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Posted 12 Mar 2001   For week ended February 16, 2001
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LDS Church Fighting Judge's Order to Provide Child Abuse Records
A judge in Multnomah county, Oregon has ordered the LDS Church to provide her with records of all child sexual abuse complaints and disciplinary actions in the Portland area over the past 25 years, and the Church is fighting the order. Judge Ellen F. Rosenblum issued the order January 24th in the case of Jeremiah Scott, now 21, who says that he was abused at age 11 by a Church member that the Church knew was an abuser. The LDS Church plans to file an appeal of the order with the Oregon Supreme Court.


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LDS Family Shattered by Mother's Murder
The life of an LDS family in Howard County, Maryland was shattered Sunday when their 25-year-old son murdered his mother and a friend staying with them. The family says they had sought psychiatric help for Benjamin Morgan Hawkes at a local hospital last week, but were given an appointment for evaluation.
LDS Man Sues INS Claiming Religious Discrimination
An LDS Immigration and Naturalization Service agent filed a lawsuit against the agency Wednesday, claiming that supervisors in the Salt Lake City office discriminated against him and harrassed him because he is LDS. The claim came nearly two years after R. Kurt Halverson filed his first complaint against the agency of the US government with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Is the University of Utah Anti-Mormon?
Discrimination against Mormons is an accusation the University of Utah has heard since it passed from church control and became a secular university. In the latest round of complaints, Latter-day Saint student Christina Axson-Flynn claims she was forced out of the theater program because she refused to take God's name in vain. Before Axson-Flynn was accepted into the program, she told teachers she would not use vulgar language. She feels her constitutional rights have been violated because of religious discrimination and has taken her case to federal court.


Olympics One Year Countdown Makes CBC Radio
This week Salt Lake City marked the one year countdown to the 2002. Winter Olympics with fireworks. It was also the week two men accused of bribing Olympic officials to win the games were in court. The bribery scandal has tainted the Games. But it's not the only controversy dogging the city. The latest is over religion.


Seattle Area Ban on New Chapels Inconveniences Area Churches
King County, Washington, the county that includes Seattle and some of its suburbs, on Monday placed a moratorium on new building permits for chapels and schools until this coming December, inconveniencing the LDS Church and other large religions in the area and surprising local school districts, which had hoped to build in coming months. But the move is minor compared with the proposal that led to the ban as a compromise; restricting new chapels to 10,000 square feet or less.

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Reviewer Pans 'The Princess and the Marine'
Michael Speier, a reviewer for the trade magazine Variety panned this coming Sunday's "The Princess and the Marine," saying that while all the elements were there for a great show, the execution "is all wrong." The film tells the story of Marine Jason Johnson, who is Mormon, and his successful smuggling of a Bahraini princess into the US from the Middle East, where he had fallen in love with her.

Arts & Entertainment
Maren Ord Releases First Album
Who knew that when Maren Ord began composing music at the age of 14, she would one day sing with a major record company? Ord, 19, and originally from Edmonton, released her debut album "Waiting" on a limited scale in November with Highway records.

Marriott, Bulgari Announce New Hotel Chain
The Marriott Corporation announced Tuesday that it had reached an agreement to start a new hotel brand with the Italian luxury goods maker. The joint venture calls for each company to invest up to $140 million in about a dozen 150 to 200-room Bulgari hotels over the next five years. The chain will cater to 'movie stars and models' according to one report.


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