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  LDS Bishop Charged with Failing to Report Abuse
Another LDS Bishop has been charged with failing to report an incident of child sexual abuse. On Friday, Salt Lake City prosecutors charged LDS Bishop Bruce R. Christensen, 60, of the Salt Lake City 21st Ward with a class B misdemeanor after learning that Christensen had been told of a case of child abuse by the victim's mother and failed to report it. The mother told Christensen in a July 1999 interview that her estranged husband had sexually abused their 13-month-old daughter.

  Upstart Smith Suddenly the Darling of National GOP Leaders
In what is expected to be the first in a tag-team effort by Republican congressional leaders to back a political newcomer, U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey declared the Republican Party's undying support for Derek Smith in Utah's 2nd Congressional District election.

  Mormon temple dedication nears
The Oklahoma City Temple Open House began this past weekend, providing Oklahomans with 13 days of public tours ending July 22nd. But, according to the Oklahoma City Oklahoman, Church members find the lasting significance of the building in its dedication and use. "The temple is the tool that gives us all the blessings our Heavenly Father wants us to have," says Mary Newman, LDS public affairs director for the Oklahoma City area.

  Mormon takes his place among police chaplains
On January 16th, LDS Church member Carlos Cortez became the first Mormon chaplain of the Chicago Police Department. Cortez is an active officer on the force, just like three of the other four chaplains. And like the others, he will hear the concerns of those of any religion, "I don't turn anyone away. I've had people who are Muslims, Jewish, Catholic, nondenominational Christian," he said.

  BYU's World Family Policy Center Cautious About New International Court
Cautious optimism is what Richard Wilkins of Brigham Young University Law School and head of the BYU-based World Family Policy Center, hopes for as the new International Criminal Court (ICC) will not be able to advance or enforce abortion rights. Last week, government negotiators, who have been meeting since the summer of 1998, finished the most contentious parts of the statutes that will bring into existence the world's first permanent Nuremberg-style criminal court.

  Name Change to BYU-Idaho Not Immediate
Perhaps the most frequently asked question since the announcement by LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley June 21 has been: "When do we begin using the name Brigham Young University-Idaho?" For the time being, we will continue as Ricks College. We will not begin using the name Brigham Young University-Idaho in the immediate future.

  Information About Ricks-BYU-Idaho Transition Posted on Internet
The website for Ricks College now includes information about our transition to BYU- Idaho ( ). This site will be updated as new information becomes available.

  BYU creates new Department of Mathematics Education
Brigham Young University has announced the formation of a Department of Mathematics Education.

  BYU campus newsletter, Department of Publications & Graphics wins CASE award
The editor of Brigham Young University's YNEWS, the campus faculty and staff newsletter, is the recipient of a notable award given by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

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