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  Plea Entered in Case That Led to Prosecution of LDS Clergy
The man whose child abuse crimes led to the current prosecution of LDS Clergy for failing to report child abuse has plead guilty to four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. The charges filed against Jay Toombs, 43, carry a mandatory prison sentence and a maximum of life in prison for each charge.

  Trial Begins For Two Accused of Murdering LDS Girl & Others in Pizza Hut
The Arizona Daily Star's justice reporter, Inger Sandal, will be covering the trial of two men charged in the January 17, 1999 murder of three Tucson residents who were murdered while working at an East Side Pizza Hut. The trial was moved more than 200 miles north after a judge determined that inflammatory media converge would deny the accused murderers of a fair trial in Pima County.

  Teenagers on Temple Grounds called Out of Control
Inappropriate activity by some young people on temple grounds has been reported in one of Utah's biggest newspapers.

  Teenager That Drugged Missionaries Ruled Delinquent
The teen accused of drugging 17 LDS missionaries and members was found delinquent Thursday of a reduced charge of inducing panic, the equivalent of a first degree misdemeanor. Joseph Cordell, 15, was originally charged with delinquency of corrupting another with drugs, a felony-level charge, but prosecutors added the panix charge at a pre-trial hearing, and he was only ruled delinquent of the lesser charge.

  LDS Relief Society in SC Makes Quilts for Abused Children
A service project by a Myrtle Beach South Carolina Relief Society was recognized Thursday in the Myrtle Beach Sun. The Relief Society met August 8th to complete a months-long service project making 20 quilts for abused children and refurbishing the home that houses them.

  Young Women Clean Shelter
Winona State University at Winona, Minnesota, was the recently the site of seminars, activities and community service for local young women. Roughly 750 young women from Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Manitoba and Ontario gathered for the entire first week of August to be instructed by such leaders as Elder Thomas A. Holt, of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy, and Sister Carol B. Thomas, first counsellor in the Young Women general presidency.

  President's Council Answers Questions About BYU-Idaho Transition
The President's Council held a question-and-answer session Aug. 9 for interested employees and students. Several questions were asked pertaining to our transition to a four-year university. We thought you might be interested in this update:

  Thomas B. Griffith named new BYU General Counsel
President Merrill J. Bateman has named a new General Counsel and Assistant to the President at Brigham Young University. Thomas B. Griffith has been a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Wiley, Rein and Fielding, specializing in government affairs, litigation and Internet law.

  BYU graduate receives Fulbright grant to Mozambique
A recent graduate of Brigham Young University has been awarded a Fulbright grant to study and conduct linguistics research in Mozambique. Ryan K. Shosted, an April 2000 summa cum laude graduate in linguistics from BYU, will take classes and do field research among Portuguese-African speakers in Mozambique.

  Update on Spori Building and New Homepage
August 11 was a historic day for the Spori Building as classes met for the final time in the building that is scheduled to be torn down later this fall in preparation for a new building that will be constructed on the same location. Departments that have been housed in the Spori have been temporarily relocated in other buildings across campus. The Celebrating the Spori Committee is working on plans to commemorate the building in the fall, with several events planned in conjunction with Homecoming.

  Ricks Gearing Up For Fall Semester
There's a bit of a lull at Ricks this week as summer classes have just ended and Fall Semester classes won't start until Aug. 29. Registrar Kelly Hymas reported a record 3,349 students enrolled during the final weeks of summer school. Early reports indicate we'll see an increase in students for Fall Semester with estimates between 8,900 and 9,000 students.

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