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Posted 24 Jul 2001   For week ended July 20, 2001
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Oregon Abuse Lawsuit Seeks LDS Church Financial Information
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is fighting a legal request for financial statements detailing its income and the value of its assets. The request comes as part of an Oregon lawsuit in which Plaintiff Jeremiah Scott, 22, accused the LDS Church of failing to warn his mother that Franklin Richard Curtis was a pedophile. Curtis boarded in Scott's Portland home and abused him at age 11. He was convicted of the abuse in 1994 and died in 1995.
Catholic Decision to Exclude Mormon Baptisms Attracts Wide Attention
A Catholic Church decision, announced Tuesday in the official Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, says that LDS baptisms will no longer be accepted as valid by the Catholic Church. Since Tuesday's announcement, the change in policy has made national news in the US, carried in the Associated Press' wire service and printed in newspapers worldwide.
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Church Plans Missionary Housing Complex, Parking Garage for Nauvoo
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints won approval for a #3.8 million housing complex and a $2 million parking garage Tuesday, July 10th from the Nauvoo city council in one of its first actions under a new planning and zoning code. The 60-unit complex will serve as housing for missionaries working at the Church's historic sites in Nauvoo while the 200-space parking facility will accommodate visitor parking for the new Nauvoo Temple and the historic sites.
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Christensen Gets New Start with Dodgers' AAA Affiliate
McKay Christensen's baseball career has taken a number of interesting turns over the years, both up and down. While not always under his control, Christensen knows that at least some of the rough spots have been the direct result of his own decisions. Take his two year hiatus to serve an LDS mission to Japan for example. Christensen knew that he would have a difficult time coming back but choose to go anyway, fulfilling a commitment that he felt most strongly. "I think there's no doubt that going on a mission for two years and then coming back was definitely something that has been a difficult obstacle in terms of baseball," he said.
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4 of 5 Mormon Senators Support Stem Cell Research
Two more LDS Senators announced their agreement with Utah Senator Orrin Hatch's support of research using embryonic stem cells. Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada and Republican Mike Crapo of Idaho joined Hatch and Oregon Republican Gordon Smith in urging US President George W. Bush to allow federally-funded research using the cells, which come from human embryos, usually those that will be discarded after fertility procedures. The announcements leave only Utah Senator Bob Bennett undecided on the issue.
LDS Law Professor Named Assistant Attorney General
US President George W. Bush recently named LDS law professor Jay S. Bybee to be Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice. If confirmed by the Senate, Bybee will function as the legal advisor to the President and all the executive branch agencies, preparing written opinions and oral advice in response to queries from the Counsel to the President and from the various agencies of the executive branch. Bybee is currently on the faculty of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas' William S. Boyd School of Law.
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LDSCaNews Welcomes Managing Editor
Lethbridge-based LDSCaNews, the only news service specifically written for Canadian Latter-day Saints, recently expanded its editorial team to consist of a Managing Editor. The new position will be filled by Jeremiah Patrick and he's excited to be a part of the new but growing news service.
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LDS Parenting & Special Education Expert Glenn Latham Dead at 70
Utah State University Professor Emeritus Glenn I. Latham died suddenly July 10th. Latham is best known for his parenting workshops and for his books, "The Power of Positive Parenting" and "What's a parent to do?" But professionally he was also widely known for his work with the disabled, including founding the Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center at USU. Latham was 70.
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Arts & Entertainment
2001 Awards of Excellence
The awards were presented at the Mormon History Association's annual conference in Cedar City on May 18th.
2001 PEARL Awards Huge Success
Colors, George Dyer and the legendary Kurt Bestor swept the 2001 PEARL Awards held Friday night. Each respective group or artist happily walked away with three awards in their hands.
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Ratings Say Bonneville Format Change Right Move
The Spring radio ratings for Chicago show strong ratings for Bonneville International's new radio station, WDRV, indicating that Bonneville's critics may have been wrong about the station's change of format from classical to classic hits. The ratings gave WDRV, "The Drive," a 2.2 percent share of listeners, up from 1.3 percent when the station was known as WNIB last Winter. They also show that WDRV didn't take listeners away from its sister station, WLUP.
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