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Carole Mikita ReprotingHundreds of Utahns are in London, others on their way. All appear to be safe.
Every year since 1980 University of Utah students have traveled abroad to study in England. This year 16 of them will be part of the Cambridge International Summer Study, which begins Sunday. Five are already there safely and one faculty member, History Department Chairman, Prof. Eric Hinderaker, and his family walked two miles through London this afternoon.
Dr. Eric Hinderaker: "In the vicinity of our hotel near Victoria Station there was a lot of activity on the streets. But one of the things that's been most striking has been the determination of the city to return affairs to normalcy as quickly as possible."
BYU has a center for study in London; 40 students and three faculty members left London early this morning for an overnight trip north of the city, they are all fine.
More than 200 high school students, the Utah Ambassadors for Music, left Salt Lake yesterday for London. Their booking agent cancelled their concerts in England; they left this afternoon by ferry for France to continue their tour.
Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - as many as 400 in two London missions - are also all safe and accounted for.
Prof. Hinderaker says Americans should join the Brits in their quiet determination to rise above.
Dr. Eric Hinderaker: "What I emphasize in talking to my kids about this is that terrorists are pursuing a futile agenda and that the will of good people in the world will prevail."
These Americans all express their concern for the British. The Utahns' stories are one of inconvenience that they all say they can work around.