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Posted 27 Aug 2001   For week ended August 17, 2001
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Branch Started in Kazakhstan
There are no full-time missionaries in Kazakhstan, yet the Kazakhstan Almaty Branch was organized July 29, only 7 months after The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was officially recognized by the government. The branch has 44 members, many of whom were referrals from friends and relatives who joined the Church while in the United States. Because there are no full-time missionaries in Kazakhstan, the branch members have the privilege of teaching and fellowshipping those interested in the Church.
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Local News
Woman Charged with Threats Against BYU, President Bateman
A threatening letter promising to "damage or destroy a building or real property by means of fire and explosives," was received by the secretary to BYU President, Merrill J. Bateman, on August 6, according to Brigham Young University Police Lt. Greg Barber. Concerned with the dangerous nature of the letter, BYU police immediately informed the FBI, leading to the indictment of Lavanya Paul by a federal grand jury on charges of trying to extort $1 million from BYU President, Merrill J. Bateman. The Wednesday, August 15th indictment against Lavanya Paul, 28, a native of India, charged her with extortion and "willfully threatening to kill, injure and intimate" President Bateman.
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RM Marc Dunn Looking to Start at Kansas State, But Supports Rival
The BYU football team is almost as well known for quarterback controversies as it is for producing stand-out quarterbacks. Now, one of the quarterbacks that BYU didn't land is in the middle of a little quarterback controversy at another college. Marc Dunn, returned missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who served in Santiago, Chile, transferred to Kansas State University from Ricks College after completing his sophomore year and is presently battling last year's starter, Ell Roberson for playing time. As the projected starter entering spring drills, Roberson patiently endured a redshirt season in 1999 and a backup role last year, all in preparation for his chance to take the helm in 2001. Now, with Dunn on the scene, Roberson knows he has some serious competition for the coveted number one spot on the depth chart.
BYU's Pochman Making Case to NFL's Patriots
After a record-setting football career at Brigham Young University, Owen Pochman is trying to "kick-start" a career in the NFL. A four-year place-kicker for the Cougars, Pochman's BYU highlights include his record 135 PAT conversions, 66 field goals and 333 points scored over four seasons. Pochman, a soccer player who didn't play football until his senior year in high school in Mercer Island, Washington, had the luxury of learning the art of kicking from one of BYU's other top kickers. His older brother, Ethan, kicked for the Cougars in 1996 and set his own school record with 61 consecutive PATs. He also set single-season records with 123 total points and 21 made field goals.
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LDS Church to Comment on Utah Liquor Laws
This past week, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement that the Church will offer its comments and concerns to Utah lawmakers who are working to rewrite the state's laws on the advertising and sale of liquor.
LDS Boise Mayor Facing Election Threat After Puzzling Behavior
Prior to last week and by most accounts, Boise Mayor Brent Coles appeared to be a shoo-in to win his third consecutive term in the upcoming November municipal elections. Coles has been serving as Mayor of Boise and the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a prestigious position that has brought recognition to both Coles and Boise. In addition, Coles has had a high approval from his constituents based on his ability to set policy and win consensus for his programs.
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Sunstone Explores Mormons on the Internet
The Internet and the changing demographics of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the topic of one session of the annual Sunstone Symposium, held Saturday at the WestCoast Hotel in Salt Lake City. Characterized as "a fluid space somewhere between the printed and spoken word" panel moderator, Hugo N. Olaiz, a doctoral candidate at the University of California at Berkely, discussed "Virtually Mormon: Mormons at the Internet."
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English LDS Man Awarded Order of the British Empire
Brian Holliday of the Blackburn Ward, Preston England Stake, has been recognized in the Queen's Birthday Honors List as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). The award, the second highest of the Order of the British Empire, is for his services to people with disabilities.
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Arts & Entertainment
AML Announces Irreantum Fiction Contest Winners
The Association for Mormon Letters is pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Irreantum fiction contest.
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Water Trouble with LDS Farm Worsens
The number of households without water grew from 36 to 68 in the western part of Saginaw county on Friday as the Saginaw County Department of Public Health rejected one large scale irrigator's water management plan. According to Kevin W. Datte, the county's environmental health director, the county also dismissed parts of a proposal from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while accepting Clio-based Walther &Sons Farm's plan.
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