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| General News|
Missionaries Evacuated From Solomon Islands Following Coup Attempt
The eight LDS missionaries serving in the Solomon
Islands have been evacuated to Brisbane, Australia, according to a press
release issued by the LDS Church on Saturday. The six young men and senior
couple were evacuated by ship along with the Australian citizens in the area.
Elder from China killed
An LDS missionary that had recently arrived in the
Provo Mission Training Center was hit and killed in a freeway onramp traffic
accident early Friday morning. Elder Wen Ping Shi, 27, of Fujin, China was
killed at about 1:14 am by a driver in a pickup truck. Since Shi was wearing
a dark suit, the driver did not see him.
ACLU Says SLC Refused To Settle Main Street Lawsuit
ACLU attorney Stephen Clark claims that Salt Lake
City refused to settle the lawsuit over the sale of a block-long stretch of
Main Street to the LDS Church. Clark said he was ready to settle weeks ago
if the City would pay his client for the cost of filing the lawsuit. But
City Attorney Roger Cutler says that is not an "appropriate and fair" basis
for the city to consider.
Anti-gay marriage petition nears filing
Proponents of the Nevada version of California's
Proposition 22 plan to file their proposed amendment to Nevada's
constitution next week. The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage
announced Wednesday that it has collected "significantly more" than
the 44,009 signatures needed to get the measure on the November
ballot. According to the article, the effort is "heavily supported by
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
| Local News|
Suspect in Missionary Deaths Sentenced for Gun Violations
Robert Elmer Kleasen, once convicted of murdering two
LDS missionaries in 1974 and sentenced to death, was again convicted on
Friday on weapons violations and sentenced to 3 years in prison. Kleasen's
1974 conviction was overturned when a search warrant was held invalid, but
last year Police in England discovered his cache of illegal weapons and
arrested him again.
Hinckley Birthday Tickets Gone in One Day
Tickets to the birthday celebration for LDS
Church President Gordon B. Hinckley's 90th birthday party, scheduled
for June 23rd, were snapped up in hours yesterday. Those eager to
attend the celebration began lining up at ticket booths Salt Lake,
Ogden and Provo before dawn Wednesday. Reserved tickets were all
distributed by 12:30 pm and a limited supply of standby tickets were
gone in the early afternoon.
Mormon Family's Custody Challenged Because of Father, Not Mother's Disability
An Ottawa Judge is expected to rule soon in the
case of the newborn son of a Mormon couple taken from the couple just
days after birth by the Ottawa Children's Aid Society. While the
child's mother has cerebral palsy, The Children's Aid Society claims
they took the child from the couple because the father's behavior
places the child at risk.
11 church-member families lose their homes in the New Mexico fire
11 of the families that lost their homes in the
recent fire in Los Alamos, New Mexico were members of the LDS Church,
according to BYU's NewsNet service. The families were among 400 that either
lost their homes or had their homes damaged due to the fire, which started
as a controlled burn by the U.S. Forest Service that got out of control.
Damage for the fire totals nearly $6.5 million.
Steve Young Retires
NFL star and LDS Church member Steve Young will
reportedly announce today that he is retiring from football. The news leaked
to several news organizations on Thursday, and San Francisco 49ers general
manager Bill Walsh confirmed the decision on Thursday. Young i the top-rated
passer in NFL history and a two-time league MVP.
New MWC Schedule Has BYU Playing Mondays
The league voted and now BYU will play basketball
on Monday nights. Breaking a long-standing aversion, the university
will participate in the Mountain West Conference's schedule, which
will shift next season from a mainly Thursday-Saturday format to a
Saturday-Monday format. The Conference announced the change Tuesday,
saying that the change was meant to accommodate ESPN's nationally
televised Big Monday late game and address problems with the schedule
that many coaches called unfair.
Did MTV Stint Break BYU's Honor Code?
The story that a BYU student was included on MTV's
"Real World" continues to expand, with the Associated Press now
distributing the story that Julie may not be allowed back to BYU. The
school is looking at the situation because as part of the show, she
lived in a house with four men and two other women, in violation of
BYU's housing policy.
| Arts & Entertainment|
Medved Gives God's Army 3-1/2 Stars
Nationally known film reviewer Michael Medved
gave LDS film God's Army three and one-half stars in his review
published on his website. Medved said he found the movie,
"fascinating, riveting, and emotionally satisfying."
Needed Gilgal Funds Raised, But Purchase Snagged Over Boundaries
The Friends of Gilgal have finally raised all
the funds needed to purchase the garden, and is ready to hand the
funds to the national Trust for Public Lands, which will buy the
garden and three nearby homes and turn them over to the city. But, a
new snag in the deal has appeared because of misunderstandings over
the property lines.
How A Mormon Salesman Brought Neon To Las Vegas
An article in the magazine American History
credits the introduction of Neon lights to Las Vegas to a Mormon
salesman. The article covers the history of Neon in America, along
with a little of its scientific and commercial development in Europe.
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