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Posted 26 Mar 2001   For week ended March 16, 2001
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Missionary, His Father Shot in Brazil
A wrong turn by the father of an LDS missionary serving in Brazil put both father and son in intensive care in a Rio de Janeiro hosptial after they were attacked in a slum. Bradley Green, 21, and his father Garth Green, 51, are "out of danger," according to Dr. Luis Fernand Correia of Rio's Samaritan Hosptial. But Correia says both ran the risk of loosing their lives.


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Harrison Temple Gets Judge's Blessing
The proposed LDS Temple in Harrison, New York is one step closer to reality after a New York judge overruled the Harrison Zoning Board of Appeals. acting state Supreme Court Justice Peter Leavitt ordered the board to grant a variance to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Friday that allows the Church to build the 53-foot-tall Temple. Buildings in the town are generally restricted to 30 feet.


Mormons in NCAAs: BYU, 'Cinderella,' Wisconsin Lose, Utah State, Duke and Stanford Win
With all but one of the college basketball teams with Mormon players playing in yesterday's games, half of the teams were eliminated, two of them in very close games. The mostly-Mormon "Cinderella" team, Southern Utah University, lost to Boston College in a game that was only decided in the final minute and a half, while Wisconsin, with its Mormon player Ricky Bower playing at 'home,' lost by just one point to Georgia State. But Mormons playing on Utah State, Duke and Stanford all saw wins in their first round games.
Bower Goes Home ... to Play in NCAA Tournament
Most players connect playing in the NCAA men's basketball tournament with traveling to a distant city and playing before a neutral to hostile crowd. But while LDS basketball player Ricky Bower will have to travel to play in this year's "March Madness," Bower will be going home. And he hopes that playing at home will be an advantange for his team.


Utah Supreme Court Rules Against Clergy Malpractice Claim
A ruling Friday by the Utah Supreme Court is already being called a landmark as the court ruled that the US Constitution's First Amendment prohibits lawsuits over so-called clergy malpractice. The ruling upheld a lower-court decision dismissing a lawsuit against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The complainant, Lynette Earl Franco, said that local LDS Church officials defended the youth that she claims molested her at her expense.
LDS Politician appointed to the Alberta cabinet
In the election held in Alberta on the 12th of March 2001, two members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were elected MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly). Ian McClelland won as a member of the ruling Progressive Conservatives and Greg Melchin was re-elected from Calgary.

'Largest Ever' Survey of Congregations Includes LDS Wards & Branches
The Hartford Institute for Religious Research has completed its Faith Communities Today survey, calling it the largest survey of American religious congregations ever conducted. The results of the study, made available Tuesday on the group's website, include responses from nearly 1,000 wards and branches of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who were part of the more than 14,000 congregations representing 41 faiths and denominations participating in the study.

Hot Hybrid Car Leads to Donny's Deception
Hybrid cars are hot, and LDS pop star Donny Osmond had to have one. In fact, he wanted one so bad, he admits, that he hoodwinked the dealer, fellow LDS Church member Larry Miller (yes, the owner of the Utah Jazz).

Arts & Entertainment
LDS Author David Howard Nominated for Nebula Award
After last Fall winning the Hugo Award, LDS science fiction author David Howard has now been nominated for another of the three major awards in the field, the Nebula Award. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced the nominations for this year's award last week, and Howard was nominated in the category of best script for his Star Trek spoof, Galaxy Quest.

Mormon Businessman Started Adult Scooter Craze
It started on January 27, 1999 when Mormon business and engineering professor Karl Ulrich sent an email to his brother, Nathan, describing what he wanted to buy -- a human-powered scooter for adults. In just six paragraphs Ulrich described what the scooter should be like -- easy to carry, faster than walking and very cool looking. Those simple paragraphs has led to a craze for scooters for adults and a change of career, at least temporarily, for Ulrich.


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