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Boston Temple Opponents Lose Last Appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court turned down without comment
the request from opponents of the LDS Church's Boston Temple to hear
their challenge to a Massachusetts zoning law. The Court's move
upheld the ruling of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that
upheld the law, which the town of Belmont used to allow construction
of the Temple. The ruling resolves one of two outstanding challenges
to the completion of the Temple.
Dallas Missionary Recovering From Skull Fractures, Internal Bleeding
Elder Burke Jensen's condition has been
upgraded to fair and he has been moved out of intensive care, reports
Wendy Walker, a spokeswoman for Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.
Elder Jensen was robbed and badly beaten with a baseball bat last
Tuesday when he and his companion were mugged in a Dallas
neighborhood. And doctors are pleased with his recovery.
| Local News|
Five Charged in Gruesome Murder of LDS Man
Five suspects have been charged with various crimes
in the January 2nd murder of Antony Frank Buccellato, an LDS Church member
and BYU graduate, in what police have called a crime of opportunity.
Buccellato was robbed and beaten, rolled in a carpet and dumped on
California's highway 4, where his body was hit by several cars.
LDS Church Closes Both Temple Square Visitors Centers for Renovation
In preparation for the upcoming 2002 Winter
Olympics, the LDS Church has closed both Visitors Centers on Temple
Square for renovations. The centers should reopen before October's
General Conference, according to the renovation plan.
BYU Hoops Star Wesley Climbs Back From Own Mistake
Meleki Wesley has climbed back from a difficult error, and is
now demonstrating not only his talent, but the maturity he had learned from
the climb back. His error was a difficult one for someone in an LDS
community: his girlfriend became pregnant with his son just as his BYU
basketball career was picking up steam. But while the climb back to the team
and to the same high level of performance was difficult, Wesley says it made
him a better person.
Utah Files Lawsuit Over LDS Missionary Census Exclusion
The Utah Attorney General's office filed a
lawsuit in US District Court Wednesday morning, alleging that the US
Census Bureau discriminated against LDS missionaries in the 2000
census. According to the complaint and to Bureau statements, the
Bureau excluded LDS missionaries and other US citizens living abroad
in its count while including overseas Federal employees such as
diplomats and military personnel. As a result of this "disparate
treatment," North Carolina was apportioned an additional seat in the
US Congress that would have otherwise gone to Utah.
Mormon Man's Peyote Case Gets National Attention
James Warren Mooney could face life in prison after
being charged with dozens of counts of drug trafficking and one count
of racketeering. "Flaming Eagle", as Mooney is known, was arrested on
October 10, after his home was raided and sheriff's police seized a
ceremonial pipe, a computer and 33 pounds of peyote, a hallucinogen
drug that is illegal in Utah and 27 other states.
Story of Mormon Marine Who Smuggled Princess to US to be NBC Movie
"The Princess &the Marine," set to air on
NBC in February, is the unlikely love story of a an LDS serviceman
and a member of the royal family of Bahrain. This made for Hollywood
real-life story took place when Jason Johnson and Meriam Al-Khalifa
fell in love, crossing religious and international boundries that
made headline news.
Tribune-Media News Agreement Freezes Status Quo
At the request of US District Judge Tena Campbell,
the Salt Lake Tribune Co., manager of the newspaper, and MediaNews Group,
the newspaper's new owner, have reached an agreement to freeze the status of
the Newspaper Agency Corp., the company that runs the business and
distribution functions of both the Tribune and the Deseret News. The
agreement keeps MediaNews Group from making 'significant' changes to the
Newspaper Agency Corp. (NAC) until a hearing in February, when Judge
Campbell will hear the case.
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