1 billion-member flock worldwide, but also their pocketbooks, taking into account the falling dollar, the cost of sex abuse settlements and the Vatican’s expanding diplomatic mission. More NBC.

Who are the dark horses in papal election? Indonesian, Cuban and South African cardinals among possibilities. Recalling that Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla made almost no top-contender lists the last time a pope was chosen, prognosticators this time are casting a wide net along with a dozen front-runners, cardinals from Cuba, Canada, India, even Indonesia have been mentioned. More NBC.

Apr. 4, 2005: Holy men gather at Vatican for a political rite. In a parade of red hats and sashes, the modern princes of the Roman Catholic Church will file into the frescoed Bologna Hall of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on Monday for the first meeting of the College of Cardinals since the death of Pope John Paul II. More NBC.

Mar. 22, 2005: US Ambassador to Vietnam: Community Meeting in San Francisco. Ambassador Marine, the third one in Vietnam has met with over 100 Vietnamese community representatives and news people in San Francisco for about 2 hours on Monday afternoon March 21, 2005. A number of issues has been exchanged including human rights, regligious freedom and trade with Vietnam. Amb. Marine noted there is some improvement in all issues dicussed but mentioned a continuing engagement with Vietname to see real changes in those issues concerned would be for the better of America and Vietnamese people.

Later in the evening, he has also met with about two hundred dinner guests in a $150 ticket to get in, organized by Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco and the Sister City Committee. Unconfirmed news has circulated that Counsel General of VietNam Tran Tuan Anh based in San Francisco would also be there as well as people doing business in Vietnam.

Mar. 18, 2005: Kennan lived as U.S. diplomat, thinker. Like de Tocqueville in the 19th century, George F. Kennan in the 20th beheld a world whose destiny rested in the hands of its "two great nations." Kennan died Thursday night at his Princeton, N.J., home at the age of 101, after a life of creative diplomacy and intellectual labor that many of his peers regard as a model for those who would represent their nation abroad.

First in a "Long Telegram" sent home to the State Department in 1946, then in an anonymous article in the influential U.S. journal Foreign Affairs, Kennan astutely described the crushing weaknesses of the Soviet Union - a nation exhausted by war, bled by internal oppression, stunted economically. Soviet power "bears within it the seeds of its own decay," he wrote, and he proposed a U.S. policy of "firm containment, to confront the Russians with unalterable counter-force at every point where they show signs of encroaching upon the interests of a peaceful and stable world." More SJMN.

Feb. 17, 2005: Iraqi election certified, but Shiites divided. Wrangling over leaders means government unlikely to convene soon. Iraq’s electoral commission certified the results of the Jan. 30 elections Thursday, clearing the way for the country’s first democratic parliament in half a century. But wrangling over who will get top posts in the Shiite-dominated government means the new National Assembly is unlikely to convene for weeks. More NBC.

Feb. 11, 2005: Prince Charles to marry longtime lover Camilla. Couple will wed April 8; Prince Charles announced Thursday that he will marry his lover Camilla Parker Bowles, putting an official seal on a long romance that Princess Diana blamed for the breakdown of her tempestuous marriage to the heir to the throne. The announcement ruled out the possibility that she would become queen. More MBC.

Feb. 3, 2005: President Bush, full text of 2005 State of the Union speech.

Jan. 31, 2005: World reaction to the Iraq election. NBC reports from Britain, China, Germany, Israel, Italy and Russia. The surprising turnout in Iraq’s election is echoing throughout the Italian media as a great success for all those Iraqis who had the courage to risk their lives to cast their ballots. But the levels of enthusiasm still reflect party lines. More MSNBC.

Jan. 21, 2005: Bush vows to spread liberty around the globe. George W. Bush swore the presidential oath for a second term Thursday and issued a sweeping pledge to spread freedom to the darkest corners of the world and "show the meaning and promise of liberty." "There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom," Bush said, moments after taking the oath of office. More MSNBC. Full text of the President 2nd inaugural address.

Jan. 19, 2005: Rice goes from the inside to the front. National security adviser Condoleezza Rice flew into Jerusalem on June 28, 2003, and immediately rushed to a meeting on the West Bank with Palestinian officials. During the session at a Jericho hotel, a rapt Rice watched a flashy PowerPoint presentation on a security fence being built by the Israelis that had begun to encroach on Palestinian lands. More MSNBC.

