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Arizona institution lauded for dramatic gains in reading, writing and math

A four-year effort to improve student learning has earned national recognition for a charter school in the polygamous community of Centennial Park.

The U.S. Department of Education named Masada Charter School a No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School after it made gains in students' reading, writing and math skills.


Historian Reveals Plural Marriage Positives In Logan Talk

While much has been said about the heartache of plural wives living in 19th-century Mormonism, these unions could also bring happiness and unusual independence, according to a prominent religious scholar.
During a lecture Thursday before a packed house at the LDS Tabernacle, Kathleen Flake said that often only the negative side of polygamy is emphasized.


FLDS Exile To Offer Tour Of Polygamist Communities

Tour Of Polygamist CommunitiesThose curious about the polygamous community(polygamy) that has thrived on the Utah/Arizona state line for nearly 75 years may now take a guided tour through what promoters bill as "the largest and most secluded polygamist colony" in America.

"Why the prairie dresses and long braids? No makeup? More than one wife?" all questions to be answered during "The Polygamy Experience: A Guided Tour of Colorado City."

The four-hour excursion promises accounts from guides "who have actually lived and loved 'The Creek,' " the historic name for Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The first tour is set for Saturday.


60 Questions Going Into Big Love’s Finale

Big LoveWith all due respect to Lost, Philip K. Dick's Why Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? and the new tax code in the United States, HBO's Big Love may be the most complicated, convoluted show ever produced by a major network. That's not to say I don't like it-I'm pretty sure I do-it's just a weekly sixty minute clusterfuck of storylines going every which way(polygamy). And at the epicenter of all these drama-spewing mazes is Bill Henrickson. How the man ever sleeps is beyond me. He's got more enemies than Joseph McCarthy, more money problems than the Soviet Union. And tonight's season finale is somehow expected to tie all these loose ends up. Bullshit. There's no way. Here are 60 little quagmires Big Love desperately needs to answer tonight...


Big Love gets 4th season: Could polygamy end deadbeat dad crisis?

Big Love season 4Maybe because I was a single mom for so many years, I'd see kids who had nicer clothes, better summer vacations. Those kids had fathers, mine didn't. From the moment the Beach Boys sing "God Only Knows" and Bill Barb Margene and Nicki - a spiritual glow in their eyes from years of living "the principle" - sit at a dinner table on top of the world, literally. I Love Big Love! Sometimes it almost feels like the whole economy, the whole society, everything would balance out better, If only men who could afford it, could have more wives. Raise the children. Better living through polygamy.


HBO’s ‘Big Love’ creators Olsen and Scheffer talk polygamy

Big LoveHBO's "Big Love" was created during a moment of boredom during a cross country drive for the two EP's and showrunners, Mark Olsen and Will Scheffer.

Olsen shared the genesis of the HBO series at the recent TCA's last week.

"It was a car, a speeding car heading away from a disastrous family Christmas in Nebraska, back to New York City where things were safe and we liked out lives. On day two of the drive, just crossing out of West Virginia and Pennsylvania turnpike, Will and I were just pitching ideas around, and I literally said, 'Hey, what about a story about Polygamy?'


Some ‘Big Love’ storylines come from true stories, says star Bill Paxton

Bill PaxtonTORONTO - HBO's "Big Love" kicks off its third season Sunday with a subplot that could have been ripped from the headlines of a Canadian newspaper.

A storyline chronicling the arrest and trial of Roman Grant (Harry Dean Stanton), a Mormon prophet who has had several wives, unfolds on TV just weeks after two religious leaders in the real-life community of Bountiful, B.C., were charged with practising polygamy.


Survey Finds Increase In Polygamous Communities

SALT LAKECITY (AP) - An new informal survey by a Utah-based polygamy advocacy group estimates 38,000 people believe in or are living the practice - an increase of about 1,000 in about two years.


Person of interest in polygamy raid in

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - A woman considered a person of interest in an investigation of phone calls that may have sparked a raid on a Texas polygamist group appeared in a Colorado courtroom Tuesday, a day after she was supposed to appear in a separate case.

The lawyer for Rozita Swinton of Colorado Springs said the no-show on the charge of violating probation was because of a misunderstanding and Swinton didn't realize she had to appear, said Kathleen Walsh, a spokeswoman for the 18th Judicial District.


Love Your Lawyer Suit!

Post image for Love Your Lawyer Suit!"I am...an attorney with Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid...currently representing forty-eight mothers in the child custody proceedings that began as a result of the raid of the YFZ [Yearning for Zion] Ranch in early April.

Last month, TRLA filed a Writ of Mandamus with the Third Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas, on behalf of the mothers, where we argued the state did not follow Texas law when they took these children without providing any evidence that these households were creating abusive environments.


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