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For week ended November 28, 1999 Posted 24 Feb 2001
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LDS Student escapes injury at Texas A&M

While rumors have circulated that an LDS student might have been injured in the tragic collapse of a log structure at Texas A&M University in College Station Texas, Institute Director Tom McMullin reports that no LDS students were injured in the accident. One LDS student was involved, however, and was on the second tier of the structure when it collapsed, but managed to escape harm.
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A temple to call their own

The public open house of the new Edmonton Temple will start next month, and local members are excited to show their neighbors the importance of a Temple. "Temples are a different type of building,'' says local leader Blair Bennett. "Temples are referred to as the House of the Lord, the most sacred building we as church members have."

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Mormons jailed for child sex assaults

Four LDS Church members in Bristol, England have been convicted of sexually assaulting children in their congregations over the past 17 years. A two-year police investigation, started after one of the victims met an LDS Church member on the street and remembered abuse he had "blacked out" as a child.

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Former BYU Football Player disappears (Scrutinized youth camp chief 'took off')

A former BYU football player who was operating controversial youth reform camps in Samoa and Laie, Hawaii has disappeared, according to the former director of the Hawaii camp. Mekeli Ieremia, who owned both the New Hope Academy in Samoa and the Aloah Youth Academy in Hawaii, can't be found says Jeff Pluemacher. Ieremia is sought by Texas authorities for as much as $4.7 million in workers' compensation funds.

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Medford Temple 'Topping'

On Friday, November 26 the statue of the angel Moroni was placed on the steeple of the Medford OR Temple which is under construction. A front page article with pictures appeared on the front page of the Saturday, November 27th issue of the Medford Mail-Tribune.

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A Piece of Mormon History in Britan for sale (Romance on the market)

A bit of Mormon history in England is for sale. Old Chesils, one of the oldest houses in Steeple Ashton, was the home of the Robert Berrett family for much of the 19th century and was licensed as a Mormon chapel by Berrett in 1847. A small branch flourished in this town until 1849, when prejudice and the desire to unite with the main body of the Church led Berrett to sell the home and move to Utah.

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New Meetinghouse dedicated in Estonia

TALLINN, ESTONIA -- The Saints in Estonia have been blessed with new beautiful building in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The new building, which was dedicated on 7th of November can seat up to 160 people. It is the first building in Estonia that has been built up from scratch. It took approximately 5 month to build. It is meeting place for two branches in Tallinn - Stroomi and Sūle.

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Child molester suspect used LDS Church to meet victims (Suspected child molester also wanted in Kentucky)

A New Hampshire man is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old child and a 9-year-old child that he met through a Mormon church in Somersworth, New Hampshire. Marc Estes, 28, of Dover, is being held on $50,000 cash bail. He was arraigned on Wednesday, November 24th as a fugitive from justice.

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New Singles Ward in Lincoln, Nebraska (Congregation for adult singles)

A new singles ward has been formed in the Lincoln Nebraska Stake, with 250 members from throughout the city. The congregation is restricted to single members between the ages of 19 and 30.

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'He Said, He Said' Key to Sex Conviction Appeal

A Utah judge could soon rule on a peculiar case which would set aside an inmate's conviction for felony sex abuse. In 1993, a former child social worker, Richard Swart, pleaded no contest to charges he had sex with a 14-year-old LDS patient named Edward Ryan Arthur. Swart has fought to retract the plea almost every moment since he gave it, claiming he was given inadequate investigation by his attorneys, Ron Yengich and Bradley Rich. The case has launched a role reversal for Yengich and Rich, two of Utah's preeminent criminal defense attorneys.

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