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| General News|
Four Days Later, Solomon Islands Missionaries Arrive in Australia
The LDS Missionaries evacuated from the Solomon Islands
arrived in Cairns, Australia yesterday after three days at sea, according to
this report in the Sydney Morning Herald. The report says that the
missionaries boarded the HMAS Tobruk at the Honiara Yacht Club Thursday
night, along with 458 other evacuees on the Australian Navy vessel. The
evacuees included 140 children.
Anti-Gay Marriage Petitions Filed in Nevada
The petitions gathered in a statewide petition drive by the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage were to be filed at 10 am yesterday
at the county clerk or voter registrar office in each of Nevada's 17
counties. The petition will put an amendment to Nevada's constitution on the
ballot, blocking recognition of same-sex unions in other states. According
to the Associated Press, the petition has the support of the LDS Church.
| Local News|
Another Outspoken BYU Professor Leaves For UVSC
BYU professor Samuel Rushforth, a botany professor,
has decided to leave BYU for a post at UVS, becoming the latest in
what the Deseret News calls "A small but steady migration" from BYU
to UVSC. Rushforth becomes the new dean of Utah Valley State
College's school of science and health, joining former BYU professors
Scott Abbott and Eugene England at the growing college.
Report on Fukuoka Temple Dedication
My family and I just returned home to Chiba, north of Tokyo, from a five day trip to Fukuoka for the dedication of the Fukuoka Temple, so
I'm sitting down to write my journal entry about what happened while
it is fresh in my memory. We were members of the Fukuoka Ward
from 1995 to 1997, and we had a wonderful time seeing our old
friends. It is a very close and friendly Ward, so it was great to be back with
Mormon Mother with Cerebral Palsy Looses, Newborn To Grandmother
An Ottawa judge ruled Monday that the newborn son
of a Mormon couple is safer in the hands of his maternal grandmother.
The case caught media attention in Canada because the son was taken
from his mother just five days after birth, and because the mother
has Cerebral Palsy. The parents claimed that Ottawa's Children's Aid
Society took the child because of his mother's disability.
49ers' QB Steve Young's Legacy
As expected NFL star Steve Young announced
his retirement Monday and said goodbye to football in the San
Francisco 49ers locker room. While he said, "For the record, I know I
can still play, The fire still burns , but not enough for the stakes.
Retiring at 38 ... in some ways, it sucks. In my mind, I leave the
game playing my best football." Young leaves the game with a storied,
15-year, Hall-of-Fame-bound career that included two MVP Awards, a
Super Bowl title in 1995 and arguably the best passing record in NFL
Is Julie In Trouble, Or Is BYU?
News articles on the controversy over whether a BYU
student named Julie, who joined the cast of the MTV show "The Real
World," should be allowed to return to the school in the Fall continue to hit
national newspapers and Internet websites.
| Arts & Entertainment|
'Donny & Marie' cancelled
The syndicated TV talk show hosted by
Osmond brother and sister Donny &Marie was cancelled Thursday
according to Columbia Tristar Television Distribution, the show's
distributor. The show was to enter its third season next year, but
low ratings led to its cancellation.
Mormon Author's Food Encyclopedia In New Edition
When the book was first published 14 years ago, publisher Prentice Hall asked Woods to remove the information about the medicinal properties of
food, "They said it was too weird," said Wood. "Thank heaven people today
are more interested." In spite of the deletion, the book became a primary
reference text for the whole and natural foods industry, leading Wood to
travel across the country giving lectures and conducting workshops on
Growing New York Stake Needs Expensive Real Estate
In the past few years, the sizzling economy has led to
a hot real estate market in New York City, doubling prices in just the last
four years. Churches in the city have been hit as hard as anyone, given
their specific needs, which often make it difficult to convert space from
other uses. And the growth of the LDS Church on Manhattan and in the rest of
the city makes the expense an immediate concern.
Huntsman Dropped from Forbes List In Error
The latest issue of Forbes magazine ranks the
world's 'working' billionaires,but wealthy LDS Church member Jon M.
Huntsman, who actively manages his $3.9 billion portfolio of
companies isn't on the list. Hi absence left some in business circles
shocked, wondering if Huntsman had suffered a major reversal or given
away most of his money.
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