September 12, 2007 |
Progress is measured slowly here. To Isaac Wyler, it is a sign of the times that he can sit at a picnic table at a park. Three years ago, when Wyler was exiled from a polygamist sect that dominates this slice of the Arizona-Utah border, the park and everything in town was under control of the group's prophet, Warren Jeffs. Wyler, 41, was told he had no right to stay in his home or be out in public.
August 20, 2007 |
HBO has treated the remarkable second season of its polygamist show "Big Love" like a radiant but overlooked sister-wife, paying more promotional attention to the conclusion of "The Sopranos" and the launching of "John from Cincinnati," a bombastic series the network ended up canceling last week. "Big Love," which moved back to Sunday nights to replace "John," is about two subjects that TV never finds sexy -- religion and family, in the uncynical sense.
August 13, 2007 |
Mary Kay Place could have made an entire career of playing country-quirky mothers. Her first big break came in 1976 as Loretta Haggers, a would-be country-western singer who yearned to be a mother, on the groundbreaking soap satire "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." There was also the role of Reese Witherspoon's mother in "Sweet Home Alabama." Currently on HBO's "Big Love," Place plays polygamist Adaleen Grant, mother of Nicolette (Chloë Sevigny).
August 8, 2007 |
A polygamist was released from prison after serving six years on a child-rape conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl who is now his only legal wife. Two of Tom Green's sons -- he has 32 children with five women -- picked him up from the Utah State Prison in Draper, said Jack Ford, Department of Corrections spokesman. "I look forward to return to life in society and to begin carrying again the many responsibilities I have incurred," Green said in a statement.
July 30, 2007 |
AUWALU Ise is a picture of sartorial elegance. It takes the finest imported shoes, a splash of perfume and an imperious manner to complete what he calls his "silent deceit." His secret weapon is a can of spray-on starch to make his expensive garments shiny and crisp, one more ingredient in an elaborate ritual to win the heart of even the hardest woman and fool the canniest future father-in-law.
July 6, 2007 |
The state Supreme Court said it would not get involved in a dispute about where to hold a criminal trial for the leader of a polygamous sect. Attorneys for Warren Jeffs had asked the court to review a decision by Judge James Shumate, who is keeping the Sept. 10 trial in St. George. They want to shift the case to Salt Lake City, claiming Jeffs can't get a fair trial because of excess publicity.
June 9, 2007 |
As "Big Love" enters a second season Monday, the HBO series is inspiring a variety of emotions among real polygamists where the show is set, in a Salt Lake City suburb. "There's a certain truth to it," said Anne Wilde, a 71-year-old widow who was part of a family of plural wives for 33 years. "Here's a family of three wives that lives in the community, and they just blend into the neighborhood, although they don't say too much about it."
June 9, 2007 |
AT first it seemed so fringe as to be lunatic. An hourlong drama about a Mormonish polygamous family living in Utah. Yeah, that has a big built-in demographic. One season later, devoted fans can barely wait for the return of HBO's "Big Love" on Monday night. Far from fringe, "Big Love" has become an ur drama, with dark comedy lapping at the edges.
April 15, 2007 |
I'VE BEEN REPORTING on AIDS in Africa for nearly 15 years, but on a 2005 visit to KwaZulu-Natal, the province with South Africa's highest HIV infection rate, the hush surrounding the epidemic was so spooky that it surprised even me. The Catholic Church had been running an AIDS treatment program for more than a year at a local hospital there. Outreach teams set out each day to care for sick people and encourage them to be tested for HIV and, if necessary, join the treatment program.
March 28, 2007 |
A judge rejected a request to move the trial of a polygamous-sect leader from St. George to Salt Lake City but said he would change his mind if he couldn't seat a fair-minded jury. Judge James Shumate said jury selection in the trial of Warren Jeffs would be conducted in private. Jeffs, 51, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is charged with rape as an accomplice in the spiritual marriage of a 14-year-old girl to a 19-year-old cousin in 2001.