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  Hinckley Marks 5 Years as LDS President
As President Gordon B. Hinckley approaches his fifth anniversary as LDS Church prophet, the Salt Lake Tribune's Peggy Fletcher Stack interviewed him on the last five years and on what he expects for the Church in the future. President Hinckley was set apart as LDS Church President and Prophet on March 12, 1995.

  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.

  With 2002 Olympics in line, Utah focuses on cleaning up polygamy
In a pair of stories, the Detroit MI News reports on polygamy and the fundamentalist Mormon movement in Utah. Owen Allred, the 86 year-old leader of the Apostolic United Brethren, is featured in the first article. Allred admits that some men seek polygynous relationships for sexual gratification, and they fail to care properly for their wives' and children's needs, which taints the reputation of the practice.

  'Anti-Mormon, Anti-Catholic Bias' At Bob Jones Leads NY Representative To Drop Bush
New York Republican House member Peter King publicly dropped his support of front-runner George W. Bush and switched to Senator John McCain because Bush "allowed himself to be used" when he spoke at the infamous Bob Jones University during his campaign in South Carolina. Bob Jones University is notorious as an ultra-conservative institution that, among other things, refers to both the Catholic Church and the LDS Church as cults.

  Hatch defends measure on fetuses
Orrin Hatch, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, has come into conflict with members of the Clinton administration over an abortion bill. Hatch held a hearing on a bill that opponents say declares a fetus to have many of the same rights as a child.

  Slave Who Made the Mormon Trek Subject Of Performance
Biddy Mason, an African-American slave that made the Mormon pioneer trek with her master, who had joined the Mormon Church, is the subject of a program that will be presented by Cal State San Bernardin professor Sandra Kamusikiri to the Redlands Branch of the American Association of University Women on March 7th. The public is invited to the Chautauqua performance.

  Conferences beckon 'women of faith'
Several gatherings of religious women have been scheduled along the Wasatch Front during the next few weeks and months.  Though all the conferences will represent different theological beliefs, the basic premise, if not the stated theme, is that through Jesus Christ women of faith have the power to change society.

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