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| General News|
Santa Fe Texas Group to Hold Prayer at High School Football Game
Efforts to protest the US Supreme Court's ban on
school-organized prayers at High School football games are returning to
where the dispute started this weekend. An alliance of Santa Fe, Texas
ministers is expecting 10,000 people to recite the Lord's Prayer immediately
after the national anthem is played at this Friday's Santa Fe High School
football game. The Supreme Court case came when a Mormon and a Catholic
family sued the district over is sponsorship of religious activities on
school grounds and its humiliation of a Mormon student.
Main Street Plaza Suit Hits New Dispute
While crews continue working on the two-acre plaza
replacing a one-block long stretch of Main Street between Temple Square and
the LDS Church's office buildings, attorneys for both Salt Lake City and for
the ACLU continue working on the lawsuit challenging the sale of the road.
Both sides are gathering evidence, but when the ACLU asked to depose the
city attorneys, the city balked and said no.
| Local News|
Boston Temple Open House Begins, Demand Brings Down Website
The Boston Globe reports that 2,500 invited guests
attended the first day of the Boston Temple's open house, as nearby
residents, town officials and clergy were awed by the building's size and
beauty. The LDS Church's Don Mangum, who is helping to organize the one-hour
guided tours, says he expects 70,000 to 100,000 visitors to tour the
building during the open house, which ends September 21st.
LDS Church Delays Sending Mountain Meadows Artifacts to Arkansas
Scott Fancher, president of the Mountain
Meadows Monument Foundation, is encouraged by a recent letter that
was issued Tuesday, August 29th by the Utah Attorney General's
Offices state archaeologist Kevin Jones, that recommended that six
buttons and some broken crockery that were discovered and removed
from the burial site be re-buried with the emigrants' bones at
BYU Working on Edwards Replacement, Eagles' Reid Declines Interview
Although BYU Athletic Director Val Hale's says
that the school is concentrating on the current football season, he has also
contacted several candidates and asked them to interview to replace retiring
BYU football coach LaVell Edwards. But one of the possible candidates, the
Philadelphia Eagles' Andy Reid, while acknowledging that BYU had contacted
him, says he wasn't interviewed.
RM at UWisconsin to Sit Out Sunday Basketball Games
Ricky Bower, a freshman recruit on the
University of Wisconsin's basketball team, will not play in the team's Sunday
games, according to a report in yesterday's Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Bower, who missed two seasons while on an LDS mission in Poland, committed to
the Badgers this past month, after making it clear to Badger coach Dick
Bennett that he wouldn't play or practice on Sundays.
LDScitizen.com Becomes First LDS Political and Civic Involvement Web Site
Just in time for the millennium's first election, LDScitizen.com steps on to the political stage. On August 31, 2000 at 11:00 a.m., LDScitizen.com will take its place as the Internet's first site dedicated to supporting LDS involvement in
civic and political affairs. Congressman Chris Cannon and gubernatorial
hopeful, Bill Orton, will be on hand at the Utah State
Capitol Building to assist in the unveiling of the site.
Mormon Meteor III restored
Sixty years ago, the Mormon Meteor III was the
fastest car in the world. Its owner and driver, David Abbott (Ab)
Jenkins II, cherished the car, and sold the valuable car to the state
of Utah for $1 and the promise that it would be protected and cared
for properly. For decades, visitors to the state capitol building saw
it displayed prominently.
| Arts & Entertainment|
LDS Playwright Neil LaBute's 'Bash' on Showtime Tonight
LDS Church member Neil LaBute's controversial show
"Bash: Latterday Plays" will be shown in a television version on the cable
channel Showtime at 8 p.m. tonight. Ahead of the play, several newspapers
reviewed the performances and LaBute's work, acknowledging its dark and
controversial nature, but often praising the work.
LDS Developer's 'New Urban' Development Approval Expected Today
An LDS Church affiliate's planned
development in Kansas City, Shoal Creek Valley, is expected to be approved by the
city council today. The planned development is notable because it
incorporates principles of so-called "New Urbanism," including favoring
walking over driving, into the development. The 1,700 acre development could
eventually house 15,000 people, the offices they work in and the businesses they
LDS Investment Guru Under Investigation
Former cabbie Wade Cook created a large
financial-seminar business, sharing strategies of triple-digit annual
returns on investments. Now the Federal Trade Commission and
authorities from 13 states are nearing completion of settlement pacts
with the Wade Cook Financial Corporation because of numerous customer
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