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Posted 10 Sep 2001   For week ended September 7, 2001
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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.
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Local News
LDS Seminary Stuck; Higley High Off Limits
Students attending LDS seminary classes on released time from Higley High School are stuck on busses until a new seminary building can be completed. The Church's play to lease space in the high school fell through Tuesday when County Attorney Rick Romley ruled that leasing a classroom to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints violated a state law against on-campus religious instruction during school hours.
BYU's Varsity Theater Closes After Editing Disallowed
For the first time in 37 years, Brigham Young University's Varsity Theater will dim its lights, close its curtain and take its final bow. The formerly filled-to-capacity campus movie house reveled in packed houses for shows such as the 1964, "Don't Go Near the Water." Long lines of class-skipping students, who wanted to nab up tickets for the night's feature film, have been replaced by slow ticket sales and a combination of potential lawsuits, charges of censorship and claims of violations of artistic expression over films that were edited for content.
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Detmer Ditches Cleveland, Doing Detroit
LDS Church member and former BYU Quarterback Ty Detmer will be wearing a Detroit Lions uniform Sunday after the Cleveland Browns traded Detmer to the Lions this past weekend. Detmer spent most of last season, his 9th in the NFL, on the sidelines because of a ruptured achilles tendon.
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Seattle-area Zoning Fight Leads Church to Support Amendment
The zoning fight that pitted local churches against environmentalists over the size of rural King county, Washington churches has led to an effort to change the county's charter. A representative of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined a Catholic representative in arguing for the amendment, which would add language guaranteeing religious freedom. But council members who supported the environmentalists in the earlier effort questioned the need for the change because the amendment's language is identical to that in the Washington state constitution.
ACLU Says Missionary Discounts Illegal
After a Catholic woman complained about discounts available to LDS missionaries in Utah restaurants, the American Civil Liberties Union has called the discounts illegal and asked the Utah Attorney General to look into the practice. The woman, Judy Bruyette, complained after eating at Rodizio Grill in Orem on a Wednesday. The restaurant refused to give her and a Catholic priest eating with her the same 15% discount it offered to LDS missionaries and their families on Wednesdays.
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Even More Singles Websites
With new singles websites appearing nearly every week, it seems like the audience for these sites will be saturated any day now. This week we have LDS Contact, LDS Singles Connection and Mormon Singles from Ukraine added to the mix.
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A Chance for Justice; A Certainty of Pain
The family of Elder Mark Fischer is bracing for its 27-year-old wounds to be opened again this Fall when Austin, Texas prosecutors once again try to put away the man thought to have murdered their son and his missionary companion, Elder Gary Darley. Robert Elmer Kleasen will face two counts of murder in the deaths of Elder's Fischer and Darley, who disappeared after they were scheduled to meet with Kleasen in October of 1974. Fischer's mother, Cathy Fischer is planning to travel to Austin for the Trial, but she knows that the trial can only give justice, not the sense of closure that comes from a burial.
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Arts & Entertainment
Mormon Actor Helps Lampoon Utah LDS Culture in 'Saturday's Voyeur'
The Salt Lake Acting Company's annual lampoon of all things Utah, including the local LDS culture and influence in the state, has again graced the stage, but this year, in an usual move, the play includes an active LDS actor. Rock H. White is described in a Salt Lake Tribune profile this week as a "New Mormon," an active church member who is liberal, open minded, and who didn't attend BYU.
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Look out, Old Maid, here's Bishop Rick
Reed and Eve Hansen have developed "Bishop Rick," a unique version of "Old Maid." The Hansen's run Scripture Creations Inc. from their home. "Bishop Rick" is one of several games the Hansens created. Their other games include "Fishing for Nephites" which is scriptural "Go Fish", "Concentrate on LDS Presidents" which focuses on knowledge of church leaders, and "Articles of Faith" which includes a tiny die that, when rolled, will tell players how many words one must recite of a specific Article of Faith.
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