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  Is Arizona Mormon Family Victim or Racist?
A Mormon family in Winslow, Arizona claims it is trying to address hazing that has gone too far, only to attract charges that they are racist. Joe Hancock took action after his son, who is white, was abused by other athletes at Winston High School, including a popular African-American basketball player and other black and hispanic athletes. In return, he is being called a racist and a local civil rights activist has called for a state investigation.

  Murderer of Local LDS Leader Gets Life Sentence
The convicted murderer of a local LDS leader and father of four was sentenced Tuesday and will spend at least 47 years in prison before he is eligible for parole. District Judge Sally Loehrer rejected Keith Shanley's bid for a new trial and sentenced him to life in prison for the February 1998 shooting death of George Veit at a Best Auto store in Las Vegas.

  Missionaries Take Rejection with Humor
A columnist with the Evansville Courier and Press had a chance encounter with a pair of LDS missionaries during the first day of a 100-mile bicycle trip. Columnist Garret Mathews encountered in them friendly assistance in the form of Gatorade and cheerful responses to his questions about rejection.

  Heater in LDS Chapel Causes Fire
An LDS Chapel in Amarillo suffered a burned closet and light smoke damage throughout the building Tuesday when a malfunctioning heater caught fire. According to a report in the Amarillo Globe-News, the fire started at about 9:45 am on Tuesday.

  LDS Chapel Planned in Florida
A planned LDS Chapel in Pembroke Pines, Florida was the subject of a news article in the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. The building is meant to address growth in the Fort Lauderdale Stake, which currently has 10 wards.

  Groundbreaking takes place for university stake center
A crowd of community members, students and faculty gathered on Saturday, Oct. 7 to witness the historic groundbreaking ceremony of the BYU-Hawaii Stake Center. The long awaited stake center facilities will include two chapels, two kitchens, one baptismal font, 14 bishop offices, approximately 28 teaching stations and one multipurpose room. The site is located between Temple View Apartments and the Joseph F. Smith library.

  Historian Robert Remini to discuss Joseph Smith Oct. 24
Robert Remini, a non-Latter-day Saint historian seen and quoted in the PBS broadcast American Prophet, will speak at Brigham Young University Tuesday (Oct. 24) from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium. The lecture is hosted by BYU's Joseph F. Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint history.

  BYU Homecoming Opening Ceremonies scheduled Oct. 17
Brigham Young University's Homecoming 2000 will begin with high spirits at opening ceremonies Tuesday (Oct. 17) at 11 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

  Homecoming Spectacular honors Jesse Knight, Coach Edwards
The gala event in the Marriott Center Thursday and Friday (Oct. 19 and 20) at 7:30 p.m. is being hailed as a "sterling celebration" that will honor Jesse Knight, a silver magnate who gave much of his wealth to Brigham Young University, and LaVell Edwards, BYU's legendary football coach.

  Emeritus Club bestows honors
Edna Stowell Taylor of Rexburg and Bill and Verna Egbert of Ogden, Utah, were honored with Distinguished Emeritus Service Awards Saturday at the semi-annual breakfast meeting of the Ricks College Emeritus Club.

  BYU professor uncovers life story of 17th-century Catholic bishop
When the elderly Belgian priest gingerly placed another stack of disintegrating documents in front of Brigham Young University history professor Craig Harline, it only took moments of thumbing though the crackling parchment of an old diary before Harline knew he'd found the subject of his next book.

  Robert Wakefield participates in national ethics conference
Robert Wakefield of Utah County-based Wakefield Communications participated last week as an invited fellow in the first annual Colloquium on Mass Media Ethics in Park City, Utah. The colloquium, jointly sponsored by Brigham Young University and the Journal of Mass Media Ethics (JMME), is investigating the ethics of persuasion in an open marketplace.

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