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 Suicide Of LDS Doctor Puzzles Friends, Company
The apparent suicide of an LDS doctor, entreprenuer and AIDS researcher shocked friends and family and has cast a pall over the company he co-owned, as his co-owner recovers from a gunshot wound to the face. Dr. Larry C. Ford, an LDS Church member an co-owner of Biofem Pharmaceuticals, was called a generous friend, deeply religious man and a 'boy genius' by those who knew and respected him.

  Police Arrest Suspect In Murder of LDS Immigrant
Police have arrested Jamie Oliver Boyce and charged him with second-degree murder and possession of an offensive weapon in the death of LDS Church member Bernardo Sanchez-Archila, 27. Sanchez-Archila was found in his downtown Edmonton room on Valentine's Day with a stab wound to the heart.

 Former LDS Stake President and Utah House Speaker In Trouble
Utah legislator and former speaker of the State House of Representatives Mel Brown has fallen a long way from his glory days, and now the legislator is simply trying to get back to stability. Just three years ago Brown had a 42-year-old marriage and respect both as a state legislator and former LDS stake president. Now he is leaving his political career this fall, has been excommunicated from the LDS Church, and is facing a bitter divorce which may cost him a farm that has been in his family for four generations.

 Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit Offers Glimpse at History
Brigham Young University will be hosting a Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit Friday and Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Napperville, Illinois. The exibit will feature replicas of several of the scrolls, models of the Qumran community and artifacts of the area where the scrolls were discovered. The exibit in Napperville follows a recent Schaumburg exibit and will be followed by an exibit at the Field Museum in Chicago from March 10 to June 11, where actual manuscripts from the Dead Sea Scrolls will be featured.

 LDS author, support group honor Black contributions to Mormon history
With Black History Month ending today in the United States, NewsNet's Beal looked at the history of blacks in the LDS Church, and discovered that their history is long and interesting. Beal interviewed BYU professor Margaret B. Young,co-author of the "Standing on the Promises" trilogy and Darius Gray, president of the LDS Church's Genesis group, and discovered several black LDS Church members early in LDS history.

 Louisville Temple Open House Begins
The open house of the Louisville, Kentucky Temple began March 4th and will continue through Saturday, March 11th, notes the Lexington, Kentucky Herald-Leader. The paper gives basic information about the open house schedule and the building location, as well as background on the purpose of Temples.

 Elder Packer urges young LDS to understand gift of the Holy Ghost
Speaking at the monthly CES fireside at Utah Valley State College on Sunday evening, March 5th, Elder Boyd K. Packer, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told students that every Church member has the right and obligation to understand the Holy Ghost. Drawing from the Book of Mormon, Packer said he thinks many LDS Church members still don't understand the gift of the Holy Ghost. "I think we can imagine that, because every one of us at times, and many of us, all the time, have no appreciation or understanding of the gift that we have," Elder Packer said.

 LDS Republicans rebuff anti-smoking plea
"You know what?" asked Senator Scott Howell, D-Sandy. "Joe Smith had it right." Noting that "someone received some information" on February 27, 1833, Howell made a thinly veiled reference to church doctrine. Howell continued his attempt to persuade Utah Senate Republicans to propose spending more money on anti-cigarette programs, by asking the GOP-controlled body to more than double its $3 million allocation for tobacco prevention. "We're not thinking about the kids of tomorrow who will light up a cigarette today," he said.

 Manti Utah LDS Pioneers To Be Honored With $3 Million Center
The Manti Destiny Committee is proposing to construct a museum, historical library and reception hall in Manti to honor the 51 pioneer families sent by Brigham Young to establish the city of Manti in 1849. The center would be surrounded by a memorial garden, including a bronze statue of a mortal Moroni and a globe showing  where the descendants of these pioneers live today.

  Chieko Okasaki to address students in Leadership Conference
BYU will host its Second Annual Women's Leadership Conference on Saturday, and will feature LDS speaker and former member of the General Presidency of the Relief Society Chieko N. Okazaki. Sister Okazaki will deliver the conference's keynote address, entitled "Because of the Covenant."

 Finances Of Judge That Made Fun Of Mormons Posted To Internet
Senior Judge Alan McDonald of Yakima, Washington, was recently listed as the richest man on the state's federal bench. An article in the Spokesman-Review estimates his net worth to be between $8.3 million and $38.9 million. McDonald is the same judge that the Spokesman-Review criticized in January for passing notes with a clerk which made fun of people in his courtroom. The notes had poked fun at blacks, Mormons, a prosecutor, and various attorneys.

 SVC Gets BYU Management Society Student Chapter
A new student chapter of the BYU Management Society has been formed at Southern Virginia College, the Virginia college that espouses LDS values in its management and student conduct. The formation of the student chapter was approved last October by the Blue Ridge Chapter, the closest chapter to Buena Vista, Virginia where the college resides.

  First family history fireside to be Friday, March 3
BYU's Department of Church History and Doctrine will sponsor its first Family History Fireside on Friday night, featuring Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy. The fireside will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3rd in the Joseph Smith Building auditorium on BYU's campus. The fireside is open to the general public, according to department chair Raymond Wright.

 Nauvoo Webcam is back in business
Deseret Book's 'webcam' showing the status of the construction on the Nauvoo Temple site is back in business after dropping off the web the middle of last month with technical problems. The site shows a new color picture every 60 seconds of the site.

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