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  Will Boston Temple Lawsuit get to Supreme Court?
In a front page story in the Boston Globe, Cole says the four-year-long dispute over the Boston Temple could reach the U.S. Supreme Court. After a three-judge panel of the federal Appeals Court in Boston ruled two weeks ago that the law on which Belmont Massachusetts based the zoning exemption allowing construction of the Temple was constitutional, the Temple's neighbors that brought the lawsuit say they will appeal to the full Appeals Court, one step away from the U.S. Supreme Court.

  Judge Orders Vandals Of LDS Chapels To Write Book Of Mormon Essay
A California Judge has sought to make the punishment for vandalism of an LDS chapel fit the crime. Judge Vilia Sherman, after deciding that the crime was due to the defendant's religious hatred, added a condition to a plea-bargain requiring two men convicted of vandalizing an LDS chapel to write a 2,000 word essay on the Book of Mormon after reading it.

  U.S. Gun Zealot Alters U.K. Law
More than 25 years after earning a notorious spot in LDS history for the murder of two LDS missionaries, Robert Elmer Kleasen has earned a spot in English history, inducing the country to strengthen its already stringent gun laws. English officals will now do an Interpol background check on any foreign national that wishes to purchase firearms there.

  Mormon Indians Denied Catawba Membership
The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs turned down the appeal from the Western Catawbas to be included on the Catawba Indian Nation's membership roll. The Western Catawbas are descended from a group of five Catawba families that joined the LDS Church and moved to Utah in the late 1880s.

  Hatch calls GOP booing disgraceful
The message came through loud and clear on Saturday when Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, current Gov. Leavitt, former Gov. Norm Bangerter and former LDS Church Relief Society President Barbara Smith were booed and jeered from the floor of the E Center at the State Republican Convention. Hatch called the incidents a "disgrace" and called for Utah GOP leaders to consider allowing only credentialed delagates into future state party conventions.

  Mormon church near Big Sky turned down by zoning commission
The Gallatin County Zoning Commission voted 3-1 against a proposed LDS chapel, saying that its location was a bad spot for a church. In a two-hour hearing on the issue, neighbors of the property questioned the building's compatibility with the subdivision while Church supporters questioned the religious bias of those that opposed the project.

  LDS Grandmother To Challenge Hansen
An LDS mother of 10 and grandmother of four will challenge Representative Jim Hansen (R-Utah) for Utah's 1st Congressional District seat in November. Kathleen McConkie Collinwood is an attorney and community activist from Bountiful, Utah who will try to prevent Hansen from re-election to an 11th term in the US House of Representatives. Hansen is also a member of the LDS Church.

  'Fight Club' phenomenon Makes Christian Science Monitor
This article takes a hard look at The Fight Club, the clandestine sport fashioned after the novel of the same name. The Fight Club has found itself in the middle of much controversy lately, although its organizers, who are returned missionaries still continue to promote the club.

 LDS Wards Aids Habitat For Humanity
Two articles recently featured stories about Habitat for Humanity projects in the Houston area. The first article discussed a community project sponsored by the LDS Church called "Hooked on Giving Service" (HOGS). This activity involved youth from Clear Lake, Alvin, Bay Brook, Friendswood, Galveston, La Marque, League City, Pearland, and South Shore. The project was held in conjunction with Private Sector Initiatives, Habitat for Humanity, and the Girls and Boys Club. Youth participated by helping to build a home for recipient Pilar Zapata.

  10 Mormon Pioneer Graves Moved In Tooele
The town of Tooele decided to move the unmarked graves of 10 Mormon pioneers because of cable and water lines and road construction, and now the remains are being studied by archaeologists. The remains, which come from an old Tooele cemetery, used until a permanent city cemetery was established in 1867. The remains include three teenagers or adults and seven younger children or infants.

  6th man charged in bomb incident
Police have arrested a sixth man in a 1998 fire bombing incident that also involved a former LDS missionary and state football star. On Wednesday, May 3rd, prosecutors charged Maile F. Kinikini, 26, of Salt Lake with participating in the firebombing. They had earlier charged five others, including former East High football star Sione Havili, 20, who returned from an LDS mission to face the charges.

  Nauvoo Restoration names new director
The LDS Church's Nauvoo Restoration Inc. has a new head. A retired businessman and college teacher has been called on a two-year mission as the new head of the Nauvoo Restoration, Inc business. He is Jerry L. Goodman and presently lives in Logan, Utah. He was appointed 18 April by the area presidency of the North America Central Area as leader of the preservation arm of the LDS church.

  New Stake Presidency Leads To Newspaper Articles
The Midland Reporter-Telegram carried three articles Saturday about local LDS Church members and the reorganization of the Odessa Stake. In the first of the three articles, the newspaper covered the stake's leadership change, announcing that David Powers

  LDS State Ed Board Member Resigns To Serve Welfare Mission
LDS Church member Harold Davis of Idaho Falls is resigning from the Idaho State Board of Education to work for the LDS Church as a welfare representative in the Phillipines. Davis, 70, submitted his resignation to Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne on Tuesday, May 9th, and expects to leave effective June 26th.

  Nauvoo Restoration names new director
Inquirer reporter Quillman investigates a part of Wallace Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, said to have been called "Mormon Hollow" or "Mormon Valley," and discovers the origins of a group of Mormon converts in Pennsylvania that included Edward Hunter, later Presiding Bishop to the LDS Church.

  Suitland Stake Honors Area Teachers
The Suitland, Maryland Stake held a Teacher Appreciation night April 30th to recognize great primary and secondary school teachers in the four Maryland counties covered by the Stake. A total of 18 teachers from 11 Elementary, Middle and High Schools were recognized at the ceremony.

  Latter-day Saints women aid needy
More than 130 women attended a service project held by the Relief Society of the Indianapolis Stake on May 6th. Called, "Errand of Angels," the 4-hour project brought the women together to do multiple service projects to benefit both the local community and worldwide charities.

  Prayer is unusual at Utah firms
This article talks about the issue of prayer at the workplace. It focuses on an employee of O.C. Tanner, Toni McMurtrey. The founder and namesake of O.C. Tanner was himself a member of the LDS Church, although not active in later years. He is remembered for writing the LDS Sunday School manual "Christ's Ideals for Living." Although this company makes room for prayer at work as long as it is during the employee's time many other Utah companies shy away from this sensitive issue.

  BYU track coach featured at May 16 devotional
The men's head track coach at Brigham Young University will speak at a devotional Tuesday (May 16) at 11 a.m. in the Joseph Smith Auditorium.

  Idaho Supreme Court Holds Sessions At Ricks College
The Idaho Supreme Court heard three appellate cases of local interest at an out-of-town session held at Ricks College on May 3. The Court was presided over by Chief Justice Linda Copple Trout. These cases heard were: State of Idaho v. Michael E. Hosey appealing denial to withdraw guilty plea to charges of trafficking in methamphetamine. State of Idaho v. Robby Joe Mowrey, appealing felony judgement of lewd conduct with a minor child under age sixteen. Sondra Olson v. EG&G Idaho, Inc., and Constance C. Blackwood, an appeal by Sondra Olson contending that the district court erred in granting summary judgment on her claims of wrongful discharge, self-defamation, and age and disability discrimination when she was terminated from her position with EG&G in 1993.

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