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Cover Story

News of the year

News of the year

by The Editors

Cover Story | From the death of a former president to the reelection of another commander in chief, here's a look at the people and events that shaped our world in 2004

In this issue: "Year in Review 2004," Jan. 1, 2005

Features

By the Numbers

By the Numbers

By The Editors

By the Numbers | 1 Crusade likely before retirement for Billy Graham, scheduled at Madison Square Garden June 2005. 20 Years of age for most U.S. combat deaths in Iraq. 50…

2004 Obituaries

2004 Obituaries

By The Editors

Obituaries | 2004 Year in Review

Korean stalemate

By The Editors

International | Much-vaunted nuclear talks with the Axis of Evil's third member fizzled with no sign of when the next session of six-party talks would resume.In the…

Just can't stop the nuclear desire

By The Editors

International | Iran's Islamic theocracy had a successful year shoring up its power structure at home and giving the West the runaround over its nuclear program. In February…

Time for change in Ukraine

Time for change in Ukraine

By The Editors

International | With cries of "Pora!" or "It's time!," Ukrainians flocked by the hundreds of thousands in Kiev for two weeks to protest a fraudulent presidential election.

Love hurts

By The Editors

International | The State Department named Saudi Arabia one of the world's worst religious persecutors in September, adding it to a list that has long included the likes of…

India's new congress

India's new congress

By The Editors

International | Indians tossed out their country's Hindu nationalist government in May in an election upset, handing a seemingly weak National Congress Party a decisive…

Haitian unrest

By The Editors

International | Bertrand Aristide fled Haiti Feb. 29 amid a three-week rebellion. His U.S.-backed government, increasingly linked to widespread corruption, could not stem…

Slow-motion genocide

Slow-motion genocide

By The Editors

International | Long-suffering Sudan earned its way into the U.S. election campaign lexicon, onto magazine covers, and into headlines around the world after Secretary of…

Leaving the hard past behind

Leaving the hard past behind

By The Editors

International | Three years ago it was the most dictatorial and backward regime in the world. Now it boasts the only democratically elected head of state in its region.

Hypersonic leap

Hypersonic leap

By The Editors

National | Forget about going around the world in 80 days. What about three and a half hours? NASA tested an engine which could do just that. On Nov. 16, the…

Year's best gadget

Year's best gadget

By The Editors

National | If the 1960s were about free love, the first four years of the 21st century have been about free music. The Recording Industry Association of America prefers…

Scared Saudi

By The Editors

Terror | For Saudis, the year ended much as it began: with gunfire, smoke, and screams. A Dec. 6 al-Qaeda raid on the American consulate in Jeddah left five employees…

Crippling Hamas

By The Editors

Terror | PLO chief Yasser Arafat may have died of natural causes, but Israeli officials openly bragged of helping another leading terrorist on to his reward. On March…

Europe's 3/11

Europe's 3/11

By The Editors

Terror | The March 11 bombings along Madrid's busy commuter rail line claimed nearly 200 lives, marking the deadliest terrorist attack in the history of Western…

Planes, train, and schoolyard

Planes, train, and schoolyard

By The Editors

Terror | The first major strike came in February, when a bomb ripped through a Moscow subway train car, killing 39 and injuring at least 120. The rest came later in a…

Year of jubilee

Year of jubilee

By The Editors

Iraq | The last time Iraqis went to the polls, 99 percent of all votes went into Saddam Hussein's column. Knowing the result would be rigged, Iraqis who could get…

And Defense

And Defense

By The Editors

Iraq | U.S. Marines rolled into the heart of the Sunni stronghold in May, seeming to quiet the restive city of Fallujah after terrorists attacked and hanged from a…

Depravity...

Depravity...

By The Editors

Iraq | There are things you expect from a war, things you steel yourself to accept: bombings and bloodshed, death, and dismemberment. Despite growing comparisons…

Death...

Death...

By The Editors

Iraq | The beheadings started in May, ostensibly in retaliation for the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Nick Berg, a 26-year-old civilian from…

Iraq's new day

Iraq's new day

By The Editors

Iraq | With all the images of death and destruction, it's easy to forget there was good news in Iraq this year: Schools opened, embassies got to work, free presses…

264-vote nightmare

264-vote nightmare

By The Editors

Elections | Recounts. Court battles. Once again, an election has Washington tied in knots-only this time it's not the nation's capital. Long after voters decided the…

Un-conventional

By The Editors

Elections | Campaign 2004 may have forever changed the conventional wisdom on conventions. They're not supposed to matter anymore, now that front-loaded primary schedules…

The Dean scream

The Dean scream

By The Editors

Elections | A year ago this time, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean was widely expected to be the Democratic champion who would drive George W. Bush from the White House.

Beauty pageant

Beauty pageant

By The Editors

Elections | What a difference a year makes. As 2004 dawned, a sputtering economy and a stubborn war made George W. Bush look unusually vulnerable for an incumbent…

Year of the hurricane(s)

Year of the hurricane(s)

By The Editors

National | Floridians can still call them by name, like shirt-tail relatives who insist on visiting too often and staying too long: Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne. Week…

Price of gas

Price of gas

By The Editors

National | Soaring gas prices throughout the summer and fall were blamed for slowing the nation's economic recovery-and President Bush's reelection bid. By Election Day,

Cell-out

Cell-out

By The Editors

National | Advocates for the unproven potential of embryonic stem-cell research found allies this year in famous families. After former President Ronald Reagan died of…

Anglicans in crisis

Anglicans in crisis

By The Editors

National | With the worldwide 77-million-member largely conservative Anglican Communion tottering at the edge of schism over homosexuality issues, Archbishop of…