Jan. 18, 2005: The Roosevelts, Kennedys, and now the Bushes. Second term firmly establishes dynasty, eases sting of '92 loss. Amid the celebration and crowds of Inauguration Day came a surprisingly intimate moment between father and son. As John F. Kennedy's parade passed the reviewing stand where Joseph P. Kennedy was watching, the new president looked up and tipped his hat -- a gesture of affection and gratitude to the patriarch who had dreamed for years of putting a son in the White House. More MSNBC.

Dec. 20, 2004: A shift for Vietnamese. ELECTION OF S.J. SCHOOL TRUSTEE MARKS GROUP'S PUSH TO FIND VOICE. Lan Nguyen was elected to the East Side Union High School District board in November 2004. He is the first Vietnamese-American trustee for the district, which has a 20 percent Vietnamese-American student population. When Lan Nguyen entered Andrew Hill High School as a sophomore in 1984, he had about two years to learn English, graduate and adjust to life outside the homeland he had fled in the bottom of a fishing boat. Twenty years later, Nguyen is the first Vietnamese-American trustee in the school district he entered as a refugee. More SJMN.

Dec. 14, 2004: Taking the best of two worlds. Growing up in Saratoga, Crystal Chou spoke fluent Mandarin, took Chinese dance classes and gravitated toward Asian-American friends. Though she was born in San Jose, the 22-year-old college graduate always felt more connected to her Asian roots. More SJMN. San Jose street reflects growing diversity.

Dec. 13, 2004: Need to succeed. Educational pressure-cooker. In middle school, honor student Sheila Chen was famous for obsessing about her grades. At Cupertino High School, Sheila is just famous. She loves her high school, where as student body vice president, a homecoming princess and an editor who helped save the yearbook she found a world beyond her studies and blossomed. More SJMN.

Lifting test scores in one San Jose district.

Dec. 12, 2004: Asian impact. Growing group changes Bay Area. Hong Vuong spent her last five gold bars to flee Vietnam in a crowded fishing boat, eventually arriving in San Jose so broke that she couldn't afford to buy her hungry daughter a snack at the airport. Twenty-two years later, Vuong owns a restaurant in downtown San Jose and both of her daughters have graduated from college. More SJMN.

Dec. 11, 2004: HISTORIC VIETNAM LANDING. FIRST U.S. JET TO ARRIVE IN 30 YEARS SIGNALS HOPE. For some passengers, and many of the people awaiting their arrival Friday night, it was just another landing at Tan Son Nhat Airport. But this was no ordinary flight. ``I'm very moved to land in my homeland,'' said passenger Kim Pham of San Francisco, who left Vietnam as a teenager in 1972 and was making her first trip home. ``It's a very symbolic flight.'' More SJMN.

Dec. 10, 2004: Back to Vietnam. UNITED MAKES FIRST FLIGHT BY U.S. CARRIER SINCE 1975. United Airlines Flight 869 took off from San Francisco International Airport on Thursday with much fanfare, celebrating the return of an American carrier to Vietnam for the first time in nearly 30 years. In a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included speeches by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and ``Baywatch'' star David Hasselhoff, the flight was touted as a symbol of the growing relationship between former wartime enemies. More SJMN.

Dec. 7, 2004: Vietnam flight to make history. When United Airlines Flight 869 takes off Thursday from San Francisco bound for Ho Chi Minh City, it will carry 347 passengers and much symbolism. The historic flight is a milestone in the reconciliation of former enemies that began a decade ago with the United States lifting its trade embargo on Vietnam. United will be the first American carrier to fly directly into Vietnam since the war ended in 1975, when Ho Chi Minh City was still called Saigon. More SJMN.

Dec. 5, 2004: NEW PUBS TARGET EVOLVING TASTES. Mercury News Vietnam Bureau. HANOI - It's the simplest corner bar on earth: tiny plastic stools on the sidewalk; tables just a foot or two above the ground, laden with glasses of beer. Aside from women pouring cheap, watery draft, these establishments are patronized almost entirely by chain-smoking Vietnamese men whose favorite refrain is tram phan tram -- ``100 percent'' -- as in, ``drain your glass of every drop.'' More SJMN.

Nov. 22, 2004: Changing of the Guard: A Special Relationship. Condoleezza Rice: She's got one attribute Colin Powell can't match a tight tie to the president, which will be a source of power at State. Rice and the president first clicked when they sat down for a serious policy discussion in 1998. More NBC.

