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| General News|
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.
| Local News|
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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