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 April 26, 2006

A Garden of Lessons ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
After the barren New England winter, it's wonderful to come downstairs the first thing in the morning and open the front door to see the gardens waiting in the sunshine.There is always something new happening, and I see every blossom as a gift from God,...
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At the Getty's Two Campuses, Strikingly Different Gardens
Gardens at the two Getty Museum campuses could not be more different. California artist Robert Irwin's central garden at the Brentwood Center is a constantly changing, off-balance geometric splash of color and texture. It's a stark contrast to the beige...
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A US Bid to Ease Gas Prices ; but the President and Congress Can Do Little in the Short Term to Help Consumers
Price gouging! Windfall oil profits!Those are words that make many Americans see red, especially when prices skyrocket at the pump. This spring, gasoline costs 70 cents a gallon more than it did last April - a rise that traders say has more to do with...
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Backstory: What Is the Value of a Tree? ; Antoinette Campbell Loses an Oak: Her A/c Bill Goes Up $120 a Month - the Toll on Her City Is Even Bigger
Antoinette Campbell was justifiably shocked when city workers mistakenly chainsawed a 60-foot oak tree last May that shaded the eastern facade of her Washington, D.C., home."It was a personal something I had with that tree," says Ms. Campbell.Besides...
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Bush's Foreign Diplomacy: Handle with Care ; the Signs Are That Bush's Emphasis Is on Diplomacy in the Overseas Arena
We have now arrived at a critical point in the presidency of George W. Bush.He faces major challenges in both domestic and foreign policies. Some may be successfully tackled by skillful diplomacy and political skill. Others may be beyond his control...
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Celebrating the Days When Kodak Was King
May is National Photo Month in the United States - one of those marketing-based celebrations created, years ago, to promote the sales of photographic equipment and especially, film. Of course, things have changed since those first National Photo Months,...
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Creeping toward Oil as a Social Good
Like two drivers after a fender bender, politicians are finger- pointing over eye-popping gas prices. They try to find fault first (solutions later). The president has joined this chorus by questioning oil profits. What is the real message in these cries...
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Detective Work Helps Revive a Famed Boston Landmark
Like a horticultural Sherlock Holmes, Patrick Chasse tracks down clues to gardens of the past. His latest challenge is to unlock the secrets of a magnificent courtyard garden long identified with a Boston museum and its charismatic founder.Mr. Chasse,...
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Diplomatic Lingo: Keep It under Your Chapeau
With Iran's nuclear efforts in the news again, I've been doing a little research on the Non- Proliferation Treaty and related efforts to keep humanity from vaporizing itself with the weapons devised for its "protection."Maybe it's nostalgia for chapters...
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Hostas Have It Made in the Shade
They sound like names of thoroughbred horses: Paul's Glory, Sum and Substance, Great Expectations, and Blue Mammoth. Rather, they are top-selling hosta plants.Hosta plants are the No. 1 selling perennial, with day lilies at No. 2, says Steven Still,...
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How to Restore Pollock's 'Drips': Very Carefully ; the Way Jackson Pollock Painted Has Sometimes Resulted in Conservation Problems
A number of Jackson Pollock's all-over skein paintings, like "Number 2, 1949," can be described as "friezes." They are much wider than they are high, a format similar to the flat band on classical buildings that runs below the cornice and above the architrave.American...
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India Looks to Burma to Slake Growing Thirst for Gas ; Critics Say India's Economic Engagement Will Help Prop Up Burma's Military Junta
Burma's military junta is widely lambasted for allegedly sponsoring rape, torture, and forced labor of its opponents, yet India - the world's most populous democracy - is forging closer links with its notorious but gas-rich northeastern neighbor as Indian...
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In Egypt, Resurgence of Militant Islamists ; Third Sinai Blast in 18 Months Shows New Strength of Domestic Terror Groups
Three bombs spaced just minutes apart ripped through the crowded Egyptian beach resort of Dahab on Monday, killing at least 18 people and confirming the extent to which domestic terror groups have reestablished themselves after years of relative peace.It's...
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In Nepal's Democratic Revival, Maoist Rebels Dubious
As victory rallies erupted across this Himalayan nation Tuesday following the reinstatement of the parliament by King Gyanendra on Monday night, analysts cautioned that while the royal retreat is a victory for democratic forces, Nepal still is far from...
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In Roller Derby's Revival, Women Elbow to the Fore
At a harshly lit, slightly grungy second-story space in Chicago, things are getting ugly.Women are flying across the floor, knocking one another down, and careening around curves before they crash into a chaotic pileup.And this is only a practice."We're...
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Judges Reexamine Lethal Injections for Convicts ; in a Twist, Lawyers Argue That the Method of Execution - Not the Death Penalty Itself - Is Cruel If Administered Improperly
As the primary form of capital punishment in America, lethal injection is largely viewed as the most humane method yet developed of state-sanctioned execution.It is quick and relatively cheap. Few inmates would prefer to face an alternative, such as...
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Kurds Quietly Angle for Independence ; Oil Revenue Could Give Iraq's Kurds Greater Economic Distance from Baghdad, Experts Say
As Iraq's government takes shape after months of political deadlock, the country's leading Kurdish politicians have promised to work toward a cohesive and peaceful Iraq."If [Prime Minister Jawad] al-Maliki quickly establishes a powerful government that...
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Letters
Clarifying information about Indian business schoolsI was surprised and delighted to read the April 21 article, "India's B-School grads now rake in the big rupees." I was on the faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, for over 15 years....
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Nuclear Lessons for Today ; the Legacy of Chernobyl Stresses the Importance of Security and Nonproliferation
Twenty years ago Wednesday, the world experienced its worst nuclear accident. In the early morning of April 26, 1986, a steam explosion blew the top off one of the Soviet-designed reactors at Chernobyl, Ukraine. The resulting fire burned for nine days...
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N.Y.C. Transit Workers in Limbo, but Unbowed, as Leader Is Jailed
New York City transit workers' ongoing labor dispute may turn out to be the strangest in recent history or a turning point for the nation's beleaguered labor movement.Almost four months after the transit workers walked off the job for three days, crippling...
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Still under Chernobyl's Shadow ; Twenty Years after the Disaster, Hard-Hit Belarus Has Yet to Get Substantial Aid
When the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded 20 years ago, pouring radiation equivalent to more than 100 Hiroshima bombs into the air, the people of this small agricultural village a few miles downwind didn't flee."No one warned us about the danger. We...
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Stolen from US History: Its Artifacts ; Looters Are Taking Mementos and Other Valuable Relics at the Rate of $500 Million a Year
In Italy, they are called tombaroli - tomb raiders - and punished with decade-long jail sentences and million-dollar fines.In America, they plunder virtually unnoticed, stripping parks and historical sites of their cultural bounty without fear of getting...
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Stop Traffic with These New Arrivals
The siren call of new plant varieties exerts a stronger pull each year, and gardeners, lured by the promise of spectacular gardens, rush to obtain the newest and most colorful plants. For many of us, it's a constant challenge to find room for these newcomers...
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The Brilliance of Today's TV Characters
I have been watching television recently, and I am really impressed.Not just with the level of the current network and cable fare, though hats off to the networks for some good midseason replacements (with some notable exceptions, like "The Bedford Diaries"...
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