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Newsweek Cover Takes Flawed, Skeptical Look at LDS Church
The cover story in this week's Newsweek takes a skeptical look at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as preparations for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City continue. The article, and a forthcoming article in The New Yorker, led SLOC President and LDS Church member Mitt Romney to complain that journalists were focusing on the Church's connection to the Olympics. But the resulting article, flawed with minor factual errors and logical missteps that drew criticism from the Church, had little to do with the Olympics, using it only as a reason to look closely at the Church.

Church Settles Portland Abuse Case for $3 Million
Citing unfavorable rulings by a local judge that will take protracted appeals and significant expense to reverse, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints agreed Tuesday to settle a lawsuit over child abuse by a church member. The Church agreed to pay $3 million to 22-year-old Jeremiah Scott, who claims that his then-Bishop knew that Franklin Richard Curtis was a pedophile and failed to tell his mother of the man's history when she sought advice on taking Curtis into their home. The case also breaks new ground because the Church has for the first time disclosed the amount and substance of the settlement of a child abuse case.

Missionary in Argentina Dies
The Deseret News reported today that an LDS missionary serving in the Argentina Buenos Aires West Mission died of injuries sustained when he was struck by a train. Elder Jonathan Reed Thomas of Chandler, Arizona was struck by a train on August 21st, and died a week later, on August 29th.

Hinckley Tells Rotary's LDS President Church Will Aid Cause
Rotary International received praise from Gordon B. Hinckley, President and Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with a pledge of $100,000 to help the service groups humanitarian effort to eradicate polio worldwide. The pledge was made during a speech to the North American members of Rotary International and was offered on the condition that the Utah Rotarians would match the amount.

Mountain Meadows Controversy Hits Proposed Restroom
The site of one of the most controversial incidents in Mormon history can't even have a restroom built without disagreement. Construction of a restroom for the historical site commemorating the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre has halted after an Arkansas descendant of the victims objected that the building didn't have the name of the Mountain Meadows Association on it.

Welfare Square Dedicated
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will dedicate Welfare Square, in Salt Lake City, Utah, following many changes and additions to facilities on the square. President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, will conduct the dedication Wednesday, 5 September. Church President Gordon B. Hinckley will offer the dedicatory prayer.

Marriott Center to broadcast President Hinckley fireside
President Gordon B. Hinckley of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is scheduled to be the speaker at a CES fireside Sunday (Sept. 9).

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