Nov.16, 2004: President Bush nominates Rice as secretary of state. Rice's deputy would be national security adviser. President Bush on Tuesday nominated his most trusted foreign policy adviser to become secretary of state, tapping Condoleezza Rice to replace warrior-turned-diplomat Colin Powell as part of a sweeping second-term Cabinet overhaul. More NBC.

Nov. 11, 2004: Arafat’s body begins long journey home. Egypt prepares for 75-year-old Palestinian leader’s funeral. Egypt put its security forces on maximum alert Thursday and prepared a modest mosque at Cairo’s international airport for the funeral of Yasser Arafat, the guerrilla leader turned Nobel Peace Prize winner who died earlier in the day at a French military hospital outside Paris at the age of 75. More NBC.

Yasser Arafat, a legacy of tenacity. Palestinian’s enduring legacy in the Arab world. Arafat’s ‘means’ failed in the end.

Nov. 3, 2004: Bush wins a second term in office. Kerry calls president to concede after hard-fought election. President Bush on Wednesday emerged as the victor in the fiercely fought race for the White House after Sen. John Kerry decided against contesting the vote in the battleground state of Ohio. More NBC.

GOP tightens hold on Senate, defeats top Democrat Daschle Minority leader to concede. With the outcome of three others in Alaska, Kentucky and Louisiana still too tight to call, according to NBC News projections, the Republican Party controlled at least 52 seats. If the Republicans were to win the remaning races, they would emerge from the race with a 55-44 edge, with one Democratic leaning independent. Entering the election, the GOP held a 51-48 advantage over the Democrats. More NBC.

Republicans extend decade of House control. Power of incumbency, Texas redistricting help GOP add a few seats. Virtually all sitting representatives in the 435-member House won re-election, leaving Speaker Dennis Hastert, Majority Leader Tom DeLay and their GOP majority firmly in charge. By early Wednesday, Republicans had won 228 seats and were leading in five other races, which could give them at least 233 seats. Democrats had won 199 seats and led in two other contests. Republicans hold a 227-205 advantage over Democrats in the outgoing House, plus two vacant seats formerly held by Republicans who have retired and one independent who sides with Democrats. A minimum of 218 seats are needed for House control. More NBC.

Oct.14, 2004: The third presidential debate. Read the transcript of the Oct. 13 Bush-Kerry debate.

Oct. 13, 2004: Bush, Kerry arm themselves for final debate . Domestic issues on table in Arizona face-off. President Bush and Sen. John Kerry are likely to reach into their arsenals of statistics to bolster arguments about economic and domestic issues during the final presidential debate Wednesday night. More NBC.

Sep. 27, 2004: Los Altos weighs limit on nail salons. SOME SEE OVERTONES OF RACE AND IMAGE IN THE COUNCIL'S STANCE. The posters in an empty downtown Los Altos storefront promised ``Not Just Another Nail Salon.'' Pinkies plans to throw bridal showers with champagne and hors d'oeuvres and Princess Pinkie birthday parties when it opens next month.... Many of the nail-care shops that have opened in the past decade among Los Altos' antique stores and clothing boutiques are considered discount salons, owned and staffed by Vietnamese immigrants. In California, about 80 percent of nail salons are Vietnamese-owned, according to Nails Magazine, a trade publication that researches the nail service industry. More SJMN.

Sep. 24, 2004: Children Moon Festival. Saturday September 25, 2004, Vietnamese American Cultural Foundation (VietACF) organizes Children Moon Festival, free of charge to public at Cesar Chavez Park at Market street and Park Avenue, San Jose, California. The event will open from noon to 9:00 p.m., including lanterns parade for children, talents contest, drawing contest, martial arts and other game show activities for children. Moon cakes and lanterns are also given free to the first 200 children at the event.

Sep. 14, 2004: Busy streets of Vietnam make room for autos. Car culture has arrived in Vietnam, and despite the harrowing roads, everyone wants a piece of the action. The waiting list for driver education courses is three months. With Vietnam's economy expanding at a red-hot 7 percent a year, the number of people who can afford a car is rapidly growing. A Mercedes-Benz or a BMW has become the ultimate status symbol for Vietnam's nouveau riche. And further down the income scale, members of an emerging middle class are scraping together the money for secondhand Toyotas. More SJMN.

