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| General News|
Prosecutions of LDS Bishops Make National News
The prosecutions of two Salt Lake area LDS Bishops
have made national news through an Associated Press story on one Bishop's
challenge to the constitutionality of Utah's abuse-reporting statute. The
Associated Press reports Bishop Bruce R. Christensen as saying that it is
unfair to expect him to act as a police officer.
Second LDS Bishop Fighting Abuse Reporting Law
The second of two Salt Lake City area LDS Bishops
charged with failing to report child abuse has appeared in court, and his
attorney says that he is challenging the constitutionality of the Utah law.
On behald of LDS Bishop Bruce Christensen, attorney Bradley Rich claimed
that the Utah child abuse reporting statute violates the First Amendment to
the US Constitution by forcing clergy to act as agents of the government,
violating the amendment's mandate of separation of Church and State.
| Local News|
Plea Entered in Case That Led to Prosecution of LDS Clergy
The man whose child abuse crimes led to the current
prosecution of LDS Clergy for failing to report child abuse has plead guilty
to four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. The charges filed
against Jay Toombs, 43, carry a mandatory prison sentence and a maximum of
life in prison for each charge.
Teenagers on Temple Grounds called Out of Control
Inappropriate activity by some young people on
temple grounds has been reported in one of Utah's biggest newspapers.
Teenager That Drugged Missionaries Ruled Delinquent
The teen accused of drugging 17 LDS
missionaries and members was found delinquent Thursday of a reduced
charge of inducing panic, the equivalent of a first degree
misdemeanor. Joseph Cordell, 15, was originally charged with
delinquency of corrupting another with drugs, a felony-level charge,
but prosecutors added the panix charge at a pre-trial hearing, and he
was only ruled delinquent of the lesser charge.
LaVell Edwards Retiring Today as BYU Football Coach
BYU Head Coach LaVell Edwards will announce his retirement
today in a news conference set for 1 pm MDT (3 pm EDT). According to BYU
NewsNet, Edwards will still play out the 2000 season, completing his 29th
season as coach of the Cougars, and ending a stellar career that will probably
place him sixth among the coaches with the most career wins in college football.
Edwards Lauded as The Coach That Changed The Game
After BYU head football coach LaVell Edwards announced
that he will retire at the end of the season, praise has poured in
from observers and the press nationwide. Edwards announced his
retirement at a press conference yesterday afternoon at Cougar
Stadium before a crowd of about 100.
Murphy Inducted in Braves' Hall of Fame
Former LDS Mission President Dale Murphy was inducted
into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame on Monday, thanking the Braves'
organization for its support, "To have worn the Braves uniform number three
was a special and humbling experience in my life," Murphy said. "It's
something I'll always be proud of." Murphy was inducted alongside Braves
owner Ted Turner, joining former Braves Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Phil
Niekro and Warren Spahn, who were inducted last year.
Romney Thinking About Run For Massachusetts Office in 2002
In a recent interview in Salt Lake City, Romney, a Belmont Republican, was asked how his time spent in Utah to restore ethical and fiscal accountability to the Olympics might affect a bid for office in Massachusetts. "I think it probably communicates that there is more in my
life than making money in business. That certainly is not what I lived for
when I was back there but I think I was able to be characterized by my
opponent as being a ruthless businessman....I think this at least broadens
the perspective of who I am."
LDS Apostle Oaks to Marry August 24th
The LDS Church's Public Affairs Office
confirmed today that Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Church's Quorum of
the Twelve Apostles is getting married for the second time next week.
Elder Oaks is scheduled to marry Kristen McMain in the Salt Lake
Temple on August 24th. Elder Oaks' previous wife, June, died July 21,
| Arts & Entertainment|
Edmonton Sun Changes Tune, Says 'Mormon Sex Manual' Jumps Off Shelves
A day after it claimed that sales of an
LDS book were "cold" in Edmonton, the Edmonton Sun changed its
opinion and said the book "jumps off city shelves." In the more
recent story, the Sun quoted the owner of an LDS bookstore in its
article about "Between Husband and Wife," an LDS book about marital
intimacy. In the previous story the article's reporter talked to a
general interest bookstore in Edmonton.
Does LDS Businessman David Huber Have a Success Secret?
Normally, people would scoff at the idea that a
company with no revenues, but boasting a secret product, would be
valued at $37 billion shortly after going public. But David Huber,
founder and CEO of Corvis, has has made Wall Street investors rich in
the past, and they expect him to do it once again. The LDS
businessman has inspired confidence in investors that his company's
secret optical networking product will be irresistible.
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