The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor is a national weekly print newspaper published by the Christian Science Publishing Society and owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist. The paper was a daily until March, 2009; currently the website is updated daily. First published in 1908, the Christian Science Monitor is headquartered in Boston, Mass.The average age of a Christian Science Monitor reader is 59, and 61 percent of the readers are women. The average household income of the newspapers readers is just under $94,000; over 72 percent have a four-year college degree and more than 40 percent have a post-graduate degree. It covers national and international news. The Christian Science Monitor is not a religious paper. The Christian Science Monitor has won seven Pulitzer Prizes since 1950. The most recent was in 2002 for an editorial cartoon. In 2006, one of the paper's freelance reporters, Jill Carroll was kidnapped in Iraq. She was released after 82 days. The paper has also won other awards, including the National Headliner Award, National Society of Newspaper Columnists awards, and the Reporters and Editors Award. Mary Trammell is the Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Wells is the Publisher, John Yemma is the Editor and Marshall Ingwerson is the Managing Editor.

Articles from March 15, 2004

A Bid to Buy Her Mother's House; Tax-Deductible Credit-Card Charges?
Q: My mom wants to sell our family home due to financial difficulties. She has a $50,000 line of credit on this property that she would like to pay off. She was going to sell it for a mere $150,000 and our childhood home would be gone. I asked her if...
After Attack, Spaniards Channel Anger at the Polls
Luis Perdices and Teresa Rodrigo have never voted, but Sunday the 30-something couple arrived early at the polling station at downtown Madrid's San Isidro High School."We're indignant," Teresa says. "The government has been manipulating information about...
An Election So Nasty, So Soon ; It's a Scrappy Battle, but Public Is Engaged
Neither Sandy Hunt nor Kathy Griffin likes nasty political ads. Indeed, both are already "horrified" by the hostile tone of this year's presidential campaign.But no matter how unpleasant it gets, both small-business executives plan to vote Nov. 2. The...
As Media Titans Clash, Consumers Speak Up ; Last Week's Programming Blackout, for Better or Worse, Won't Become the Rule
For two days last week, millions of satellite-television viewers temporarily lost access to Nickelodeon's hugely popular SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon, among other programs. Add to that loss the prospect of missing out on CBS's broadcast of college basketball's...
As Town Meeting Dies, an Old Civic Culture Fades, Too
After 192 years of town meetings, the people of Gilford still know how to conjure political theater.Before the moderator opens discussion on the meeting's first item, octogenarian Joe Hoffman, with plaid shirt and white hair, raises his hand and calls...
Brewing Interest in Teens? ; A New Study Shows That Minors Spend a Significant Amount of Time on Alcohol Company Websites
Their websites feature water-balloon tossing, alien shootouts, and pinball games in the shape of beer bottles. They quiz viewers on punk- pop bands such as Blink 182. They offer downloadable screensavers with logos, customized music, and e-mails "spoken"...
Cyprus Is a Glimmer of Hope in Mideast Gloom
The world may be watching, albeit through a glass darkly, the actual resolution of one Middle East conflict - on the island of Cyprus. To be sure, the trajectory of history in that part of the world wobbles wildly, up and down. In this case, the positive...
Do Female Execs Have Cleaner Hands? ; Evidence Suggests a Link between Women and Ethical Behavior. but They Embezzle More Often. in a Post-Martha Stewart World, Corporate America Sifts Conflicting Claims
Not long ago, it was the year of the whistle-blowing women - with Sherron Watkins of Enron, Cynthia Cooper of WorldCom, and Coleen Rowley of the FBI being celebrated on the cover of Time magazine. It was tempting to speculate that if more women were...
End of a Basketball Era in South ; A Conference That Once Epitomized the Region's Pride and Prowess Is Poised to Expand
As usual, they might as well have called it a holiday.When the fabled Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) hoops tournament tipped off Friday, thousands of Carolinians - from farmers to state government flunkies - somehow skipped work: Here in central North...
For Blacklisted Firms, a Chance at Redemption ; in Era of Corporate Scandals, SRI Funds Reward Companies That Change for the Better
For socially minded investors looking for a food company with honorable values, Citizens Advisers has a recommendation to raise eyebrows as well as profits: McDonald's Corp.Critics blame the burger giant for contributing to rising obesity rates and rainforest...
