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Posted 14 May 2001   For week ended May 11, 2001
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Temple Workers Must be Clean-Shaven Says News Policy
A recent change in the policy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints requires that workers in its Temples be clean-shaven -- no beards or mustaches, according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune this past weekend. According to the report,the policy change, announced six or eight weeks ago, is more restrictive that that required of BYU students and faculty and instructors in the Church's seminaries and institutes. It is similar to the requirements for full-time missionaries of the LDS Church.

Main Street Plaza ruled an 'Ecclesiastic Park' by Judge
US District Judge Ted Stewart issued a written ruling on Friday, May 4th, stating that Main Street plaza in Salt Lake City is no longer a public area. The 43-page order was released over four months after Judge Stewart ruled from the bench against attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union who had brought suit against the sale of one block of Main Street to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Census, Study Hint at Number of LDS Hispanics
The combination of a major study of the Hispanic population in the US with recently released US census results may give a partial picture of the size and characteristics of the LDS Hispanic population in the US. Last week Vanguard University, located in Southern California, released its study of US Hispanics, part of a three-year study funded by the Pew Charitable Trust. This week, the US Census Bureau released initial figures on Hispanics in Utah, a group that has increased by 140% in the past ten years.

Polygamy Remain's Controversial Shows Washington Times
Faced with a rising tide of angry public opinion, 28-year-old polygamist, Jeremy Thompson is fighting back. His story and the recent history of polygamy in Utah among the descendants of the Mormon pioneers is told in a lengthy article in the Washington Times' weekly magazine "Insight on the News."

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