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| General News|
High Court To Hear Case On Gay Scoutmaster
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments
tomorrow in the case of a former Eagle Scout who was expelled as an
assistant scoutmaster when leaders learned he was gay. The
controversial case has attracted widespread interest and sparked
'friend of the court' briefs from more than a dozen organizations,
including the LDS Church, a sponsor of thousands of Boy Scout Troops.
LDS Missionary In Missouri Held On Sex Charges
The Tribune reports that an LDS missionary
serving in Hazelwood, Missouri has been arrested on three charges of
sexual misconduct. Elder Kevin Gill, 23, of Littleton, Colorado, was
arrested after he exposed himself to fifth- and sixth-grad girls at
McNair Elementary School.
VT Civil Unions Bill Becomes Law
Over the objections of conservatives, Vermont
Governor Howard Dean signed the state's civil unions bill into law
Wednesday. The law, passed in response to a Vermon Supreme Court
decision requiring equal treatment for homosexual couples, gives the
couples all of the rights, privileges, benefits and responsibilities of
civil marriage. The law was passed by the legislature in spite of a
suggestion by an LDS Church official that the state pass an amendment
to the state constitution overriding the court.
| Local News|
LDS Officials Dispute Police Claim That Accused Sex Offender Was Leader
Redmond Stake President Steve Richardson is
disputing police statements to the press here characterizing a
62-year-old businessman and church member as a leader. James
Richardson, who is no relation to the stake president, plead not
guilty yesterday to the sexual abuse of a young woman with Downs
syndrome that he met through the church.
Original Mormon chapel reopens
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of
the Quorum of the Twelve rededicated what the London Times calls the
"world's first Mormon chapel" as a museum of LDS history in Great
Britain. The restored building will also be used for "religious
celebrations" on occasion.
LDS Church Is Already Green, Says Panel
The green movement doesn't conflict with the
teachings of the LDS Church, said a panel of LDS Church members and
environmentalists, including Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone of the LDS
Church's First Quorum of the Seventy. The presence of Elder
Featherstone, who cautioned that he spoke for himself and not for the
Church, was called "a historic event" by Rich Ingebretsen, who
moderated the forum on the LDS Church and environmental issues.
Elway wants Steve Young in Denver
Retired Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway
surprised reporters by saying that he would love to see LDS Church
member Steve Young, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, join the
Broncos next season. Elway led the Bronco's to Super Bowl victories
in 1998 and 1999, and thinks the team could do it again this coming
LDS Council Chair Will Sit Out Of Mall Decisions To Avoid Conflict
In an opinion released Tuesday, City Attorney
Roger Cutler advised Salt Lake City Council Chairman Carlton
Christensen to avoid discussions and a final vote on a proposed Grand
Mall west of Salt Lake City International Airport in order to avoid a
perceived conflict of interests.
LDS French professor Karl Sandberg dies
Prominent St. Paul LDS Church member and
professor of French at St. Paul's Macalester College died Wednesday
in St George, Utah of complications from diabetes. Sandberg, who
taught at Duke, the University of Arizona and the University of
Minnesota in addition to 24 years on the faculty of Macalester, was
Gay Dimick Taylor
Gay Dimick Taylor, widow of LDS author
Samuel W. Taylor, died at home on April 22nd, at the age of 92.
Sister Taylor was a support and partner to her husband and an active
LDS Church member, sharing her talents with her Relief Society.
| Arts & Entertainment|
'Gods Army' Invades Hollywood
Richard Dutcher's LDS film "God's Army"
opens in Los Angeles on Friday, invading Hollywood's core territory and
continuing its effort to prove the size of the market for LDS films.
Dutcher and the other actors in the film will be at Friday's premiere
at the Vine Theatre, near the corner of Hollywood and Vine. The film
also opens at six additional theaters in suburban Orange and Riverside
'God's Army' Draws Positive Review in LA Times
The Los Angeles Times reviewed "God's
Army" in its first week in LA area theaters, giving the film a mostly
positive review and thorough description. Noting that the film is in
'limited release,' the Times says that the film is "not a movie heavy
on proselytizing," which hopefully will make the film more appealing
to non-LDS Church members.
Friends Of Gilgal Still Need A Little More To Complete Sale
Salt Lake's Gilgal Garden is on its way to
becoming a city park. The group of preservationists trying to save
the property now only needs to raise an additional $75,000 to seal
the deal. Unfortunately, the group has about one month left until the
scheduled transfer date, June 10th.
Willes Replaced At Los Angeles Times'
The Tribune Co.'s takeover of the Los
Angeles Times is proceeding, and LDS Church member Mark Willes is now
out. Willes was replaced as Chairman, President and CEO of Times
Mirror, the Times' parent company on Tuesday, marking the end of his
era at the Times. The merger hasn't completed yet, and Willes still
remains on the board until it is complete.
Huntsman Steps Up Cancer War
LDS billionaire Jon M. Huntsman will announce
today that he is donating $125 million to the Huntsman Cancer Institute
at the University of Utah. Huntsman started the Institute in 1995 with
a $100 million donation.
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