Gay Marriage Debate Includes Questions of Religious Liberty ; as Massachusetts Weighs Amending Its Constitution to Allow Civil Unions, Some Say Churches May Face Pressure
As the question of gay marriage flares across the US, pressure has mounted on state legislatures to pass constitutional amendments that define marriage as only between a man and a woman.In Massachusetts, the only state where the court has already mandated...
Guns for Hire Thrive in Africa ; More Than 60 Men in Zimbabwe Have Been Accused of Planning a Coup in Equatorial Guinea
Ever since the 1974 book "The Dogs of War" portrayed the exploits of mercenaries in Africa, it's been known that "soldiers of fortune" are powerful players in this continent's conflicts.But a drama now unfolding in both Zimbabwe and the tiny oil- producing...
Inflation: Why You Don't Have to Worry - Yet
Inflation is back. Certainly it's not the chain-saw wielding monster of the late 1970s and early '80s, which slashed Americans' earning power. But in parts of the economy, it's buzzing again.That has economists looking again at inflation and its risks...
I've Whetted My Appetite for a Splashy Garden
In our backyard the ground slopes away from the house. This landfall, I realized when I started to remake our walled-in garden 23 years back, offers an ideal setting for a homemade stream. Running water in a garden! It's the finishing touch.As a boy,...
Letters
The future of US coal power: cleaner and more prevalentRegarding your Feb. 26 article "America's New Coal Rush": If we do not use coal for our next increment of much-needed electric generation, we run the risk of going without electricity, or of exponentially...
Prayer That Can Expose and Prevent Terror ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
The arms of the world have opened to embrace the people of Madrid. And having felt the outpouring of care that was showered on us here in New York City, I know this will be a genuine help to everyone in Madrid. It is a God-impelled response, and it is...
Reporters on the Job
* Is This the Person to Whom I am Speaking? Sometimes that trusty reporter's standby, the phone book, is not so trusty. Seeking to interview Ramon Armengol, a former Spanish ambassador in the Middle East, to explore comments he had made about ETA's links...
S. Korea Seeks Stability after Debacle ; Friday's Presidential Impeachment - and Ensuing Civic Unrest - Tests the Government as Key Elections Approach
The downfall of President Roh Moo-hyun as South Korea's chief of state opens a period of potentially explosive protest, amid vows of continuity and stability by those whom he had appointed to high posts during nearly 13 months in power.As Mr. Roh's adherents...
Social Security Needs Long-Term Overhaul, Not Campaign Slogans
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is no politician. He proved that in his recent testimony before Congress, speaking the unspeakable truth that the future costs of the Social Security program are unsustainable and (gasp) cuts will be needed. As...
Spain Struggles with Who to Blame ; Officials Pursue Leads toward Both Basque Separatists and Al Qaeda in Madrid's Bombings
As evidence mounted to suggest that Al Qaeda was behind the train bombings that killed 200 people in Madrid last Thursday, governments across Europe have raised their security-alert levels for fear of further attacks against Washington's allies in its...
The Art of the Gadget-Free Family Road Trip
If you grew up a baby boomer on the western edge of the Midwest, as I did, you probably experienced driving vacations. These trips included the pseudo-wood paneled station wagon, a car air conditioner that quit when temperatures shot past 100 degrees...
The Show That Wears a 'Hit Me' Sign
If the art world has a bull's-eye, it is currently sitting at Madison Avenue and 75th Street. That's the location of the Whitney Museum of American Art, which every two years holds one big exhibition that tries to sum up the latest in contemporary art....
US Hunts Bin Laden; Locals Seek Security ; the US Military in Afghanistan Saturday Announced Mountain Storm, an Operation Coordinated with Pakistan to Trap Al Qaeda
First came the hammer, and now US military officials say it's time for the anvil.After nearly a month of Pakistani forces on their own side of the border pressing pro-Taliban tribes, the US military announced this weekend the beginning of Operation Mountain...
US Needs to Look beyond Bin Laden Capture ; Experts Say That, Even If the Current Dragnet Succeeds, Al Qaeda Will Remain Potent - and Have to Be Dealt With
Even as the massive spring offensive gets under way along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to get Osama bin Laden, Western intelligence officials are issuing a notable caveat:If US forces do capture or kill the elusive Al Qaeda leader - and many expect...
US Stake in South Korea's Crisis
The last time a South Korean president was removed from office was by a bullet. That was in 1979, when a dictator ruled. Last Friday, 17 years after it adopted democracy, South Korea removed a president by legal impeachment.It was a great day for democracy...