City answers ACLU's Main Street suit
Attorneys for Salt Lake City filed an answer
to the ACLU's lawsuit challenging the terms of the sale of Main
Street to the LDS Church on Tuesday, the filing deadline. In their
answer, the city attorney Roger Cutler says that the terms of sale
give up the use of the property as a public forum in exchange for
the $8.1 million sale price.
Stabbing wounds described in detail
The sentencing phase of the murder trial of
former LDS high counselor Scott Falater began Thursday with Maricopa
County Prosecutor Juan Martinez guiding County Medical Examiner Dr.
Ann Bucholtz through a description of the stabbing wounds in
Falater's wife, Yarmilla, in an attempt to win the death penalty for
Falater. Falater was convicted of the murder of his wife in June
despite a "sleepwalking" defense that gained national media attention.
Mission President Dale Murphy may return to Baseball (Ricky Martin: As great as it gets)
Larry King notes in his USA Today column that former Atlanta Braves
baseball star, Dale Murphy, currently serving as president of the Boston
Massachussets Mission, may return to baseball when his mission ends next
spring. King says that Murphy wants to come back and says that he would
make a great pitching coach.
LDS writer tells of 'Christmas Where It Happened'
LDS Church member Kathleen Lubeck Peterson
has again written an article for the Times' On Faith column, this time
covering her experience in Israel during Christmastime. Peterson, a
former seminary teacher in her ward, reminisces about the trip,
contrasting how different Christmas in the U. S. is with the Christmas
she spent in Israel, and how that Christmas must have been different
than the night of Christ's birth.
Arts & Entertainment
New book tells story of first LDS missionaries in India
BYU Professor R. Lanier Britsch has writted a new
history of the first LDS missionaries in India. In the book, "Nothing
More Heroic: the Compelling Story of the First Latter-day Saint
Missionaries in India," Britsch tells the story of the 17
missionaries that labored in India between 1851 and 1856, baptizing
about 100 people.
LDS missionaries to stay working during Y2k
Despite reports that the U.S. State
Department will pull non-essential personnel from five countries over
year 2000 concerns, the LDS Church will keep missionaries in the
field during year-end and the beginning of 2000. "The only
precautions the Church is taking for Y2K is to request that no
missionaries and church employees travel between December 30, 1999
and January 5, 2000," said LDS Church spokesperson Michael Purdy.