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June 29, 2007 | Vol. 22, No. 24

7 fat years

A wealth of treadmill books, 400 to be almost exact, boiled down to an all-time favorite 100

FEATURES
Scout's honor Legacy of Honor highlights the role of Scouting in America's secret to greatness
It isn't as easy in today's cultural climate, but parents can have a huge influence on their children's attitudes
Backward, atheist soldiers! Notable anti-religion and anti-Christian books of the past year-particularly Christopher Hitchens' God Is Not Great-make something out of, well, nothing
Novelist Flannery O'Connor "speaks" on the work of fiction and aspiring fiction writers
Fictional communities From Mitford to Port William, two elegant writers show different sides of Scripture-grace and the valley of the shadow of death
Delay reactions A backlog in passports has bureaucrats on 24-hour call and air travelers fuming
Southern charm Barack Obama makes important time in South Carolina: "If he can derail Clinton here, he can win the nomination"
Fighting chance The battle in Gaza is a humanitarian and security nightmare-and an opportunity for anti-Hamas Palestinians to start fresh
Summer of love Forty years ago Beatlemania peaked
Remembering Ruth Thousands journey to North Carolina retreat center to celebrate "the glue that held many parts" of the Graham lives together

CULTURE
MOVIES & TV

In her dreams

Waitress seeks escape, Southern Gothic style

Power for good

What's a home with a family when you can be out saving the world?

No mystery here

A classic detective turns hearts of young girls-and their mothers-to an old heroine
 

NOTEBOOK
Science
Where the evidence leads
Fossils show dinosaurs had more spine
Sports
Loose lips
Judge rejects plea agreement for former BALCO attorney
Money
Cracked foundation
Builders, investors offer a bleak outlook on the housing market