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| General News|
Hinckley Relief Society Remarks Make National News
A news story about LDS Church President
Gordon B. Hinckley's remarks during the LDS Church's General Relief
Society Meeting on Saturday evening made the associated press'
newswire and were picked up by newspapers throughout the US. The
story indicates that Hinckley "warned mothers" about "degrading
concerts and drug-ridden dance parties" that their children may be
LDS Church Objects to Main Street Coverage
The LDS Church's Public Affair's Department started
taking a much more active public stance Friday, blasting the Salt Lake
Tribune's coverage of the lawsuits over the Church's Main Street Plaza for
its suggestion that the Church deceived the public about its intentions for
the new plaza. In public statements to the media and in press releases, the
Church claims that it made clear from the beginning that the plaza was to be
private property on which the Church controlled access.
Proposed White Plains Temple Loses Zoning Decision
The LDS Church's plans to construct a Temple in
Harrison, New York, just north of New York City, were dealt a set back last
Thursday when the Harrison Zoning Board of Appeals rejected the Church's
request for a height variance. The requested variance would have allowed the
Church to construct a 44-foot high building in an area zoned for residences
no taller than 30 feet.
| Local News|
Teen Arrested for Shooting in LDS Chapel
A 16-year-old Idaho boy was arrested Friday after he
fired shots at his stepfather. The incident took place at a Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints center located outside of Blackfoot, Idaho.
The Not-So-Little Wrestler That Could
Its being called the Miracle on the Mat and the biggest
upset in wrestling history. An on-line poll on MSNBC rates it the second
biggest Olympic upset ever, behind the 1980 US Hockey Team win over Russia.
LDS super-heavyweight wrestler Rulon Gardner told the Associated Press,
"When did I think I could beat him? About 10 minutes ago. I kept saying, 'I
think I can. I think I can.' But it wasn't until it was over that I knew I
could." Gardner's shocking win over Russian Alexander Karelin Wednesday has
caught the attention of the US news media, which is hungry for this kind of
Clinton Signs Religious Zoning Law
US President Bill Clinton signed a bill protecting religions from discrimination under local zoning laws into law on Friday. The bill addresses the concerns of many religions, including the LDS Church, that local governments are using zoning laws to keep them from building new churches or expanding existing ones.
Newspaper Says LDS Church Involved in Nebraska Defense of Marriage Group
A Nebraska newspaper says that the LDS Church joined with Catholics and conservatives to form a group to lobby for Nebraska's defense of marriage amendment. The group, the Nebraska Coalition for the Protection of Marriage was formed last week, indicating in its
organizational papers that it had raised or spent at least $5,000 in support
of Initiative 416, an amendment to the Nebraska constitution that would ban
same-sex marriages and civil unions.
Gilbert Stake President in Diversity Effort
Gilbert, Arizona residents, Arnette Ward and John
Lewis have been appointed to lead the town's first Diversity Task
Force. The town held a Summit to End Hate and Violence
following assaults by a teenage White supremacists group. They hope to
encourage more than 40 participants to take meaningful personal
diversity messages home to the community.
| Arts & Entertainment|
LDS Conductor Pursues Classical Music from Thailand to Utah to South Carolina
Bundit Ungrangsee, a recent LDS Church convert
and until recently associate conductor of the Utah Symphony, has accepted a
position with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as its associate conductor,
prompting a profile in the Charleston Post and Courier. A Thai native,
Ungrangsee brings first rate orchestral qualifications to a position where he
expects to conduct a wider variety of music more often. Ungrangsee will
conduct the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in his debut on Friday, September
29th in Charleston's Sottile Theatre.
Forbes 400 Yields New List of the Richest Mormons
Quick! Who is the richest Mormon? If you answered Jon
Huntsman, you are no longer correct. Forbes magazine's latest list of the
400 richest Americans puts Fiber Optics scientist and entrepreneur David
Huber at #28 in his debut on the list, with an estimated net worth of $8.2
billion, twice that of Huntsman.
LDS Business Confronts Misinformation in Putting LDS Stakes on Web
Two LDS entrepreneurs are trying to
overcome misinformation and put LDS stakes on the Internet. Kari
Thurber and John Lewis' site StakeInfo.com offers a place for LDS
stakes to make their information available to stake members and
visitors. But first, Thurber and Lewis must overcome rumors that the
LDS Church discourages such sites and suspicion that they are using
the Church's directory info against Church policy.
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