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Posted 09 Apr 2002   For week ended January 18, 2002
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Missionaries Help with Birdhouse Kits
Four LDS missionaries were noticed in the Oak Ridge, Tennessee Oakridger for their assistance to the American Museum of Science and Energy. The Elders helped prepare bluebird house kits recently for the museum's annual Bluebird and Wildlife Habitat Box Building event that was to be held January 26th. The newspaper featured a picture of the four missionaries, Elder Hadlock, Elder Saunders, Elder Crowe and Elder Davis.
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Local News
Three LDS Chapels Evacuated After Bomb Threats
Three separate bomb threats phoned to LDS meetinghouses in Sandy, Utah led local officials to evacuate the buildings on Sunday, January 13th. The meetinghouses were closed for the remainder of the day while police searched the buildings for explosive devices. No such devices were found, and police are treating the threats as hate crimes because the caller expressed dislike for the LDS Church.
New Palmyra Chapel Almost Complete
A new, 24,000-square-foot chapel for the Palmyra Ward is quickly taking shape on Temple Road. Construction crews have nearly finished framing the building, and are ahead of schedule due to mild weather. "We're really thrilled with the way it is turning out," said David Cook, Rochester New York Stake President. He anticipates that the chapel will be completed by the fall, as planned.
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U Alaska Features Two LDS Basketball Players
The University of Alaska at Anchorage has two LDS players on its NCAA Division II basketball team, observes Meridian Magazine's Kelly Martinez. Martinez interviewed the teammates, Ty Shippen and Bryson Vaughn, about how they fit in with the team and how they integrate their religion in their lives in Alaska. Both are married, and Bryson is a returned missionary. Shippen once played for BYU, but didn't get much playing time. Bryson was on the Ricks College team, and transferred to the University of Alaska.
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LDS Woman's Website Boosts Self Esteem
Anne Bright, a Utah-based LDS Church member, has brought her considerable training and experience to bear in helping children gain self esteem. She has started to produce products that promote happiness in family life, self-esteem, and the ability to use free agency wisely when making life's choices. She hopes to eventually use the website to open a childcare center.
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LDS Student Helps Emergency Service Agencies Prepare
An 18-year-old LDS student is helping the Utah County Search and Rescue Team get prepared for mass casualty scenarios. Trent Clifton, a Springville High School student, has worked with the team for more than two years, making 16 backboards for the emergency services agencies in the county. "It is really important for us to have these boards, especially right now with the Olympics coming," said Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Tom Hodgson.
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Arts & Entertainment
Gladys Knight Performing in Las Vegas
Headline entertainer Gladys Knight will begin an open-ended run of performances starting February 12th at the Flamingo in her hometown, Las Vegas. Knight will perform seven shows over five nights each week with tickets running $45 and $55.
Mormon Columnist Jack Anderson Starts Comic Strip
LDS Church member Jack Anderson, a long-time syndicated columnist sometimes called "The Mormon Muckraker," is starting a comic strip exclusively in the Salt Lake Tribune. The strip, called "Kilroy-Go-Round" after the fabled World War II American icon "Kilroy" and Anderson's own column, "Washington Merry-Go-Round," will bring Anderson's view of Washington to the comics.
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LDS Chapel Renovation Wins Local Award
The renovation of the LDS Tenth Ward Chapel in Salt Lake City was awarded a merit award by the Salt Lake Historic Landmark Commission. The award recognizes projects that exceed the design standards for historic districts and buildings listed on the Salt Lake City Register of Cultural Resources.
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