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Mormon Olympics or Games as Usual?
KCRW (FM 89.9) is the National Public Radio affiliate in Santa Monica, California. They produce and broadcast a one-hour interview radio program called "To the Point," hosted by Warren Olney.
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Local News
Tempe Police Take Threat Against Tabernacle Seriously
Residents near the Shalimar Country Club in Tempe, Arizona were surprised to see leaflets circulated in their neighborhood Monday that claimed "the Mormon Tabernacle is about to come down!!!" Two residents called the Temple Police Department after receiving the threatening fliers, and police say they have to take the threat seriously.
Nauvoo Monastery Purchased by LDS Church will be Torn Down
Officials from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say they have little use for the former St. Mary Monastery and have decided to tear it down. The structure is located literally in the shadow of the new Nauvoo Temple.
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Canada Press Reporter Looks at Mormons and Olympics
In a spectacular 3-page spread in the middle of our weekly commentary section, the Sunday issue of the Edmonton Journal carries a report by CP (Canadian Press) reporter Gary Mason, who I believe is from Vancouver. He starts and ends with somewhat tongue-in-cheeks forecasts that the biggest problems the games will have is a lack of taxis. As the Edmonton Journal is a Southam chain paper, presumably this same article appeared in major metropolitan papers across the whole country.
LDS High School Swimmer Succeeds with Busy Schedule
Jonathan Michela's whirlwind schedule begins at 4:50 a.m. each weekday. Smelling faintly like the chlorinated pool he emerged from only hours before, Michela, a Mormon, rolls out of bed to prepare for an hour-long religion class that starts at 6 a.m. "Chill out" time, an entire 45 minutes of milling about at home, does not come until 2:30 p.m. -- after the junior has completed a full day of high school.
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LDS Expert: Religious Rights in China Declining
Michael Young, Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, wrote U.S. President George W. Bush last week to say that religious freedom has declined in China since the U.S. gave the country full trading rights. Young, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Dean of the George Washington University School of Law, has become a recognized expert in International religious freedom since his appointment to the Commission in 1999 by then-President Bill Clinton. He was made Chairman of the Commission in September.
Utah Laws Require Schools, Maybe Even BYU, to Allow Guns
On January 1, Governor Mike Leavitt's order took effect that all Utah state agencies abolish bans against carrying concealed weapons on state property. The order has brought bans by Utah's universities to the debate floor of the Utah State Legislature and has Mark Shurtleff, the Attorney General for the State of Utah, currently researching whether BYU and other private universities in the state can be required to allow guns on campus. He has already stated that Utah law is clear with regard to state-owned universities and state buildings: they cannot ban guns being carried by those doing so legally.
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Missionary Letter Website Growing now serves all missions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and drastically cuts delivery time on mail sent to missionaries. Letters to foreign missions that travel through the Church's pouch system arrive in one or two weeks and the service is free, letters to the Brazilian missions take one or two days and the service is free, and letters to the Provo, MTC can be delivered the same day, however, there is a 34 cent charge for postage. Letters to all other missions are sent for the cost of postage.
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Mormon Job: Harvey 'Job' Matusow, McCarthy Turncoat, Dead at 75
Harvey "Job" Matusow, whose flip-flopping allegiances in the 1950s contributed to the downfall of then-Senator Joseph McCarthy, died January 17th at a hospital in Lebanon, New Hampshire, of injuries suffered in a January 2nd auto accident. Matusow later joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, served time for perjury, became an activist in many different causes, and established an award-winning children's television program in Arizona. He called himself "Job" because of the tribulations that the McCarthy period brought on him.
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Arts & Entertainment
Deseret Book's Strong Season Makes Publishers Weekly
The strong Fall season at Deseret Book, the book publisher and retail bookstore chain owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, caught the attention of Publishers Weekly, a book publishing trade magazine. In a story published in its weekly Religion Bookline update, reporter Jana Riess interviewed Sheri Dew, executive vice-president of publishing for Deseret Book's Shadow Mountain imprint, about the publisher's four best selling titles for the Fall, including President Hinckley's "Stand a Little Taller," which has sold about 360,000 copies. The same issue of Religion Bookline also gave short reviews of four titles published by mainstream and religious publishers on Mormonism.
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Judge Allows Manufacture of Joseph Smith Ring
Judge Anthony Quinn, of the 3rd District Court, issued a decision to dismiss the case of an Orem man who attempted to prevent Ringmasters LLC of Ogden from producing and marketing replicas of a ring that was worn by the prophet Joseph Smith. Erwin "Buddy" Youngreen filed a lawsuit against the jeweler in October and accused him of conspiring with Allan R. Baird and David Lewis of making 300 unauthorized replicas for a Sandy, Utah ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Geneva Steel Bankrupt Again
For the second time in just three years Geneva Steel, one of the largest employers in heavily-Mormon Utah County, has sought protection under chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy laws. The steel producer filed in response to its secured creditors, who required the filing as a condition to further financing of the company. The current agreement with the secured lenders gives the company access to cash through May 1, 2002.
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