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Utah Senate Votes To Fight Polygamy
The Utah Senate approved a bill Tuesday meant to assist the prosecution of crimes in polygamous groups. The 27-1 vote signals a strong commitment to stop abuses among polygamists in the wake of last year's Kingston child abuse trial. However, the bill may still be a long way from becoming law since the Utah House turned down a similar measure last month.


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Judge Rules Against Boston Temple Steeple
Middlesex Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Fahey ruled against the LDS Church yesterday, saying that the steeple on the Church's Boston Massachusetts Temple must stay within zoning requirements, in spite of the Belmont Zoning Board of Appeal's grant of an exception. The ruling comes in a lawsuit by neighbors of the Temple who claimed that the Zoning Board exceeded its authority in allowing the Church to put an 81-foot steeple on top of a 58-foot building. Town zoning law limits the height of a building, including steeple, to 72 feet.



Madsen On No. 1 Team After Stanford Win, Cincinnati Loss
LDS basketball player Mark "Mad Dog" Madsen is part of a major change to the Stanford Cardinal basketball team, which moved into the No. 1 slot in this weekend's AP poll. Historically, the Cardinals haven't been a major force in college basketball; the team didn't even play in the NCAA tournament between 1942 and 1989. But now the team has earned respect, and may finish the season ranked No. 1.


Actor Matthew Modine Has Mormon Heritage
People Weekly reveals that actor Matthew Modine grew up in a large tight-knit Mormon family in Loma Linda, California, and talks about Modine's early life as the son of a drive-in movie theater operator. Modine's career as an actor took off with his 1984 role as a Vietnam vet in "Birdy." He recently played the lead on the made for TV movie "Flowers for Algernon."

 Arts & Entertainment

Five Books Earn AML Awards for 1999
The Association of Mormon Letters recognized five works published by Mormon authors during 1999 as the best works of the year during its annual conference on Saturday. The Association seeks to recognize the best in Mormon literature and promote Mormon literature through its symposia, conferences, workshops, magazine "Irreantum" and through its other programs. The AML conference was held Saturday at Westminister College in Salt Lake.


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