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| General News
Analysis: Battles Over Same-Sex Marriage May Continue
Tuesday's passage of Proposition 22 in
California was hailed by LDS Church leaders and others favoring the
measure designed to keep same-sex marriages out of California while
gay rights activists expressed disappointment at its passage.
However, the proposition's passage may not settle the issue. Some gay
rights activists are already seeking ways to reverse the decision and
conservative activists are seeking ways to use the connections made
during the campaign to roll-back other rights given to homosexuals,
just as gay activists had feared.
President Hinckley Announces Educational Assistance Fund At National Press Club
Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington
D.C., President Hinckley departed somewhat from his prepared remarks
(available on the LDS Church's website) and announced that the LDS
Church is preparing to establish an educational loan program to
assist LDS Church members outside the United States in obtaining
higher education. The exciting announcement comes after the number of
LDS Church members outside the U.S. has exceeded those inside the U.S.
| Local News
Fear of LDS Doctor's Storage Leads Police To Evacuate Neighborhood
The puzzling suicide of Dr. Larry Ford, and LDS Church member with all three of his children currently attending BYU,
has gained notoriety throughout North America as Orange County police
had to evacuate 48 homes in his neighborhood for fear of biological
booby traps he might have set before killing himself. Police suspect
that Ford ordered the murder of his business partner, James Riley,
who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the face. Ford killed
himself a day after police searched his home.
Adoptive LDS Attorney Fighting To Protect Birth Mothers
LDS Attorney Franklin Hunsaker, 57, is at the
forefront of a lawsuit over a controversial new Oregon law that would
allow adoptees to discover the identity of birth mothers. The law,
known as Measure 58, was passed by a voter referendum. It give adult
adoptees access to their original birth certificates. The Oregon
Supreme Court could issue its decision on Hunsaker's challenge to the
law as early as today.
Dave Checketts's game
In the fall of 1984, Dave Checketts sat down in
the 15th floor Manhattan office of David Stern, the commissioner of
the National Basketball Association, and began a life long journey
into the competitive world of professional sports. Then, only 27, he
more closely resembled the Mormon missionary he once was.
LDS RM Madsen Featured In USA Today
With 'March Madness' approaching and a major
game tonight between Stanford and Arizona, USA Today featured LDS
returned missionary and Stanford star Mark 'Mad Dog' Madsen in a
cover story that once again emphasized Madsen's unique mix of
aggressive play on court and off-court nice guy.
Hispanic LDS Judge Named To Court Of Appeals
A Los Angeles LDS Judge was approved yesterday by
the U.S. Senate on a 59-39 vote for appointment to the 9th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals in California. U.S. District Judge Richard
A. Paez, 52, said he was "pleased and honored" at the Senate's
confirmation and thanked President Clinton for his support during the
four years it took to overcome opposition, including that of LDS
Church member, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch.
| Arts & Entertainment
Hinckley Book Falls to #42
LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley's book
"Standing for Something" dropped this week both on USA Today's best
seller list and on Amazon.com's sales ranking. On USA Today the book
fell to #42 from #31 and on Amazon it fell to #116 from #61. The drop
may indicate that the book's initial popularity is starting to wear
First Security, Zions taking heat
The planned merger of mormon banks First
Security Corp. and Zions Bancorp. drew heavy criticism on Friday
after First Security announced that its first quarter results would
fall short of expectations. The problem results may have breathed new
life into a federal lawsuit challenging the deal.
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