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 5, 2006

A New Scourge Sweeps through Argentine Ghettos: 'Paco' ; Abuse of the Highly Addictive Cocaine Byproduct 'Paco' Is Causing Officials to Revamp Drug Laws
To get it, Jerimias sold his shoes. Then he sold his clothes. Then he stole and sold his sister's clothes.Finally, says his mother Maria Rosa Gonzalez, a welfare mom of four, her bone-thin teenage son dismantled the refrigerator to sell aluminum parts...
Around Florida in 19 Days - by Kayak ; Our Reporter's Goal Was Simply to Finish the 1,200-Mile Race, but in the End He Did Much More Than That
Traveling 1,200 miles around the Florida coast in a small boat isn't particularly difficult. Thousands of sailors, canoeists, and kayakers have made the trip.But attempt to complete the circumnavigation in 30 days or less in the context of a race, and...
Backstory: Inside 'Border Patrol, Inc.' ; with ATVs, Sensors, and Drones, US Agents Fight Illegal Crossings, Often in Vain
Inside the border patrol, they're called the "rock group" - agents, trained as welders, who spend days repairing holes in a 15- foot-high steel wall here along the border to keep out illegal immigrants. Both human traffickers and drug smugglers pay Mexican...
Bringing Vaudeville to Life Online
Although vaudeville flourished for only about 50 years, its influences can still be felt almost a century after the majority of its theaters were converted to movie houses. Turning popular entertainment into big business by bringing "polite" variety...
EPA Air-Toxics Plan Sparks Internal Rift ; A Draft Rule Would Weaken Clean-Air Standards, Officials Say. Their Memo Could Figure in Senate Hearings Wednesday
The Environmental Protection Agency has drafted a plan that would allow so much extra industrial air pollution that 7 of 10 of the agency's own regional air-quality directors have signed on to a memo condemning it.While disagreement on policy issues...
Forgiveness in the Fitting Room
On a spring Saturday, the fitting rooms in a suburban women's clothing shop are filled with customers updating their wardrobes for a new season.But for at least one woman here, shopping for clothes is a sobering experience. Emerging from the fitting...
For Gulf Towns, Anxious Wait on Flood Plain Status ; New Federal Maps, Due Soon, Will Probably Decide Where Louisianians Can Rebuild
The Buras water tower is still on its side where hurricane Katrina pushed it over as though it were a LEGO toy. Schools are still closed. Water treatment is nonexistent.Sure, a few determined survivors have returned to battered Plaquemines Parish, which...
Historic First: Kuwaiti Women Vote, Run ; Two Female Candidates Ran for Office in Municipal Elections Seen as a Test for a 2007 Nationwide Vote
A sea of black flooded a local polling station in Kuwait Tuesday when hundreds of women clad in the head-to-toe abaya cast their vote for the first time.One of the two female candidates contesting a vacant seat on the powerful Municipal Council, Khaledah...
How Cash-Strapped Investors Can Break into the Stock Market ; There Are Cost-Effective Options for Investment-Minded People Who Don't Have Much Money Socked Away
If you're looking to make a small initial investment in a mutual fund, Wall Street won't come flocking to your door. What about Vanguard, a favorite of investors looking to save on fees? With the exception of one of its more than 80 funds, consumers...
In British Politics, Intrigue Emerges as King
Sometimes it feels as though British politics is in a time warp. We might ostensibly be a liberal democracy, but our political landscape is starting to resemble the court life of kingly eras.In those dark days, as so eloquently evoked in many of Shakespeare's...
In for a Penny, in for a Pound
A former US cabinet secretary-turned-pundit was on television the other day, referring to someone or some ones as being "in for a dime, in for a dollar." (I'm pretty sure it was former Education Secretary Bill Bennett, but I was doing six other things...
In Iraq, US Still Carries Big Stick ; in a Delicate Balancing Act, the US Applies Political Pressure Even While Encouraging Sovereignty
Much of the money for rebuilding Iraq has already been spent, and Iraqi soldiers are gradually taking over for their American counterparts. So what can the United States still use as leverage? It may be that the strongest influence is the simple fear...
Israelis Ponder a Land Swap
Nabil Saad's roadside restaurant "Hilmi," or "My Dream," attracts hungry travelers - Arabs and Jews alike - who are passing through this Arab town inside Israel.But if rising nationalist politician Avigdor Lieberman has his way, the land on which Mr....
Letters
Universal preschool would mean universal disaster for US kidsYour March 27 editorial, "Universal preschool, universal benefits," was extraordinarily biased.The High/Scope Perry Preschool Project referred to in the article only focused on 123 disadvantaged...
Rescuing the Red Cross
'Without trust, we are nothing," says Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, chairman of the American Red Cross. She's got that right. The charity's response to Katrina eroded trust in the nation's No. 1 disaster responder. Now key donors have the jitters. If their...
Steelers MVP Visits Korea, and Sparks Soul-Searching on Race
Football superstar Hines Ward is giving Koreans a lesson this week - not so much in the mysterious game of football as in racial tolerance and loyalty to family.Mr. Ward, wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and MVP of February's Super Bowl victory...
Tiffany: The Man Who Redefined Stained Glass ; He Created Not for Some Narrow Niche of the Fashion of His Day, but for the Spark of Creativity in Every Person
His works decorated the parlors and dining rooms of the rich and famous from Cornelius Vanderbilt to Mark Twain. His name is synonymous with fashionable stained glass from the turn of the 20th century to the Great Depression.But when it comes down to...
Tom DeLay's Exit Is Big Loss for House GOP ; the Former Majority Leader Was a Lightning Rod, but He Was Integral in Crafting the Republican Majority
In another legislative century, Tom DeLay might be on a fast track to have a building named after him.A fierce competitor, he helped Republicans take back the House in 1994, then build a national majority - while pushing through landmark conservative...
Two Towns, Two Stands on Immigration Reform ; One California City Gets Tough with Illegals, Even as Another Opts to Become a 'Sanctuary.'
One community is car-horn noisy, smokestack gritty, and tightly packed - with narrow streets, tiny houses, and flowering window boxes. The other is golf-course quiet, sumptuously green, and suburban - with broad boulevards, spacious lawns, and parks.Just...
Up and out of Mental Darkness ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
She had carefully curled gray hair and wore granny glasses - the kind you sometimes see perched on a grandmother's nose. I remember the lush garden she had out the back door and the homey smell of a roast cooking when we arrived for a visit. Her modest...
Westerners in Madrassahs ; Foreigners in Islamic Schools Are Pressured to Leave, but They May Be a Moderating Influence
A death in the family opened a doorway back to Islam for Imtiaz Baksh, a tall, turbaned Canadian with a prominent beard and quiet voice. Although raised as a Muslim by parents of Indo-Pakistani origin, he'd never been much of a practicing one himself...
West Should Close Gaps against Nuclear Terrorism ; Unstable Regimes with Nuclear Technology Could Aid Terrorists in Future Attacks
Two events last week underline the reason for continuing concern about Iran's nuclear intentions.One was the Iranian claim that it had successfully test-fired a missile not detectable by radar, which can use multiple warheads to hit several targets simultaneously....
We Unscramble the Secrets of Perfectly Cooked Eggs
Eggs have been a staple in the kitchen for thousands of years. People domesticated chickens from wild jungle fowl in India some 4,000 years ago. In the early days, the males were bred and trained for cock fights, but soon people realized the main benefit...