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 22, 2006

Amid Churn of Skates and Skis, Moments of Grace
Alongside the T-bone heft of skiers such as Hermann Maier and Michael Walchhofer, Thomas Morgenstern is a curious addition to the Austrian Olympic team.If he were not a gold-medal-winning ski jumper, he might make a fairly decent paperweight. Yet in...
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A Stone's Throw to Olympic Gold
Curling is a 500-year-old ice sport that's all about skill, strategy, and balance. Curlers (as participants are called) heave a 42-pound stone down the ice."It's like a chess match on ice," says Neil Doese, coach of the US women's Olympic curling team....
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At Snack Time, Think 'Outside the Bag'
Asked to name their favorite snack, kids will likely say candy, chips, or cookies. But as parents become more savvy about snack time and nutrition, that's starting to change.Whether spurred by reports of America's child obesity problem or just looking...
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Backstory: The Original Bargain Basement
To take the escalator down to the original Filene's Basement is to descend into an incandescent subterranean culture - a world ruled by the bargain.Here at the retail anchor of Boston's Downtown Crossing, women tend to get nearly naked in the middle...
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Europe Moves Fast on Bird Flu
As German poultry farmers on the bucolic island of Ruegen began killing their stocks over the weekend, European Union officials assured citizens that they are well prepared to handle the bird flu."We need to react calmly," said Markos Kyprianou, the...
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Feeling Estranged from Someone You Love ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
Family feuds, refusals to communicate, hurt feelings - these are all the stuff of drama on television and films.But if we don't like the show, we can just turn the dial or walk out of the theater. They are harder to endure when they are the stuff of...
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For Veteran Tammy Duckworth, Latest Fight Is for a House Seat ; Wounded in the Iraq War, the Democratic Newcomer Is Heating Up the Race in Chicago's Republican Suburbs
Tammy Duckworth is exceptionally upbeat."Hi, I'm the Iraq war veteran who's running for Congress," she chirps to passersby on a campaign tour through Elmhurst, launching into a discussion of Pell grants, healthcare, or the Iraq war.It's a long way from...
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Give Cable TV Some Healthy Rivals
Anyone who has watched cable TV bills soar year after year has to wonder if price relief will ever arrive. Now telephone companies are trying to compete with cable to offer popular channels through their phone lines. But if federal government regulations...
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High Court Upholds Rights of Minority Sects vs. US Drug Laws
American adherents of a Brazilian religious sect have won their battle to use hallucinogenic tea in their worship services.In a unanimous ruling with major implications for minority religious groups in America, the US Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld...
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If Judges Screen Evidence, Is the Jury Usurped? ; the High Court Wednesday Considers a Judge's Role in Deciding What Evidence the Accused Can Present
When Bobby Lee Holmes stood trial for the rape and murder of an elderly woman in York, S.C., his defense was that someone else committed the crime. But the jury that sentenced Mr. Holmes to death never heard any of it.The trial judge barred Holmes's...
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Interdependence Day Dawns
Experts who track the changing dynamics of family life have largely ignored a stage in relationships that could be called the awkward age.It's a time in some families when parents who have long cherished their independence find themselves needing some...
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In Vietnam, Christianity Gains Quietly ; Roman Catholicism Takes Hold, Especially among the Young and Urban
Last Christmas, the Rev. Peter Phuc fulfilled a lifelong dream: He went to Rome. With nine other priests he spent three weeks visiting churches and museums, though he didn't make an official visit to the Vatican, with which Vietnam has no diplomatic...
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Letters
How far should the government go to alleviate student debt?Decrying the "narrow profit motives" of lending companies, Anya Kamenetz declared in her Feb. 16 Opinion piece, "Adjust the balance of debt and education," that leaving higher education funding...
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New Abortion Case for Court ; Supreme Court Decides to Reexamine the So-Called Partial-Birth Procedure, Which Congress Severely Limited in 2003
The US Supreme Court has agreed to examine the constitutionality of a 2003 federal law banning so-called partial-birth abortions.The announcement on Tuesday sets the stage for a potential high court showdown over when abortion restrictions run afoul...
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Nigeria's Leader Challenged at Home ; Recent Attacks on Oil Facilities and Christian-Muslim Violence Threaten the Stability of the Nation
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has forged a reputation for himself abroad as a peacemaker, having played a key role in successfully resolving conflicts in other West African nations such as Liberia and Sierra Leone.Last year, Britain's Coventry...
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Now Running for Office: An Army of Iraq War Vets ; All but One of These 50 or So House Hopefuls Are in the Democratic Party
They call themselves the Band of Brothers, about 50 men - and a few women - all Democrats, all opposed to the Bush administration's handling of Iraq, and all military veterans.One more thing: They're all running for Congress this year.Not since 1946...
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Nurturing Native Americans on Campus ; Indigenous Studies Programs Aim to Reduce Culture Shock and Improve Graduation Rates of Native American College Students
Her first time around, Debby Tewa struggled through just two years of college. Having grown up on the Hopi reservation, she had attended schools in Arizona and California before heading to Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff. "I was totally...
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Putting Umbrage in Its Place
I've done my bit of late as a news consumer, absorbing countless stories about freedom of expression vs. cultural sensitivity (and who sold us the idea that they have to be in conflict, anyway?). There's a bon mot widely ascribed to Oscar Wilde that...
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Radio Programs Articulate US Values to the Global Community ; the Message That All People Have the Right to Liberty Is as Important as Ever
When I was a foreign correspondent in Africa and Asia, the most valued part of my kit after my portable typewriter was a little shortwave radio. It was my link to the outside world in the remotest parts of those continents. Across the static over thousands...
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Remembering Ben Franklin ; the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Proves Why This 10th Son of a Candlemaker Is Still Instantly Recognizable 300 Years after His Birth
"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing." - Poor Richard's AlmanackJan. 17 was the 300th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin, and with a few centuries'...
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Reporters on the Job
* Olympic Facilities: When the men's Super G was interrupted for three hours by a snowstorm last Saturday, spectators who decided to stay and wait for the weather to clear could hardly remain in their seats - unless they wanted to be blanketed by two...
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Strife Deepens over Port Security ; from Lawmakers to Mayors, Concerns Are Rising over a Deal with an Arab Port-Management Firm
It started out as a straightforward business deal between two international companies owned by American allies - the Dubai Ports World acquisition of Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. (P&O). In one short week, it has erupted into a political...
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The Trickiest Olympic Event: Snow ; the White Stuff Caused Restarts and Delays over the Weekend and Has Tripped Up Superstars across the Board
There is nothing that ticks off athletes, spectators, and organizers at these Winter Olympic Games quite so much as ... snow.Ironic, eh?Impossible though it would be, of course, to hold the Games without the stuff, snowstorms over the last few days have...
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Turf Battles in Iraq Delay Government's Formation
They've met daily for weeks, made noises about creating a coalition government designed to reduce sectarian distrust, and even been threatened by the US with withholding of aid.Even so, Iraqi politicians are no closer to compromise or agreement on a...
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When Stamping 'Secret' Goes Too Far ; If Too Little Information Is Shared or Made Public, No One Can Make Informed Decisions
It has been over one year since Congress passed the Intelligence Reform Act, the largest restructuring of our national security agencies in half a century. As the law is implemented, we must overcome entrenched bureaucratic trends. Perhaps most entrenched...
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