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| General News|
Salon Looks At Religion, Mormon Missionaries
The online magazine Salon launched a series of
articles yesterday on religion in the US, and started its coverage by
looking at LDS missionaries serving in Prague. The result is an entertaining
look at missionary work in a foreign country and at the potential for
religion in the US.
Uruguay Temple Dedication Postponed, Two Brazil Temple Dedications Set For December
A series of general strikes in Uruguay has
led the LDS Church to postpone the open house and dedication of the
new Montevideo Uruguay Temple, the LDS Church announced today. The
strike has led to construction delays that will keep the Temple from
being completed on time. The Church also announced the open house and
dedication dates for the two new Brazilian temples, in Recife and in
| Local News|
Teen Sentenced In Tragic Taber, Alberta High School Shootings
The teen who shot two students, killing one,
eight days after the 1999 Columbine tragedy, plead guilty Friday to one
count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, and was
sentenced to three years in prison, on top of the 18 months he has already
served. The sentence closes the tragic Taber, Alberta case, which struck
this heavily Mormon town over a year ago.
BYU Honors Edwards With Stadium Name
For BYU coach LaVell Edwards it could not have been a better
day. The Cougars thrashed New Mexico 37-13, BYU President Merrill Bateman
announced that the University would spend $60 million on a new athletic
center long sought by the department, and LDS Church President Gordon B.
Hinckley surprised everyone by naming BYU's stadium after the retiring
Edwards. On, and there were fireworks after the game.
Mormon Kent Named Baseball MVP
With the baseball season ended and the World
Series a fading memory, the votes of baseball sportswriters have been
counted, giving LDS Church member Jeff Kent the Most Valuable Player award
for the National League. Kent is a 9-year veteran second baseman for the San
Francisco Giants. He had a fantastic season, batting .334 and hitting 33
home runs and earning a major league record for the most RBIs by a second
baseman over a four-year period. He also became popular enough to be voted
on the National League's all-star team.
While Republican Are Weaker, Hatch May Have Larger Role
Regardless of how the presidential race is resolved, the US Republican party will be weaker in the US Senate because of its slim majority. At best, Republicans will have a 2 seat margin with which to run the Senate. But even in this closely-divided situation, Utah Republican
Orrin Hatch, an LDS Church member, will likely wield significant power, and
may have a crucial role.
Mormon Website Criticized For Copyright Violations
An LDS-oriented website is flirting with copyright
violations that may cause it legal trouble, and seriously jeopardize its
existence because the violations seem to make up the majority of the
website. All About Mormons (http://www.mormons.org/ may be the
LDS-oriented website most at risk for copyright violations, and industry
sources are betting that the site will eventually be required to remove the
LDS Families Adopt Teens, Give Thanks
Preteens and Teenagers are the hardest to place
in adoptive homes, but two LDS families stepped in to adopt a brother
and sister from a troubled neighbor family when they saw the need.
Marlene Peterson saw that two former neighbor children, Don and Anna,
were increasingly the victims of their mother's alcoholism, and
decided to act.
| Arts & Entertainment|
MoTab To Tour Southern US
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will tour the southern
US next June, giving concerts in eight cities from June 15 to 27th. The
concert series, announced Saturday, is intended to bring the message that
the LDS Church is a Christian church to an area that widely believes otherwise.
SEC Says Scam Artists Target Mormons
The head of the Securities and Exchange Commission's
Salt Lake City office says that the Olympic bribery scandal is only the
latest scandal in a state with a history of scandals. And, says Kenneth
Israel, who heads the Salt Lake office, its because the scams target Mormons.
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