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LDS Church Creates New Area, Changes Area Presidencies
The LDS Church announced last week that it has created a new area, changed the boundaries of another area, and made new assignments in area presidencies. In addition, two area presidencies are now, for the first time, made up entirely of Area Authority Seventies.
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Local News
Rescue From Abuse: LDS Stake Intervenes, Saves Woman, Family from Abuse
After 17 years of physical and sexual abuse, last month Christine McMullen finally reached-out, and chose her LDS stake to ask for help. After detailing the abuse to her stake president, she called May 8th to report that her husband wasn't home, putting in motion a dramatic rescue, "He was out of the house and she called and said, `We need to do this today,' " a source close to the family told the Boston Herald. Within an hour, church members and relatives descended on her house, fearing the husband's sudden return, and whisked McMullen and her children away.
Church's Architects Disclose Plans for Redlands Temple
The architects of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' proposed Redlands Temple released plans for the building Saturday, showing a 17,000-square-foot building covered in a light-colored granite exterior and featuring a 130-foot steeple. The proposed temple is planned for a lot next to the Church's Redlands Stake Center, located at 5th and Wabash avenues.
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Wally World Closes: Baseball Veteran Joyner Retires
In an emotional press conference Saturday afternoon, on his 39th birthday, LDS baseball player Wally Joyner announced his retirement after 16 years playing first base for four different major league teams. The announcement was accompanied by a videotaped farewell to the fans that was played after the first inning of Anaheim's game that day. Joyner's retirement officially closes "Wally World," the nickname fans gave to the area of the stands where Joyner hit many of his home runs in his first two very productive years.
Why Johnny Miller is Leading, but Hated, Golf Commentator
During his career as a golfer, Johnny Miller developed a reputation as a hard-hitting, straight-driving golfer that always played fair. Now, as a golf commentator for NBC-TV, providing commentary at many major events, Johnny Miller is creating another kind of reputation; that of a hard-hitting, straight-talking analyst who, according to some professional golfers, isn't exactly playing "fair."
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Seattle Church Zoning Compromise on the Way
King County Council members fighting over proposed limits on the size of rural churches are on the verge of a compromise, according to a report in the Seattle Times. The newspaper says a vote on the compromise could come as early as next Monday, if council members can agree on the environmental restrictions that should be placed on churches and schools in rural areas. The dispute led LDS Church officials and other religious leaders to openly criticize a proposal by County Executive Ron Sims which would have limited new churches and schools outside of the county's urban growth boundary to no more than 10,000 square feet.
Hansen Stands By Puerto Rico Comments That Brought Criticism
Amid protests and demands for an apology, Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, is not backing down from his comments during a National Public Radio interview last week. Comments came in response to President Bush's remarks that called for recommendations to close the Puerto Rican island of Vieques to live fire exercises. Hansen called Puerto Rico a welfare state and the citizens recipients of big federal money who are not required to pay taxes.
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Media Association President LDS
An historical event took place in Southern Alberta last Tuesday as new media artists and companies gathered together to form an association dedication to public education toward multimedia and to promotion of the local multimedia industry.
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An LDS Man's Fight with Cancer
James Kane of Richland, Washington doesn't believe that if you have your health you have everything. Kane claims to have it all minus good health or the hope for it in the future. The 45-year-old, former construction worker and engineer, husband and father of four realized his dream Sunday when he lived to see Father's Day. He wasn't sure he would make it that far last September.
Lethbridge Entrepreneur Overcomes Race Barriers
Jake Loose, a member of the Lethbridge Alberta West Stake, never knew how hard it would be start his own business. Starting a business itself is difficult, but starting a non-traditional business in Southern Alberta as an aboriginal and off the reserve but with reserve money is even more difficult.
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Arts & Entertainment
Tab Choir Charms Houston, Ft Worth
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed Friday night in Houston, Texas, overcoming floods caused by a tropical storm, and Saturday night in Ft Worth, Texas, reaching an audience that sometimes traveled hundreds of miles to see them. Performing a concert featuring a variety of popular songs, the Choir charmed many and even got the audience in Fort Worth to join in the final number.
The Life of Groundbreaking Film Maker Richard Dutcher
Looking back at his life, film writer,director and producer Richard Dutcher, 37, can say it has been like a movie. Telling the story of a young boy who fills his long hours alone at home by writing his own novels, working long days in hot oil fields, holding multiple jobs in pizza joints and nursing homes, coupled with a father who chased women and worked in bars and a step father who ultimately found himself behind bars, Dutcher had only had to reflect on his life for stories he has put on the screen. Best known for "God's Army" and "Brigham City," Dutcher, a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints isn't afraid to talk about his religion.
Brady Udall's New Novel Looks at an Indian in Mormondom
LDS author Brady Udall's new novel "The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint" was called a "A witty, wise and heartwrenching tale of a naive orphan's struggle to survive an often unforgiving world" in the Salt Lake Tribune last week. The novel tells the story of an indian youth as he moves through an Arizona reservation into an LDS foster family and into adulthood. But Udall, who says he is an active LDS Church member, says he didn't write the novel for the Mormon audience, and that some Mormons may be uncomfortable with it.
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LDS Church's Kansas City Area Land Has Developers Waiting
An article in this week's Kansas City Business Journal shows that developers are frustrated waiting for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to develop land it owns near Lee's Summit, just outside of Kansas City in Eastern Jackson County, Missouri. The Church has refused to sell the land or even hint about its plans there. The property in question, some 8,000 acres, is now worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and its value is increasing as the city improves access to the area and as nearby development increases. However, the article doesn't mention the Church's history in Jackson County or the beliefs of Church members about that portion of Missouri.
Zions Bancorp to be Added to S&P 500
Standard and Poor's announced Tuesday that it will add Zions Bancorp to its S&P 500 index after the close of trading on Friday, June 22nd. The change, necessary because Alza Corp. is being purchased by Johnson and Johnson, will likely make Zions a more widely held and watched stock.
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