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Cover Story


by Bob Jones

Cover Story | COVER STORY: Wildfires in the U.S. and Canadian West have too much fuel because old-growth forests are loaded with undergrowth that is little more than…

In this issue: "As the West burns," Sept. 6, 2003


fine print: What the lawyers will argue about

By Thomas Jipping

National | The extraordinary Supreme Court review of the McCain-Feingold campaign-regulation law, actually, is a consolidation of 12 separate cases. The court will…

Fetal positions

By Edward E. Plowman

National | THE MISSISSIPPI SUPREME COURT RULED LAST month that a fetus is a "person" under state law, and wrongful death claims can be filed on his behalf. The case…

Pink punks?

By Edward E. Plowman

National | PART-TIME JANITOR RICHARD BILSKI ARRIVED early on Aug. 17 to prepare for the Sunday morning service at Church on the Rise in Cleveland, Ohio. Four men piled…

Man knows not his time

By Edward E. Plowman

National | PRIEST JOHN GEOGHAN WAS THE TIP THAT REVEALED a terrible iceberg in the Roman Catholic Church. His long history of molesting boys sexually (allegedly more…

Legal Briefs

By Thomas Jipping

National | The full U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals will not reconsider an April decision by a three-judge panel striking down the Virginia Military Institute's…

Bullied after recess

By Thomas Jipping

National | THE SENATE THIS WEEK RETURNS from its August recess, but as far as federal-court nominees are concerned, senators might just as well have stayed on vacation.

Second, third, fourth parents

By Thomas Jipping

National | Insisting that "the adoption statutes are to be construed liberally," the California Supreme Court last month used a decades-old rule meant to support the…

He can run, but he can't hide

By John Dawson

National | Even though Kansas State quarterback Ell Roberson threw for 205 yards, ran for 145 more, and scored four touchdowns in the season opener against Cal, all eyes…

NFL: Bus drivers now all the rage

By John Dawson

National | Think your quarterback matters in the NFL? Think again. Or, at least that's the recent trend. NFL fans would have to search back to St. Louis in 2000 to find…

NBA's summer of fright

By John Dawson

National | Most NBA fans care little for the Olympic qualifying basketball tournaments that have been played this summer. Don't count Mark Cuban as one of them. The…

Vacation, interrupted

By Bob Jones

National | POLITICS: One month early, the Supreme Court meets next week to hear a case that will reshape Campaign 2004 and how it's paid for

Bad foam, even worse form

By Bob Jones

National | NASA: Report on the Columbia crash pegs the space agency's management culture just as dangerous as its foam insulation; commander's widow says reform and…

The rainmaker

By Bob Jones

International | NORTH KOREA: Even as diplomats from six nations get to work trying to head off nuclear confrontation, human-rights activists demand a place at the table for…

India: Newest front in the global war on terror

By Bob Jones

International | Bus bombings in Israel grab most of the headlines, but a series of explosions in Bombay has the Indian subcontinent on edge, as well. The latest attacks came…

The China syndrome

By Mindy Belz

International | SPECIAL REPORT: Two centuries after the first Protestant missionary arrived on the mainland, China still covets foreign trade but shuns foreign influence and…

Assassin's mace

By Mindy Belz

International | SPECIAL REPORT: Chinese military leaders are looking for ways to gain advantages over bigger and better rivals

Let them eat cats

By Mindy Belz

International | SPECIAL REPORT: Will loosened standards on Chinese delicacies bring back SARS?

Rural retreat

By Mindy Belz

International | SPECIAL REPORT: As the farm economy tumbles, poor migrants by the tens of millions flock to China's cities

Focused on families

By Mindy Belz

International | SPECIAL REPORT: As government policies fracture family life, small nonprofit groups are trying to pick up the pieces

Hu's in charge?

International | SPECIAL REPORT: A new generation of Chinese Communists has raised Western hopes for reform, but the transition of power is more likely meant to guarantee…

A kinder, gentler Beijing

International | Immediately following the inauguration of his new administration, Chinese President Hu Jintao and his senior associates visited some remote and poor areas of…

A monumental day

By Bob Jones

National | TEN COMMANDMENTS: Protesters displayed a mixture of noisy indignation and quiet resignation as the Alabama monument was hydraulically hoisted, palleted, and…

Publicly divided over Moore, Christian leaders still work together (cordially) on other issues-for now

By Joel Belz

National | It was a gathering of Christian leaders notable for what they wouldn't talk about. Oddly, the forbidden topic was the hottest news item of the month. Major…

Around the horn

By Thomas Jipping

National | Sometimes it takes a lot for track and field to grab the spotlight. American sprinter Jon Drummond sure found a way. After being disqualified on a false start…


Reasoning together

By Marvin Olasky

ALABAMA: Good Christians will continue to disagree about Roy Moore's stand

Quick Takes

Weed eaters More than a dozen Ohio teenagers almost died last month after trying to get high by eating flower seeds. The teens from the Akron and Cleveland…


By The Editors



He looked like the devil. Eduardo Sanchez, the only survivor of a shooting spree last week at Windy City Core Supply Inc. in Chicago, on shooter Salvador…


Harvey wallbanger

By Joel Belz

The existence of Harvey Milk, a special school for gays, may put a dent in the "wall of separation" argument against school vouchers


No surrender I found myself shouting, "Yes! Yes!" as I read Marvin Olasky's "Pre-emptive surrender" (Aug. 9). It really chafes me how everyone feels such…

Ageless antagonism

By Andrée Seu

Korea and the battle between the seed of the serpent and the Seed of Eve

Anything goes

By Marvin Olasky

India's disorderly worldviews have led to a disorderly society


An offensive work of art

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | Civil-liberties groups defend other controversial public art, so why not the Ten Commandments?

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