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 August 26, 2004

Adding Levity to Track and Field ; for Breaux Greer & Co., Competition Is Only Half the Fun. A Garage Band and Strange Headgear Also Figure In
Breaux Greer introduces himself to the world like this: "Breaux Greer is a rock star," he says. "I'm just around to have fun. I throw a stick."This is not a Rorschach of verbal splatterings. This is a press conference in front of hundreds of journalists...
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A Narrower Passage to the Sea Bottom
Ask Janet Voight about diving in a research sub, and her initial scientific detachment gives way to a tinge of awe at marine biology's light show."You're sitting in a bubble," she says of the plexiglass dive chamber. "The bioluminescence on the way up...
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Blame Extends to Top for Faulty War Execution ; While Reports This Week Score Mid-Tier Officers for Abu Ghraib Abuses, They Also Reprove Higher-Ups for Handling of Insurgency
Reports into the Abu Ghraib prison abuse released this week indict not just the way detainees were handled, but the planning and execution of key aspects of the overall US military enterprise in Iraq.The nation's leadership, from Secretary of Defense...
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Capturing a Vanished Time
In the 1830s, native Americans from the eastern half of the United States were being "relocated" to the West, while those already in the West were having their last experience with living in a land that was actually under their own control. At the same...
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Day 4: In Search of Tibetans
On Day 4 of our state-managed press trip to Tibet, I took time from a busy schedule of official interviews to try to meet some Tibetans. At press events, we were told Tibet is 92 percent Tibetan, but Lhasa did not reflect that figure.Along a leafy shopping...
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Deadline Looms in Sudan Crisis ; Khartoum Agreed Wednesday to Allow More African Union Troops and Monitors in Darfur
Four days from a United Nations deadline to disarm and punish those responsible for killing an estimated 30,000 people during the 18-month crisis in western Sudan, two key questions remain: Has the Sudanese government made sufficient progress to stave...
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First Steps to Curb Eating Disorders among Top Athletes
She was running more than 100 miles a week, a skinny girl in shorts and a sportsbra, with the endurance of the Energizer bunny. At the peak of her collegiate career last year, Anna posted some of the fastest 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer times among Division...
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For Israel, a First Gold Medal and Affirmation of Statehood ; Windsurfer Wins a Series of Races, and Pays Homage to Israeli Athletes Slain in Munich in 1972
Israel savored its first-ever Olympic gold medal as windsurfer Gal Fridman won the men's mistral sailing competition in Greece, triggering an spurt of national pride in a country suffering from four years of daily violence with the Palestinians and an...
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Free Speech vs. Paid Speech
With the presidential campaign in full swing, so, too, is negative campaigning.Two of the most prominent examples are the anti-Bush movie "Fahrenheit 9/11" by Michael Moore, and the anti-Kerry TV ads put out by the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth...
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GI's 'Sharp Moral Compass'
War's not just about warfare, as the US military was strongly reminded this week in an official report coming out of the Abu Ghraib prison abuses.Soldiers who misbehave toward detainees can influence the overall war on terrorism as much as combat. And...
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Learning to Love the Details ; Adapted from the Christian Science Sentinel
I've had a bit of trouble lately with the me/world connection. You know, with seeing the significance of "daily life" in the context of a world that sometimes seems in big trouble.Mostly, I've been questioning life's details - grocery shopping, making...
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Letters
Najaf and other historic standoffs at religious shrinesThe Aug. 19 article "Besieging holy sites: past lessons" is excellent and timely. However, it does not mention perhaps the closest parallel to the current siege of the Shrine of Imam Ali in Najaf,...
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Liberal New Yorkers Welcome Conservative Republicans - Sort of ; from False Directions to Sassy T-Shirts, Residents Greet Conventioneers in Authentic and Irreverent Ways
When Peter Shankman was a smart-aleck teen carousing on the streets of Manhattan years ago, he and his buddies would sometimes make fun of the deer-in-the-headlight tourists gaping at maps, trying to find their way."Oh, you want to get to the Statue...
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Next Great Gold-Medal Rival: China ; the Host of the 2008 Games Surges in Wins
At the top of the medal table, they are almost equals. To almost universal surprise, China is mounting what could be the strongest challenge to the United States' gold-medal supremacy since the dissolution of the former Soviet team a decade ago.With...
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Reporters on the Job
* Go to Plan B: After a year of working in Washington, D.C., staff writer Danna Harman says it took a day of fruitless reporting in Khartoum, Sudan, to remember that in Africa a more informal approach is often more effective. "At first, I called all...
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Russia Puzzled by Plane Crashes ; Two Russian Passenger Planes Crashed at Nearly the Same Time Tuesday Night, Arousing Suspicion of Terror
Amid suspicions of a double hijacking just days before an election in Chechnya, Russia has begun investigating the circumstances of two passenger jets that crashed within minutes of each other late Tuesday night.Officials Wednesday sought to play down...
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Russia's Crashes and Chechnya
Two Russian passenger jets crashed within minutes of each other Tuesday night, one of them sending out a hijack or seizure signal just before crashing. This points strongly to terrorism - and potentially to separatist rebels in Russia's independence-minded...
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Sadr Loyalty Grows, Even as Sistani Returns
It's a hot summer morning, as Doctor Hassan heads out on his rounds to see the wounded. His patients are all in their homes scattered throughout Sadr City. They are fighters for the Mahdi Army, who are staying out of hospitals to avoid being arrested...
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She Nourished Body and Soul
You don't cook corn, she insisted, you merely warm it. Don't shuck it until you're ready to sit down to eat, then set the cobs in roiling water for no more than 60 seconds. Your reward, if the corn is truly fresh, will be hot, crisp kernels as sweet...
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Sometimes Childish Logic Does Make Sense
Among the grandchildren in residence with us at the moment is 6- year-old Wendy. Wendy had a small problem one evening when we couldn't find her most essential toy animal, Bunny.The search took a bit longer than necessary since we grandparents were looking...
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Soon, Spider-Silk Togs and Mussel Glue?
They're spun thousands of times a second. They're so sinewy and commonplace, they hardly get noticed. And yet for decades, spider webs have stumped researchers.No one has been able to create anything nearly as lightweight and flexible (not to mention...
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Spectacular Victories Are the Vistas, Not the Destinations, on Olympic Path
As much as I love to watch Olympic TV coverage, I must admit the media don't show - can't show - the real Olympics.There is motivation behind training for the Olympics that - at least for some athletes - has nothing to do with medals or money. There...
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Three Decades Later, a Campaign That's Still about Vietnam
When the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington was dedicated 22 years ago, it was said that the country at last could "separate the warrior from the war." With this presidential election, it's obvious that this has not happened.In profound and highly...
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Voters Wary of Churches' Role in Politics
Religion is often a hot-button topic in presidential elections, and this year's campaigning has included some unprecedented twists. Never before have Roman Catholic bishops questioned the Catholicism of one of the candidates, nor have strategists of...
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When State Rules, Church Dwindles
On a recent Sunday at Aya Triada, the largest Eastern Orthodox church in Istanbul, a priest in a bejeweled white robe with gold trim leads the services in the incense-scented church. The walls of the 120-year-old sanctuary are lined with delicate icons,...
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