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Q&A: Mark Wahlberg transformed from troubled and violent teen to successful actor

Mark Wahlberg reformed from violent teen to successful actor in movies like Max Payne.

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Mark Wahlberg reformed from violent teen to successful actor in movies like Max Payne.

Troubled youth turned around

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The media has soft-peddled Mark Wahlberg's violent past, but didn't the man he beat up lose an eye?

When actor Wahlberg was 16, he robbed a pharmacy in Boston, where he grew up.

Under the influence of the hallucinogenic drug PCP, he attacked the Vietnamese owners. He knocked one man unconscious and left another permanently blind in one eye.

Wahlberg pleaded guilty to assault and was sentenced to two years in Boston's Deer Island House of Correction. He served 45 days. Wahlberg began to turn his life around in jail — lifting weights and discovering a faith in God. Wahlberg was born the youngest of nine children to working-class Catholic parents and raised in a cramped three-bedroom apartment in a violent neighborhood. His parents divorced when he was 11.

Wahlberg's films include the critically lauded Boogie Nights, Three Kings and The Departed.

Complicated citizenship

A lady on a Northwest Airlines flight gave birth to a baby over the Atlantic Ocean en route from the Netherlands to Boston. What is this baby's citizenship, and what birthplace will be listed on the birth certificate?

A seemingly simple question — with a complicated answer.

Baby girl Sasha was born Dec. 31 when Northwest Airlines Flight 59 was in Canadian airspace. Her mother, a woman in her 30s, is from Uganda.

Canada considers the child a Canadian citizen. Sam Bhoi Omara, who runs the consular section at the Uganda Embassy in Washington, said the infant is also eligible for Ugandan citizenship, provided that the mother is a Ugandan national and she files papers seeking a Ugandan passport on her behalf.

Uganda doesn't permit dual citizenship, so the child would automatically lose her citizenship in the African country if she acquires citizenship of another country.

It's not clear whether Sasha's family has decided to keep Canadian citizenship for the girl or intends to pursue Ugandan citizenship for her. (Omara said nobody has thus far applied for a Ugandan passport for Sasha or sought any services on her behalf from the mission.)

Dr. Paresh Thakkar, a retired family practice doctor who was returning from an annual trip to India and helped deliver the baby, says the child was born as the airplane flew over Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia.

A spokeswoman for Canada's Immigration Ministry confirmed that baby Sasha was born over Nova Scotia and directed further questions to provincial officials. She warned, however, that they were unlikely to give us details on the official city of birth because of privacy laws.

They didn't, and neither did Northwest. U.S. customs officials referred questions to Canadian authorities.

Q&A: Mark Wahlberg transformed from troubled and violent teen to successful actor 02/08/09 [Last modified: Sunday, February 8, 2009 3:30am]
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