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For week ended November 21, 1999 Posted 24 Feb 2001
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LDS members keep Utah's smoking rate low (Kentucky Has Highest Smoking Rate)

The U.S. Government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual assesment of tobacco use rates in the U.S. and the state of Utah again had the lowest smoking rate in the nation. Utah's low rate is attributed to its majority LDS population.

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Lawsuit may allow protest on LDS Church-owned plaza (Lawsuit on block appears complex)

The lawsuit filed by the ACLU monday against Salt Lake City over the sale of a one-block section of Main Street to the LDS Church has a wrinkle that may affect how the Church can use the area. Since the sale document contains a "severability clause," the Church could end up with the block, but not be able to enforce rules against demonstrators in the area, if the ACLU wins the lawsuit.
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ACLU Sues Salt Lake City Over Sale

The ACLU followed up on its threat and filed a lawsuit against Salt Lake City over the city's sale of a block of Main Street between Temple Square and the LDS Church's headquarters block. The lawsuit claims that the sale violated the U.S. Constitution.

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Mormon Family's case over prayer at football games reaches Supreme Court (High court to hear Texas prayer case)

The long-running religious freedom dispute between two anonymous families, one of them Mormon, and the Santa Fe Independed School District, located near Galveston, Texas, will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The case has evolved from a lawsuit over religious discrimination in Santa Fe High School to a dispute over allowing voluntary, student-led prayer at school events.

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Judge believes Tanners will lose

U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell continued her order restraining LDS Church critics Jerald and Sandra Tanner from posting the Church's Handbook of Instructions or including links on their website to third parties that have posted the material. She also indicated that the LDS Church seems likely to win its case claiming that the Tanners have violated the copyright law.

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Judge to issue Tanners a 3rd restraining order

U. S. District Court judge Tena Campbell told attorneys yesterday that she would issue a new order today in the LDS Church's copyright dispute with critics Jerald and Sandra Tanner. Campbell may change the two previous orders she has issued, or may issue a completely new order with new terms.

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Tanners ask court to dismiss LDS Church lawsuit (For the Record: Couple want LDS suit dismissed)

Jerald and Sandra Tanner, targets of a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by the LDS Church, are asking U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell to dismiss the Church's lawsuit against them, claiming that the 17 pages of the Church Handbook of Instructions that they posted on their website are not copyrighted. "If there is a copyright somewhere [on the material], then we do not know about it yet," said the Tanner's attorney Brian Barnard.

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First Edition Book of Mormon sells for $58,000 (Old LDS items sold at blazing prices)

A first edition of the Book of Mormon sold for $58,000 at an auction Saturday held in conjunction with the Western National Historical Artifacts &Paper Money Show in Salt Lake City. The book was purchased by collector of Mormon memorabilia John Hajicek of Independence, Missouri. The auction was run by Kansas-based Lyn Knight Currency Auctions.

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Mormons make inroads in Deep South

In 1939, when Chloe Belle Hodge was baptized into the LDS Church, many Church members in the southern U.S. went most of their lives without going to the Temple. But with recent growth and contruction, that has all changed. In the past 16 years, since the Atlanta Georgia Temple was built, Temples have become much more convenient for church members. And by the end of next year, seven southern cities will have LDS Temples.

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Was last minute ban due to Mormons or to Discrimination? (Family Conference Stumbles Over LDS Participation)

The Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune's coverage of the first day of the Second World Congress of Families both discussed the decision of the Swiss Reformed Church to exclude the Congress from using its facilities for the opening session of the Congress. But the two accounts differed about why the Congress was banned from the historic St. Pierre's Cathedral in central Geneva.

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