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Posted 08 Dec 2001   For week ended December 7, 2001
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General News
Anthropologists Examine Issues in LDS Culture
At the centennial meeting of the American Anthropological Association last week, for the first time one session of the annual conference examines Mormon culture for the first time. But the session was not for the faint of heart, examining such difficult questions as same-sex attraction, the Mountain Meadows Massacre, and the archaeological evidence for the Book of Mormon. But session organizer David Knowlton called the session important, saying, "All one has to do is listen to the general conference of the church to hear the confidence, the aplomb, the assurance with which the church presents itself to the world. They occupy and dominate an entire region of the United States in a way no other denomination does and that makes the Mormons somewhat unusual."
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Local News
In View of Temple, Graffiti Again Seeks Dorothy's Surrender
If you visit the Washington DC Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints often, you've probably seen it. On a railroad bridge, as you approach the Temple from the East on the Capital Beltway, is scrawled in graffiti words that say so much about how the Temple is misunderstood. "Surrender Dorothy" they read.
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LDS Track Star Inducted in Track Hall of Fame
Olympic track star and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Henry Marsh was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame last week. Marsh, 47, is a four-time Olympian who still holds the American record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. He was inducted along with star sprinter/long jumper Carl Lewis, long jumper Larry Myricks and marthoner Alberto Salazar on November 30th at the USA Track and Field's Annual Meeting in Mobile.
RM Seeks Repeat World Bull Riding Title
Cody Hancock, winner of last year's Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association World Bull Riding title, will compete in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, currently running through Dec. 16. Hancock realized at the age of 5 that "all I ever wanted to be was a world champion bull rider."
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Bush Nominates LDS Congressman to UN Post
U.S President George W. Bush announced November 27th that he was nominating Eni F. H. Faleomavaega, the representative of American Samoa in the U.S. Congress, to serve as a public delegate to the 56th session of the United Nations General Assembly. His nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate the next day. During his largely ceremonial service, which will last through December 21st, Faleomavaega will retain his seat in Congress.
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Young LDS Woman Fills Internet Niche for Young Women
Stacie Skinner, a young LDS woman in Northern California, couldn't find an LDS young women's e-zine on the Internet, so she decided to create one herself, says a report last week on the web site The result is the now two-year-old 'Daughters of Zion' e-zine, a twice-monthly email list that reaches some 150 young women, including some as far away as Russia and England.
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Samoan Newspaper Accuses RMs of Illegal Campaign Contributions
The Samoa Observer newspaper Saturday accused three members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of making illegal donations to the re-election campaign of the country's Prime Minister in 1991, after he helped their not-for-profit foundation obtain the historic estate of author Robert Louis Stevenson. The newspaper's article said that the Arizona-based Robert Louis Stevenson Museum/Project Foundation, started by Rex Maughan, Dan Wakefield and Jim Winegar, made a contribution to the campaign of the late Prime Minister Tofilau Eti Alesana in April 1991 in violation of the foundation's charter and U.S. tax exempt status.
Readers Respond with Nominations for Mormon Of The Year
Mormon News' readers have responded with three additional nominations for Mormon of the Year as we prepare for a vote starting December 15th. In addition to the 10 nominations provided in the announcement, Mormon News' readers have nominated: Cary Stayner, Jon M. Huntsman Sr. and Darius Gray.
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Arts & Entertainment
Even After Sept. 11th, LaBute's Work Doesn't Change
"The Shape of Things," suffered an ill-timed debut in New York off-Broadway at the Promenade Theater just weeks after the World Trade Center attack. Controversial playwright and director, Neil LaBute, had received critical acclaim when the play opened in London at the beginning of the year, but the tragic story of personal cruelties by LaBute's characters was more than the public could bear after the horrors of Sept. 11.
Film: Feature Films by LDS/Mormon Filmmakers and Actors
The big news in film this week was once again "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", in 1st place at the box office in its second week of release. The opening weekend for "Harry Potter" set a new box office record, breaking the old single-weekend box office record previously held by LDS producer Jerry Molen's "Lost World: The Jurassic Park."
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Huntsman Will Miss Bond Payment
Huntsman Corp., the group of companies owned by LDS billionaire Jon Huntsman and his family, announced Friday that it will not make interest payments on its corporate bonds in December and January. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company blamed the missed payments on an industrywide downturn that included weak demand, heavy competition and high energy costs. The company's difficulties have been known at least since early August, when Forbes magazine reported that Huntsman was in "a very tight spot."
Mormon Stock Index Featured in Salt Lake Tribune, Announces New Website
Mormon News' oldest regular feature, the Mormon Stock Index, was the subject of a major story in the Salt Lake Tribune today. The feature article covered a major portion of the first Business section page and was mentioned on the Tribune's front page. The article also included a chart of the index's performance since inception and information on how companies qualify to be included. The article (without charts) is available on the Tribune's business page at .
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