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Big stories of 2007

Big stories of 2007


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Keith McCord reporting This is the time of year when the KSL staff takes a vote and selects the Top 10 news stories of the year. As far as significant events go, 2007 had a lot of them. We'll begin our countdown of those stories tomorrow, but tonight, Keith McCord takes a look at some of the stories that missed the cut but had a lot of us talking.

One story that took much of the year to resolve was the kidnapping case involving a Utah County couple who tried to prevent their daughter from getting married. Last month, Lem and Julia Redd pleaded guilty to custodial interference.

Last summer, 70-year-old Betty Perry of Orem made national news for not watering her lawn and letting it die. When an officer came to arrest her for a zoning violation, she resisted. The case will go to a jury trial in February.

Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner made news last winter when a plane he was in hit the water in Lake Powell. Gardner and two others swam for an hour in the 44-degree water. The following morning, a boater picked them up.

The University of Utah finally wrapped up its missing time capsule saga this year. A capsule placed in the student union building 50 years ago wasn't marked, so no one knew where it was. It took a sonar company and a stone mason to find it. After emptying its contents, they put modern-day items back inside and resealed the new capsule to be opened 50 years from now. It's marked with a plaque this time!

There was an emotional moment during the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's tour this past summer. A 10-year-old girl, unable to attend the concert in Memphis because of her cancer treatments, got her own private performance. There was not a dry eye anywhere.

It was nice to see the refurbished 1930's-era tour buses back in Yellowstone National Park. They were made exclusively for the park service years ago. The drivers tell us they were full all summer long!

An Ogden woman got her dog, Rocky, back after he mysteriously disappeared more than a year ago. He'd been on a 1,500 mile multi-state adventure.

And finally, a few days ago we met Mary, who this year got married to Brian Christmas. Yep, her real name is now, Mary Christmas.

We'll begin our countdown of the Top 10 stories of 2007 tomorrow night on Eyewitness News.

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