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| General News|
LDS Church Opposes ACLU's Amendment To Main Street Lawsuit
The complexity of the main street lawsuit
continues to grow. The LDS Church's attorney's filed a memorandum
Thursday opposing the American Civil Liberty Union's attempt to amend
its federal lawsuit against Salt Lake City and the LDS Church over
the sale of a block of Main Street by the city to the Church. The
ACLU is seeking to bolster its claim that restrictions in the sale
placed on the use of the property are unconstitutional, violating the
First and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The amended
lawsuit also argues that the city's administrators obscured facts and
skirted city processes to push through the sale.
Mormons appeal steeple ruling
Lawyers for the LDS Church filed an appeal
on Monday of a judge's ruling that limits the height of the steeple
on the Boston Massachusetts Temple to just 14 feet above the height
of the building. The appeal, filed with Middlesex Superior Court,
seeks to reinstate a Belmont Zoning Board of Appeals' decision to
allow a 139-foot steeple (from the ground -- the building is 58 feet
high) on the building.
Missionary Returns To Face Firebombing Charges
An LDS missionary serving in New York City
has returned from his mission to face charges in connection with a
1998 firebombing that destroyed a Salt Lake home. Sione Havili, 20, a
star running back at East High School in Salt Lake City had hoped to
attend BYU after overcoming academic problems on his return this
fall. However, he was implicated in the firebombing by an accomplice,
who plead guilty to a reduced charge.
LDS Man Killed In Arlington Texas Hotel Room
An LDS man, reportedly a counselor in the
bishopric of his ward, was discovered dead, bound and gagged in a
North Arlington, Texas hotel room Wednesday, March 22nd, the apparent
victim of a random robbery attempt. Robert Neal Allen, 44, was a
Federal Aviation Administration inspector from Ypsilanti, Michigan
who was in Texas on business. Police have no suspects in the murder.
A hotel housekeeper at the Fairfield Inn discovered his body.
LDS Conservative Howard Ruff Takes On Hillary Clinton
LDS investment guru and conservative political
activist Howard Ruff is sounding dire warnings and pledging to raise
"whatever it takes" to prevent the election of First Lady Hillary
Rodham Clinton as U.S. Senator from New York. Ruff's political action
committee, Ruffpac, has paid for and will soon air in upstate New
York a TV spot critical of Mrs. Clinton.
| Arts & Entertainment|
Nationally Released Book Tells History Of Universe According To LDS Doctrine
On the heels of LDS Church President Gordon B.
Hinckley's groundbreaking book communicating common values to a
non-LDS audience, a new book from a national publisher seeks to
explain LDS doctrine in clear terms, free of LDS jargon and
correlation. Coke Newell, who manages the LDS Church's Media Resource
Development, has written a new book, "Latter Days," for St. Martin's
Press, which released it to Utah bookstores this week and will
release the book nationally on April 5th.
Elders Oaks & Wickman Write Chapter For Ecumenical Book On Proselyting
Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the LDS Church's Quorum
of the Twelve and Elder Lance B. Wickman of the Second Quorum of the
Seventy have written a chapter for the new book, "Sharing the Book:
Religious Perspectives on the Rights and Wrongs of Proselytism" from
ecumenical publisher Orbis Books. The book contains chapters from
various religions on their histories and experience balancing
proselyting with respecting the human rights of those that hear their
First Security Shareholders Say Yes, But Zions' May Not
Shareholders of First Security Corp. approved
its proposed merger with Zions Bancorp Wednesday, as expected,
leaving the fate of the deal up to Zions shareholders, who will vote
on the deal March 31st. However, the Zions shareholder vote could be
a big hurdle, since recent events have made the deal much less
appealing to them, and recent comments by Zions executives put even
their support of the pact in doubt. Both banks have pioneer Mormon
roots and are run by predominantly Mormon management teams.
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