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| General News|
Palmyra Becomes A Mormon Mecca
While Palmyra, New York hasn't seen the influx of
Mormon residents that Nauvoo, Illinois has seen, the town has become a
major Mormon tourist destination, drawing thousands of visitors to see its
historical sites and long-running pageant. Today's New York Times looks at
Palmyra's transformation in an article titled "Tourist Chapter to the Book
of Mormon." The article looks at the effect this tourism has had on the
town, and the LDS Church's history in the area.
| Local News|
Family Breaks Into Closed Jordan River Temple
TV news reports in Utah say that today a family
forced their way into the LDS Church's Jordan River Temple, which is closed
for the holidays, leading to an altercation with police. The family,
including children ranging in age from infant to eight years old, was
discovered on a third floor room, attempting to pray.
SLOC Turns Down Scout Volunteers
Scout officials at the Great Salt Lake Council of
the Boy Scouts were confused when they learned that Scout volunteers would
not be welcome for the 2002 Winter Olympic games. The officials have worked
with the committee under the assumption that Scouts could volunteer, as they
did at the Atlanta games, and were surprised when the SLOC made its decision
known and refused to talk with the Scouts about it.
Huntsman Says Demos More Supportive
Saying he will support whatever political party will
provide more cancer funding, LDS billionaire Jon Huntsman told the Deseret
News in an article published Sunday that Democrats seem to be more sensitive
to the issue. Huntsman's comments came despite a life-long commitment to the
Republican party and its principles. He says he has become a "one-issue man."
LDS Fire Department Chaplain Sees Ventura Tragedies
Six years ago Larry Modugno, 56, a deacon at St.
Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Camarillo, started the Ventura County Fire
Department's Chaplaincy program, providing chaplains to help survivors of
tragedy deal with grief and serve as spiritual advisors at these difficult
times. One of the chaplains in the program is LDS Church member Tom Wheeler
of Moorpark, California.
| Arts & Entertainment|
'Accidental Tenor' Sings de Azevedo's 'Gloria'
George Dyer will perform in Lex de Azevedo's
"Gloria: The Life of Christ" and be featured in the role of Gabriel.
Dyer, sometimes known as the "Accidental Tenor," grew up in Virginia
among a family of music lovers, but Dyer steadfastly resisted his
first voice teacher's suggestion that his talents were in opera.
New Provo School Video Policy Puts Entrepreneur's Business At Risk
Provo High School alumnus Ryan Clark may be out of the movie
business after the school board decided to ban R-rated films on campus.
Family Flicks, Clarke's brainchild, shows edited versions of hit screen
movies. Violence profanity and nudity are removed. It seemed like a good
idea until last week when the Provo School Board approved a video policy
that prohibits showing any clip from an R-rated movie, edited or not. Clark
had been renting school space to show the films.
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