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Posted 12 Mar 2001   For week ended February 23, 2001
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Shaw Picks Up Olympic Interfaith Baton from Late LDS Colleague Barnes
William Shaw is feeling the pressure of performing for the 2002 Olympic Games. Shaw is not an athlete but he's been handed a Herculean task with a very short timeline. Newly appointed head of the Olympic Interfaith Roundtable, Shaw has to take it to the next level. Alan Barnes, the original founder of the Olympic Interfaith Roundtable, an ecumenical group focused on fulfilling the religious needs of the athletes and visitors planning to attend the 2002 Olympic Games, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 2, 2001.

LDS Man's Attempt to Row Accross Atlantic Swamped
It's official! The "Brother of Jared" rowboat was officially certified as an ocean crossing by the Ocean Rowing Society headquartered in London last week shortly after Richard Jones of Utah rowed the 30-foot boat through the Caicos Passage just south of the Bahamas and clear of the Atlantic Ocean. Yet, the voyage officially ended when a tow from a passing fishing vessel swamped the rowboat causing Jones to abort his winter-long odyssey less than 400 miles from his intended destination of the Florida mainland.

LDS Coach, English Instructor Killed in Traffic Accident
Sheryl Brink Wiens, a coach and English teacher at Merced College, was killed early Monday morning when the truck her husband was driving ran of the road and overturned. Wiens, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the truck and died later at Mercy Hospital. Her husband, Randy Wiens, has been charged with driving under the influence and manslaughter because of the accident.

Las Vegas Mormon Takes on Homeowner Association
An investigation into the excesses of homeowner associations, cooperative groups meant to keep up a neighborhood, by Las Vegas' KVBC TV3 led to Mormon Scott Prisbrey, who led a petition drive to oust his homeowners association board after the board's excesses bothered homeowners in his neighborhood. In the process, Prisbrey's religious beliefs were attacked before the group he led was able to vote out the board.

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