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Cover Stories

Journey to Middle Earth

by Mindy Belz

Cover Story | For Lord of the Rings fans, New Zealand isn't simply a scenic destination; it's a story to inhabit

Cover Stories

Moving on

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | THANK GOD FOR A SLOW news week. WORLD has had 12 straight cover stories relating to Islam, concerns about terrorism, the buildup to war, the war itself, and…

Cover Stories

North to Alaska

by Marvin Olasky

Cover Story | From the Russian River to Mt. McKinley, America's coldest state casts a strong lure for tourists

Cover Stories

Summer in Sydney

by Bob Jones

Cover Story | It's affordable to travel Down Under during the (American) summer, and Australia still has much to offer tourists during its winter

In this issue: "Cool hot spots," May 17, 2003

Features

Invoking surprise

By Edward E. Plowman

National | The House of Representatives chose May 1, the National Day of Prayer, to have its first-ever openly homosexual chaplain give its morning invocation.

Around the horn

By John Dawson

National | Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan was suspended without pay by the newspaper for saying on television that Jason Kidd's wife needed someone to "smack her"

Paying a high Price

By John Dawson

National | No wonder one of the University of Alabama's mascots is an elephant.

Pick-and-roll no more

By John Dawson

National | No tandem but John Stockton and Karl Malone could make a YMCA-league strategy work on the world's foremost stage of basketball.

Dispatches

FlashTraffic: Bush's tax cut strategy

By Joel C. Rosenberg

President Bush's new message strategy for selling his troubled tax-relief plan is to tie tax cuts to job creation.

FlashTraffic: Interview with Newt Gingrich

By Joel C. Rosenberg

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich warns that the economy is key to President Bush's reelection and urges the GOP to focus on health-care reform. "The economy…

Quotables

It's terrible to be associated with something like this. Ernst Sars, co-owner of the Oslo, Norway, company Brothers Sars, on sharing names with an infamous…

Quick Takes

"Contrition as a career move"? Stephen Glass is writing fiction again, but this time he's labeling it as such. Simon & Schuster this week releases The…

The hypocrites

By Joel Belz

Gambling is no virtue, and two cheers for media liberals who finally recognized it. But the Bennett media stir misses the more important point: The validity…

Wish you were here

By Mindy Belz

Evangelicals blast Graham for past remarks on Islam, but say they regret he didn't have a chance to defend himself

TOP NEWS

By The Editors

1 1,600 pages of confusion It's been 14 months since Congress approved a new law regulating political campaigns, political fundraising, and political…

Culture

X2 marks the spot

By Andrew Coffin

Culture | Watch enough movies and the temptation will arise to revile everything that appears crass, commercial, big, and dumb-especially the typical summer…

Bestsellers

By The Editors

Culture | The Top 5 best-selling hardback novels as measured by placement on four leading lists as of May 5

Frontier justice

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | With no law and order on the Internet, some people are taking the battle against spam into their own hands

In the Spotlight: Left Behind

By The Editors

Culture | Expressing concern that its Left Behind series is falling behind, Tyndale House announced recently a contract with Tekno Books to produce two spin-offs of the…

Columnists

Free speech, for some

By Joel Belz

In an era where "everything goes," why is Christianity suspect?

Mailbag

Appalling Marvin Olasky's "Darkness, destruction ... and decency" shows an appalling readiness to condemn as inhumane a century of honorable American fighting…

Guilt, grace, and AIDS

By John Piper

Although the abused are not innocent, the guilty are not hopeless

Pity for a great city

By Marvin Olasky

Building alliances in a land of weirdness, music, and cattle

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