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Posted 27 Apr 2002   For week ended February 8, 2002
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How Barton-upon-Humber England Got Missionary Murderer
An article in The Times of London last week gives an account of how Robert Elmer Kleasen, once convicted and newly accused of the 1974 murder of two LDS missionaries, was able to not only enter the United Kingdom, but there amass a large weapons cache under the noses of local police. Kleasen is currently facing an extradition request from Travis County, Texas, which wants to try him again in the 1974 murders. The extradition hearing is now scheduled for later this month.

Episcopal Priest Finds Book of Mormon in Trade Center Wreckage
An Episcopal priest, one of hundreds of ministers who volunteer as chaplains at ground zero in lower Manhattan, has collected dozens of bibles and other sacred books, including a copy of the Book of Mormon, from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

LDS Man New President at Eastern Arizona College
Eastern Arizona College's 18-year President, Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. officially handed over the reigns to new College President, Mark Bryce, in a brief ceremony Friday morning.

Provo Man Building Haiti Orphanage
A retired Provo, Utah man is trying to build an orphanage in Haiti, and wants returned LDS missionaries who served there to help. Weston Whatcott doesn't know anything about construction, but is seeking funds to build a 50-bed, $225,000 facility to meet the needs of the Haitian people. He had planned to poor the footings for the building on February 15th after raising $57,000 of the needed funds. His Foyer de Sion (House of Zion) will have its own generator and be hurricane-proof. And it will be expandable to 300 beds. Whatcott has enlisted the help of neighbor Paul Cook who is organizing the help of returned missionaries who will go to Haiti to help with the construction.

Mormon Volunteers From Almost Everywhere Help Olympics
Church members from all over the country are taking many different roles during the Olympics. It seems to be a special thrill for the Mormon faithful everywhere to see the city and state created by the church play host to the world.

Twelve Parson grandchildren attend BYU-Idaho
A story in this week's campus newspaper, the Scroll, reports there are 12 grandchildren of retired art teacher Oliver Parson currently attending BYU-Idaho from Idaho, Utah and California. Five of the Parson grandchildren are art majors.


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