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| General News|
LDS Bishop Protests Innocence As Conference Examines Abuse Reporting Issue
Just days after the 13th annual Mountain West Child
abuse and Domestic Violence conference in Ogden, Utah discussed the issue of
when clergy can and should report abuse, the second of two LDS Bishops
charged with failure to report abuse was arraigned in Salt Lake City. LDS
Bishop Bruce Christensen is accused of failing to report the abuse of a
13-month-old girl by her father, as reported to him by her mother.
Is FLDS Church Withdrawing From World?
For the past two Sundays Warren Jeffs, First
Counselor in the First Presidency of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) has called for church members to leave
the public schools and teach their children at home. He has also called for
church members employed as teachers in the schools to quit and for church
members to sever their ties to non-church members, including relatives. The
moves could doom the four public schools in Colorado City and its sister
town, Hilldale, Utah and further isolate the polygamous community from the
LDS Senator's Dilemma Reveals How Science is Making Abortion More Difficult Issue
Abortion has not been in the political
spotlight in recent weeks, but it remains a divisive issue as science
continues to advance. A case in point involves Oregon Senator Gordon
Smith. The LDS senator recently was asked by the National Right to
Life Committee to speak out against a procedure that extracts stem
cells from human embryos. Smith said that he has had several family
members die a slow death because of Parkinson's disease, and that
"part of my pro-life ethic is to make life better for the living."
Smith told the NRLC that researchers expect that stem cells will some
day be used in the fight against Parkinson's disease.
| Local News|
White Plains New York Controversy Makes Local News
WNBC-TV 4's local news coverage Monday, July 31st
included a news story on the controversy over the LDS Church's proposed
White Plains temple. The building, to be constructed on a 24 acre plot in
Harrison, New York, next to White Plains, is opposed by a group of
neighbors, organized as the group "Homes for Harrison," who feel the
building is too large for the neighborhood.
Prosecutors Enter New Charges Against Mormon Church Bomber
Uncomfortable with the release of James Carbullido, the
man accused of trying to bomb nine LDS chapels in Las Vegas, federal
prosecutors have filed a new charge of arson against him, just hours after a
federal judge ordered his release on Monday. After arraignment on Tuesday, a
judge released Carbullido on his own recognizance, rejecting arguments from
Police that he is still dangerous.
Associated Press Says Young Would Be Strong Candidate, If He Runs
LDS Football Star Steve Young's
invocation at the Republican National Convention last night led the
Associated Press' Theimer to speculate on the possibility that Young
will enter politics. And Theimer discovers that the GOP would love to
have him. Republicans say that Young would bring name recognition,
intelligence, media savvy and morality to public office.
Wally Joyner Hits 200th Career Homer, Other Mormon Athletes Have Off Week
The Atlanta Braves' Wally Joyner hit his 199th
and 200th career home runs and hit .381 in taking advantage of an
injury that put him on first base full-time for the Braves. Joyner is
a 15-year veteran player who was traded to the Braves from the San
Diego Padres at the end of last year.
Marine Who Brought Bahraini Princess to US is Mormon
The US Marine who brought a Bahraini
princess to the US disguised as a returning Marine is Mormon, according to a
report in People magazine. Jason Johnson was assigned to a security force in
Manama, Bahrain when he met Meriam Al-Khalifa, then 18, fell in love,
and hatched a plan to secret her to the US.
Gordon Gee Becomes Vanderbilt University's Chancellor Today
LDS Church member E. Gordon Gee officially becomes
chancellor of Vanderbilt University today, and has already formed plans for
big changes at the University. Gee, who left Brown University after a short
and controversial term, plans to streamline Vanderbilt's administration and
push for new construction projects on campus.
| Arts & Entertainment|
Mormonism and 'Amazing Grace'
In the doctrinal divide between Mormons and
other Christian churches, lies the hauntingly beautiful hymn "Amazing
Grace." Somewhere between the between the bluesy version by Mahalia
Jackson and the Celtic cadence of the bag pipe to the solemn chorus
of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, "Amazing Grace" has unwittingly
fallen into a crevice and has been wedged out of the Mormon music
Huntsman Called Industrial Alchemist
This profile of Jon Huntsman begins in Salt
Lake City boardroom where he billionaire gathered with his family to
bless a grandchild. After the blessing, blond-headed children played
in the headquarters of the largest privately owned chemical
First Security Shareholders Vote for Wells Fargo Merger
Shareholders of First Security Corporation,
the bank founded by the family of LDS pioneer David Eccles, voted
July 31st to join California-based Wells Fargo bank, effectively
ending the bank's independence. While the transaction still faces
some regulatory hurdles, bank officials expect that it will be
completed in the last three months of this year.
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