Sep 5, 2004: Vietnamese Cultural Center OKd, Despite Protest. Garden Grove gives preliminary approval to the $10-million project despite objections about its location from Korean American leaders. Garden Grove officials have given preliminary approval to plans for a $10-million Vietnamese cultural center along Garden Grove Boulevard despite the objections of Korean American leaders who say the project is too close to their local cultural hub. The 3-acre parcel at Garden Grove Boulevard and 7th Street could become home to a proposed 80,000-square-foot Vietnamese cultural center that will include a library, a heritage memorial, a museum, a performing art center and conference rooms. More LA Times.

Sep. 3, 2004: President Bush’s remarks. As prepared for delivery to the Republican National Convention. More NBC.

Aug. 31, 2004: GOP recalls past to win present. McCain, Giuliani seek to bolster President Bush's core assets. One month after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a poll showed that 92 percent of Americans approved of the way President Bush was handling the problem of terrorism. Almost two years later, after the surrender of Baghdad, that number stood at 79 percent. More NBC.

Aug. 14, 2004: Opening Ceremony kicks off Games. ATHENS, Greece - With a roaring flame that soared into the sky Saturday, thousands of athletes celebrated the Olympics’ return to their ancient homeland in a joyful ceremony set among the fears of the modern world. More NBC.

Aug. 7, 2004: Pakistan: U.S. blew undercover operation. Al-Qaida suspect was secretly cooperating with counterrorist sting. The al-Qaida suspect named by U.S. officials as the source of information that led to this week’s terrorist alerts was working undercover, Pakistani intelligence sources said Friday, putting an end to the sting operation and forcing Pakistan to hide the man in a secret location. More NBC.

Jul 30, 2004: Kerry casts Bush as unfit to lead. Frayed military Democratic presidential nominee promises ‘help is on the way’ ”I’m John Kerry, and I’m reporting for duty,” Sen. John Kerry told cheering delegates at the start of his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. More NBC. Text of Kerry's acceptance speech. As prepared for delivery to the convention.

Jul 26, 2004: Rhetorical choice will define the campaign. Will nominee choose populism or emphasize war against terrorists? If John Kerry’s team executes its meticulously planned staging over the next four days at the Democratic National Convention here at Boston's FleetCenter, Americans will see an eloquent and heroic figure on their television and computer screens. More NBC.

Democratic convention under way in Boston. Clinton, Gore to get the party going for Kerry, Edwards. Bill Clinton was expected to get a hero’s welcome, but Sen. John Kerry was cast in the lead role as Democrats opened their presidential nominating convention in his back yard Monday determined to put him in the White House. More NBC.

Jul. 6, 2004: Kerry picks Edwards as VP candidate. Bush team counters with McCain ad praising president. Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry selected former rival John Edwards to be his running mate, calling him a man “who has shown guts and determination and political skills in his own race for the presidency of the United States.” More NBC.

Jun. 21, 2004: S.F. may give non-citizens school board voting rights. In a push to get more immigrants involved in their children's education, San Francisco officials are considering asking voters in November to give parents who are not U.S. citizens the right to vote in school board elections. Under the proposed ballot initiative, even illegal immigrants would be able to vote, so long as they are parents with kids in public schools.

Until 1926, almost two dozen states allowed non-citizens to vote. Chicago and several suburban towns in Maryland allow the practice, and Washington, D.C., is considering doing the same. New York City, which for decades allowed non-citizens, regardless of their immigration status, to vote in school board elections, also is looking to open up the vote in all local elections. More SJMN.

Jun 11, 2004: Reagan ‘belongs to the ages now’. Speaking at Reagan’s funeral in Washington National Cathedral, Bush said Reagan’s convictions were always politely stated, affably argued and as firm and straight as the columns of this cathedral, adding: He was optimistic that liberty would thrive wherever it was planted. Ronald Reagan belongs to the ages now, Bush said, but we preferred it when he belonged to us. More NBC.

Jun. 5, 2004: Ronald Reagan, 40th president, of United States, dies at age 93. Ronald Reagan, the cheerful crusader who devoted his presidency to winning the Cold War, trying to scale back government and making people believe it was "morning again in America," died Saturday after a long twilight struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 93. More SF. Chronicle.

Jun 2, 2004: President named, new government installed in Iraq. Leaders to seek more power than U.S. had offered. A Sunni tribal chief who spent more than a decade in exile in Saudi Arabia was named president of Iraq on Tuesday, and the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council dissolved itself as a new interim government took office. More SF. Chronicle.

