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 Deborah Laake, Author Of Controversial Temple Tell-All, dies
Deborah Laake, a former Phoenix journalist who wrote an expose of her life as an LDS Church member and disclosed in a book information about the LDS Temple ceremony, died on Sunday in South Carolina of an apparent suicide. Laake had battled breast cancer since 1994 and was being treated for depression. She was 47.

  LDS President of Brown University Resigns to Join Vanderbilt as Chancellor
Brown University President E. Gordon Gee, a conservative member of the LDS Church, resigned yesterday morning, saying he has accepted a position as chancellor of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Gee has been president of Brown for two years, during which he has raised some controversy because of his more businesslike approach and more conservative outlook.

 Chino Hills could take sides in state's marriage debate
Proposition 22, The California Defense of Marriage Act, will go to the voters on March 7. For now, support for the proposition is seen with blue-and-yellow signs sprouting up on front lawns all across California in anticipation of the vote. The proposition will add 14 words to the California State Family Code. "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

 Ricks student Ramon Guerrero Dominguez had dreamed of representing Mexico in the Olympics
Ramon Dominguez Guerrero is a native of Mexico whose name in Spanish means "warrior." His life's work and example at the tender age of 26 is all of that and more. He was invited to represent his country on the Tae Kwan Do Olympic Team in the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain but chose to serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. With 20 days to go on his mission to Mexico City, Dominguez was shot through the stomach while trying to break up a robbery. Three months after his release, Dominguez won the silver medal in the Tae Kwan Do World Championship and then the Gold in the Pan American Games. His talents promised to take him around the world, but Dominguez had other plans.

 Women's tennis coach finds purpose at BYU
This article outlines how Craig Manning came to be an assistant coach on the women's tennis team at BYU. Manning was an Austrailian tennis pro who had tired of life on the road, the cost of playing in tournaments, and the pressure of professional sports. And even though he avoided sugar because he felt it was bad for his health, he had taken up drinking. One day, sick with hangover and depressed by his life, he played a pick-up match with an older man whom Manning thought an easy target. No luck. The man beat him, but noticed his talent, and suggested that he knew of a school where he could play tennis to pay for his college tuition, but the drinking and smoking would have to go.

  Bank president to quit job for mission work
Rick DeVries, a member of a local LDS church has stated that he will resign his positions as bank president and civic leader to serve a three year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He and his family plan to sell their home, pack up and leave Ypsilanti for three years as he serves in the presidency of one of the 333 worldwide missions of the church. He does not know where the mission will be, but "We are willing to serve wherever the Lord wants us to go." DeVries said of his decision to take the missionary post. "I guess the bottom line is, we have a love for the Gospel and the Savior and a desire to be of service to others."

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