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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.

  New Mormon temple raises questions about county security
The LDS Church's new Temple in Albuquerque, New Mexico has raised security concerns for the rest of Bernalillo county amid contentions that county police are concentrating security patrols near the Temple, leaving other areas of the county vulnerable.

  Investigation Of Washington Judge That Disparaged Mormons Sought
In the wake of the allegations that U.S. District Judge Alan McDonald passes notes in the courtroom that disparage Mormons, Jews, Blacks and other minorities, the Washington State Bar Association has asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to investigate him. "The alleged judicial misconduct strikes at the very core of the public's trust and confidence in the impartiality and integrity of our courts," bar officials said in their strongly worded criticism of the judge.

  Thousands Take Temple Tour
Attendance at the Albuquerque Temple Open House passed 47,000 people by Friday, in the week since the open house started in February 17th. The crowds were generally thrilled to see the building, which is scheduled to be dedicated March 5th. The Open House ended Saturday.

  Local LDS leaders featured in a popular TV show in Estonia
On Thursday, Feb 24th a popular TV show of TV3 in Estonia featured the local LDS leaders. The TV show KAHVEL (translated FORK) had as guests Tarmo Lepp, President of Tallinn Estonia District and Almar Pihelgas, President of Stroomi Branch.

  Utah Rep. Merrill Cook Has Surgery
Representative Merrill Cook, a Republican who represents Utah in the U.S. House of Representatives, was scheduled to have corrective intestinal surgery Wednesday during a House recess for the President's Day holiday. The surgery is meant to correct a perforated intestine that put Cook in the hospital twice last year.

  A Special Place for Young Mormons
Some wards throughout the LDS Church eventually ask all ward members to leave. In Los Angeles, these are the three Young Adult wards in Newbury Park, Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, which are limited to single LDS Church members between the ages of 19 and 30. Get married or turn 30 and you are expected to go back to the ward you live in. However, attending the Young Adult wards is voluntary -- members can stay with their geographic ward if they wish.

  Officials Hope LDS Missionaries Will Help Test 'Cyber Voting' In November
Officials in Weber County, Utah hope that LDS Missionaries from the county will help test absentee voting over the Internet in the November election this fall.  Weber is one of five counties around the U.S. scheduled to take part in the experiment during the November presidential election. The test will determine whether all U.S. citizens overseas will be able to vote online instead of on paper ballots as they do now.

 Construction under way on new Mormon temple
The Birmingham Alabama Temple's walls are up, and the building is about one-third of the way done, according to Elder Dale Arave, who is overseeing construction on the building, "The framing has been done, and we are pleased with the progress that has been made. Now comes the slow part as we finish up." The Temple is one of the Church's new smaller temples.

  LDS Church Volunteers Aid Tornado Victims
More than 100 LDS volunteers joined as many as 300 others Saturday to help clean up the neighborhoods destroyed by a tornado that swept through Camilla on Valentine's Day. The tornado killed 18 and injured about 200. More than 450 homes were destroyed. The project, called "Disaster Saturday," involved people from all over Georgia.

  'Aloha' Meets 'Tan'Si' LDS First Nations Family Feated in Farewell Ceremony
LDS indigenous Hawaiians Peter and Lynn Hano Hano and their six children were bid farewell in a touching celebration at the University of Alberta's School of Native Studies yesterday, 23/02/00. Br. Hano Hano first came to Edmonton from Hawai'i two and a half years ago to do post-graduate studies at the School of Native Studies, attracted by its academic reputation, and the strong First Nations community in the Edmonton area. He found some of the contrasts startling.

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