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Posted 19 Nov 2001   For week ended November 16, 2001
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Church Aid's Afghan Refugees
In a coordinated effort among The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and four International relief agencies, nearly 400,000 pounds of humanitarian aid will be sent to at least three Asian countries in an effort to aid thousands of fleeing Afghan refugees from their war-torn country. In the last week, 19 semi-truckloads of clothing, wool blankets, quilts, newborn and family hygiene kits along with plastic sheeting for shelter and groundcover and water have been sent from Salt Lake City. The supplies will be distributed to camps in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan and should reach the refugee camps within four to six weeks according to Garry Flake, director of Church humanitarian services.
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Local News
New York City Stake Center Rededicated
One of the most prominent and unique chapels in use by congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was rededicated Saturday, completing years of renovations that have more than doubled the building's capacity to house wards and branches. During its 26-year life, the New York Stake Center, located at Lincoln Square across the street from the world-famous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, has gone from hosting three congregations covering more than just Manhattan to eight congregations covering less than 80% of the island.
Samuel Smith Statue Acceptable to Plymouth, Illinois
The small village of Plymouth, Illinois decided this week that it will accept a commemorative statue of Samuel Smith, if offered. A local member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proposed that a statue of Smith, the brother of the Prophet Joseph Smith, be placed in the town, and asked Board of Trustees member Joyce Steiner to present the proposal.
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The Result of Turley's Righteous Rockwell-like Rage
Kyle Turley was surrounded by an overflow crowd that gathered for his weekly radio show at Deanie's Seafood restaurant in Bucktown, Louisiana. They wanted to hear his side of the story and take up a collection in a bucket-sized trash can that was labeled "Kyle Turley's Defense Fund." It was a story that has been told before about Kyle, on the football field, in the class room and in Turley's personal life. "This is not a thing about me being a bully or being a showboat," Turley said. "I'm not out there to intentionally hurt anyone."
7-foot RM Struggles After Off Season
After a poor performance and injury last year as a junior, 7-foot Florida State reserve center David Anderson is trying to get back to the level of play he had as a sophomore. The season after returning from an LDS mission to San Diego, California, Anderson started 17 games, blocked 44 shots and was considered one of the better defensive centers in the ACC. Now he's trying to recover from a disastrous junior year that left him labeled as the team's biggest question mark.
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LDS Senator Criticized for Assisted Suicide Position
Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury thinks he has the perfect issue for his campaign to unseat U.S. Senator Gordon Smith, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is finding unintended help in the effort from an unlikely source -- the Bush administration, with whom Smith agrees on the issue. After U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft last week changed Justice department policy to stop assisted suicide, which is legal in Oregon after a referrendum twice approved by Oregon voters, Bradbury criticized Smith's anti-assisted-suicide stance, "It's really a tragedy to have Oregoniansí will and expressed desire get the bureaucratic backhand from the Bush administration," Bradbury said. "I really think it's sad that our junior senator, who could affect this, who has the greatest 'in' with the Bush administration, is basically turning the other way."
Et Tu, Udall? Political Drama with Two Udalls Possible
Members of the Udall family, four times, have been ushered onto the national political stage, with the actors always having entered from stage left--the Democratic party. Two were in Arizona: Morris and Stewart Udall. A son each of Morris and Stewart currently serves in the US House from Colorado and New Mexico respectively.
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KZION to Unveil New Website in November
The KZION Internet Radio website version 2.0 is scheduled to be unveiled November 24, 2001.
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LDS Missionary Pleads Guilty to Anthrax Prank
An LDS missionary serving in the Michigan Detroit Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plead guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor after a letter he sent to another missionary leaked white powder in a Flint, Michigan postal facility. Elder Carl E. Johnson, 20, accepted responsibility for the prank and agreed to pay restitution for laboratory tests and other costs incurred because of his prank. At sentencing, he faces up to one year in jail and a fine of $1,000 in addition to restitution.
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Arts & Entertainment
New York Times Raves about LDS Historian's Latest Book
A review by Yale historian John Demos in this week's New York Times Book Review raves about the most recent book by LDS historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, calling the book, "The Age of Homespun," "remarkable" and an invitation to "reflect deeply and reconsider fully" in a time of cultural reckoning. Demos calls Ulrich a "supremely gifted scholar and writer" who in this book has "truly outdone herself."
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MSI: MSI Lags as Dow, Others Return to Pre-9/11 Levels
Led by Dell Computer, Marriott International and Micrel Semiconductor, the Mormon Stock Index rose 2.8% last week, following the broader market indices. But unlike those indices, the MSI is still below its pre-September 11th level, mainly due to stocks hit hardest by the disaster, such as AES Corp., Marriott, Host Marriott and SkyWest Airlines. Surprisingly, power-producer AES Corp. was hardest hit because of its International exposure, including operations in the Middle East.
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