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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 DEIRDRE O'CONNELL.


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 world's largest.


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