May 29, 2004: VIETNAMESE CONNECT. GROUP REACHES OUT TO TECH ENTREPRENEURS AND DEAL MAKERS. Silicon Valley is dotted with influential business networking groups for several Asian groups: Indians, Chinese and Taiwanese. But what about Vietnamese? Although informal, under-the-radar Vietnamese networks have existed in the valley for a while, some say it's time to bring together Vietnamese professionals in a more formal group. Their goal is to have a 1,000-member group by the end of the year. That's an aggressive business model, considering the group has about 75 members now. More SJMN.

May 24. 2004: Veteran in Conflict. Sen. John Kerry's struggle for leadership of a Vietnam veterans antiwar group in 1971 ended with his resignation at a stormy meeting in Kansas City, where militants advocated violence against the U.S. Arguably the most telling piece of information in the FBI files on Sen. John F. Kerry is his speech at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on Sept. 30, 1971. More LA times.

May 22, 2004: Meeting with United States Consul General (Saigon Consulate General) in San Jose, California. On Friday May 21, 2004, American consul general Emi Lynn Yamauchi has met with Vietnamese American community in San Jose from 6:30 pm to 08:30 pm, California to share her experiences and answered questions while she has been US representative in Saigon, Vietnam in the past 3 years.

There were about 70 people attended including representatives from Vietnamese media, especially from Viet Mercury, a Vietnamese publication of San Jose Mercury News with parent company is Knight Rider. She also spent half an hour on the radio show to discuss issues concern Vietnamese American with regard to Vietnam policies on political, economic and religious freedom in Vietnam. The meeting in San Jose was organized by the Vietnamese American Council and others; the radio interview hosted by the executive director, Mr. Dat Nguyen and Jeannie Nguyen.

May 10, 2004: As insurgency grew, so did prison abuse. Needing intelligence, U.S. pressed detainees. Fearful of reprisals, Iraqis shrank from collaborating with an occupation authority that appeared powerless to reverse the tide of violence and lawlessness. More NBC.

May 5, 2004: U.S. Army report on Iraqi prisoner abuse Complete text of Article 15-6 Investigation of the 800th Military Police Brigade by Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba. Text.

May. 02, 2004: Capitalism in Vietnam, the next generation. Now, at the ripe old age of 24, Thang is one of Vietnam's brightest software stars, part of an emerging group of computer whizzes who hope to put their country on the high-tech map. They are part of a new generation of private entrepreneurs trying to make their mark in any field where opportunity beckons.

Thang owns an online newspaper ( and a Web forum (, both of which cater to a burgeoning youth market thirsty for new information about lifestyle and social issues. He and a group of like-minded techies recently merged their three companies into a new corporation called DTT, whose subsidiaries include the Hanoi-based Cisco Academy, where teachers certified by San Jose's Cisco Systems train Vietnamese students in computer networking. More SJMN.

Apr. 11, 2004: Text of a declassified presidential daily intelligence briefing from Aug. 6, 2001, declassified by the White House and made public Saturday. Portions marked "x" were blacked out before release. Text of Aug. 6, 2001 memo.

Apr. 02, 2004: Next U.S. envoy to Vietnam picked by Bush. HANOI - President Bush plans to nominate Michael W. Marine, the No. 2 diplomat in China, to be the next ambassador to Vietnam, the U.S. Embassy announced today. If confirmed by the Senate, Marine, a Vermont native and career Foreign Service officer, would replace Ambassador Raymond Burghardt, whose three-year term ends in December. Embassy officials said they did not know when the president would submit Marine's nomination. Marine would be the third ambassador to Vietnam since the United States normalized relations with its former enemy in 1995. More SJMN.

Mar. 30, 2004: San Jose grocers accused of fraud. A prominent Vietnamese-Chinese grocery store owner, his wife and their bookkeeper were arrested Monday for allegedly defrauding the government of millions of dollars in a case that sheds light on a shadow economy operating under the radar. Investigators say the owners of Senter Food stores, Hung ``Henry'' Ly, 53, and his wife, Hung Kien Vuong, 56, paid their employees a total of $12 million in cash under the table over a span of eight years. Tax consultant Ingche Ly, 54, is accused of helping carry out the alleged fraud. The husband and wife could face up to 12 years in prison, and their tax consultant 11 years. Bail was set at $5 million for the couple and $1 million for Ingche Ly, who is not a relative. More SJMN.

