Table of Contents

Cover Stories

Massacre maker

by Edward E. Plowman

Cover Story Sidebar | Cho Seung-Hui was a ticking time bomb

Cover Stories

'Darkest moment'

'Darkest moment'

by Jamie Dean

Cover Story | The deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history leaves a grief-stricken campus searching for answers, hope, and meaning

In this issue: "'Darkest moment'," April 28, 2007

Features

Cruel and unusual punishment

Cruel and unusual punishment

By Priya Abraham

National | A rare glimpse into remote North Korea uncovers new stories on persecution-300 people a year killed for their faith-amid an unbending communist regime

Sex-ed for dummies

Sex-ed for dummies

By Lynn Vincent

Education | With abstinence-only programs under fire, lawmakers renew push for "comprehensive" programs that don't comprehend parental values

Slow transition

Slow transition

By Priya Abraham

Horn of Africa | Despite recent gains, Somalis have learned that change takes time-lots of time

Witticist

Witticist

By Mark Bergin

Human Race | Independent thinking characterized great American novelist Kurt Vonnegut

Dispatches

Quotables

Memorable things they said

The Buzz

The Buzz

The latest on the week's biggest news

Plane truth

Plane truth

By Mindy Belz

Further evidence of government involvement in Darfur killings comes dressed as missions of mercy

Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Oddball occurrences

Notebook

Road less traveled

Road less traveled

By John Dawson

Sports | Sixty years after Jackie Robinson's breakthrough, most black athletes shun baseball

Academic greed

Academic greed

By Timothy Lamer

Money | Perks for financial aid administrators may have left students with higher loan bills

Columnists

'It's at a new level'

'It's at a new level'

By Joel Belz

An increasing acceptance of violence is not without consequences

Mailbag

Letters from our readers

End of the ordinary

End of the ordinary

By Andrée Seu

Exceptional days point to the truth about each and every day

Back to the future

By Gene Edward Veith

We have become too obsessed with ourselves, too inward-looking, too subjective, not just in our art but in our morality and in our religion

Religions of pieces

Religions of pieces

By Marvin Olasky

Four questions point to basic alternatives among and within world religions

Culture

Give shalom a chance

By Harrison Scott Key

Television | TLC show offers concrete counsel for families

Gory details

Gory details

By Megan Basham

Movies | Pathfinder beats the audience over the head with graphic violence

Half-hearted angst

Half-hearted angst

By John Dawson

Movies | Disturbia fails as a social critique of the suburbs

Bestselling books

By Lionel Shiver, Cormac McCarthy, Anne Lamott & Calvin Trillin

Notable Books | Four hardback bestsellers reviewed by Susan Olasky

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