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| General News|
Elder Hugh Pinnock Dead At 66
Salt Lake City's KTVX TV4 reported this
evening that Elder Hugh W. Pinnock of the First Quorum of the Seventy
died today after a short illness. Elder Pinnock has served as an LDS
General Authority for the past 23 years, including as one of the
quorum's seven presidents and as general president of the Church's
Sunday School. He was 66.
LDS Church Goes With Large In New Plaza Creches
The LDS Church is following dozens of local LDS
congregations and has created a display of Christmas Creches from around the
world. But the Church's display is also very different from these displays;
instead of hundreds of creches, the Church's display, on its new main street
plaza, has just four, the creches were created by Church-commissioned
artisans, while those in other displays were generally purchased or made by
private individuals, and the figures in the creche's are much larger than
usual -- 2 feet (.6 meters) to 4 feet (1.2 meters) high.
| Local News|
After 14 Months Of Silence, Solomona Tells His Story
Peter Solomona, on trial for murder in the October
18, 1999 death of popular high school student Brandon Ketsdever, publically
told his version of the events leading to his shooting Ketsdever. In two
hours of tearful testimony, Solomona said his gun accidentally discharged
when his trigger finger knocked against the door frame of Ketsdever's car.
His lawyer then told the court that Solomona, an LDS Church member, is the
innocent victim of a tragic accident.
This Year Reno Temple Lights No Problem
Unlike last year, no one showed up to oppose a special use
permit covering the lighting of the Reno Nevada Temple. The Reno City
Council met Tuesday to discuss the LDS Church's application for a special
use permit to light the outside of the building, leading the council to
unanimously approve the lighting plan.
One Year Later, Ainge Has No Regrets
A year after he stepped down as coach of the NBA's
Phoenix Suns, Basketball star Danny Ainge says he has no regrets. Ainge
spends his time just as he said he would a year ago -- on his family and
Church. The results have been good, he says, and while he maintains some
connections with sports, don't look for him to go back.
Steve Young: It's A Boy!
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve
Young's wife Barbara gave birth to a boy last Wednesday, according to an
announcement from the San Francisco 49ers. The baby was born at 1:30 pm on
December 6th, weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.
Former LDS Congressman Allan T. Howe Dies
Former Congressman Allan T. Howe, who represented the Utah
that included Salt Lake City, died yesterday at his son's home in Falls
Church, Virginia. Howe served in Congress starting in 1974 for one term,
losing his bid for re-election in 1976 after a scandal over his arrest for
soliciting sex acts. He was 73.
IOC Claims Hatch-Sponsored Drug Regs Lax
The International Olympic Committee attacked
Utah Senator Orrin Hatch on Tuesday, criticizing the Senator for his
support of the dietary supplements industry. The IOC claims that
dietary supplements are poorly labeled, and sometimes contain
steroids that the IOC has banned for athletes. Explanations from
athletes who tested positive for drugs during the Sydney Australia
games led the IOC to blame the supplements.
LDS Entrepreneur's Mission Leads To Nativities.com
Kurt Holmgren's LDS mission to Poland started him on the
road to his business, Nativities.com, a website that sells unique nativity
sets from all over the world. Kurt and his wife Erica started the site last
year after developing the concept as a side business, and it has since grown
into a small business that may now lead to their operating the site full-time.
Former Temple President, Banker C.R. Canfield Dead At 66
Former Johannesburg South Africa Temple President
and long-time Utah Banker Charles "Chuck" Robert Canfield died
Monday, December 11th in Bountiful, Utah after a battle with cancer.
After a career working in banks in Washington, Colorado, Nevada and
Utah, cumulating as President and CEO of Salt Lake City's Tracy
Collins Bank, Canfield served the LDS Church in South Africa and then
served as Director of the Hill Cumorah Visitor's Center and
Historical Site. He was 66.
| Arts & Entertainment|
MoTab Christmas Album Called Their Best Ever
Reviews of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's
latest Christmas album call it the choir's best Christmas album ever
-- out of more than 20 that the group has recorded since 1945. The
album, called "A Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas," was released
recently by the Telarc label, and is reviewed positively in the Salt
Lake Tribune and on the Amazon.com website. However another review
takes issue with the album, calling it "over-produced."
Tribune Loses Attempt To Block Sale
US District Court Judge Tena Campbell turned
down the Salt Lake Tribune's request that she halt the paper's sale
to Denver's MediaNews group. Campbell denied all the Tribune's
claims, saying that the evidence did not support the claims. The
Tribune said it plans to appeal the ruling to the US 10th Circuit
Court as early as Monday.
Bonneville Buys Chicago's WNIB, Fans Fear Format Change
LDS Church-owned radio company Bonneville
International agreed last week to purchase Chicago classical music
station WNIB-FM and its sister station WNIZ-FM for $165 million
increasing Bonneville's presence in Chicago to five stations. But the
announcement left fans of the 45-year-old station certain that it
will not keep the classical format, instead choosing a more
profitable format that fits better with Bonneville's other stations
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