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  LDS Bishop Maintains He Wasn't Required To Report
LDS Bishop David West Maxwell says that the prosecutors who charged him with failing to report a case of sexual abuse between two teenagers are wrong, and that he wasn't required to report the abuse, given the circumstances. Maxwell claims both teenagers committed acts that could be called sexual abuse, and that both confessed to him, obligating him to keep the matter confidential. Under Utah law clergy do not have to report sexual abuse if their only source of information is the perpetrator.

  Sunstone Symposium Begins Tomorrow
The annual Sunstone Symposium begins tomorrow, lasting through Saturday, August 5th at the Salt Lake Marriott Hotel, this year opening with a panel discussion of what is the gospel and universal and what is simply cultural. "Pianos and Drums . . . Lessons from Africa" at 8 p.m. tomorrow night, will include former Utah Governor Norm Bangerter, who recently served as an LDS mission president in South Africa.

  Congress OKs end to religious zoning bias
A bill intended to stop restrictive zoning practices against churches passed by a voice vote in both the House and the Senate. The bill, sponsored by LDS Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) represents a compromise on a broader bill. The original bill would have ensured a wider range of activities, such as door-to-door missionary activity and Jewish schoolchildren's ability to wear yarmulkes. Concerns over the constitutionality of the earlier bill prompted the passage of the weaker, revised bill.

  Beaverton Police Arrest 3 in String of Church Burglaries
Police in Beaverton, Oregon executed two search warrants and arrested three men in the case of a string of church break-ins that included six LDS chapels around the city. The search warrants discovered evidence, including items marked "LDS," that were taken from the churches.

  St Catherines Woman Found Murdered
Renee Joynson, 23, was found dead by a friend just before 9 p.m., 21 July 2000 in the garage of the Harbour Heights Drive home she shared with her dad. Her friend had arrived at her house Friday when she found out Joynson had not shown up for work Thursday or Friday. She had been shot to death by Lee Hemphill, 29, of Cypress Drive.

  Alabama company chosen for Temple stone
Vetter Stone Co., located in Russellville, Alabama, a subsidiary of Minnesota's Vetter Stone Co., has been chosen by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to provide the stone facing for the Nauvoo, Illinois Temple. The final selection of the stone was made by church president Gordon B. Hinckley.

  Strong Finances, Central Control Propel Church
A new stake center and a temple being built are only two of the markers of growth the LDS Church has seen in Nebraska in the last ten years.

  Associate director of BYU Kennedy Center at Aug. 1 devotional
The associate director of the David M. Kennedy Center at Brigham Young University will speak at a devotional Tuesday (Aug. 1) at 11 a.m. in the Joseph Smith Auditorium.

  Millennial Homecoming Plans in the Works
The weekend of Oct. 14-16 is Ricks' Millennial Homecoming celebration.

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