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A Provo man charged with embezzling more than $300,000 from Brigham Young University appeared Wednesday in 4th District Court and was granted a continuance for a pretrial conference.

Judge James Taylor agreed to allow John Davis, 59, to appear March 19.

Davis' attorney, Craig Snyder, filed a motion earlier this month to suppress evidence gathered by BYU officials in the case because Snyder said they were acting as agents of the Utah County Attorney's Office. Snyder said a warrant should have been sought before computers and files were searched.

Snyder also has asked the court to postpone Davis' trial, scheduled for April, until after Davis' former supervisor at the school returns from an LDS mission to South Africa in January 2004.

Davis is charged with one count of racketeering and seven counts of theft, all second-degree felonies.

Investigators said Davis funneled university funds to a bank account for a business he owned.

Orem

A Utah Transit Authority bus driver says she picked up Elizabeth Smart and her alleged abductors in Orem Wednesday at about 11:30 a.m., just hours before the kidnapped girl was identified in Sandy.

The driver said the group of three wore unusual clothing, and the two women wore veils, said UTA spokesman Kris McBride.

"They got on the bus, they paid their fare, and they were very quiet," McBride said. "There isn't much more to it than that."

McBride said the group either got off on 102 South stop or the Sandy TRAX stop.

BYU

Two well-known journalists will speak to reporters-in-training at Brigham Young University

Jane Clayson, a reporter for "CBS Evening News," will speak at BYU during the school's Communications Week.

Clayson, who previously hosted the network's morning show with Bryant Gumbel, will speak March 24 at 10 a.m. in the Varsity Theater.

The BYU graduate's lecture is titled "The 10 Most Important Lessons I've Learned Out in the World."

On March 25, Marcus Mabry, chief correspondent at Newsweek, will speak about American journalism in a time of war. He will speak at 10 a.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium on the library's first level.

For a complete schedule of the week's events, visit cfac.byu.edu/communications or call 422-2997.