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Young Mormon missionary dies Friday in crash on Highway 24
An LDS missionary, Sister Melissa Peterson, 22, of Snowflake, Arizona, died Friday from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Peterson, who had been serving for 1 1/2 years, was killed when the car she was riding in was hit from behind by a pickup truck.


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Caracas Venezuela LDS Mission Office Robbed December 15th
Two armed robbers burst into the LDS Church's mission office in Caracas, Venezuela on December 15th, stealing cameras and money from two missionaries and a former missionary. The three were held hostage for several hours before the robbers escaped.



Another BYU Football Player Withdraws After Honor Code Violation
Another BYU football player has left the school because of honor code violations. Sophomore kick returner Jaron Dabney, who averaged 23.6 yards per return during the season that just ended, withdrew from BYU last week, becoming the fifth starting player in the last year to leave or be expelled from the school.


Marie Osmond Separates from Husband of 13 years
In a short statement released Monday by her publicist, Marie Osmond says that she has separated from her music producer-husband Brian Blosil. Blosil and Osmond have been married for 13 years and have seven children, including several adopted children and one son from Marie's previous marriage.

 Arts & Entertainment

'Mormon America' author gives personal opinions on the LDS Church
The Contra Costa Times interviewed Richard N. Ostling, the AP religion writer who wrote "The Power and the Promise: Mormon America" along with his wife Joan. The interview gives an interesting view of Ostling's personal opinions about the Church and its place in society, opinions that seem, like the book, admiring yet critical.


Salt Lake Proposes to Charge LDS Church for Fire Service
In his first state of the city speech, new Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, an 'inactive' LDS Church member, concentrated on the plight of the city, which is facing an $8 million shortfall, among other problems. Among Anderson's ideas for solving the budget problem is a proposal to charge property owners for fire protection.


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