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| General News|
Mormons fund $10 million plan for restoration in Kirtland
The LDS Church presented plans to the Kirtland City
Council Monday detailing an investment of $10 million to restore and
rebuild LDS landmarks in the town. The investment is the first major
expenditure in the area since the 1984 renovation of the Kirtland
General Store and a visitor's center. The plan includes a new visitors
center, an inn and a commercial building, restored versions of early
Kirtland buildings. A home, tannery and school house will also be
remodeled under the plan.
Man Freed in Missionary Murders Is Jailed in England for Gun Crime
The man once convicted of killing two LDS
missionaries in 1974 is back in jail, at least for now. Robert Elmer
Kleasen was put in jail by Crown Court Judge Michael Heath on Wednesday
until he can sentence Kleasen for four firearms charges.
Self-proclaimed polygamist charged with child rape, bigamy
Juab County Attorney David Leavitt announced
yesterday that he has charged polygamist Thomas Arthur Green, 51, with
child rape, bigamy and failure to pay child support. The charges
represent only the fourth time that polygamy has been prosecuted since
the infamous Short Creek in 1953.
| Local News|
LDS Church's Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit Moves To Indianapolis
The LDS Church's exhibit on the Dead Sea
Scrolls has moved to an Indianapolis LDS Chapel, part of a seven-city
tour that the LDS exhibit is traveling throughout the midwest while a
larger exhibit is available at Chicago's Field Museum. The LDS
exhibit has no original pieces, only replicas.
Crash takes life of Mesa (AZ) Bishop
LDS Bishop William Forrest lost his life in an
automobile accident on Friday, according a report in the Arizona
Tribune. Forrest, a native of Pocatello, Idaho and father of seven,
collided with a tractor-trailer hauling gravel.
BYU Students Start Controversial 'Fight Club'
The popularity of an unregulated amateur boxing club
in Provo started by a group of BYU and UVSC students has BYU
administrators and local police worried. The group stages boxing
events before crowds of 300 or more fans at secret venues all over
Utah county, Utah.
LDS High School Volleyball Player Like A Clone of BYU's Millar
The LDS Volleyball player following in the
footsteps of BYU's Ryan Millar could almost be his clone. Trent
Sorensen of Highland High has developed into one of the top juniors
in Southern California. Like Millar he is a member of the LDS Church
and is at Millar's alma matter, Highland. He also plans to attend BYU.
Alice Sheets Marriott Dies
Alice Sheets Marriott, 92, widow of restaurant and
hotel magnate J. Willard Marriott Sr., died Monday at Georgetown
University Hospital of complications after a stroke.
| Arts & Entertainment|
Donny Osmond: Joan Collins Pawed My Bod
If you can believe the National Enquirer,
Donny Osmond is claiming that "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat" co-star Joan Collins made a play for him while filming the
recently released video version of Osmond's popular stage show.
Osmond reportedly told reporters recently that Collins "Pawed his
bod" during rehersals for the film.
Mormon Play 'Two-Headed' To Open Off Broadway In New York
Women's Project &Productions (WPP), the
workplace for women in American theatre (Julia Miles, Artistic
Director), closes its 1999-2000 season with the New York City premiere
of TWO-HEADED by Utah playwright JULIE JENSEN, directed by JOAN VAIL
THORNE (The Exact Center of the Universe), starring LIZBETH MACKAY and
Church's 22,000-Seat Hall Is an Open and Shut Case
"A waterfall plunges through a 'canyon.'
Aspens and evergreens grow to the edge of a three-acre alpine "meadow."
The setting sounds bucolic but it is not. It is the rooftop of a 1.5-
million-sq-ft conference center smack in the middle of Salt Lake City.
The $240-million building for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints houses a 22,000-seat hall, described by church officials as the
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