WEBER STATE

Weber State to host Utah educators conference

Next week, the annual Utah Council of Education Deans conference will be hosted at Weber State University.

The two-day conference will run on Wednesday and Thursday, beginning Wednesday night at 7 with the keynote speech from Associate Director of TeachingWorks Francesca M. Forzani.

The main topics that will be touched on during the conference revolve around a growing concern regarding teacher shortages in school districts around the nation, as well as discussing strategies to increase the number of individuals pursuing careers in teaching.

OGDEN

Documentary screening in Salt Lake City touches on 2012 Ogden police shooting

A new documentary being screened on Friday only in Salt Lake City will feature a 2012 police shooting in Ogden that left one officer dead.

“Peace Officer,” a feature documentary about “the increasingly militarized state of American police,” will cover several incidents of police shootings. One of the incidents that will be featured happened in Ogden in January, 2012, when Matthew Stewart shot six members of a drug task force, killing one and wounding the other five.

The documentary will have five showtimes at the Megaplex Theater at The Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City. The first showing will begin at noon, and the last will begin at 10:10 p.m. The documentary will only be shown at the theater for one day.

UTAH

LDS General Conference this weekend

This weekend, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all over the world will gather to participate in the semiannual General Conference meeting of the faith.

General Conference is a semiannual meeting of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but everyone, despite religion, is invited to participate in the event. During General Conference, LDS general authorities—including the presidency of the church, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and general and area Quorums of the Seventy—are sustained by members. Any positions that have come open since the last meeting are filled, and general authorities, especially the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the first presidency of the LDS church, give speeches on gospel-centered topics.

Since the last General Conference meeting in April, three apostles have passed away, leaving three positions open in one of the church’s highest levels of authority. There haven’t been three openings at one time in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since April 1906, when one apostle had passed away and two resigned in protest of the faith moving away from polygamy.

Typically, calling and releasing of general authorities happens during the Saturday afternoon session of General Conference.

There are a total of six meetings during General Conference, each lasting about two hours. There are separate meetings for men and women. The women’s meeting happened Sept. 26 and is available online at lds.org, and the men’s, called the General Priesthood Session, will be Saturday at 6 p.m. There will be four general sessions, two each on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m.

General Conference can be seen live at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City. Tickets are required. General Conference can be streamed online through lds.org, seen live on channels 5 and 21 with a rebroadcast two hours later on channel 11 and heard live on 89.1 and 102.1 FM, as well as 1160 and 610 AM.

NATIONAL

At least 13 killed and 20 injured in Oregon community college shooting. Gunman dead.

At least 13 people were killed and 20 more injured by a gunman who opened fire Thursday at a southwestern Oregon community college, officials said.

The gunman was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police, Douglas County Sheriff Jon Hanlin told reporters at an afternoon news briefing.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the gunman was a 20-year-old male. Authorities have provided no further details about the suspect or his motives for the attack. The FBI confirmed that it is now involved in the investigation.

The shooting is among the worst mass killings at a school over the past two decades, which include the attack at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999, in which 13 people were killed, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut in 2012, which claimed 28 lives.

The shooting was reported about 10:40 a.m. at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, about 180 miles south of Portland and about 70 miles from Eugene. The school has about 3,300 full- and part-time students.

By Christine Mai-Duc

Staff writers James Queally, Carla Rivera and Ann Simmons contributed to this report.

Los Angeles Times

 

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