Mar. 26., 2004: Ravages of war. The memories of Vietnam cling to Dung Dang, grieving in his Hayward home for the son to whom he promised freedom in America and who died in Iraq this week. Dang likes to think that when his son Lance Cpl. Andrew Dang was killed in a grenade and gunfire attack Monday, he died for an ideal he had once risked his own life for. ``I escaped to gain freedom, and my son was fighting for other people's freedom,'' he said, tears welling in his eyes as he spoke about the 20-year-old who had been in Iraq for only a few weeks. More SJMN.

Mar. 12, 2004: S.J. library name debated. SOME LONGTIME RESIDENTS OBJECT TO VIETNAMESE-AMERICAN DESIGNATION. Vietnamese-Americans in recent years have transformed the area bordered by highways 87, 280 and 101 into a bustling business and residential district. They now account for one in five residents, and some want the library's name to recognize their contributions. The San Jose Library Commission has come up with a compromise: Tully-New Saigon Library. More SJMN.

Mar. 7, 2004: A glimpse into a deciding mind. Kerry can be slow to decide but quick to act. John Kerry cliché No. 1: The single-engine plane plunged toward the Nevada desert. The pilot had tried a barrel roll and miscalculated. Ten thousand feet, six thousand feet, two thousand feet and falling. More NBC.

Mar.4, 2004: Tran captures wide demographic support. Assembly hopeful says he tries to glean the best from Vietnamese and Western cultures. Such attention is rare for the victor of a state Assembly primary, but Tran's victory Tuesday is unprecedented. Because of Republicans' strong advantage in voter registration in the 68th Assembly District, he is a shoo-in to win in November. He would then become the first Vietnamese-American elected to the state Legislature and the highest-ranking Vietnamese-American elected official ever. More OC. Register.

Mar. 3, 2004: THE RACE IS ON. John Kerry clinches Democratic nomination just 6 weeks after surprise win in Iowa. Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, benefiting from six weeks of irresistible momentum, clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday, signaling a surprisingly early start to the fall campaign against President Bush. More SF. Chronicle.

Feb 27, 2004: GOP Loyalty Upstages Issues in Race. Garden Grove City Councilmen Van Tran and Mark Leyes both say they are the more conservative choice. But history could be made if Tran prevails in Tuesday's primary and wins election in the fall: He would become the highest-ranking elected Vietnamese American in the country, said Mark Petracca, associate professor of political science at UC Irvine. More LA. Times.

Feb. 23, 2004: Official Vietnamese flag provokes protests, pain. Seattle, Washington. When students at an Olympia community college hung the official flag of Vietnam as part of a larger international display to honor foreign students in 2002, it was meant as a welcoming gesture.

But to many Vietnamese Americans and refugees on and off the campus, the communist government's red banner with a gold star symbolized an oppressive regime they had been forced to flee, and as word of the flag's display circulated, hundreds protested and flooded the school with angry e-mail. The Metropolitan King County Council was to consider a resolution about the Vietnamese flag today but tabled the discussion until next month. More The Seattle Times.

Feb. 22, 2004: Ethnicity seen as issue in GOP race. Bias could affect Tran, Leyes in bid for 68th Assembly seat. Mark Leyes faces not only a fellow Garden Grove councilman in his Assembly primary, but the growing symbolism his opponent is coming to represent.

That opponent, attorney Van Tran, could become the state's first Vietnamese-American legislator and the highest-ranking Vietnamese- American elected official. Little Saigon and Vietnamese-Americans across the country are rallying around Tran. But so are many white Republicans, eager for the chance to diversify the party's image. More OC. Register.

Feb. 17, 2004: Ex-Premier's Vietnamese Journey Protested. Demonstrators in Garden Grove denounce Nguyen Cao Ky for his peace trip to homeland. A group of angry protesters held a rally in Garden Grove on Sunday to denounce the former premier of South Vietnam for returning on a mission of peace to the Communist country he fled nearly 30 years ago. More LA. Times.

Father's Trip to Vietnam Is His Daughter's Baggage. Entertainer Ky Duyen Nguyen catches flak over the journey home by her dad, the former South Vietnamese premier. The host of a Vietnamese variety show is under siege for supporting her father's decision to return to Vietnam, a country he fled as it fell to the Communists nearly 30 years ago.

