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Posted 01 Apr 2001   For week ended March 23, 2001
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Census Judge Reverses Himself, Case to be Heard by Three Judge Panel
The US District Judge hearing Utah's lawsuit against the US Census Bureau has reversed himself and decided that the lawsuit should be heard by a three judge panel after all. The new decision puts the lawsuit back on track for a quick decision, since an appeal of the ruling by the three judge panel would go straight to the US Supreme Court.

4 Latter-day Saints Get Elected, 1 in Cabinet
With the Alberta PC Party winning this week's election by a landslide, it wasn't surprising that half of the eight Latter-day Saints reported running were elected in. Both Ian Mclelland of the Edmonton-Rutherford riding and Greg Melchin of the Calgary North West riding ran not only as PC candidates in their respective ridings, but as the incumbents as well. McLelland recently left his federal position as a Member of Parliament in the Edmonton South West riding this fall to run provincially.

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Jon Huntsman Jr. may be Named Ambassador to Indonesia Instead
WASHINGTON, DC -- Several weeks after rumors that Jon Huntsman Jr. would be named U.S. Ambassador to China led to objections from the Chinese, the Washington Post is now reporting that Huntsman will be named Ambassador to Indonesia. Huntsman, who speaks Mandarin after serving an LDS mission to Taiwan, was Ambassador to Singapore in the George Bush administration. China objected to reports that Huntsman would be named Ambassador and that another LDS Church member, Gerrit W. Gong, would be named as the National Security Council staff's China specialist, saying that the appointments were a pro-Mormon attempt to promote religious freedom in China and push the country to accept Mormon missionaries.
Huntsman Job Still Rumored
Salt Lake Tribune 22Mar01 T2
Associated Press
Beijing Sees Pro-Mormon Push Behind Bush Appointments of Huntsman, Gong
Salt Lake Tribune 22Mar01 T2


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