* Winner: A five-day ordeal where an 11-year-old Orem girl, Chelsea Lund, was allegedly abducted by a prison parolee relative, ended with good news Tuesday when she was found safe in St. George. Lund, reportedly snatched a week ago Thursday by second cousin Frederick S. Laird under the ruse he was taking her to buy a surprise gift for her mother, was found by Washington County deputy sheriffs at a convenience store. She appeared unharmed although hungry.
Orem police are seeking help from Hollywood to aid in the manhunt of Laird, hoping crime-stopper television show "America's Most Wanted" will soon feature the incident. If Laird is apprehended, it would be a fitting ending.Loser: A number of Utah businesses were deservedly fined for hiring children too young, working teens too much and other federal child labor law violations. Eighteen Utah businesses paid $73,100 in fines and were among the nation's 1,141 businesses cited in 1997.
Half the businesses cited were fast-food restaurants with the worst case being Central Park Burgers in Layton, where investigators found 13 employees ages 14 and 15 working too many hours. It was fined $24,600. That's a lot of burgers.
* Winner: Residents of Provo won't have seminude dancers to worry about after LeMar's Nightclub decided that fighting Provo city over banishing the dancers to the outskirts of town wasn't worth it. Lamar Driggs, owner of the Center Street bar that shocked Utah County when it introduced exotic dancing last summer, instructed his attorney to drop the legal challenge against Provo. He could have saved himself a lot of time and trouble by not opening the questionable establishment in the first place.
* Winner: Many thousands in Europe have received a special treat the past three weeks - hearing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The choir began its seven-country tour June 13 with a performance in London's Royal Albert Hall and concluded it Wednesday with a performance in Lisbon. One of the highlights was a recital at El Escorial, a 500-year-old Spanish basilica near Madrid. That came about due to the efforts of Ronald Horton, a former resident of Salt Lake City who worked with the head musician of the Spanish Court in Madrid. Horton, former music director and conductor for Ballet West, died of a heart attack Jan. 1 in Madrid. Tabernacle Choir director Jerold Ottley said that in his mind, the concert was dedicated to Horton.