News about Mormons, Mormonism,
and the LDS Church
| General News|
Two LDS Missionaries Mugged in Dallas
Two LDS missionaries were attacked and beaten with a
baseball bat in a Dallas neighborhood on Tuesday, leaving one Elder
in the hospital with injuries that will take six weeks to heal. The
muggers attacked the Elders at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and escaped
with about $30 in cash.
Judge Rules for City, Church in Main Street Case
Saying the city's sale and subsequent changes
stripped one block of Salt Lake City's main street of its public status,
U.S. District Court Judge Ted Stewart yesterday rejected the ACLU's
contention that rules prohibiting protest on the plaza are unconstitutional.
Stewart said that in this case "free speech rights do not outweigh private
property rights." The ACLU has already indicated that it will appeal the
decision to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court in Denver.
| Local News|
Police Identify Family and Motive for Jordan Temple Trespassing
The father in the family that forced their
way into the LDS Church's Jordan River Temple on December 22nd told
police that he thought he was already dead. Michael R. Robinson and
his wife, Dea, both of whom were reportedly active LDS Church
members, were discovered praying in the Temple's Celestial room with
their six children, dressed only in their undergarments.
No Matter What the Score, Reid Wins
Should the Philadelphia Eagles win
Sunday over the New York Giants, who have beaten them twice already
this year, it may be something of a miracle. But Philadelphia fans
won't be that surprised. Coach Andy Reid has given them at least one
miracle already -- the Eagles made the playoffs.
Census Official That Cost Utah House Seat Is LDS
The US Bureau of the Census official who made the
decision to include overseas military personnel but exclude LDS
missionaries, a decision that cost the state of Utah a fourth
representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, is LDS, a
returned LDS missionary and a native of Utah. Reporter Howard Berkes
of National Public Radio interviewed Jay Waite, assistant director
for the dicennial census in the bureau of the census, learning that
Waite is also a 'regional leader' in the LDS Church.
Laotian Mormon Learns You Can't Return From Going Home
A Laotian man who converted to Mormonism after
immigrating to the U.S. has discovered the peril of returning to Laos. Neng
Chao Lor returned to his homeland, Laos, following the death of his first
wife and now is having difficulty in returning to the U.S.
| Arts & Entertainment|
Signature Books Announces Management Change
The start of a new foundation by Signature
Books publisher George D. Smith has led to a management change at the
academic Mormon publisher. Longtime Signature associate publisher
Gary Bergara will become the managing director of the new
Smith-Pettit Foundation, and the associate publisher position will be
filled by Bergara's associate and collaborator Ron Priddis, until now
the company's marketing director.
After FTC Approves, Salt Lake Tribune Sale Completed
Despite many attempts by the management of the Salt
Lake Tribune to block its sale, Denver-based Media News Group completed its
acquisition of the Tribune yesterday, following the approval of the sale by
the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The commission reviewed the sale and
approved it December 22nd, but only announced the approval on Friday,
[an error occurred while processing this directive]