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Orem's Miller elected to ski hall of fame

ISHPEMING, Mich. - Orem's Earl A. Miller has been elected to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame it was announced Monday.He will be joined by Hal O'Leary and James R. Branch. The three will be inducted Oct. 1, said Bill Slattery, the hall's president.

"This class of 1994 are among some of the finest ski builders this country has ever known," Slattery said Monday.

Miller was one of 12 founders of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and is a prominent ski area designer. He planned the original Sundance Ski Area in Utah and was its first ski school director.

O'Leary, of Winter Park, Colo., is an instructor at Winter Park Ski Area and a pioneer of skiing programs for amputees and other disabled people.

Branch, of Franconia, N.H., died in 1991. Teaming with Hall of Fame members Tom Corcoran and Sel Hannah, he developed a number of leading ski resorts as co-owner of Sno-Engineering.

Bogus bomb just a prank, Lasorda says

LOS ANGELES - A device resembling a bomb was found today in Tommy Lasorda's office at Dodger Stadium and a bomb squad was called to remove it.

However, the Dodgers manager told authorities the device was a fake bomb planted in his office several days earlier as a practical joke by Dodger pitcher Rudy Seanez, officer Robert Sabado of the Northeast station said.

The device was discovered about 2:15 a.m. by a security guard making his usual rounds. While a city police bomb squad arrived to examine the object, police called Lasorda.

Lasorda confirmed he knew about the bogus bomb. He said it had been a practical joke played on him by Seanez, Sabado said.

"He confirmed that it was a prank," Sabado said. "Lasorda knew about it but just forgot to discard it."

The fake bomb had been "planted" just as the Dodger's last homestand against the San Diego Padres was ending.

The exact reason for the prank was not immediately known.

"It had nothing to do with the strike," Sabado said.