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| General News|
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.
| 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 Amazon.com 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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