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December 2, 2000

Vol. 183 / No. 18

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Dennis M. LinehanDecember 02, 2000

The enormous sow was the picture of contentment, lying on her side under a gazebo-like structure that protected her from the intermittent tropical rain. What’s her name? Nine-year old Xavier Laguna, the unchallenged director of the tour, was too well brought up to say so, but his face indicate

Valerie SchultzDecember 02, 2000

At age nine, I had an epiphany. I was watching my parents holding hands as we walked across a parking lot after a football game. It was late afternoon, and they were in front of me, their silhouettes tilted toward each other intimately. It was a jolt: the first time I perceived them as something sep

Dr. Daniel P. SulmasyDecember 02, 2000

In September, news reports from England described yet another medical tragedy, complicated once more by the additional burdens of decision-making that medical technology now imposes on us. Congenitally joined (Siamese) twins were born on Aug. 8 in Manchester, sharing one heart and one set of lungs b

Of Many Things
David S. ToolanDecember 02, 2000

The best show in New York City is not on Broadway. It’s the spectacular three-dimensional film Passport to the Universe at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, a surreal sphere-inside-glass cube recently erected behind Manhattan’s crusty old American Museum of Natural History.You take th

Our readersDecember 02, 2000

Chalices and ChairsLet me see if I have this right: According to the lead item in Signs of the Times (11/4), someone in the Vatican, honoring the ancient tradition of not allowing the laity to get too persnickety, decided that extraordinary ministers, after 20 years of doing so, may no longer purify

The EditorsDecember 02, 2000

According to the Book of Genesis, the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in modern-day Iraq is the site of the legendary Tree of Life. Today the waters of these rivers bring death, according to UNICEF estimates, to some five thousand to six thousand Iraqi children each monthbecause the se

Faith in Focus
Steven DiogoDecember 02, 2000

I am one of the lucky ones. I am one of the few who got out of addiction and off the streets. There are not many of us. Of the half million to three million men, women and children who are homeless in America, it is a simple fact that many will die on the streets or in jail or institutions.I have no