The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on April 16, 1994 · 1
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The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada · 1

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Saturday, April 16, 1994
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c CsEElCHIE A 1 A A A A 8l SCAFF 336-4444 jji Red Fisher gives you the lowdown , y b COMPLETE EYEGLASSES Frame & lenses single vision $ 99 Frame & lenses bifocal $159 Frame & lenses progressiva lenses $199 ' Frames trom our exclusive collection. This otter can end without further notice and is not valid with any other promotion. on the playoffs Section F O N T R E A L Outside metro area $1.50 Probably no invention came more easily to man than Heaven. B.C. Lichtenberg SINCE 1778 r PBEu t IA N. r?v mummmmm yrf Trade agreement signed GATT director-general Peter Sutherland holds up the final-act document of the Uruguay Round trade agreement. Despite the deal, tensions remain. PAGE G1 Steady hand at Metro-Richelieu In food-company executive Pierre Lessard's manner, you see the approach that steered M6tro-Richelieu away from losses to profits. PAGE G1 Federal jobs program for youths Ottawa will spend nearly $700 million this year to train unemployed youths, provide more student loans and help young people get jobs. PAGE A10 Mulroney jet could be a loss The government closes the bidding on a VIP Airbus outfitted for former prime minister Brian Mulroney. The bids could come up $20 million short. PAGE A12 llotampering here: St. Mary's An official at St. Mary's Hospital says that any wrong data in its breast-cancer research files are simply the result of clerical errors. PAGE A4 , C T ! i tiii i i Comparing taxes Josie Tavormina pays $6,000 a year in property taxes and another $3,000 in business tax. Would she be better off in Boston or Toronto? PAGE B1 Women's hockey team in final . Canada beats the Finns to advance to the final in the women's world hockey championships. PAGE F8 For the birds Barry Evans, a birdman from the Eastern Townships, has a collection that includes four flightless friends that run as fast as a horse. These funny birds, called rheas, "dance while they're playing," he says. To keep his feet on the ground, Evans runs a string of funeral homes. Showers Today high 15 Tonight's low 4 Showers this morning, with a possibility of sunshine this afternoon. Scattered showers late in the evening and tonight. PAGE C14 For weather updates r please call The GazetteTVv 841-8600, code 6CC3 i : Architecture 12 ( Births & Deaths ' 613,614 ; Books 11, 13 Bridge E7 Brownstein C10 Business 61 . Camera Angle J3 -Camillt C7 tar Doctor E4 tateers 67 Chess J3 Classified 01, El Collatd B4 Comics J1.J5, J6 Computers J2 Crosswords E6, J4 Dining Out C4 Earth Matters 18 Editorials B4 Hadckel 61 Health 16 Horoscope E6 Inlo-Line C14 Landers 16 Legal Notices E8 Movies C8, CB Noodletrade E7 Religion 17 Scoreboard F4 Show CI Sports PI Theatre C3 ToddFI Travel HI Vton&rwurdES From hell to hope "'.::..n tw'Vjc . ;:v . ; -.U-:i- S . : ' . - ' ' i: ; - - - ' : ::t. j. V . GAZETTt. MARCOS TOWNSENO Louise Tremblay holds a new arrival from war-torn Rwanda, her 5-month-old adopted daughter, Marie-Clara. The baby, along with others escaping the violence, was among 54 people landing yesterday at Mirabel. STORY, PAGE A3 In Rio, drug trafficking is for Ends Big-time dealers in the slums of Rio de Janeiro recruit children because they are cheap and eager sources of labor. They can start as lookouts at age 8, and later pack and then sell drugs. KATHERINE ELLISON KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWSPAPERS RIO DE JANEIRO - Elinaldo, 16, lives in the world's most beautiful war zone. The two-room apartment he shares with his mother and five siblings sits in one of the 548 registered favclas, or slums, that twist around Rio's rocky hilltops, providing stunning views of the oceanside city below. The steep, densely populated redoubts are perfect for guerrilla war -what many believe the growing drug trade has come to. On one side are increasingly bold cocaine traffickers, who have turned Rio into what one local newspaper dubbed the Republic of White Powder - a major point of cocaine consumption and shipment from Colombia to Europe and North America; on the other, an undermanned, undersupplicd and rampantly corrupt police force. Over the past several years, the traffickers, dominated by a gang called Comando Vcrmelho - the Red Command - virtually have occupied areas of the city, using powerful arms including Uzi submachine guns, anti-tank weapons and grenade launchers. "There's a parallel army in the streets of Rio," the army minister. General Zenildo Lucena, said last year. ; Gangs fight gun battles with the police and each other, and it's not uncommon for the violence to claim up to a dozen lives in a single weekend. Growing up in the labyrinthine alleys of the favelas are thousands of young men like Elinaldo, a lanky fourth-grade dropout, hooked on cocaine. He chose sides and joined the Red Command last year after his 1 5-year-old girltncnd became preg nant and he felt pressed to increase his Si 00 monthly paycheque for construction work. (Neither Elinaldo's last name nor the name of his neighborhood is being used, at