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Los Angeles Times Hints Religion Behind Opposition to Boston Temple
In an article discussing the legal battles surrounding the LDS Church's Boston Temple, the Los Angeles Times hints in its headline that opposition to Mormonism  is behind the battles. However, in the article itself MIT astronomy professor Charles Counsleman, one of the principal opponents of the building, claims that the opposition is not to Mormonism, but to the building, "The opposition that the neighbors have to this temple is exactly the same kind of opposition you'd have if someone wanted to build a shopping mall on that location."


Boy Scouts' Mormon Cash
The LDS Church is getting noticed for its stand with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) against homosexuality. This alternet story surveys the role of religion in scouting, and how church involvement in scouting has made the BSA different from other youth organizations.


 Local News

Boston Radio Station Gives First Audio Tour of Temple
Boston public radio station WBUR broadcast to its listeners the first audio tour of an LDS Temple yesterday. Robin Young, one of the hosts of the hour-long program Here and Now, spent nearly 15 minutes on the air describing what she saw on a tour of the Boston Temple, conducted by tour guide Terry Hansen. Young claims in the program that this is the first time a tour of an LDS Temple has been broadcast and that recording devices are normally not permitted on the tours.



After Finals, LDS Gymnast Dantzscher Lashes Out at Karolyi
After the US women's gymnastic team finished out of the medals on Tuesday at the Sydney Olympic Games, team member Jamie Dantzscher, an LDS Church member, was one of several athletes that lashed out at US national team coordinator Bela Karolyi, criticizing his involvement in the team.



Use of Zoning Laws May Hide Bias Against Religion
Today's Christian Science Monitor uses the dispute over the Boston Temple to launch an in-depth examination of the zoning difficulties faced by many churches as they try to build new houses of worship. Recent legislation passed by both houses of the US Congress tries to address this issue, requiring local governments and planning boards to show compelling reason for zoning restrictions on religions.


LDS Woman Teaching Massage Brings Self-Reliance to Thai Village
Winnie Cain, a Mesa woman and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will travel to the northern mountains of Thailand to the village of Mae Suai where she will provide a 60-hour course of Thai massage. Cain, a message therapist, has been coming to this area since 1992 and has pledged to help the village women overcome poverty and poor educations. "I've started to help them, and I'm not a person who doesn't finish," she said.

 Arts & Entertainment

Boston Globe Reviewer Knocks Missionaries
In an otherwise reasonable review of the LDS film "God's Army," Boston Globe reviewer Loren King knocks LDS missionaries, suggesting that they are greeted with "disdain." King goes on to suggest that the movie was better than that "disdain," but eventually "succumbs to overearnestness, sentimentality, and cliche."


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