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Posted 22 Oct 2001   For week ended October 19, 2001
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Stop Allowing Hunting on LDS Land, Requests National Animal Rights Group
A New York City-based animal rights group has asked the LDS Church to stop allowing the hunting of animals on its land. The Fund for Animals, which seeks to stop cruelty to animals, including hunting, sent a letter to President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 11th asking that the sponsored hunts on the Deseret Ranch in Florida, the Deseret Land and Livestock preserve, and Westlake Farm in Utah be stopped. LDS Church spokesman Dale Bills would not immediately comment on the letter.
U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Proselyting Registration Case
Can a town require that missionaries going door-to-door have permits? The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear arguments on that issue in a case from Stratton, Ohio, which passed an ordinance requiring those going door-to-door to register with the village. But the Jehovah's Witnesses challenged the ordinance, claiming it violated the U.S. Constitution.
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Local News
Smoke, But Not Fire, Interrupts Stake's Sunday Meetings
LDS Church meetings for about 900 members were cancelled Sunday when local leaders discovered smoke filling the chapel. But while firefighters were called in, no fire was found and the condition was blamed on a faulty heating system. Church members in the Midland, Pheasant Run and Wheatridge wards on Roy, Utah's west side should be able to use their building again on Sunday.
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Andy Reid's Busy Day Off
You might imagine that Andy Reid's Sundays are busy. As head coach of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, he has plenty to do getting ready for and playing the team's weekly game, let alone trying to squeeze in his LDS church meetings. But one reporter found that Reid's Saturdays are also busy, and not just for him -- for the rest of his family also.
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Porn Czar is Educator, Not Prosecutor
Eight months into the job, Paula Houston says she spends most of her time is spent explaining what is and what isn't pornography to Utah's citizens, who have filed 1,500 complaints with her office during that time. Houston, believed to be the first state official whose role is solely to fight pornography, finds that most people need education about what is and what isn't legal. No pornography cases have resulted from her efforts yet.
LDS Man Will Manage Bend, Oregon
Faced with divisions over its rapid growth and a decade of struggle to keep up with it, Bend, Oregon has hired experienced city manager David Hales to run the city. And those in Bend City Hall seem excited about his arrival, after meeting him in interviews and tours. Hales, a returned LDS missionary who served in Korea, was also praised as a family man, first and foremost, and an outdoor enthusiast.
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Internet: MoTab Discography
The best 'new' site this week is actually old -- Russ Josephson's Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir Page has been around for a while, but it isn't included in many directories and search engines, and so it gets overlooked. Other new sites this week have potential, but don't stand out.
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'Grandfather of American Ballet,' Willam Christensen, 99
"The man is a legend," says Ballet West's artistic director Jonas Kage. "He an his brothers put ballet on the map in America." William Farr Christensen, who is credited with founding both the San Francisco Ballet and Utah's Ballet West, died Sunday in Salt Lake City. He was one of three brothers who all loom large in American dance. Willam also started the first University Ballet department and was the first to choreograph a full-length production of "The Nutcracker." He was 99.
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Arts & Entertainment
A Pocket-Sized Book of Inspiration from the Prophet
President Gordon B. Hinckley, prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has asked Church members to "stand tall and live the gospel," to "make each day a little better than the one before."
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Marriott Asks Congress for Travel Tax Credit
Marriott International CEO and LDS Church member Bill Marriott Jr. testified before the Senate Commerce Committee's Tourism Subcommittee on Friday that the travel industry needs support after the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Marriott argued not for direct federal assistance to his or any other company, but rather for a tax credit that would induce travelers to travel again.
Cleaned-Up Video Concept Expands to Southern Utah
The controversial practice of editing videos to remove objectionable dialogue, sex and violence has expanded to Southern Utah from Utah's wasatch front, with Play It Clean stores opening earlier this year in St. George, Utah and this month in Cedar City, Utah. But while the concept is expanding in popularity, its legal status isn't entirely clear, and the nascent industry isn't getting any cooperation from Hollywood.
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