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| General News|
Supreme Court Rules For Mormon Family In School Prayer Case
The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Monday for a Mormon and a Catholic family that challenged the Santa Fe Texas Independent School
District's policy of allowing student-led prayers before high school
football games. The court ruled that these prayers violate the US
Constitution's first amendment, which prohibits the "establishment of
How Could A Mormon Family Sue Over School Prayer?
This week's news that the Supreme Court had ruled against allowing the Santa Fe, Texas Independent School District to have
"student-led voluntary prayers" before high school football games was
disappointing to many conservative Mormons. It was also shocking for many
that a the lawsuit had been filed by a Mormon family. But an analysis of
the case history shows why a Mormon family might file such a lawsuit.
LDS Church Confirms Mormon News Report - Magazines Online Next Month
The LDS Church confirmed Friday Mormon News'
report that the Ensign, New Era and Friend are going on line. Mormon
News reported Tuesday that the magazines will be put on line 90 days
after publication, according to a letter to local leaders from Elder
Boyd K. Packer, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
| Local News|
Changes Ahead for Ricks As It Becomes BYU-Idaho
At a news conference yesterday announcing
that Ricks College would become a four-year institution and change
its name to BYU-Idaho, details of some of the changes at the campus
were revealed. Among the changes are plans to drop Ricks' junior
college athletic program, which has won several championships, and
add several bachelor degree programs to the school.
Winners and Loosers In Ricks/BYU-Idaho Changes
The changes at Ricks College, soon to be four-year
school BYU-Idaho, caught both the local community and educators by
surprise, and left even academics and administrators at the school
uncertain about exactly what the changes will mean. But the little
that is known already heralds big changes in the school, the
community and in education elsewhere.
Youth Drugs 17 at LDS Church Function In Ohio
A 15-year-old boy has admitted to drugging 17 people at
an LDS Church function Wednesday night by putting a prescription sedative
into their deserts. The victims, at the Church for a luncheon, complained of
light-headedness and were taken by rescue crews to area hospitals.
LDS Diver Routson Faces Olympic Trials This Week
LDS Diver Tyce Routson believes he has a shot
at the Olympics and will try to get it during this week's Olympic Trials in
Federal Way, Washington. Routson, 23, is a returned missionary and High
diver from Orange County who is a student at the University of Miami in
Former YMMIA General Board Member, BYU Athletic Director Millet Dies
Former YMMIA General Board member, BYU Coach and
Athletic Director W. Floyd Millet died Saturday, June 17th at the age of 88.
Millett was best known for taking the BYU basketball team to Madison Square
Garden for the first time, and for coaching the BYU football team to its
first win over the University of Utah.
Founder of Southern California Mormon Choir Dies
The founding conductor of the Southern
California Mormon Choir, H. Frederick Davis, died Tuesday, June 13th
at his home in North Hollywood, California. Davis was the conductor
of the Choir for 28 years and of the Ellis-Orpheus Men's Chorus.
Davis was 91.
| Arts & Entertainment|
American Prophet Wins IPPY Award
"American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith,"
by Heidi S. Swinton, won an IPPY from the 2000 Independent Publisher
Book Awards at BookExpo America in Chicago recently. Swinton's book,
which was a companion volume to the PBS documentary by the same
title, won in the Biography category. Parables, written by Robert L.
Millet and illustrated by James C. Christensen, received recognition
as a finalist in the Religion category. Both books are published
under the Shadow Mountain imprint, a general trade imprint of Deseret
LDS Church's Bonneville Communications Swaps LA Station for 4 in St. Louis
The LDS Church's broadcast arm Bonneville
Communications has signed a letter of intent to swap its Los Angeles radio
station KZLA-FM to Emmis Communications for four stations in St. Louis,
Missouri. The deal leaves Bonneville without a station in Los Angeles, the
nation's #2 radio market, but gives it four stations in St. Louis,
considered a top twenty radio market.
LDS Entrepreneur's Company To Go Public Next Month
LDS entrepreneur David Huber's company, Corvis
Corp., is expected to go public next month, in one of the most
anticipated IPOs of the summer. Recent company filings with the US
Securities and Exchange Commission say that the company will offer
27.5 million shares for between $13 and $15 a share, valuing the
company at more than $4 billion.
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