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Posted 20 Sep 2001   For week ended September 14, 2001
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'Evil Rampant': Church Reacts to Terrorist Attacks
Speaking at a Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert turned into an impromptu memorial earlier this evening, President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told those attending that evil is still rampant in the world, "Its insidious and dastardly hand has struck again in a most reprehensible manner." The comments were just some of the outpouring of feeling and relief efforts by the Church and local leaders nationwide.
Sea Trek Final Leg Saved After Financial Threat
The Dutch sailing ship Europa was finally joined by the sailing ships Statsraad Lehmkuhl and Christian Radich after two days of tense fund raising and negotiations. The 59-day re-enactment, of 85,000 Mormon converts from Europe to New York and on to Utah began August 6, in Esbjerg, Denmark, was far from certain, when the ships' Norwegian owners announced that unless Sea Trek came up with the $550,000 it owed for the remainder of the voyage, the ships would have to return to Norway.
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Local News
Local LDS Impact Huge in WTC Attack
The attack on New York City's World Trade Center this morning will have a huge effect on LDS Church members and the Church in the region because of those injured or killed in the attack. In what is now being called a terrorist attack, two planes slammed into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center at about 8:45 am, leading to the eventual collapse of both towers. Members in Washington DC may also feel the impact of today's attacks, since they included a plane that crashed into the Pentagon and a car bomb that struck the U.S. State Department.
Mesa LDS Chapel Heavily Damaged in Arson Fire
An LDS chapel in Mesa, Arizona was heavily damaged early this morning in an arson fire. Investigators with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have been called in to investigate the fire, which caused damage estimated at $200,000, according to local Fire department officials.
Residents Question Traffic at Planned Harrison NY Temple
Residents of Harrison, New York are questioning the amount of traffic that proposed Temple in their neighborhood will bring, and are asking the Town Board for an independent study of traffic patterns in and around the site and at other Temples around the country. A lawyer representing the residents, Jeff Grant, will ask the board for the study at the board's meeting tonight.
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After 10 Years in Pros, Detmer Gets Big Break
Ty Detmer, the former Heisman Award-winning quarterback got a new break in his 10-year-old NFL career Monday when Lions coach Marty Mornhinweg made him starting quarterback. Detmer was brought to the Lions just over a week ago to back up starter Charlie Batch, but when Batch struggeled through the first game of the season, a loss to the Green Bay Packers in which Batch was sacked seven times, gave up two interceptions and completed only about half his passes, Mornhinweg decided to go with Detmer.
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Huntsman Called Biggest Republican Appointee Donor
Jon M. Huntsman Jr. and the Huntsman family have contributed more money to Republican causes than any other Bush appointee, according to a study from the Brookings Institution. Huntsman, the son of billionaire chemical company founder Jon M. Huntsman, and a former vice president in the company, is a Bush appointee to the position of deputy U.S. trade representative.
Wendover City Councils Want Merger Referendum
Two city councils joined sides Thursday night in an unprecedented agreement to ask Congress to amend a proposed federal legislation that will give the citizens of Wendover, Utah and West Wendover, Nevada a vote in deciding if they should be a single community. Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, introduced a bill earlier this year to accomplish just that, but without a vote from local residents. West Wendover's lobbyist, attorney Marcus Faust, will draft the new amendment to Hansen's bill.
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Church Reports NYC Members Safe
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reported today that all of the 50 to 70 church members who worked in the twin towers are safe, leading Elder Craig Zwick, President of the North America Northeast Area to say the Church has been "incredibly blessed." "At this point it appears there were no fatalities among church members in and around New York City. We were concerned last night that possibly we had three civilians who weren't accounted for near the World Trade Center and three involved in firefighting and police efforts. All six have been identified and are well," he said.
LDS Man Missing in Pentagon Attack
Mormon News subscribers reported today that an LDS man, Brady Howell, 26, is one of the 126 people reported missing by the US Department of Defense because of the attack on the Pentagon Tuesday. Howell, a member of the Crystal City Ward in Arlington, Virginia worked for the US Navy as a civilian employee.
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Arts & Entertainment
Trade Center Attack Scuttles New York Sea Trek Gala
This past week's terrorist attack on New York City has led the Sea Trek Foundation to significantly scale back the events surrounding the arrival of its three tall ships from Europe. Out of respect for the victims of the attack, the foundation has cancelled both the "Rock the Dock" celebration planned for New York and the Saints on the Seas Musical Tribute planned for a theater in Madison Square Garden. In their place, an alternate program will focus on patriotic themes.
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LDS-Run Airline Plans to Double in Two Years
While the hip, high-profile nascent airline Jet Blue, run by LDS Church member David Neeleman, is growing amid cut-throat competition with giant airlines like Delta and United, another LDS-ran airline is growing by cooperating with those same carriers. SkyWest airlines, founded by LDS Church member Ralph Atkin in 1972 and still run by his family, has just added service between San Francisco and Fresno, and recently between Salt Lake City and Santa Barbara, Kansas City, Memphis and El Paso. All this expansion will help SkyWest's partners, Delta and United, fill out their networks, while also helping SkyWest double in size in the next two years.
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