Table of Contents

Cover Story

Criminals next door

Criminals next door

by Priya Abraham, Jamie Dean & Lynn Vincent

Cover Story | What's the nation's biggest domestic threat? Salvadoran-inspired gang violence is heating up-and it may be coming to a town near you

In this issue: "MS-13: Criminals next door," June 18, 2005

Features

Anatomy of a victory

By Lynn Vincent

California | Inside a razor-thin vote to preserve marriage in the Golden State

Vanishing species

Vanishing species

By John Dawson

Politics | Judicial dealmaker and Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson may be one of the last safe red-state Democrats

Anurag slays appoggiatura

Anurag slays appoggiatura

By Priya Abraham

Education | Homeschoolers and hard-working Asian descendants continue national spelling bee domination

Home improvement

Home improvement

By Jamie Dean

Missions | Summer youth missions fan out to repair substandard housing and broken lives

Double jeopardy

By Edward E. Plowman

Religion | The ACLU sues the government and soaks the taxpayers, mainline denominations target companies doing business with Israel, and other religion news

Gender blender

By Mark Bergin

Culture | New laws, new confusion-and unsafe bathrooms?

Death by drowning

By Lynn Vincent

Abortion | New evidence suggests that some clinics are violating federal law by killing children who survive abortions

Healthy alternative

Healthy alternative

By Susan Olasky

Medicine | A New Jersey clinic may be a model for a new health-care system, but is anyone in Washington paying attention?

Secret sin

Secret sin

By Lynn Vincent

Religion | Adultery in the church isn't just a man's problem

Snuffed out

Snuffed out

By Jamie Dean

Commerce | Tobacco farmers reach the end of the quota road

Open jars

By Jamie Dean

Culture | Rebuking the 'idol of safety,' Jars of Clay returns to classic hymns

Dispatches

The Buzz

By The Editors

Judiciary Four years after President Bush first nominated her to the federal bench, former Texas judge Priscilla Owen was sworn in June 6. "This has been a…

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

By The Editors

Gun nut Police in Ridgefield, N.J., discovered grandma and grandpa were packing heat. Returning to the home of 82-year-olds Elizabeth and Sherwin Raymond…

Quotables

By The Editors

"Being bizarre is not a reason to keep somebody out of this country." Bill Anthony, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on how Gregory Despres…

What about Brett?

By Hugh Hewitt

Brett Kavanaugh is a name you should remember. He is first and foremost a tremendous public servant, having dedicated most of his professional life to serious…

Fourteen years ago in WORLD magazine . . .

By The Editors

Iraqi Kurds declared, "We're not going back to Iraq," after Saddam's army chased them from their home. Missiologists called the Kurds a "hidden people group,"

Notebook

Too hot to handle?

Too hot to handle?

By Timothy Lamer

Money | A slew of recent studies show that the U.S. housing market is not just hot but on fire

Present is prologue

By John Dawson

Sports | The NBA is headed toward a labor impasse similar to the one that shut down the NHL

Columnists

The wee hours

The wee hours

By Andrée Seu

Darkness brings with it a certain clarity and insanity

New holy lands

New holy lands

By Marvin Olasky

Strong churches and strong marriages go hand in hand

Mailbag

By The Editors

Letters, feedback, etc.

Wishful thinking

Wishful thinking

By Gene Edward Veith

Europeans are talking up a book that says America is about to collapse

End of elitism

End of elitism

By Joel Belz

Does media democracy also bring mediocrity?

Culture

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

By Andrew Coffin

Movies | The real story is not the magic pants, but the coming-of-age each girl faces

Mad Hot Ballroom

Mad Hot Ballroom

By Andrew Coffin

Movies | The fact that fifth-graders in New York City take ballroom dancing in school is this documentary's first surprise

Into the West

By Gene Edward Veith

Television | History buffs will have some objections to Steven Spielberg's 12-hour epic of America's westward expansion

Bestselling books

By The Editors

Notable Books | The five bestselling hardback novels as measured by placement on four leading lists as of June 6

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