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Posted 02 May 2002   For week ended February 22, 2002
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Even Sister Missionary Knew Canadian Skaters Won Gold
Canadian pairs figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier received broad support in North America by those who believed they had won a gold, but were only given a silver medal. They were eventually awarded a gold medal for the performance, and LDS Sister missionary Camilla Whatley even got to weigh in on the controversy, expressing the dominant feeling: "I was, like: Of course they got the gold. Of course!"
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'Celebrating America', an evening of dance, song & testimony at The Washington, DC Visitors' Center
Celebrated perfomer and producer Heather Hart headlines an evening of inspiring dance, music and the spoken word, entitled "Celebrating America" on Saturday, February 23rd at 7 p.m. at The Washington, DC Temple Visitors' Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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Aussie LDS Olympian 'At Home' at SLC Games
Rowena Bright, age 21 and from Cooma Australia, is one of five athletes from around the world known to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Rowena competed in the Alpine Combined event which includes of downhill and slalom last week (she placed 24th) and will compete again this Wednesday in the Slalom.
Olympics Make LDS Church Members Confront Sports on Sunday
Edward Sommers, is one of thousands who have joined together with other members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in volunteering his time to the Salt Lake Winter Olympic games. Balancing a desire to give service with a commitment to keep the Sabbath day holy is a dilemma that is not new to Latter-day Saints. Strict Sabbath observance, especially when it comes to sports, has always been a concern.
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Mormons Dot List of Idaho's Most Influential
At least 14 LDS Church members, including two Area Authority Seventies, are included in Ridenbaugh Press' list of the most influential Idahoans. The list of church members includes one of Idaho's US Senators, a US congressman, Boise Mayor Brent Coles, BYU-Idaho President and Area Authority Seventy David Bednar and, most surprisingly, Idaho Area President C. Scott Grow, also an Area Authority Seventy.
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Mormon Woman to be a Survivor
A Mormon woman will be a contestant on the upcoming CBS "reality" show "Survivor," Mormon News has learned. Neleh Dennis, a native of Heber City, Utah, is a 21-year-old certified nurse assistant working towards a degree in cosmetology who will try to outwit 15 other contestants stranded on the South Pacific island of Nuku Hiva in the show, which airs starting February 28th. Dennis stands out from the other contestants by choosing to bring her scriptures as her "luxury item."
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Arts & Entertainment
Slover's 'Joyful Noise' in Pennsylvania
LDS playwright Tim Slover's look at George Frederick Handel's "The Messiah" just finished a run at Lancaster's Fulton Opera House just as Slover's most recent work, "Hancock County" debut's at BYU. But a news story about the play in the Lancaster News shows how the play's shot at Broadway was killed by a bad review from a music critic, who saw the play in place of the New York Times' theater critic.
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LDS Businessman's Airline, JetBlue, Will Go Public
JetBlue, the New York-based airline started in 1999 by LDS Church member David Neeleman, will become a public company later this year with an initial public offering expected to raise $125 million. The company, known for its low prices and high-end amenities, such as free, live television at every seat, has built an impressive track record, expanding in two years to 100 flights a day serving 18 U.S. cities. And analysts already believe the public will jump at the chance to invest in the firm.
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