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| General News|
LDS Bishop Criticizes Abuse Reporting Law
LDS Bishop Bruce R. Christensen, who was charged
earlier this year with failing to report child abuse, is saying that the law
is wrong and that his case was mishandled by the prosecution, according to a
report in the Deseret News. The charges against Christensen were dropped
earlier this month after prosecutors interviewed the mother who originally
made the report.
LDS Church Finishes Renovation of Manchester NY Joseph Smith Home
The 18-month-long renovation of the home
where Joseph Smith saw the Angel Moroni has been completed, according
to a report in the Albany Times Union. The renovation, which used
early 19th-century materials and methods, has attempted, as far as
possible, to restore the farmhouse and a nearby log cabin to their
| Local News|
Is Arizona Mormon Family Victim or Racist?
A Mormon family in Winslow, Arizona claims it is trying
to address hazing that has gone too far, only to attract charges that they
are racist. Joe Hancock took action after his son, who is white, was abused
by other athletes at Winston High School, including a popular
African-American basketball player and other black and hispanic athletes. In
return, he is being called a racist and a local civil rights activist has
called for a state investigation.
Murderer of Local LDS Leader Gets Life Sentence
The convicted murderer of a local LDS leader and
father of four was sentenced Tuesday and will spend at least 47 years
in prison before he is eligible for parole. District Judge Sally
Loehrer rejected Keith Shanley's bid for a new trial and sentenced
him to life in prison for the February 1998 shooting death of George
Veit at a Best Auto store in Las Vegas.
LDS Church Says DOMA Position Clear; Won't Make Nevada Statement
A local LDS Church spokesman told the Las
Vegas Sun that the Church would probably not make an official
statement on the Nevada's question 2, which would start the process
of amending the state's constitution to define marriage as between a
man and a woman. William Stodddard, Las Vegas-based Church spokesman
told the Sun that the Church's position on the question is already
clear and contained in the 1995 Proclamation on the Family.
Survey Says Pastors Prejudiced Against Mormon Politicians
A survey of 518 pastors by Phoenix-based Ellison Research indicates that they generally would not vote for a Mormon, but
would vote for a Jew. The survey was conducted earlier this year, before
Senator Joseph Lieberman was chosen as the Democratic nominee for US Vice
Steve May becomes Public Face to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
As his expulsion from the US Army Reserves approaches,
Lt. Steve May has become the 'poster child' for the problems with the
Clinton administration's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. May, who grew up in
an Arizona Mormon family, had an unblemished career in the Army and stellar
reviews from his superiors before his homosexuality became public in a
debate in the Arizona House, where May has served since his election in 1998.
Mormon Cowboy Selected for Cowboy Hall of Fame
Earl Bascom has become the first Mormon
inducted into the Cowboy Memorial Museum, located in Caliente
California. Paul de Fonville, director of the museum, called Bascom
"one of the great pioneers of rodeo -- a cowboy through and through."
| Arts & Entertainment|
LDS Rock Star Bachman is Hot; Is He Headed to Hall of Fame?
More than 35 years after his first hit, "Shakin' All
Over," LDS rock star Randy Bachman is hot again. His first band, "The Guess
Who" reunited this summer after nearly 30 years, going on a sold-out reunion
tour. The songs he made popular with his band "Bachman Turner Overdrive" are
being used by both sides in the US presidential campaign. He has penned,
with John Einarson, an autobiography, and is currently on a book tour. And
now fans have started an on-line petition to get "The Guess Who" in
Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
LDS CEO Tony Burns to Retire November 1
LDS Stake President M. Anthony Burns, CEO of Ryder
Systems, shocked his company last Thursday when he announced that he will
retire from the CEO position November 1st. He will remain Chairman of Ryder
Systems Board of Directors. The 57-year-old Burns, Ryder's third CEO,
changed Ryder during his 17-year tenure from a truck rental company into a
provider of sophisticated logistics and transportation solutions.
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