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LDS Church Proceeds With Final Steps for White Plains NY Temple
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will ask the Harrison New York Town Board to approve the proposed White Plains Temple on Monday, proceeding with the final step in the approval process despite an outstanding lawsuit. However, Town Supervisor Ronald Bianchi doesn't expect a quick decision by the Board on the controversial building, saying that the Board is unlikely to reach a decision Monday. And some local residents are still opposed to the building.

White Plains Temple Presentation Attracts Opponents
A Town Board meeting yesterday attracted more than 80 neighbors of the LDS Church's proposed White Plains Temple as representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presented plans for the use of the building. Most of the neighbors present opposed the building, fearing that it will increase traffic and claiming it is "out of scale" with the character of the neighborhood. Church representatives tried to assure the Board that the building is only used for special occasions and for rituals and has already been reduced in size to address neighbor's concerns.

Arson Suspected in West Valley City Chapel Fire
Police suspect arson in an early morning fire that destroyed 20-25% of an LDS chapel in West Valley City, Utah and left the rest of the building heavily damaged from the smoke. Police suspect arson because of where and when the fire started. The building, which serves two wards, will take two months to repair, fire officials estimate.

Church Vandalism in Utah Increasing, Says Salt Lake Tribune
The vandalism of an LDS chapel in Sandy, Utah, which caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, led Tribune reporter Bob Mims to look at the vandalism of churches in Utah. Mims found a perception that vandalism is increasing there. He also found that the vandalism isn't limited to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and a review of Mormon News' files show that the vandalism of LDS chapels also isn't limited to Utah.

LDS Church Sets Site for Redlands Temple
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will build its announced Redlands Temple on the Northwest corner of 5th and Wabash Avenues, next to the Redlands Stake Center. The proximity will allow the Temple, one of the Church's new "smaller" temples, to share the parking lot with the Stake Center.

LDS Adult Conference scheduled for East Coast
Several outstanding Latter Day Saint speakers and musicians will come together in Virginia on June 21st through 23rd. Our own adult education conference is a wonderful opportunity and we don't even have to travel to B.Y.U.

Ricks College won't reapply for permit to paint giant 'R'
The east side of North Menan Butte that is presently home of the giant block "R" may eventually return to its natural state, say Ricks College officials, who have decided not to reapply this year for a permit with the federal Bureau of Land Management to re-paint the letter.

Michael Day named fellow of national art education group
Michael Day, a professor in Brigham Young University's Department of Visual Arts, was recently named a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association (NAEA).

Associate dean receives national accounting education award
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) honored Brigham Young University accounting professor W. Steve Albrecht with its most prestigious educators award.

Second summer term begins with counsel on relationships
Monday, June 11, marked the beginning of the second summer term at Ricks College. For many students it is a time filled with new experiences having only recently graduated from high school and moved to Rexburg. At Tuesday's weekly devotional they were instructed to take advantage of internship opportunities as preparation for their future. Specifically, the experience of living with roommates can be an internship in personal relationships.

BYU Television, KBYU-TV to broadcast Ricks College Education Week lectures
For the first time, talks given at the recent Ricks College Education Week will be available to a national audience via BYU Television, which is carried on the Dish Network and DirecTV as well as by many regional cable carriers.

Volunteers needed for CES training conference in August
Volunteers are needed Aug. 14-16 for the annual training conference for seminary and institute personnel in the educational system of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

David Magleby receives national teaching award
A professor in the Department of Political Science at Brigham Young University has been named a co-winner of the 2001 Rowman &Littlefield Award for Innovative Teaching in Political Science. . Th" TARGET="_new"> BYU Independent Study course wins national honor
"Building confidence is the most important goal in teaching people to read foreign script," according to Yvette Longstaff, author of an award-winning Brigham Young University Independent Study course.

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