Table of Contents

Cover Stories

'God is in control. No more fear'

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story Sidebar | George Will's major baseball book has the title Men at Work ; he makes the pursuit of hits and strikeouts a grim task. John Smoltz is serious enough to talk…

Cover Stories

Throwing heat and taking heat

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | If major-league baseball avoids the foolishness of a strike next month and moves toward playoffs and the World Series, Atlanta's John Smoltz is likely to be…

In this issue: "John Smoltz: The closer," Aug. 3, 2002

Features

Hardly hearings

By Tim Graham

Judiciary | Senate considers a Bush nominee, but she may be from the wrong state

Top News

By Tim Graham

This Week | The Top 5 news stories as measured by coverage in The Washington Post, USA Today, and NBC Nightly News over a one-week period from July 17 to 23

Partially approved

Abortion | House votes again for a ban, Senate expected to stall

'This is American damage'

By Mindy Belz

Middle East | Israel's "targeted attack" that kills a terrorist leader also kills 14 civilians in his apartment building, angering the White House and possibly jeopardizing…

'Undesirable' in Central Asia

Kazakhstan: Officials have fined clergy for refusing to register churches, punishing Baptist pastor Valery Pak with five days in prison. Although the law in…

Talibanizing the other '-stans?

By Mindy Belz

Central Asia | Ex-Soviet states-Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan-feel the heat from radical Islam

Cutting off coercion

By Mindy Belz

United Nations | Bush defunds UN's population-control agency, cites its ties to China's "coercive abortion"

Dispatches

In Brief

News highlights from around the world

Quotables

Kids free, adults 25¢, city councilmen unwelcome. A mock "toll" sign in front of the home of Jerry and Patti Hirschman of Grand Island, Neb. The city council…

Quick Takes

Banned in Ann Arbor When an Ann Arbor high-school senior sought to discuss homosexuality and religion, school officials censored the text of her proposed…

Reviews

City that sleeps around

By Andrew Coffin

Television | It's a huge cultural phenomenon, but HBO's sitcom Sex and the City is, in almost every way, as bad as it sounds

Bestsellers

By Philip C. McGraw, Michael Moore, John McEnroe, Ann Coulter & David McCullough

Notable Books | The five bestselling nonfiction hardbacks as measured by placement on four leading lists as of July 22

Notebook

Flash Traffic

By Tim Graham

Flash Traffic | Political Buzz from Washington

Voices

Still in exile

By Joel Belz

Tennessee clinic offers a unique model for health care

O, Canaria

By Marvin Olasky

Experience to the north shows that educational choice works

Discomfort zone

By Andrée Seu

When the church bulletin has a "help wanted" notice

Mailbag

Unusual concern The disappearance of Elizabeth Smart is unusual and of concern to me as a parent because she was abducted from her own bedroom in the night…

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