Critics of the former South Vietnamese prime minister's ongoing journey are urging a Little Saigon-based production company to bounce Ky Duyen Nguyen from her role as host of a popular series of videos called "Paris by Night" cabaret-style videos that have swept her to fame in immigrant communities and Vietnam. More LA. Times.

Feb. 09, 2004: Race only skin deep. In the stratified world of high school, where cliques often form along racial lines, Carolyn Abbott's biotechnology students recently made a startling discovery: More than half of the class at San Jose's Piedmont Hills High School, students from numerous racial and ethnic backgrounds, are linked in their DNA to the same ancestor, born more than 100,000 years ago in central China or Taiwan. ``That's crazy,'' said junior Christina Romero, as she scanned the wide array of facial features, hair colors and skin tones among 17 teenagers who were suddenly related. More SJMN.

Feb. 07, 2004: THE TEARS OF A QUEEN. VIET PAGEANT WINNER APOLOGIZES FOR POSING NUDE FOR WEB SITE. San Jose resident Kim Hoang Tong was crowned Miss Vietnam of Northern California last month for embodying traditional Vietnamese cultural values of beauty, domesticity and modesty. That was before judges realized 21-year-old Tong had posed nude for an adult Web site. More SJMN.

Jan. 14, 2004: Return To Saigon. Former exiled South Vietnamese premier Nguyen Cao Ky returned Wednesday to the Communist country he fled nearly three decades ago, in his first homecoming trip since the Vietnam War ended. Ky, 73, of Hacienda Heights, California, arrived in Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat Airport with his wife, daughter and three friends, becoming one of the best-known political figures from the former U.S.-backed South Vietnamese government to return. More CBS.

Jan. 9, 2004: SALMON WARNING. INTAKE SHOULD BE LIMITED TO ONCE EVERY 2 MONTHS. Diners who are partial to salmon should avoid most farm-raised varieties, which often contain dangerous levels of cancer-causing contaminants, according to a major new international study that compared commercially bred salmon with their wild counterparts. The orange-fleshed fish can harbor so many toxic substances that salmon eaters in the San Francisco area should ration their intake to one eight-ounce farmed salmon steak every two months. More SJMN.

Jan. 8, 2004: San Francisco's new mayor sworn in. As San Francisco's new mayor takes office, he pledges to root out political patronage. Gavin Newsom, set to become San Francisco's 42nd mayor at the stroke of noon today, says he is committed to unraveling "the perception or the reality'' of patronage politics at City Hall in which the well-connected and the monied get preferential treatment. More SF. Chronicle.

Dec.24, 2003: Mad Cow Case Found In U.S. for First Time. Infected Animal Killed In Washington State. A Holstein cow slaughtered in Washington state earlier this month was infected with mad cow disease, marking the first time that the dreaded illness that devastated the beef industry in Britain has been detected in the United States, officials announced yesterday. More Wash. Post.

Dec. 21. 2003: Israeli official upbeat on Libya WMD pledges. Tripoli overture may presage start of friendly relations with Israel. As the United States and Britain promised rewards, Tripoli acted swiftly to prove its commitment to the world at large. A top Libyan official met the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog to discuss its proposals to eliminate weapons of mass destruction. More NBC.

Dec. 14, 2003: Saddam Hussein Captured by U.S. Troops. Former Leader Taken From Farmhouse Cellar Without a Shot Fired. Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was captured Saturday night near his hometown by U.S. soldiers who found him hiding, haggard and disheveled, in a hole in the ground in a small, rural compound, U.S. officials. More Wash. Post.

Dec. 10, 2003: Newsom beats Gonzalez to become mayor of S.F. Gavin Newsom, riding voter frustration with homelessness and fueled by nearly $4 million in campaign contributions, won election Tuesday as San Francisco's 42nd mayor in a campaign viewed as a test of strength for the city's dominant Democratic Party organization. More SF. Chronicle.

Dec. 2, 2003: Police auditor draws scrutiny. With the police shooting of a young San Jose mother still painfully fresh in people's minds, the city council today is set to consider whether to dramatically boost the powers of the city's independent police auditor to review such cases. The issue comes at a sensitive time and could put council members in a difficult spot. Outraged by the July shooting of 25-year-old Bich Cau Thi Tran, members of the city's Vietnamese community have rallied repeatedly at City Hall, criticizing the official investigation and demanding more accountability of police. More SJMN.

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