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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.

  Boston Temple Lawsuit Effects Already Felt Elsewhere
The lawsuit against the LDS Church's Boston Temple has already caused trouble for one Massachusetts town. Littleton, Massachusetts, which is trying to build a new High School, has had to put the school through the zoning process, even though schools are exempt under Massachusetts' Dover amendment. And in spite of a favorable ruling, the town may still be sued by neighbors that don't want the high school to exceed the law's height limitations.

 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.

  Plight of Timorese Refugees Eased by Church Aid
At the request of the Indonesian government, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is providing hundreds of thousands of pounds of rice and 20,000 hygiene kits to help uprooted families reestablish some semblance of routine and order in their lives. Following an on-site assessment, Church Humanitarian Service officials are coordinating relief efforts with support from government officials and a local foundation.

  Are the Latter-day Saints -- who face growing rejection -- Christians?
With The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints becoming one of the world's fastest-growing religions, Mormons are under close scrutiny by other faiths and are currently being asked the question, "Are you Christians?" Mormons are no strangers to persecution and a closer look reveals the quintessential American success story.

  Nevada Republicans Count On Mormon Support
Republicans are banking on the Mormons and businessmen to propel them into the driver's seat of the Nevada Assembly in the 2001 Legislature.

 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.

  LDS Congressman Profiled
The Antelope Valley Press ran a profile of Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA), an LDS Church member that represents the Santa Clarita area. Telling about a typical work-day for the busy Congressman, the Press' Bitton gives an insight into McKeon and the issues that are important to him.

  Mormonism On Methodist's Agenda
The United Methodist Church, the third largest church in the United States, has Mormonism on the agenda of its General Conference, which will be held next week in Cleveland. The Conference will consider a resolution stating that 'the Mormon Church's God differs from that of Christian tradition.'

  Salem's ties to Mormons recalled
Salem may be known for witchcraft, but the community also has a strong and little-known tie to Mormon history. Joseph Smith visited Salem as a young boy, and again following the founding of the Church, prophesying that gold would be found in Salem. He also visited the local museum and signed the guest register in 1836.

  Reid Benefits From TV Windfall
Senator Harry M. Reid (D) recently hit the Las Vegas television market jackpot while facing a tough run for the governor's seat against Rep. John E. Ensign (R), Jan Jones (D) and Kenny C. Guinn (R). Las Vegas' KVBC-TV station manager, Gene R. Greenberg, compared the final weeks of the campaign to the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the Chicago commodities exchange. "I've never been on the trading floor, but a lot of times it seemed a little like that," he said.

  First Presidency Gives Condolences At Passing Of Cardinal O'Connor
The LDS Church's First Presidency issued a statement today expressing sympathy at the passing of New York's John Cardinal O'Connor. O'Connor died yesterday after battling cancer for several months. Cardinal O'Connor was 80 years old and had served as New York's Archbishop for 16 years.

  U.S. Ambassador Speaks On Genealogy On Temple Hill
GEORGE HALEY, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Gambia and brother of "Roots" author Alex Haley, returned to America from Gambia, the same country from which Kunta Kinte, Haley's African ancestor, was taken to America in chains as a slave. After "revisit[ing] his roots" Haley spoke on May 13 in Oakland at the Mormon Interstake Center on Temple Hill about the need to strengthen the family unit.

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