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| General News|
LDS Church Entwined In Struggle For Scouting
On April 26th the Supreme Court met to determine
the constitutional rights of the Boy Scouts of America. The case on
the docket was Number 99-699, the Boy Scouts of America vs. James
Dale. In a courtroom filled with law students, gay activists and
television crews, Supreme Court Justice David Souter argued that the
Boy Scout Handbook does not spell out any policy banning gays. Yet,
Boy Scout supporters base their explanation on the Scout Oath
declaring that scouts should be "morally straight."
LDS Church Supports Nebraska Anti-Gay Union Amendment
Supporters of an amendment to the Nebraska State
Constitution banning same-sex marriages delivered 12 boxes of petitions,
containing 155,000 to 157,000 names, to the Nebraska Secretary of State on
Friday, seeking to meet the requirements to place the proposed amendment on
November's ballot. If the amendment passes in November, it could make
Nebraska the 34th US state to enact a same-sex marriage ban.
Deseret News Profiles Mitt Romney
The Deseret News' Elaine Jarvik gives a long and
interesting profile of Salt Lake Organizing Committee President Mitt Romney,
the LDS Church member who moved to Salt Lake from Boston to save the 2002
Winter Olympics in the wake of a bribery scandal. The profile shows how
Romney, perpetually aware of those around him, is able to diarm the press
and lead the committee in preparing for the Olympics.
| Local News|
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.
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.
LDS Player Makes Baseball's All-Star Teams
The voting is complete and San Francisco Giants
second baseman and LDS Church member Jeff Kent has passed Houston's
Craig Biggio and the New York Mets' Edgardo Alfonzo to win the
starting spot on the National League's team in baseball's All-Star
Game. Kent's performance so far this year, including his
league-leading 80 RBIs, influenced fans to vote for him, moving him
up from third place in the final week of the poll.
Dale Murphy Ends Mission, Returns to Atlanta For All-Star Game
The very best part of Atlanta's baseball past is
back in town. But it will only be for a few days, when Dale Murphy
returns to Atlanta, Georgia to serve as honorary captain of the
National League All-Star baseball team. "Gosh, I'm honored," he
replies. Murphy will ultimately be returning to his home in Alpine,
Utah after spending three years in Massachusetts, where he served as
the president of the Boston Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of
BYU Requires Letter of Explanation from Julie
BYU Student Julie Stoffer, who appears in the
current season of MTV's "The Real World," is writing a letter to BYU
at its request, detailing "when were boys in my bedroom, till what
time, what went on." The letter will help BYU determine whether Julie
can return to BYU in the Fall.
LDS Mission Influenced Late LDS Civil Rights Pioneer
His experiences as an LDS missionary shaped
the future for a man who became a Utah pioneer for civil rights. 72
year old Adam "Mickey" Duncan passed away in May of this year.
| Arts & Entertainment|
Mormons flock to area for pageant
The 63rd Hill Cumorah Pageant opened July 7th
with its depiction of 10 scenes outlining the story of the Book of
Mormon and its translation. And the show may see record crowds this
year because of the opening of the Palmyra Temple.
Mormon News Introduces Stock Index
Mormon News introduces today a new feature, its
index of publicly-traded stocks that have Mormon management. The
index, which includes 18 stocks, is an attempt to see how well
companies run by Mormon businessmen perform in the markets.
Willes Makes $64.5 Million on Leaving Times-Mirror
LDS Church member Mark H. Willes, nephew of LDS
Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, topped the Los Angeles Times' list of
highest-paid Southern California executives. Willes earned $64.5 million
from Times-Mirror for this year, in spite of being forced to resign amid the
Tribune Company's purchase of Times-Mirror.
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