Gay but not happy

Gay but not happy

By The Editors

National | After the Massachusetts Supreme Court gave a thumbs-up to gay marriage last year, 2004 seemed destined to go down as the year homosexual nuptials went…

Taking the enemy to court

Taking the enemy to court

By The Editors

National | The Supreme Court in June dealt a blow to President Bush's war on terror, ruling that nearly 600 "enemy combatants" held for years at a naval base in Cuba…

Pledged to God-for now

Pledged to God-for now

By The Editors

National | Call it a case of delayed justice. On June 14 the Supreme Court unanimously agreed that the phrase "under God" should remain a part of the Pledge of…

Recess appointments

Recess appointments

By The Editors

National | After years of waiting, President Bush decided enough was enough. With Senate Democrats refusing to consider a half dozen of his judicial nominees, Mr. Bush…

Sick day

Sick day

By The Editors

National | For the first time in nearly 20 years, William Rehnquist is not presiding over a new session of the Supreme Court. The 80-year-old chief justice announced in…

Coming out, stepping down

Coming out, stepping down

By The Editors

National | New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey (D) in August dropped a political bombshell, announcing that he was a homosexual, had engaged in adultery with a man, and…

Death-row decision

Death-row decision

By The Editors

National | Largely emotionless throughout his six-month trial, Scott Peterson remained so when a jury decided he should die. Mr. Peterson was convicted Nov. 12 of…

Martha must pay

Martha must pay

By The Editors

National | Martha Stewart began 2004 a near-billionaire, overseeing a vast media empire built on her knack for cooking and home decor. She ended it with friends…

Early retirement

By The Editors

National | Millions of extra viewers tuned into NBC Nightly News on Dec. 1 for the farewell broadcast of longtime anchor Tom Brokaw. But the graceful exit of the…

So is there life on Mars?

So is there life on Mars?

By The Editors

National | Martian rovers haven't found evidence of it. But the NASA interplanetary dune buggies have found evidence that water once existed on the Red Planet. If Spirit…

Intelligence (re)design

Intelligence (re)design

By The Editors

National | On July 22, nearly three years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, a nonpartisan commission released its 567-page report on what went…

Mr. President

Mr. President

By The Editors

Elections | Even as the votes were being cast, John Kerry was convinced he had won. Turnout looked huge-a good sign for Democrats-and exit polls were encouraging. Early…

Reviews

Rap reigns

By The Editors

Culture | Rap music now completely dominates American pop music. Along with a revived R&B (what used to be called "soul music"), the so-called "urban music" from…

The streak

By The Editors

Culture | Ken Jennings ruled the quiz show "Jeopardy!" from June 2 to Nov. 30-a streak of 74 games that earned the Mormon software engineer from Salt Lake City over…

Television's survivor

By The Editors

Culture | The Guinness Book of World Records this year identified the television personality on camera more than anyone else in history: Regis Philbin. The 73-year-old…

Crackdown on crass

By The Editors

Culture | Janet Jackson bared her breast at the Super Bowl halftime show, a quick flash that outraged most viewers of the biggest family TV event of the year. One of…

Making the press free indeed

By The Editors

Culture | When "a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing" beat the pressed suits of CBS, American news media jumped into the 21st century and bloggers…

Theatrical politics

By The Editors

Culture | If Mel Gibson brought religion to the multiplex, Michael Moore opened the door to politics. Fahrenheit 9/11, his ripping quasi-documentary on the Bush…

Big Passion

Big Passion

By The Editors

Culture | Whatever its faults, that Mr. Gibson put on screen such a singular, uncompromising vision as The Passion of the Christ is an achievement. But the real lasting…

Celebrities in trouble

By The Editors

Culture | Pop singer Britney Spears married twice in a year . . . Australia's crocodile hunter Steve Irwin fed a chicken to a voracious croc while holding his month-old…

Notebook

Biggest losers

Biggest losers

By The Editors

Sports | 1. Jason Giambi, Yankees first baseman Once, Mr. Giambi was the American League MVP with a .342 average. But in 2004, the Yankees first baseman could only…

Biggest winners

Biggest winners

By The Editors

Sports | 1. Vijay Singh, golfer The Fiji native's quiet winning ways sure added up. Not only did Mr. Singh become the first golfer to surpass $10 million of winnings…

Going for the gold

Going for the gold

By The Editors

Sports | With the United States track team reeling from steroid scandals, sprinters Allyson Felix, Justin Gatlin, and Jeremy Wariner gave a new face to a sport in…

Basketball breakups

By The Editors

Sports | The differences were nearly poetic. One was a team of stars, superstars, and megastars in a city of glitz and glamor. The other, a functional unit with a…

Hockey lockout

Hockey lockout

By The Editors

Sports | How far has the NHL fallen this year? All the way to the minor leagues. When the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League needed a left winger, the…

NFL dynasty

NFL dynasty

By The Editors

Sports | This was supposed to be the era of parity in the NFL. But the New England Patriots torpedoed the theory that football dynasties were dead by taking home a…

End of the curse

End of the curse

By The Editors

Sports | Even the Boston Red Sox's World Series drought couldn't outlast Fred Hale. Born in 1890, four years before Babe Ruth was born, Hale was 16 when the Red Sox…

Voices

Too close to the center line

Too close to the center line

By Joel Belz

Why hand the election back to the president's opponents?

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters, feedback, etc.

Wanting both

Wanting both

By Marvin Olasky

Looking for love in the right places

The ick factor

The ick factor

By Andrée Seu

It's a barrier to relationships and no lasting basis for beliefs

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