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 September 12, 2008

A Garden Tended with Love
Almost every day during the growing season, Horace Ashenfelter of Glen Ridge, N.J., leaves his house early in the morning and walks up the street to unlock the gates to Freeman Gardens, a tiny public space filled with plants, songbirds, and local history.Several...
Are Towns Really Safer without Traffic Lights?
When Ulrike Rubcic heard that her town would take down all of its traffic lights, she rolled her eyes in disbelief.Tucked between cornfields and cow meadows, the main street in this bucolic northern German community was also a thoroughfare with thousands...
Before Walkie-Talkies, a Traffic-Flag Relay
Before there were interstate highways and handy two-way radios, there were narrow roads and flagmen. Oh, how my sisters and I loved the flagmen.We'd pile into my mother's two-tone green Pontiac sedan and head south out of Michigan. No, not just south,...
Botanist's Aim: Revive New York Ecosystems
Paul Mankiewicz, a biologist, botanist, and erstwhile philosopher, has a vision for New York City. He calls it "zero discharge": Not a drop of water should escape from the city without first making something grow.Rainwater should be caught and used to...
Cold War Echo: Russian Military Maneuvers with Venezuela
The last time a Russian Navy ship plied the azure waters of the Caribbean for major joint maneuvers with an anti-US country was during the cold war.But in a move out of Cuban leader Fidel Castro's historical playbook, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez announced...
Communities Plan for a Low-Energy Future
A year ago, Pat Proulx-Lough felt so overwhelmed by reports about climate change that she couldn't even listen to the news. "My husband was finishing a dissertation on water resources, and I became hopeless and fearful," says Ms. Proulx-Lough, a therapist...
Computer Viruses and Prayer
The invasion of computers by viruses, worms, and trojans with the intent to steal or damage is costing time and money, and peace of mind, to those whose lives it affects. Matthew Williamson, a researcher with Hewlett-Packard laboratories in Bristol,...
Equine Refugees Find a Future in African Tourism
Vilanculos, MozambiqueThe horse's name is Viper. Which is enough, really, to make an inexperienced rider a bit nervous.Mandy Retzlaff laughs at the idea and hands over the reins. "Oh, you'll be fine," she says, and gives a wink and a smile that can be...
Even College English Teachers Fall for Facebook
It started innocently enough. Somebody wanted to "friend" me on Facebook. Because I thought she was cool, I clicked. And thus begins the story of my fall from grace.I'm a 58-year-old college writing teacher. I should wail about another noun being turned...
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Wielded Big Clout in Washington
Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac didn't just dominate the nation's $12 trillion home loan market, they were also masters of influence in Washington.As government-sponsored enterprises, Fannie and Freddie owned or guaranteed some $5 trillion...
Fewer Items, Less Controversy in the Checkout Line
You don't have to follow the rules out the window. That's not a bad principle for writers and editors, or even signmakers, to bear in mind. There are times when the right choice between the irksomely colloquial and the achingly correct is to search for...
Ike Evacuation: 'Hurricane Amnesty' to Help Gulf's Illegal Immigrants
As up to a million Texans flee the wind and rain of hurricane Ike, the federal government has imposed a "hurricane amnesty" for the state's estimated 1.6 million unauthorized immigrants.That means no ID checks at shelters, no border patrol checkpoints,...
Jhai PC: Low-Cost Computer Links Villages to the Web
In the small Hmong village of Phonsavad in Laos, three hours upriver from the nearest road, the Jhai PC is a portal to another world. Built to withstand monsoon rains and extreme temperatures and linked to the Web by satellite, the tough computer brings...
Lebanese Sects Aim to End Clashes
The dispute began over a tiny single-room mosque. The local Alawites controlled it, but the village's Sunnis claimed it as their own. Late last month, the struggle turned violent, pitting neighbor against neighbor and leaving a religious cleric dead....
Lehman: The Next Bailout?
Has the US entered a new era of government bailouts for business?First, Uncle Sam intervened to rescue investment bank Bear Stearns. Then last week the government took over failing mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Now Lehman Brothers is tottering...
Letters to the Editor
Part-time work benefits families and employersRegarding the Aug. 25 article, "A push for quality part-time work": As the mother of two young children, my balancing of commitment and responsibility to my profession and to my family has required an incredible...
Military Harassment Threatens Sri Lanka's Oasis of Peace
The chief minister of Sri Lanka's eastern province nodded with concern as a member of the provincial council described a security problem. It was a typical scene of government proceedings - except that the minister is a former Tamil rebel commander and...
NBA Teaches African Girls the Right Moves on - and off - the Court
When Jennifer Azzi, a retired professional basketball player and Olympic medalist, tells you how to steal the ball, you listen.And when she tells a group of South African teenage girls at a basketball clinic how to protect themselves - against sexual...
Noteworthy CD Releases
Metallica: 'Death Magnetic'In a 2002 song called "The Sound of Muzak," the band Porcupine Tree penned the following pithy observation: "The music of rebellion makes you wanna rage/ but it's made by millionaires who are nearly twice your age." I couldn't...
Oslo 15 Years On: Fruitful Lessons from a Flawed Mideast Pact
On Sept. 13, 1993, the world witnessed Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin stand together on the White House lawn and agree on a framework for future relations between Israel and Palestine. The atmosphere at the signing of the Oslo Accords was charged with...
Palin Effect: Obama Camp Thrown off Stride
In just two weeks, the 2008 presidential race has become the Sarah Palin election.How can Democratic nominee Barack Obama, no longer the shiny new object in American politics, recapture his mojo, some worried liberals are asking. For Republican nominee...
Reporters on the Job
* Safer Streets? When correspondent Isabelle de Pommereau arrived in Bohmte, Germany, to see for herself how traffic would flow through the village after it had removed all traffic signs, sidewalks, and stop lights from its busiest street, she wondered...
Six Picks: Recommendations from the Monitor Staff
shimmering, Lyrical JazzSwedish jazz pianist Bobo Stenson has long been more revered in Europe than in North America, but Cantando might finally bring world acclaim. With longtime bassist Anders Jormin and new drummer Jon Falt, Stenson improvises over...
The Irregulars
Jennet Conant sets straight a record some might consider a tad twisted in The Irregulars, her book about the World War II espionage exploits of British author Roald Dahl.Conant, who also wrote the critically acclaimed "Tuxedo Park" and "109 East Palace,"...
The Palin Factor in the 'Culture Wars'
In the pre-Palin days of this election campaign, divisive social issues such as abortion were taking a back seat. Barack Obama and John McCain were driving other issues, and so were most voters. That dynamic could now change.Preconvention polls consistently...
Toronto Film Festival: Talent, Comedy, Crotchety Directors
The Toronto International Film Festival is no country for old men or lazy critics. With 312 movies screening from 64 countries in 10 days, your faithful bleary-eyed cineaste will end up seeing about a tenth of that total.The festival is both a one-stop...
Troubled Air Force Tanker Program Halted
Once again, there is no joy for the Air Force.The most recent delay in the service's bid to procure a new tanker means it could take three more years for the service to see a new refueling plane. And by that time, say experts in Washington, the Air Force...