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Posted 03 Sep 2001   For week ended August 24, 2001
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Teen Girls Fleeing Polygamous FLDS Church While Green Children Seek Leniency for Father
An associated press article appearing in newspapers around the nation today tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who has walked away from the largest polygamous group, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the same time that a Reuters article reports that polygamist Tom Green's wife and children are pleading for his return to the family ahead of his sentencing Friday. Caroline Cooke says she now feels free living on her uncle's Colorado farm, and the anti-polygamy groups supporting her are calling for a 14-year-old, Ruby Jessop, to be released by the Hilldale, Utah-based FLDS Church because she is being held against her will.
First Sunstone Placed on Nauvoo Temple
The Nauvoo Temple started to look a more like the original Nauvoo Temple on Monday when the first Sunstone was put into place on the outside of the building. The stones, carved to look like the original stones, cap limestone pilasters around the outside of the building. Moonstones and starstones will also be featured on the pilasters, which look like columns embedded into the side of the building.
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Local News
Unknown Tenant Brings LDS Church Trouble in Harlem
A tenant that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints didn't even know it had could make the Church's bid to build a four-congregation chapel in Harlem the focal point of local fears over gentrification. Long a symbol for the inner-city Black community, Harlem is facing an influx of whites and rising real estate prices that are driving out poor blacks. Now the LDS Church has discovered that it must relocate a poor black tenant in order to proceed with construction of the chapel, and local leaders are calling the situation, "a test of how the church treats a black man in Harlem today."
Environmentalists Gain Support from Harrison NY Temple Dispute
A nearly dormant group of environmentalists have gained new steam because of the dispute over the proposed Harrison New York Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The privately-funded Purchase Environmental Protection Association, first formed 88 years ago, now has its first paid employee and about 100 members. The group says it will look at the Church's planned Temple.
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Two LDS Golfers Seeking US Amateur Championship, Records
Two LDS golfers are among the eight that made the quarterfinal round of the US Amateur Championship yesterday, and both are seeking to set records by winning the championship. Utah golfer Danny Summerhays is just three wins away from passing Tiger Woods as the youngest US Amateur Champion, while Oregon's Jeff Quinney would become only the fourth man to repeat as champion in the last 50 years, and the first since Tiger Woods' three-peat in 1994-1996.
LDS Punter Starting at U Washington As Freshman
Many young men preparing to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints go off to college for a year or two before leaving for their mission. Some of them even make it to college as student-athletes. Some of them even get to play in a few games during "garbage time." However, few young LDS men play any substantial role in major college athletics prior to serving their missions and many of them never make it as athletes after they return. Enter Derek McLaughlin, a freshman from Mesa, Ariz., currently playing big-time football at the University of Washington.
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LDS Church Quiet on Pocatello Gay Pride Event
As Pocatello, Idaho hosted a three-day Gay Pride event, local LDS leaders were quiet and Michael Purdy, spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, declined to comment specifically on the event, held this past weekend. The relatively quiet reaction of much of the city even led the event's leaders to call the predominantly-Mormon city "tolerant." But a vocal minority, led by a local church, Calvary Chapel, criticized the city's support as validating the gay lifestyle.
Will Utah send 'WW' to Washington?
Election year 2000 was when the letter "W" took on new meaning in the nation's vocabulary to distinguish then-candidate George W. Bush from his presidential father. If one current US House candidate from Salt Lake City has his way, 2002 will be the year when a double dose of that letter of the alphabet will be elected to go to Washington representing Utah.
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Sandpit Play Turns to Tragedy
Two Airdrie children were found dead in a sandpit near Bowden, AB, Wednesday, putting an end to a search which had began the night before with police, family, search-and-rescue groups, dogs and helicopters.
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Arts & Entertainment
Noted Mormon Author and Intellectual Eugene England Dead
Mormon author and intellecutal G. Eugene England, died Friday at his home in Provo, Utah at about 10:30 am after a six-month struggle with brain cancer. His family has released the following obituary. Mormon News plans its own obituary later this week.
Remembering England
Tomorrow hundreds of people are expected at the Provo Tabernacle to remember one of Mormonism's best known and most influential authors and intellectuals. G. Eugene England was widely known in spite of the fact that he never held Church-wide office. But he did start two of Mormonism's most enduring independent institutions and was heavily involved in another. He pushed for and encouraged the study of Mormon literature and Mormonism during a career of more than 20 years at BYU, and most recently founded the only center for the study of Mormonism. But six months ago, England was hit by a devastating case of brain cancer, to which he finally succumbed last Friday.
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Saginaw, Michigan LDS Farm Considering Appeal of Judge's Water Ruling
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Walther &Sons Farms are considering an appeal against a recent court ruling by Saginaw County Circuit Judge William A. Crane's decision on Tuesday that ordered them to each pay $4,000 to the 22 families living within a half-mile of either farms that are without well water. Lawyers for both western Saginaw County corporate farms deny any connection between their water use for agricultural irrigation and the residents water woes and called court's action "inappropriate."
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