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| General News|
Anti-US Politics Behind Bombing Of 3 LDS Chapels In Colombia
Yesterday's bombing of three LDS chapels in Cali,
Colombia was probably motivated by the political situation in
Colombia and had little to do with the LDS Church, which is often
seen as a symbol of U.S. intervention there. Police in Cali blame the
attack on the National Liberation Army (ELN), a marxist group that is
the second largest rebel group in the country.
LDS Missionary Killed in Argentine Traffic Accident
An LDS missionary, Elder Eric Robert Driggs of Mesa,
Arizona, was killed last week and his companion, Elder Jordan Lee
Call of Logan, Utah was injured when the taxi in which they were
riding collided with a truck. Elder Driggs died on Thursday and Elder
Call was flown to Utah, where he is recovering from the injuries he
sustained in the accident.
| Local News|
Fresno Temple Dedication Draws Thousands
A crowd of LDS Church members estimated at
10,000 visited the grounds of the new Fresno LDS Temple on Sunday,
witnessing President Gordon B. Hinckley place the building's
cornerstone and dedicate the Temple. Some members unable to attend
the dedication inside the Temple itself, arrived as early as 6 a.m.
to catch a glimpse of President Hinckley for the 9 a.m. cornerstone
About 40,000 people tour new $5 million Mormon temple in Reno
The LDS Church's new Reno Nevada Temple completed its
weeklong open house on Saturday, attracting about 40,000 people to
see the building before its dedication, according to local church
officials. The temple's completion came after Church officials
resolved some opposition from neighbors who felt that the building's
outside lighting was excessive.
Man Who Rammed LDS Chapel With Truck Enraged At Church
The man accused of raming his pickup truck into an
LDS Chapel in Powell, Wyoming was dissatisfied with the Church and
said he wanted to form his own church, one that would allow members
to smoke and drink coffee. Kenneth Albert Wiley, 47, has been charged
with nine felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one
felony count of property destruction in the 4:30 p.m. Monday incident.
LDS Accused Of Bias In Arizona
Complaints by black students in Gilbert, Arizona
have led the East Valley Chapter of the NAACP to file a federal civil
rights complaint against the Gilbert Unified School District, saying
that the district discriminated against blacks, looking the other way
when they were harrassed. While the complaint itself doesn't implicate
Mormons, the statements made by the NAACP and by the students and
parents involve say that the district favors Mormons over everyone else.
BYU's Morris a bit crazy, and thankful for it
BYU's Rob Morris is expected to be chosen in the first
round of the NFL's draft on Saturday, the eighth BYU player to be
chosen in the first round, and the first time that BYU has had
first-round picks one year after another. Last year, offensive
lineman John Tait was chosen 14th overall in the draft. CBS
Sportsline ranks Morris #5 among linebackers.
LDS Rugby Player Reforms, Gains Teammates' Respect
Just one year ago, LDS professional rugby player
John Hopoate had a reputation for trash-talking and nightclubbing.
But now he has reformed, rejoined the LDS Church and gained the
respect of his teammates. And the team may be seeing a side benefit
of his lifestyle change; the team is second in the standings, winning
six games and tieing two.
Former BYU Basketball Coach Stan Watts Dies
Watts started coaching at Millard High School, moving to Dixie College and Jordan High School before taking a job at BYU as head
baseball coach, and freshman football and basketball coach. He got
the head basketball coach join in 1949, and soon produced a
championship team, winning the NIT championship in 1951. He repeated
the achievement with BYU's 1966 team.
LDS Lawyer In Oklahoma Running For State Legislature
Thad Balkman, former Brigham Young University
political science graduate, will run for the Oklahoma State House of
Representatives in the November, 2000 election. He will oppose
Democrat Wallace Collins, who holds the current House seat. Balkman,
originally from Long Beach, Calif., is a Republican who will run on a
tax reform platform with goals to create a business friendly
environment and raise public education to a higher level.
| Arts & Entertainment|
Incredible Success Of 'God's Army' Reaches Outside Utah
The success of the LDS film "God's Army"
reached beyond Utah for the first time last week as the film opened
on three screens in eastern Idaho. The film opened to strong sales on
screens in Pocatello, Blackfoot and Idaho Falls, Idaho on Friday,
February 7th, putting the film on a total of 32 screens in Utah and
now Idaho. This Friday it opens on 4 more screens, including one in
Reno, Nevada and is expected to reach $1 million in box office sales,
according to distributor Excel Entertainment spokesperson Mary Jane
Jones. The film has reached #35 in national rankings of box office
Dialogue Starts Website, Resumes Publication
The LDS Journal Dialogue is now represented on
the Internet, and has resumed publication following a recent move to
Ohio. The well-known LDS Journal, founded in 1966 by a group that
included LDS author and former BYU professor Eugene England and now
LDS Apostle Dallin Oaks, is using the web to let the public know more
about it and preview the table of contents of current issues.
New suitor wins First Security
After failed negotiations with Zions Bancorp,
First Security announced that it will merger with Wells Fargo &Co.,
based in San Francisco. The deal took place just 10 days after talks
with Zions bank broke off. First Security is the largest bank in
Utah; Wells Fargo is the 7th largest in the country.
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