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Cover Story


by Lynn Vincent

Cover Story | COVER STORY: Forest fires are typically measured in scorched acreage. The wildfires that devastated heavily populated areas of Los Angeles and San Diego, in…

In this issue: "California's wall of fire," Nov. 8, 2003


Bits & Megabytes

By Chris Stamper

National | AOL quietly took action against pop-up spam-by turning off a feature in Windows without telling its subscribers. It shuts down a program called Messenger that…

Methodist discipline

By Edward E. Plowman

National | KAREN DAMMANN, INTERIM PASTOR OF A United Methodist Church in Ellensburg, Wash., likely will face a church trial after all, and she could be removed from her…

Community property?

By Edward E. Plowman

National | ONCE AGAIN, A SECULAR court in effect has upheld a 1979 Episcopal Church rule that all parish property and assets are held in trust for the denomination. A…

Bulletin Board

By Edward E. Plowman

National | Georgia-based publicist Mark DeMoss, who represents a number of major ministries, thinks the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has gone beyond…

Around the horn

By John Dawson

National | Ravens coach Brian Billick is tired of wasting timeouts when his instant replay challenges go awry. His solution: Get rid of instant replay altogether. "Dump…

Inquiring minds

By John Dawson

National | What exactly happened in an Edwards, Colo., hotel room on June 30? Inquiring minds want to know. And if the inquiring minds belong to young fans of NBA star…

New arms race

By John Dawson

National | There may be more than one way to skin a cat, but there's just one way to win a World Series, it seems: pitching. Apparently, the Florida Marlins had more of…

Game plan

By Chris Stamper

National | Nokia wants to revolutionize electronic gaming with a handheld device called the N-Gage. It's the Swiss Army Knife of portable gadgetry, but it could also be…

Free press

By Chris Stamper

National | Michael Hart typed the Declaration of Independence on a computer in 1971 and started a publishing revolution. It was the dawn of Project Gutenberg, a massive…

Explosive Ramadan

By Mindy Belz

International | IRAQ: It may be Muslims' high holy month of fasting-and U.S. troops are ordered to show respect for local customs-but terrorists in Iraq gorge themselves on…

Musharraf versus the madrassas

International | PAKISTAN: In a quest to show whose side he is on in the war on terror, Pakistan's president is leading the push to reopen Christian schools

Method madness

By Jennifer Marshall

International | IRAQ: Schools opened last month across the war-torn country, but will reform of Baathist curricula go far enough?

Unfriendly fire

By Edward E. Plowman

National | MILITARY: He survived hostilities in Iran, Colombia, and Somalia, but can Gen. Boykin get out of the culture war alive?

So long, recession

By Bob Jones

National | ECONOMY: Hottest GDP growth in 20 years aids Bush's lagging reelection hopes



By The Editors

WALL OF FIRE California's largest fire-the Cedar Fire-claimed the life of firefighter Steve Rucker, 38, when his crew was overcome by flames in eastern San…

Quick Takes

Tooth delay Don Masey lost his dentures in the Mediterranean Sea, but they turned up back home in Britain. Mr. Masey, 59, lost the false teeth while swimming…


By The Editors

Enemies of their enemies Blogger Andrew Sullivan ( observed the almost vocal support that the hard-left now has for Saddam and other…


A powerful force

By Joel Belz

A New York Times story on women and work shows that truth is difficult to suppress for very long

Daddy duped

By Andrée Seu

Paternity fraud is yet another assault on the "one man, one woman" cultural contract

Winning is everything

By Marvin Olasky

The high stakes of recent presidential elections have led to unusually hateful politics


Real Islam Daniel Pipes is right that our enemy is not Muslims or terrorism but the religion behind them. However, his solution, "moderate Islam," will go…


Vanity fare

By Susan Olasky

Culture | Joel and Ethan Coen are known for making idiosyncratic, brilliant films such as O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and Fargo (1996), as well as perhaps the…

Skin flicked

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | It's a Romeo and Juliet story featuring the son of an anti-smut crusader in love with the daughter of a pornographer. It has something for everybody: Women…

Rat Pack Republicans

By Gene Edward Veith

Culture | Cultural liberals are hoping that the GOP turns left on moral issues

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