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Census Lawsuit Loses on Appeal
The judicial panel created to hear Utah's challenge to the 2001 census turned down the challenge yesterday, leaving Utah with only the possibility of an appeal to the US Supreme Court. The three judge panel rejected all of Utah's claims, relying heavily on a previous Supreme Court decision, Franklin vs. Massachusetts, which allowed the Census Bureau to include overseas federal employees and exclude others overseas in the census.

LDS Mother of Three is Mesa's Top Cop
Take the stereotype; the stern,distant man with a military demeanor directing patrolmen to each crisis; and throw it out the window, at least in Mesa, Arizona. The Chief of Police in this historically Mormon suburb of Phoenix is LDS Church member Jan Strauss, a divorced mother of three with 26 years of law enforcement experience. Strauss told the Arizona Republic Sunday that her faith helps her in her job.

Shurtleff's First 100 Days Show Independence, Surprise
Ever the political Boy Scout, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, is always ready to do "the right thing." The state's first Republican attorney general in 12 years was supposed to be the missing link in the GOP's unbroken supremacy over Utah politics. The "good man caught off guard" describes Shurtleff's first 100 days in office.

LDS Bishop Encouraged to Return to Idaho Politics
Randy Hansen, an LDS Bishop and owner of car dealerships in Twin Falls, Idaho, says he will consider running again for the District 23 seat in the Idaho legislature, when campaigning starts in the Summer of 2002. It is the same position he relinquished last year.

Attention on Utah's Porn Czar Continues
While still bringing up the existence of polygamy in Utah, and referring to the state as "sometimes comically conservative," this article from probably the English-speaking world's most prestigious news weekly praises Utah's appointment of Miss Paula Houston as "obscenity and pornography complaints ombudsman"

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