Insight on the News

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Articles from Vol. 16, No. 35, September 18

Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Despite cultural trends -- the proliferation of sexual imagery, the postponement of marriage until the late twenties -- some educators believe teenagers can control their sexual urges, Men who teach abstinence to young males say they are heartened...
Aikman Raises a Global Spiritual Perspective
International reporter David Aikman has many vocations, including leading a fellowship of Christian journalists, and has written a new book: Great Souls. David Aikman has been covering top political stories around the globe since 1971. Fluent in...
A Letter from the Editor
Dear Readers, "Hey, Tiger!" came the call to a friend on the golf course a few days after the real Tiger Woods won his third-straight major tournament. Maybe from a friend the moniker of a champion might be appropriate. But the call to my black...
Amazing Report on Crash of TWA 800
The National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, showed during its two-day wrap-up meetings on the cause of the July 17, 1996, explosion of TWA Flight 800 that even a $40 million investigation can't ensure satisfactory answers in an atmosphere of...
A Scorched-Earth Debate Hits West
As millions of acres of forest go up in smoke, the U.S. government, big timber and environmentalists are scrambling to find a good solution before it's too late. Smoke still is rising from vast scorched acreage in the Rocky Mountain West, and fire...
A Tower of Babel by Executive Order
President Clinton has been criticized here and elsewhere for his liberal, often creative, use of executive orders to steer the ship of state in ways and directions that might not pass muster under the normal system of checks and balances. And those...
Bona Fides
Athletes have a plan to stop counterfeiters from profiting from forged autographs. Cam Neely, former Boston Bruins right wing, walked into an Atlanta sports bar last year, saw his jersey framed on the wall and began to laugh -- not because Southerners...
Breathtaking
Scientists still don't know the reasons behind the surge in asthma cases in America. More children than ever are asthmatic: In 1994, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or NIAID, estimated that 14.6 million people had the...
Cinema Paradiso
Nominated for best foreign film, The Color of Paradise is another winner from Iran. Despite strict censorship and limited budgets, Iranian filmmakers manage to produce thoughtful, even daring movies, none more so than Majid Majidi. The 40-year-old...
Edmond Pope May Die in Russia
A retired U.S. Navy officer languishes in a Russian prison, his health ebbing away while the Clinton administration drags its feet and Al Gore refuses family's direct pleas for help. As Russian President Vladimir Putin takes heat for his delayed...
Education Reform: Let George Do It!
The KIPP Academy, an experimental school, has developed a model program that succeeds In educating all types of students by demanding commitment and hard work. The Knowledge Is Power Program, or KIPP, Academy is a Houston-based charter school that...
Elian, Dan and a Weird Link
A reader in Washington state asks if we can confirm an editorial comment from a month or so ago in the Wall Street Journal regarding Elian Gonzalez, the young Cuban boy whose mother died in the effort to get him to the shores of the United States....
Gold in Them Thar Years
Americans who live to age 65 can count on living 18 more years -- five years longer than the 65-year-olds of 1900, according to a new comprehensive report on aging that confirms the golden years are getting even better. Released by a nine-agency consortium...
Gore and Fellow Environmentalists Don't Pay Attention to the Facts
Al Gore recently spoke at the home of Rachel Carson, whose book, Silent Spring, helped jump-start the environmental movement in 1962. He praised her work, especially her warning that the insecticide DDT was thinning bird eggshells and threatening to...
Gore Becomes His Own Man?
Al Gore gets a bounce in the polls following his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention and tries to take the offensive by blasting George W. Bush with empty rhetoric. Sometimes a relationship simply outlives itself. Apparently,...
Homebodies
More than a million homeschool students will enroll in college over the next decade. David Kearns still hears the "rocket scientist" jokes. The 18-year-old from Hershey, Pa., was intelligent and shy throughout his elementary school years, a combination...
Is the Drug Czar Skirting the Law?
The head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy is under fire for manipulating data in a report to Congress to cover shortcomings in his federal antidrug program. Bill Clinton's drug czar, Barry McCaffrey, has had no shortage of trouble recently....
Loss of Russian Nuclear Submarine Fails to Sink Putin
Blaming the media is a demagogic technique not unknown to politicians in the West. But when the Kremlin launches a full-throated hue-and-cry against the press, then if you're a journalist it is best to duck. Just ask Andrei Babitsky, the Radio Liberty...
Media Overlooked Democrats' Hard-Left Convention
In 1992, the national media turned the Republican convention in Houston into a "Feast of Hate and Fear" a weeklong nightmare featuring "scowling conservatives" such as Pat Robertson, Pat Buchanan and Marilyn Quayle. The Republicans reacted by putting...
Questions Abound for Would-Be Presidents
And he seemed such a nice guy -- but then he's a politician who has the smell of ambition in his nostrils. "Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to" Mark Twain once wrote. That's true, up to a point. It seems politicians are a subspecies that...
Rough Waters in America's Cup
National honor, overinflated egos, high technology and innovative design have ratcheted up the stakes in the world's most prestigious yacht race. It may get worse. Competing for the America's Cup, the crown jewel of sailing, has deteriorated from...
Swiss Say Yes to Doling out Heroin
Last summer Swiss voters endorsed state distribution of heroin to addicts in the name of `harm reduction.' Some Americans want the United States to emulate the Swiss. Picture a well-lit room with metal tables. On each is a candle and a kidney-shaped...
Symposium
Q: Is the destruction of the Amazon's rain forest an eco-myth? Yes: The Amazon is one of the most intact and least-endangered forests on the planet. The TV newsmagazine American Investigator looked into the claims about the Amazon made by environmental...
Texas Economy Boomed under Bush's Policies
The latest screed from the Al Gore campaign blasts George W. Bush for being a fiscally reckless governor. Bush has "spent the surplus in Texas on budget busting tax cuts" charges the vice president. Gore also alleges that the onetime $6 billion budget...
The Flights of the Valkyries
The 159 foreign trips taken by the president, vice president and first lady since 1997 have cost the taxpayers $292 million, according to a soon to be released report by the General Accounting Office, or GAO. That estimate is thought to be conservative,...
What's Good for GM
Can a breakfast cereal save the Earth? A General Mills health cereal has teamed up with AmeriCorps to target health-conscious, environmentally aware college students. Sunrise Cereal has allied itself with President Clinton to save the planet. General...
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