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 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.

 4 LDS Chapels In Colombia Bombed
Marxist rebels in southwestern Colombia bombed four LDS chapels on Tuesday and killed one man and injured 20 others in another blast. Police in Colombia blame the bombs on the National Liberation Army (or ELN, using its Spanish-language initials), Colombia's second-largest rebel force, for the blasts in the city of Cali. No one was injured in the blasts at the LDS chapels.

 Religions Condemn Bombings of LDS Church Buildings
The Colombian police are looking to the National Liberation Army (ELN) for setting bombs that exploded three Mormon chapels in Cali, a city with a population of 2 million. The chapels belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. No injuries were reported. A fourth bomb was found, but never went off. Police are blaming Marxist rebels who may have been influenced by radical Catholic priests. The accusation drew swift condemnation Wednesday from Mormon and Roman Catholic officials in Utah.

 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.

 LDS official makes plea to Congress
Calling a U.S. visa program "a vital part of the missionary effort of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," Elder Ralph W. Hardy of the Seventy asked the U.S. Congress to make the program permanent. Hardy testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration in favor of a bill to make permanent the program, which allows up to 10,000 religious workers to enter the U.S. temporarily each year. The program is set to expire in September.

 Is governor's mansion in Romney's future?
Mitt Romney was recently labeled by the Boston Globe as a prime candidate to represent the Republican Party. "That's true. I would seriously consider running for office again under the right circumstances," Romney told the Deseret News. There is considerable speculation that Romney would remain in Utah after the Olympics and possibly run for office.

 New Lawsuit Challenges Plaza Sale
The Utah ACLU has filed a second lawsuit against Salt Lake City challenging the city's sale of a one block stretch of Main street to the LDS Church. The lawsuit, filed yesterday, claims that city leaders ignored their own law in permitting the sale of the property.

 General Authority Was High School Star
In the fall of 1959, Rich Winkel and his younger brother McKay "Mac" Winkel led the Logan High School football team to a league championship victory against Washington Union High School. The situation was unique, in that the Winkels had played for Washington Union the year previous, but were now attending Logan due to school boundary reorganization. That year, Rich served as captain and was named Most Valuable Player for the both the football team and the basketball team.

 No Missionary Garb for LDS Seminaries
The LDS Church has decided to ban "Missionary Week", a seminary activity in which students dressed as LDS missionaries during a week. Traditionally, seminaries throughout the Intermountain West have held the week for the past 15 years as a way of encouraging students to prepare for missions. But in recent years the activity has become a problem in some public schools, where non-Mormons and inactive members have found the event alienating.

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