his request.) On his first day as a so-called PLEASE SEE KIDS, PAGE AS Canadians still held LOS ANGELES TIMESAP SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Serb forces crushed government defence lines around Gorazde in a massive attack yesterday that killed a British special-forces officer and plunged the UN mission into a crisis over whether to abandon the proclaimed "safe haven on the verge of collapse. Also yesterday, in the town of Unas, Serbs continued holding 16 Canadian peacekeepers hostage as international negotiators worked to secure their release. The Bosnian government accused the United Na tions of signing Gorazde's death warrant and betraying the very people whom the disastrous peacekeeping mission was sent to protect. They are scared to death of the thugs in the moun tains. We are not," Prime Minister Hans Silajdzic angrily pronounced after the civilian chief of the UN Pro tection Force made clear he was not prepared to use force against the Serb gunmen poised to overrun Gorazde. The UN commander for Bosnia at one point ordered the removal of all UN military and relief workers from the besieged enclave. He then reversed course and told crews of two helicopters dispatched to Gorazde to bring out only one of two wounded Special Air Services officers. The transported soldier was later pronounced dead. The rest of the UN military personnel, a force of 1 3, remained in Gorazde, along with an indeterminate number of civilian aid workers. The initial pullout order suggested the UN mission PLEASE SEE BOSNIA, PAGE A2 I UN to get standby force of peacekeepers. PAGE A18 Unsolved Mystery finally solved after wrong arrest AARON DERFEL THE GAZETTE A six-year manhunt for an American fugitive wanted for the grisly stabbing death of his wife ended in Montreal yesterday with the arrest of the wrong man - then the right one, police said. David Vieira, 42, who was known among Montreal's Portuguese as the goalie of a community soccer team, was arrested at his home in Plateau Mont Royal yesterday afternoon. The arrest came two days after the TV show Unsolved Mysteries broadcast a story about the 1 988 slaying of Alice Arruda. She was stabbed 24 times in her New Bedford, Mass., apartment, about SO kilometres south of Boston. Acting on telephone tips from Portuguese Montreal-ers following the broadcast, police picked up a man in his 40s in a Plateau Mont Royal apartment at 1 a.m. yesterday. But it was the wrong man. "This man bore a striking resemblance to David Vieira," said Det.-Lt. Jean Ostiguy of the police homicide squad. But when police checked out the man's identification papers and his fingerprints, they realized he wasn't Vieira. The man was released at 1 1 a.m. yesterday and PLEASE SEE ARREST, PAGE A2 Double jackpot leads casino to shut game Minnesota Indians play a winning hand Time's risk, but plenty of jobs and profits in two Ojibwe casinos LYNN MOORE THE GAZETTE ' First of a series The Montreal Casino has shut down its popular electronic keno game after a player won $200,000 jackpots in two consecutive games. Provincial police are among those probing the statistically suspect win, said a spokesman for the Regie des Alcools, des Courses ct des Jeux. The double win on Sunday marked the first - and second - time a player hit that big jackpot, a feat accomplished by selecting 19 of 20 numbers drawn from an 80-number pwl. said Louise Sansregret of Loto-Qucbcc. "Statistically, that is so rare that we decided to investigate," she said. "But we can not presume anything. Wc are just waiting for the investigation's results." The player's second win occurred as casino stalT congratulated him on LYNN MOORE THE GAZETTE Q PLEASE SEE KENO, PAGE A8 LAKE MILLE LACS, Minn. - Marge Anderson only has to turn on the tap at her kitchen sink to illustrate the revolution gripping her community and changing the course of her people's lives. The water streaming from the tap these days is clean - just 15 months ago, it ran the color of rust. "You couldn't even wash your clothes with that water, much less drink it," said the chief of the Millc Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians, recalling how she used to haul her whites down Highway 169 to a laundromat to get them presentable. Those treks ended in February 1992, after a new community V 5 it FEVER work and the rust in the iron-rich water. For the first time, Anderson and her neighbors in the wooded, lakeside reserve had chlorinated, fluoridated, clear water. The arrival of clean water on the reserve is one of the improvements that are transforming this com-munity in central Minnesota. Prosperity and power are flowing in as thousands of gamblers flock to the band's two 24-hour casinos at Lake Millc Lacs and Hinckley - casinos that last year delivered about $ 16 million in profits to the band. The casinos are owned by the Ojibwe but were built and are managed by Grand Casinos Inc., which keeps 40 per cent of the casinos' profits. The Minneapolis-based firm now wants to export its casino project to the Kahnawake Mohawk if y ; -?w. I water-treatment plant began its PLEASE SEE CAV.2UE, PAGE AS GVtTTE, BANDY JOHNSON Casino employes Pant Boyd standi in Iront ol new house thai has replaced her old house trailer. a i i 1

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