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  LDS Church Against Changing Alcohol Laws for Olympics
The LDS Church released a statement yesterday urging lawmakers to keep Utah's stringent alcohol laws intact, in spite of the coming 2002 Olympic Games. The laws have been a source of contention for the Olympics, with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee seeking to work within the current laws and Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson asking the legislature to loosen the laws.

  Olympic Champ Gardner Returns to Home Today
LDS Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner is scheduled to return to his home town of Afton, Wyoming today, much to the delight of the town, which is anxious to see its new hero. Gardner returns to the town after appearing on talk shows and on-line chats, in the process disclosing some of his plans.

  Gardner Returns to Hero's Welcome in Afton
Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner returned to his home town yesterday to a hero's welcome and a parade. Gardner drove a tractor from his family's farm down main street, then walked through a crowd of children and eventually was carried by his former coaches and teammates along the rest of the parade route. Nearly 5,000 people from Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming, three times the town's population, lined the parade route to welcome Gardner home.

  Madsen Fitting In to Lakers
One day into training camp, 6-foot-9, 240 pound "MadDog" Mark Madsen has secured Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant as his champions. "He's active, hustles, listens, rebounds and isn't scared to play," O'Neal said. "He's one of those big, solid dudes......He's my type of guy, dude." Kobe Bryant is also impressed with Madsen's come-early, stay-late approach. "Every day he gives his all, his whole effort - goes 110 mph all the time, so I like Mark," Bryant said.

  LDS Football Player Twins Give Service
Kimball and Howard Christianson, 25, spent the first week in April until the second week of June, volunteering at Prem Dan, one of the houses established by Mother Teresa to care for the neediest people in Calcutta, India. Kimball, a 6-foot 3, 210-pound safety for the University of Utah, faced a task far more daunting than opposing any offensive lineman. He shaved dying men, bathed indigent children, gave massages to the handicapped and haircuts to the sick. "It was awhile before I dared to do that," he said of putting a razor to someone else's skin.

  BYU's Quest For Second MWC Title Continues At Home, With Games Against SDSU and UNLV
After two conference road wins against New Mexico and Utah, the Cougars top all MWC stats as they prepare to play their final home games of the 2000 season, hosting SDSU on Thurs. Oct. 12 and UNLV on Sat. Oct. 14.

  BYU Basketball Tips Off Friday at Fifth Annual Midnight Madness
The first chance to see the 2000-2001 BYU men's and women's basketball teams will be late Friday evening as the Cougar teams tip off their official practice season at the fifth annual BYU Midnight Madness in the Smith Fieldhouse. There is no charge for admission but seating is limited, with the doors opening at 11 p.m. Early entrance V.I.P. seating is also available at 10:45 p.m. to fans who pick up a V.I.P. ticket at Hogi Yogi or attend the BYU women's volleyball match earlier Friday against Air Force at 7 p.m.

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