SALT LAKE CITY

Prosecutors charge men for toppling rock formations

Prosecutors filed charges Friday against two former Boy Scout leaders accused of toppling one of the ancient rock formations at Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park.

Glenn Taylor is charged with criminal mischief and David Hall with aiding criminal mischief, another felony, Utah State Parks and Recreation said.

Emery County Attorney David Blackwell said he filed the charges Friday but is trying to negotiate a plea deal.

A video shot by Hall in October and posted on YouTube shows Taylor dislodging a mushroom-shaped sandstone pillar. Taylor, Hall and another companion are then seen cheering and high-fiving.

HOUSTON

Astrodome added to Register of Historic Places

A glimmer of hope surfaced this week in the effort to keep the Houston Astrodome from being torn down with the addition of the building, the world’s first multipurpose domed stadium, to the National Register of Historic Places.

But the designation alone will not be enough to prevent the demolition of the so-called “Eighth Wonder of the World,” according to officials.

The Astrodome’s fate has remained uncertain since voters in November rejected a proposed $217 million bond issue to redevelop the stadium into a giant convention and event center. It had been home to baseball’s Houston Astros and the NFL’s former Houston Oilers.

– From news service reports