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| General News|
Supreme Court Ruling Keeps LDS Scouting Intact
In a 5-4 decision the US Supreme Court ruled today
that the Boy Scouts of America can exclude homosexuals from serving
as troop leaders, in effect preserving the LDS Church's relationship
with Scouting. The Church, which had supported the Boy Scouts of
America in the lawsuit, had told the Court that it would withdraw
from the Scouting program if homosexual leaders were permitted,
taking 400,000 scouts with it.
Controversial LDS Congressman Merrill Cook Loses Primary
Controversial two-term LDS Congressman Merrill Cook
was defeated in yesterday's Utah primary, losing his bid to represent the
Republicans in the US Congress for a third term. Cook lost to political
newcomer and LDS Church member Derek Smith, an Internet entrepreneur. Smith
will face a tough challenge from well-connected Democrat Jim Matheson, also
an LDS Church member, which could become more difficult if Cook tries an
independent run for his seat in the US Congress as he hinted at following
his concession speech last night.
| Local News|
LDS Church Member Shurtleff Wins Utah AG Nomination
LDS Church member Mark Shurtleff defeated Frank
Mylar for the Republican nomination for Utah Attorney General in the Utah
primary yesterda. Both men were profiled in the Salt Lake Tribune last week
ahead of the June 27 election. The two men show some similarities. Mylar, an
attorney from Salt Lake City, and Shurtleff, a Salt Lake County
Commissioner, stress a tough stance on crime, and both men have experience
in the state attorney's general office. They also agree that they would not
seek to prosecute polygamists unless other serious crimes were involved.
Boy Charged in Drugging of 17 at LDS Missionary Luncheon
Prosecutors in Wood County, Ohio filed charges
yesterday against a 15-year-old boy who drugged 17 LDS missionaries
and Church members at a luncheon put on for the missionaries June
22nd. The boy was charged in Juvenile Court with 'delinquency in
connection with corrupting another with drugs.'
BYU-Idaho Announcement Leads to Rexburg Land Boom
The announcement that the renamed Ricks College
will be a four-year institution has touched off a scramble among
developers for land near the college. In the week since the
announcement, city and county offices have been flooded with calls
from Utah, Colorado and Idaho real estate developers trying to
provide housing for an expanding student body.
Madsen Drafted by Lakers
Stanford Basketball star Mark Madsen, an
LDS returned missionary known as "Mad Dog" for his unrelenting
competitiveness on-court, was chosen by the Los Angeles Lakers in
the1st round of yesterday's NBA draft. The Lakers picked Madsen as an
eventual replacement for long-time Lakers star A.C. Green.
Has Steve Young Found His New Career?
In a move that may indicate the career path he will
now follow, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young is forming a
venture capital firm. FirstLight Venture Partners includes Young and former
Novell Inc. senior vice president David Bradford as partners, along with
others that have not yet been named. The firm, headquartered in Salt Lake
City, will invest in technology companies in the western US.
Anti-Mormon Denies Rumor He Is Joining LDS Church
Ed Decker, the controversial anti-Mormon who
created the film "The Godmakers" denied on Friday a rumor that he was
returning to the LDS Church and would speak at the August 24th Mormon
Apologetics Symposium in Alta, Utah. While Decker did offer to give a
paper at the symposium, he says that he didn't intend to give the
impression he was returning to the Church, "No, I haven't gone
insane. I'm not going back to the Mormon Church," he said.
| Arts & Entertainment|
LDS Church Member Bachman Back With 'Guess Who'
Randy Bachman along with the original
lineup of Guess Who, minus bassist Jim Kale, has returned to perform
at the Skyreach Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The amazing,
inexplicable, against all odds group returned with thanks in part to
"our new best friend Lenny Kravitz," who made American Woman hip
again. "It's incredible," Bachman said. "This is the American Woman
tour of 1970 that we didn't do because I left the band. It's 30
years late to the month."
God's Army Opens on the East Coast
God's Army, the breakthrough film about Mormon
missionaries, will play for a limited run in Rochester, New York.
The movie will open on Friday, July 7 at the Henrietta Cinema 18 on
525 Marketplace Drive in Rochester.
Utah Couple's Website Becomes History Curriculum
Jon and Kim Mott created their nonpartisan website
ThisNation.com to educate Americans
about their country and about politics in the US. The site uses Jon
Mott's BYU political science degree to explain politics. Now their
site has been picked-up by private Utah county-based school Liahona,
which caters to LDS students, as part of the curriculum for the next
school year. The site was also recently named "Incredibly Useful Site
of the Day" by ZDNet-Yahoo Internet Life, and was named "Site of the
Week" by Britannica.com and "Cool Site of the Day" by Netscape.
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