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 February 17, 2004

A Brother's Keepers ; the Dangerous Search for a Lost Idealistic Sibling in the American West
To Americans, a bestseller in Canada is like a tree falling in the forest. Unless it's written by Margaret Atwood, they don't hear it and it doesn't exist. A beautiful novel by Francis Itani followed that parochial rule last fall. No. 1 in Canada, "Deafening"...
A Hero Finally Gets His Due
Reaching the North Pole for the first time in history was success enough for anybody. But for African-American Matthew Henson it was a double victory: a triumph over both a hostile land and the prejudices of a white-dominated society.Today, achievements...
A New Galaxy That May Have Helped Awaken the Universe ; New Evidence from Hubble Unveils the Most Distant Galaxy Yet, One Forming Stars 13 Billion Light-Years Away
In their hunt for "origins," astronomers have peered into stellar nurseries in the Milky Way, found fledgling solar systems, and surveyed star-forming regions in other galaxies. Now they appear to have added one of the universe's most distant, earliest...
As US Draws Down, Doubt over Iraqis ; A Deadly Attack Saturday Illustrated the Challenge Facing Iraqi Forces as the Coalition Scales Back Its Firepower
A bold daylight attack on a police station here Saturday has underscored a growing concern: Can Iraq's fledgling security forces maintain order after the planned June 30 US transfer of power to Iraqi authorities?Ready or not, the process is beginning....
Can Retraining Offset Rush of Jobs Offshore? ; as More Workers Get Displaced, Everyone from Bush to Colleges Is Pushing Programs to Hone New Skills
A nation, short on job growth, is putting more emphasis on retraining its workers for the jobs that are available.The cultivation of new marketable skills is one of President Bush's themes as he informally stumps around the country. Indeed, voters overwhelmingly...
Europe's Cosmic Ambitions ; Europe, like President Bush, Hopes to Put a Man on Mars - by 2030
When the US Mars rover Spirit weakened last month - sending unintelligible data - Opportunity knocked for NASA, as its second rover landed safely on the Red Planet. But when Europe's lander, Beagle 2, failed to bark and disappeared, there was no backup...
Extreme Weather Extends School Year
If a snowstorm threatens from Lake Ontario, no one watches the weather more carefully than Cindy Hogan. It's part of her job as transportation supervisor for the Oswego City Schools in upstate New York.When her alarm goes off 3:30 a.m., Ms. Hogan pours...
Get Serious about Sex Offender Registration
A scan of national headlines on any given day lays bare the reality that the fight to prevent the sexual assault of women and children is a continuous battle.We read about the Minnesota sex offender who failed to register in North Dakota, where he is...
In Bam, Restoring Homes and Hope ; Iranian Officials Are Placing New Priority on the Mental Health of Survivors of December's Earthquake
The Iranian mother survived the Bam earthquake, but she needs more than a new house, food, and running water. She also needs to talk and cry, to cope with the extraordinary trauma that has battered families here."How can I sleep? I am always thinking...
India, Pakistan Pursue Peace Talks in the Slow Lane ; Mid-Level Negotiations Began Monday in Islamabad. Step One: Cricket Matches to Resume after 14-Year Hiatus
Shadowed by charges of nuclear proliferation, Pakistan is hosting its nuclear-armed rival, India, for three days of peace talks.The parley is the latest measure of the progress the two nations have made in reducing tensions.Two years ago, India and Pakistan...
In San Francisco, an Influx of Women in Top Posts
Even here in America's queenmaker district - this bastion of the women's rights movement and the home of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi - it was a bold move.Within two weeks of his inauguration last month, Mayor Gavin Newsom...
Let It Snow! ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Record-breaking low temperatures in the northeastern United States and unusually heavy snowfall in other parts of the country remind me of one of my husband's favorite cartoons. A terrified looking couple is in their living room, and the man is on the...
Letters
Bush's military past, party politics or character issue?Regarding your Feb. 12 article "Flap over Bush military service: why it's back": In response to the surprisingly delayed public curiosity about the true nature of President Bush's Air National Guard...
National Book Critics Circle Nominees / Criticism
Of the five categories considered for the National Book Critics Circle awards, criticism is far and away the most intimidating. But don't be put off. As these five finalists demonstrate, criticism can still have broad popular appeal. Two of these books...
Old Attitudes on Race Still Enslave ; A Black Journalist Argues That African-Americans Must Stop Blaming Racism for Their Plight
Modern racism is - to say the least - a complex subject, and books on race relations can be expected to suffer from a degree of confusion and contradiction. But Debra Dickerson outdoes herself in "The End of Blackness."Dickerson is a successful black...
Parents: Don't Punish Schools
Voicing opposition to the words "no child left behind" is like shunning apple pie, the Fourth of July, and baseball all in one day. Of course, no one likes the idea of leaving a kid behind. But parents who were recently asked about their views on specifics...
Parents' Own Teen Years - How Honest to Be?
My 16-year-old daughter Joanna gets invited to a lot of parties. The firm policy in our household is that she can go to any party as long as I make the phone call to make sure parents will be in attendance, that alcohol will not be served, and that there...
Reporters on the Job
* Temblor Fallout: Iran's earthquake-stricken city of Bam feels like Iran has already entered the nuclear age, says staff writer Scott Peterson. "When you are standing in the rubble of Bam, you get the feeling that no amount of bombing could have so...
Rifts Widen in Bush's Foreign Policy Team ; Backers of Powell's Multilateralism Clash with Go-It-Alone Conservatives over the Administration's Direction
When it comes to Iraq, the Bush administration's foreign policy team is speaking with one voice: All the players are saying that despite faulty prewar intelligence, the president's decision to go to war was right.But behind the unanimity is dissonance...
Shipping out White-Collar Jobs ; amid the Furor, Remember the Fundamentals
Do the math. A computer programmer in the US costs IBM $56 an hour; a programmer in China would be about $12.50. If you were Big Blue, wouldn't you shift those jobs overseas?The business practice known as "outsourcing" that already has whittled down...
Student / Teacher Romances: Off Limits
When students and faculty at the nine University of California campuses returned to classrooms last fall, they faced a new rule governing their interactions.It's a rule that, for the vast majority, will have no impact on their lives, and yet - perhaps...
The Troubled Popularity of Somerset Maugham ; He Mastered Every Genre He Took Up - Novels, Short Stories, Plays - but He Never Felt Anyone Loved Him
Back in the days when it was still possible for a serious, professional author to earn a decent living by his pen, Somerset Maugham made a fortune from his writing. He was able to buy himself a luxurious villa in the south of France, where he entertained...
Wired Schools Help Keep Parents in the Know
If Cori Capik forgets to jot down a math assignment, she no longer squanders an evening by calling classmates who might also be clueless. With a few clicks of her laptop mouse, the eighth grader at Miami's Palmer Trinity School can easily track down...
Wisconsin: Last Stand of Kerry Rivals? ; Tuesday's Primary Offers Lens on a Once-Maverick State That Now Mirrors the Nation's Electorate
As the Democratic presidential candidates prepare for Tuesday's primary in Wisconsin, the state where former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean once hoped to mount his comeback may wind up putting Sen. John Kerry out of reach - or, at the least, winnowing the...