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For week ended November 14, 1999 Posted 24 Feb 2001
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Judge to issue another order in LDS Church copyright case

U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell said that while the evidence appears to support the LDS Church's claim that critics Jerald and Sandra Tanner are violating the copyright on the LDS Church's Church Handbook of Instructions, she will wait to issue a preliminary injunction until the Tanners have a chance to present evidence. The judge says that the website links to other sites that contain the Church's material are also a violation. "My look at this case now is that they are contributory infringing," said the Judge.
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Plane problem leads to LDS first

The dedication of the Halifax Temple was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed until Sunday when the airplane President Hinckley uses required repairs on Friday. But switching the dedication of the Halifax Temple to Sunday caused a conflict with the dedication of the Temple in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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Did Hatch AlludeTo LDS Prophecy?

While Orrin Hatch claims that his campaign for U.S. President isn't motivated by an obscure LDS prophecy, he used the exact phrase from the prophecy in an interview on KSL Radio this week.

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Groups Defend the 'Natural Family'

The Second World Congress of Families opened yesterday with organizers expecting 1,000 delegates to attend. The four-day congress, sponsored by BYU's World Family Policy Center (formerly NGO Family Voice), the LDS Church's Relief Society and the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society of Rockford, Illinois, has received extensive support from the LDS Church. LDS Church authorities Mary Ellen Smoot (General Relief Society President), Margaret Nadauld (Young Women General President) and Elder Bruce Hafen of the First Quorum of the Seventy will address the congress.

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LDS supported congress criticized (That's not faith, that's provocation)

In an article labeled "Comment &Analysis," author Urquhart claims that the Second World Congress of Families represents a "new and potentially dangerous form of interfaith collaboration." The congress, he says, is the most important manifestation of cooperation between religions of different faiths based on deeply conservative values.

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Idaho Falls Temple missing from airport mural

An advertising contractor for the Idaho Falls Airport has removed the Idaho Falls LDS Temple and other recognizable commercial buildings from a mural that welcomes visitors to the airport. Residents of the city have complained about the absence of the Temple, which is a significant part of the city skyline.

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LDS youth dances hit in Orange County (Playing by the Rules)

Local LDS youth dances have become a popular way to spend Saturday evenings in Southern California. Large congregations and lots of freeways make it easy for teenagers throughout the county, and regardless of religions, to attend.

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Oldest Genealogy Site launches collection of GEDCOM files (Rootsweb Worldconnect Project Launched), the oldest genealogy site on the Internet, launched its WorldConnect Project November 10th, in an attempt to collect and provide GEDCOM files containing genealogical data. The project, located at, already has 5.5 million names in the files uploaded during its 4-week beta test period.

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Family trees grow faster online

The Christian Science Monitor explores the growing genealogy phenomenon on the Internet, giving examples of how these sites have brought together families and connected people. With genealogy one of the fastest growing uses of the Internet, major sites, like the LDS Church's familysearch, are seeing explosive growth.

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