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| General News|
LDS Bishop Arrested For Failure To Report Abuse
Police in Sandy, Utah have arrested an LDS bishop
for failing to report the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl. They say that
Bishop David West Maxwell, 36, of the Crescent 23rd Ward, learned of the
abuse from the victim 'several months' before he was charged in February.
Trial on the class B misdemeanor is postponed because a witness is unavailable.
Different City Council, Same Decision: LDS Church to Build Main Street Plaza
Even thought the Salt Lake City Council has
different members from the council that approved the sale of a block-long
section of main street to the LDS Church, the council still approved the
April 1999 decision, passing an amendment affirming and clarifying the
| Local News|
Montreal Temple Open House Begins
The open house for the Montreal Quebec Temple
starts tomorrow, according to this article in the Montreal Gazette. The
Gazette sent Shepherd to cover the open house and take the tour available
for the press yesterday.
The Mormon mission
During the course of the day, Elders Wilkinson and Bryan tell not only what they gave up, but also how they do their work. The Elders
tell how they have essentially cut off ties to the world outside of
missionary work, "No movies, TV, radio or newspapers. The only music
we can listen to are hymns or classical. No dates or girls. We can
only call our families twice a year. And every half-hour of every day
is planned out," said Bryan.
An LDS Man's Foray Into Politics
Political drama is often found in last minute
surprises. In the Clark County, Nevada County Commission races,
commissioner Lance Malone saw his former campaign manager Joe Gelman
drop out of his Republican primary race to replace him with Chip
Maxfield, co-owner of Southwest Engineering, whom Gelman is now
backing. Gelman said he pulled out of Malone's contest because "too
many candidates would divide the anti-Malone vote."
Madsen Makes CNNSI's Top 50
Stanford University's star basketball player,
Mark Madsen made CNNSI's list of the top 50 prospects for the NBA
draft. CNNSI reports that the June 28th draft may feature a record
number of underclassmen, reducing the prospects of seniors, like
Madsen. However, the rating implies that Madsen may be chosen in the
Dave Checkett's Sprewell Gambit Pays Off
A year and a half ago, sports fans, players and
coaches thought that Madison Square Garden President Dave Checketts was
crazy for engineering the trade that brought Latrell Sprewell to the New
York Knicks. Checketts, who is an active member of the LDS Church, had at
that time been quoted widely as saying that he would never bring NBA bad-boy
Dennis Rodman to the Knicks. But he then brought the single player
considered as bad, less than a year after Sprewell had been suspended for
choking his coach, P. J. Carlesimo.
LDS Couple Gets Financial Advice Through CNNfn
An LDS couple wrote to CNNfn's weekly Checks &
Balances column seeking financial planning help in meeting their
family goals. The couple, Sean and Elena Ransom, are struggling to
get by while Sean studies for a master's degree in journalism at the
University of Missouri in Columbia. The couple find that hopes for
starting a family conflict with a desire for further education.
LDS Sociologist Leon Hinckley Mayhew Dies
LDS Sociologist Leon Hinckley Mayhew died Sunday
at age 65 after 12 years of battling pulmonary fibrosis, which forced
him to retire as Dean at the University of California, Davis in 1989.
Hinckley was a highly-regarded Sociologist and author and an active
member of the LDS Church.
| Arts & Entertainment|
Sex Book For LDS Couples Becomes Best Seller
A new book on sexuality for LDS couples is
selling almost as well as President Hinckley's "Standing for
Something," according to some Utah retailers. "Between Husband and
Wife: Gospel Perspectives on Marital Intimacy" has nearly sold
through its first printing of 7,000 copies in about a month,
according to book publisher Covenant Communications, the publisher.
And the authors attribute its success to the fact that it covers a
subject that has been considered somewhat taboo among LDS Church
BYU Professors Write 'Handbook of Psychotherapy and Religious Diversity
Insensitivity like that happens more often than you'd
think," says Scott Richards, a Brigham Young University
psychology professor and co-editor of the American Psychological
Association's new Handbook of Psychotherapy and Religious
Diversity." And it happens more often than it should." To prevent disrespect of religion from discouraging patients
from seeking professional help, Richards and fellow BYU
psychologist Allen Bergin have compiled a handbook that informs
health care practitioners about the various beliefs, rituals and
traditions of the people who may comprise their client base.
Additionally, the 518-page text is a symbolic victory in the
professors' crusade to promote spirituality to their peers as an
important part of treating mental illness.
LDS Businessman McFerson's Role In Columbus Community
Dimon R. McFerson has played a major role in the
civic affairs of central Ohio since 1992. He single-handedly decided
to build a private arena in downtown Columbus to secure a National
Hockey League expansion team. As chairman of the board of Ohio's
Center of Science and Industry, McFerson oversaw the center's move to
its current location on the Scioto riverfront. Despite the fact that
his retirement will take place at the end of the year, McFerson
plans to remain active in community service.
Mormon Businessman To Be Honored By ADL
Mormon businessman Ron Jones will be
honored next month by the national interior furnishings and design
division of the Anti-Defamation League. The organization will honor
Jones, 57, for his leadership in making his employees aware of and
resist hatred, bigotry and prejudice. The award will be presented at
the division's dinner next month.
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