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LDS Representative Tells Vermont Legislature to Amend Constitution
In the wake of last month's Vermont Supreme Court decision that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to the same benefits enjoyed by married couples, the Vermont legislature held hearings what legislation should be enacted to implement the decision. Opponents of same-sex marriage, including the LDS Church, testified before the Vermont House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, arguing that the legislature should either ignore the decision or try to enact a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage.


 Local News

Falater gets life sentence in wife's killing
Former LDS High Councilor Scott Falater was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole yesterday for murdering his wife. Falater was convicted last June for stabbing his wife 44 times and drowning her in the family swimming pool. The case gained notoriety nationwide in the U.S. for Falater's claim that he was sleepwalking during the murder.



Murphy's Best Shot at Hall of Fame may have Passed Today
LDS Mission President and former Atlanta Braves baseball star Dale Murphy may have lost his best shot at the Baseball Hall of Fame in the voting announced today. The 499 member Baseball Writers Association of America passed on Murphy, inducting Carlton Fisk and Tony Perez into the Hall of Fame Class of 2000. The field of candidates this year was considered relatively even, with no clear standout among the 30 candidates, giving Murphy the best opportunity he is likely to have.


G. Homer U.'s noted political scientist remembered with scholarship
The University of Utah is seeking funds to create a new endowment for graduate students in political science. The endowment will be created in honor of the late G. Homer Durham. This article is a short biography of a Elder Durham, pointing out interesting facts about his life.

 Arts & Entertainment

Utah Gets Naked, Much to Signature's Delight
The first novel by 35-year-old Mormon Robert Hodgson Van Wagoner, "Dancing Naked" has hit #1 on for the state of Utah, according to Publisher Weekly's PW Daily for Booksellers. The novel tells of a Mormon professor confronting his own past and his homophobia after the death of his 15-year-old son.


LDS Church Ball Fields at Center of Dispute
Neighbors of an LDS Church in La Canada are upset about a city proposal to use the Church's ball fields and develop a nearby Caltrans parking lot into associated facilities. The neighbors, who fought for and won restrictions on the hours that the Church's fields could be used, feel that the influx of people to the fields would destroy their neighborhood.


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