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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 Court.



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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