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Posted 09 Apr 2002   For week ended January 11, 2002
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Non-Mormon Editorial Writer Discusses 'Trash Talk' About Mormons
A guest editorial in the Billings Gazette has challenged the trash talking that some people do about Mormons. Barbara Schuster, a writer from Ogden, Utah tells how she constantly runs into people who want to harangue the Mormon religion.
LDS Church Allows Missionaries to Correspond by E-mail Again
Three years after banning e-mail use by some missionaries, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has decided to again allow its use. The policy change, announced Wednesday, January 9th, was made to alleviate problems with the reliability of traditional mail in parts of the world.
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Local News
BYU's Kennedy Center Facing Major Overhaul
BYU's David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies is facing major changes after a review questioned the academic rigor of some of its programs. The review suggests that two of the center's undergraduate programs be terminated, along with a master's degree and a program on developing nations. The center's director, Don Holsinger, a tenured professor, has also been told that his contract will not be renewed. But some faculty criticize the review, claiming that it is a biased and detrimental to the University, and the center is leading a petition to urge the University to ignore its recommendations.
Member's Homes Damaged in Tongan Cyclone
A cyclone that hit the island kingdom of Tonga Monday and Tuesday last week has damaged the homes of some members, but left all members and LDS missionaries safe, reports the Associated Press. But while 60 to 70 percent of buildings in the affected areas were destroyed or damaged, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reports that none of its church buildings have been affected.
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LDS B-Ball player Devoe Suits Up for UW Huskies
Two sportswriters in Western Washington have highlighted LDS basketball player Ben Devoe as a big player who shows promise for the University of Washington Huskies hoops program.
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Congressman Hansen Announces His Retirement
At the conclusion of this term, I will have served in the United States House of Representatives for twenty-two years. Prior to that, I served in the Utah House for eight years, the last two as Speaker of the House. Prior to that, I served 12 years in the Farmington City Council.
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Covenant Launches Newly-Designed Website
Independent LDS publisher, Covenant Communications, recently launched its newly designed website, to better meet the changing needs of its customers.
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LDS VP at Utah State to Chair National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force
Utah State University Vice President for Research Brent C. Miller was recently appointed chair of a National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (NCTCP) task force. "We're pleased to welcome Dr. Miller as chair of the Task Force on Effective Programs and Research," said Sarah Brown, director of the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, D.C. "We very much look forward to his wise leadership over the next three years."
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Arts & Entertainment
Richard Dutcher's 'The Prophet' Begins First Day of Filming
On January 19, Zion Films transformed Ogden's Fort Buenaventura State Park into the 19th century prairies between Missouri and Illinois as director Richard Dutcher began preliminary shooting for his new film 'The Prophet--The Story of Joseph Smith Jr.'
Idaho Man's Story Comes to the Big Screen Jan 18
Excel Entertainment Group has announced that "The Other Side of Heaven" will open in Idaho theaters on Friday, January 18. Based on the true-life experiences of Idaho native John Groberg, "The Other Side of Heaven" stars Christopher Gorham and Anne Hathaway ("The Princess Diaries"). The team of Hollywood filmmakers to work on the project included Academy Award-winning producer Gerald R. Molen, whose film credits include "Schindler's List" and "Jurassic Park".
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Geneva May Return to Normal by February
Geneva Steel, one of the major employers in Utah County, could be back producing steel as early as February, if market conditions and finances work out. The steel mill  has been shut down since last fall.
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