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| General News|
Appeals Court Rules For Boston Temple
The First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled
Wednesday that the state law allowing the construction of the Boston Temple
is constitutional. The decision resolves, at least for now, the most
potentially damaging of the two lawsuits against the building. The other
lawsuit simply challenges the height of the building's steeple.
Church's Aid To Timor Is A Drop In Bucket
The LDS Church's aid for the relief of
refugees from East Timor comes at a critical time. After Indonesia
bowed to International pressure and granted the area's population a
referendum, leading to the country's vote for independence,
pro-Indonesian militias went on a rampage, driving more than 150,000
people into neighboring West Timor.
Green Polygamy Charges Presented
Polygamist Thomas Green was accompanied by all five of his wives and 17 of his 29 children as he appeared in court yesterday
to hear the bigamy and rape charges presented against him. While he
didn't have to enter a plea in the 20-minute hearing, outside the
courtroom he vigorously denied the charges.
| Local News|
LDS Leaders Request Fast For New York Temple
North America Northeast Area Authorities have
asked local members in the New York region to fast this coming Sunday
for divine intervention to solve the zoning challenges faced by the
proposed Harrison, New York Temple. Construction on the temple has
been delayed because of objections by neighbors in the upscale
neighborhood where the LDS Church has proposed to build.
First Time in 70 Years: High Court All Mormon
The LDS Church's dominance of the seats on
the Utah Supreme Court isn't a problem, according to Chief Justice
Richard C. Howe. Howe's comments were part of an Associated Press
story on the most recent two appointments to the Court by Governor
Mike Leavitt, who is also an LDS Church member, which broke a
tradition dating from 1926 of having at least one non-Mormon on the
Steve Young's Status Still Uncertain
49er football star Steve Young had been
told that he wasn't needed at 49ers minicamp this past weekend, but
he appeared on Sunday anyway, in a gesture that makes it clear he
still thinks he is on the team. Young, who missed the last 13 games
of last season following a concussion, was on the field greeting
teammates and visiting with coaches, but didn't actually take part in
the practice. He was scheduled to talk with coach Steve Mariucci
following the practice.
LDS Track Star Best Discus Thrower In U.S.
This article by the Salt Lake Tribune highlights the feats
of LDS track star, Nik Arrhenius. The son of former BYU track star,
Anders Arrhenius, and a junior at Mountain View High School in Orem, Nik
is currently the best high school discus thrower in the nation.
LDS Commissioner Calls China Peril To Religion
LDS Church member Michael Young and the U.S.
Commission on International Relations, of which Young is vice
chairman, have called China a peril to religion and recommended that
the U.S. government delay awarding China Permanent Normal Trade
Relations because of its persecution of religion. Young announced the
Commission's decision Monday.
| Arts & Entertainment|
Saga Of A Hoffman Forgery May Be Made Into Film
The saga of a poem forged by Mark Hoffman could
eventually be made into a movie, if author Simon Worrall is
successful. Worrall wrote the story of a document Hoffman created and
passed off as the work of famous poet Emily Dickinson. Even after
Hoffman was jailed for murdering two LDS Church members in an attempt
to cover up his forgeries, which centered around Mormon historical
documents, the poem still appeared on the market, and was sold by the
world-famous auction house, Sotheby's.
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