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  Students Ejected From School For Reading Book of Mormon
Three West High Students were escorted out of Salt Lake City's West High School last Tuesday, allegedly because they had copies of the Book of Mormon on their desks. The students evidently planned to read them during free time, but the teacher called the books offensive and asked school security to escort the students from school for causing a disruption.

  Resolution of Book of Mormon Expulsion Delayed As Lawyers Get Involved
The Salt Lake City Board of Education has delayed its investigation of last week's incident in which three students were escorted from their West High School English class, allegedly for reading the Book of Mormon during free time in class. The school district has started an investigation into the incident, but attorney Frank Mylar, who represents the students, objected to the investigation's format, in which the students were questioned in the presence of the teacher.

  Trust Buys Historic Mormon Town to Protect It From Development
The Grafton Heritage Partnership has saved the historic Mormon ghost town of Grafton, Utah, spending $1.35 million to purchase the town and conservation easements on surrounding land. The town's few remaining buildings may be familiar to those that have seen the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," which was filmed in the town in 1969.

  LDS Stake Assists Mugging Victim
When a San Jose, California handicapped mugging victim vented her frustrations on the Internet, LDS Church members in Washington state were listening and soon got a local San Jose stake involved with providing assistance. Jamie Welton-Parham was mugged September 7th by a man who stole her purse and in the process broke her only good arm.

  Historic Mormon 'Honeymoon' Trail Part Of New National Monument
US President Bill Clinton recently named Arizona's Vermilion Cliffs as a national monument, and in the process preserved a portion of the Honeymoon Trail, or Old Arizona Road, used by the Mormon settlers of Arizona to travel to the St George Temple. The naming of the land, situated north of the Grand Canyon and southwest of Page, Arizona, as a national monument protects all Federal land in the area from sale or development.

  Ohio Teen That Drugged Missionaries Gets 30 Days
An Ohio teen that spiked cupcakes with a sedative, making 17 people ill at an LDS missionary luncheon, was sentenced to 30 days in a juvenile detention center on Thursday. Judge Stephen Rule ordered Joseph Cordell, 15, to serve the 30 day sentence in the Wood County juvenile detention center starting immediately.

  BYU Jerusalem Students Will Return Early Because of Unrest
The students currently attending the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies will return early because of the recent unrest in the middle east. The Center has changed the schedule for the class and students will return November 24th, 16 days early.

  LDS Church Wins Zoning Approval For Louisiana Bishop's Storehouse
The LDS Church's effort to build a 15,000-square-foot Bishop's Storehouse outside of Slidell, Louisiana was finally successful after delays last month due to neighbors concerns over a re-zoning application. The Church secured rezoning and a building permit for a 15,398-square-foot facility located on 2.3 acres.

  KBYU-FM to broadcast 40th anniversary celebration Nov. 9
KBYU-FM Radio will broadcast a special concert in celebration of its 40th anniversary as an FM station on Thursday (Nov. 9) at 9 p.m. on 89.1 FM and 89.5 FM (southern Utah County) and online at:

  Garth A. Hanson new associate director of Jerusalem Center
President Merrill J. Bateman and the Jerusalem Center Executive Committee have announced the appointment of Garth A. Hanson as the associate director for academic programs at the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies.

  The Power of Change: Laie Hawaii Temple President Speaks At BYU-H Devotional
Richard E. Clarke, President of the Laie, Hawaii Temple spoke at a BYU-Hawaii devotional Nov.10 about finding happiness through change. Clarke illustrated "the path that leads to happiness through change."

  A Light Of Nations: Culture Night 2000 Showcases Diversity Through Entertainment
The annual culture night at BYU-Hawaii proved to be yet another show of spectacular entertainment on Friday, Nov.3. In this year's show "Light of Nations," students took to the stage of the Polynesian Cultural Center Amphitheater, site of Hawaii's most spectacular productions. Whether it was shimmering cellophane hula skirts or the fast-twirling stunts of swing dancing that caught the eye, there were entertaining spectacles for every audience member.

  BYU students memorialize alumni war dead with public web site
After leaving behind five children and a pregnant wife, Brigham Young University alumnus Capt. Don C. Wood was shot down during a bombing mission over Laos in 1966. Later, as Wood's family gathered to watch news reports of the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, the still-missing airman's youngest daughter asked, "It's over -- can daddy come home now?"

  Truman G. Madsen at BYU devotional Nov. 21
Truman G. Madsen, a Brigham Young University emeritus professor of philosophy and former director of the BYU Jerusalem Center, will speak at a campus devotional Tuesday (Nov. 21) at 11 a.m. in the Marriott Center.

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