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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.

Hawkes Family Searches for Answers
The murder of Mary Jane Hawkes by her mentally disturbed son has left her family uncertain and confused about why Benjamin Morgan Hawkes was so angry that he lashed-out at his mother last Sunday. The family is both disturbed by the refusal of local mental facilities to admit Ben just days before the murder and confused as to what would lead their brother and son to loose control so suddenly.

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.

Anniversary of Mormon Settlement Approaching
In 1851, a large party of covered wagon pioneers composed predominantly of Mormons, came through the Cajon Pass and bought the San Bernardino rancho from members of the Lugo family. The Mormon settlement of the area, in June of that year, later became the City of San Bernardino.

Murrietta Stake Open House Held Sunday
Members of the Murrietta Stake hosted an open house Sunday, February 18th at 7 pm for their new chapel at 23800 Washington Ave. The open house was noted in an article by the Riverside California Press-Enterprise last Saturday, February 10. The article drew attention to the varied functions that the typical LDS chapel performs throughout a given week.

Study of cultures topic of Feb. 27 BYU forum
An associate professor of humanities at Brigham Young University will speak at a forum assembly on Tuesday (Feb. 27) at 11 a.m. in the Marriott Center. Larry V. Shumway will speak about how a study of a culture's expressive arts enables one to gain insight into a culture's values, thoughts and aspirations.

Television program focuses on transition
"Stunning" is how President David A. Bednar described his initial reaction to last June's announcement that Ricks College would become a bachelor's degree granting university known as Brigham Young University-Idaho. President Bednar made the remark during Sunday morning's broadcast of "Eye on Idaho" on KIDK TV 3. During the 30-minute program hosted by Steve Cannon, he reviewed the transition of the past seven months.

Online registration underway for Especially for Youth
Especially for Youth (EFY) conference registration applications will be accepted online until Wednesday, March 7.

BYU-Hawaii Celebrates 46th Birthday at Homecoming 2001
Alumni will gather, students will cheer and school spirit will abound during a full week of homecoming festivities marking the commemoration of BYU-Hawaii's 46th birthday.

Devotional: Elder W. Craig Zwick
Elder W. Craig Zwick, a member of the LDS Church's First Quorum of the Seventy, taught about navigating the roads of life at the Ricks College devotional Feb. 13.

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