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Posted 26 Mar 2001   For week ended March 9, 2001
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Media Find LDS Name Request Unpersuasive
An article in the Salt Lake Tribune says that most media are either refusing or studying the LDS Church's request that they stop using the terms "Mormon Church" and "LDS Church." Quoting editors with the Associated Press and New York Times as well as several Utah newspapers, the Tribune's Bob Mims was only able to find acceptance of the stance from the LDS Church-owned Deseret News, which nevertheless indicated that it had not yet formally adopted the style change.
LDS Church Criticizes CNN Reporter for Story
Bruce L. Olsen, Managing Director of the Public Affairs Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent a letter Friday to Senior Writer Jamie Allen, criticizing Allen for violating "the most basic tenet of journalism ethics -- objectivity." Olsen was responding to an article posted on Thursday which suggested that the LDS Church's dominance of Utah led some to leave.


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Utah Beer Ads Poke Fun at Mormon Culture, Offend Some
The Wasatch front is being bombarded with irreverent radio ads and billboards lampooning what Wasatch Beer refers to as "Utah's prevailing culture". The latest in Park City's Kirwin Communications ad agency brainstorm have outraged some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and brought smiles to some in the community.
Southern Virginia College, 'BYU East' Has Success in Sight
Less than five years after converting a failing college into a private Mormon school, the team that runs Southern Virginia College is on the brink of success. The college's student body has quintupled during that time to 375 students, its endowment has increased to $600,000, and the school is on track to accreditation. School officials also say that their success has led to interest in starting other Mormon schools worldwide.


Team of Mormons Called NCAA Tourney's Underdogs
The coach is LDS. Seven players served LDS missions and CBS Sportsline's Mark Alesia says they are the underdogs of the coming NCAA tournament; the team least likely to win it all, but that has the Cinderella hopes of its fans and many across the US. The Southern Utah University Thunderbirds beat favored Valparaiso last night 63-59, earning their first Mid-Continent Conference Tournament and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. For them, March Madness has begun.


Judge's Ruling Will Delay Resolution of Census Lawsuit
US District Court Judge Dee Benson declined a request to impanel a special three-judge court to hear Utah's challenge to the Census count, and in the process delayed the resolution of the case. Benson ruled that calling the three judge panel required a challenge to the count's constitutionality, but since Utah hadn't raised such a challenge, he would have to hear the case himself.
LDS Church Member, Utah's 'Porn Czarina,' Gets National Attention
Paula Houston, a returned missionary and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has spent some time viewing hard-core pornography. While these seemingly incongruent facts may bring pause, Houston is only doing her job. Houston is a conservative 41-year-old graduate from Brigham Young University and is also the newly appointed "Porn Czar" for the state of Utah.

Proctors Bring Their Mormon Views to the Web
Scot and Maurine Proctor are the proud parents of 11 children and "Meridian," an on-line magazine that reflects the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That said, Meridian is more than just another on-line magazine. For the Proctors, the magazine provides an alternative media viewpoint calculated to counteract mainstream media outlets that are increasingly dismissive of religion and faith-based living.
Church's Role in Utah Criticized on
The LDS Church's role in Utah was criticized in a recent thread on the online bulletin board at, a website featuring news and support for computer professionals. The Salt Lake Tribune reported on the thread, quoting University of Utah professor Matthew Burbank as suggesting that the thread can't be dismissed lightly. "It's a problem, from a public relations standpoint," said Burbank.

LDS Student Witnessed Santee Shootings
LDS student Brian Wheeler was walking out of a classroom at Santana High School Monday morning when the shooting started. The 17-year-old junior at the high school, located in Santee, California just outside of San Diego, had attended early morning seminary before school, and just two hours later witnessed a tragedy that schocked the nation.

Arts & Entertainment
LDS Author Darius Gray Speaks to African-American Members in Harlem
Darius Aidain Gray, president of the Genesis Group, visited Manhattan's core African-American church members in Harlem last week telling them, "I am pleased to be here, it's been my dream to come here a long time. I have prayed to be here and I am happy to be here."

Mormon Restauranteur Serves Cactus Soup for Lent
Mormon restaurant owner Rosa Linda Aguirre has found success caters to her customers, and that includes Catholic customers during Lent. Aguirre's unique recipes use prickly pear cactus in burritos, soup and tacos, and she has found that her specialty is especially popular with customers who abstain from eating meat on Fridays and on Ash Wednesday.


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