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 January 16, 2004

A Circus without Tigers and Lions. Oh My! ; A Denver Initiative Seeks to Ban Wild Animals from the Ring, but Some Call These Acts 'As American as Apple Pie'
High school freshman Heather Herman is a lifelong animal lover. She also loves circus acts. But, she says, the two don't belong in the same ring.Now Ms. Herman is the force behind a Denver ballot initiative that seeks a municipal ban on circus-animal...
A Comedy of Terrors on Ben Stiller's Set
The best comedy is based on reality, says John Hamburg, director of the latest Ben Stiller vehicle, "Along Came Polly." "But we just take it a bit further than what happens to most people in normal everyday life," he adds.As if to underline the point,...
A Countdown to Mars ; Bush's Space Mission Needs a 10-Point Reality Check
President Bush wants a moon base by 2020 that can be a launchpad to Mars. Nice work if you can get it. First, the US needs to run down a checklist before blastoff on this M&M (moon-Mars) mission:'10...' Double-check Mr. Bush's lofty rationales - by polls,...
A Pipeline of Trouble in Georgia ; an Oil Corridor through the Caucasus, Set to Open Next Year, Angers Villagers and Environmentalists
The 130 dirt-farming families in this Caucasus village barely manage to scrape a living from the stony pastures they collectively own. And so when a big oil company wanted to lay a pipeline through this hard patch of earth, it was, as one local leader...
A Shared US-Russia Interest in a Stable Georgia
A small miracle in the difficult Caucasus: In Georgia, people power threw out a corrupt regime without shedding a drop of blood and then elected its successor in a genuine landslide.A surprise to all, including big brother Russia, which keeps a wary...
Australia Offers Two Tales from the Outback
Australia's underpopulated outback and wide-open deserts often provide fertile territory for that country's filmmakers, as evidenced by two of this week's openings."Japanese Story" doesn't sound Australian from its title, and star Toni Collette has acquired...
Big Money, Bigger Choices ; What to Do with $100 Million? That's Poetry Magazine's Unresolved Problem
It was a gift that, to many, seemed to lack rhyme or reason. In November 2002, Poetry magazine announced that Ruth Lilly, heiress to the Eli Lilly pharmaceutical fortune, would give the publication roughly $100 million, the largest single donation ever...
Corruption and Infighting Roil S. Korea ; President Roh Moo-Hyun's Foreign Minister Resigned in a Rift over How to Balance Relations with the US and N. Korea
The forced resignation Thursday of Korea's foreign minister added to the turmoil within a government already shaken by corruption scandals, torn by internal divisions, and weakened by conservative foes in control of the National Assembly.Yoon Young Kwan,...
Death of a Pizza Salesman ; A Movie Retraces the Tragic Life of a Disillusioned Iranian
A man stands just inside the doorway of a posh jewelry shop, holding a gun and looking in bewilderment at the crowd gathering outside. Eventually he points the pistol at his head and kills himself.The movie, "Crimson Gold," then leaps back in time to...
Germany May End Draft as It Modernizes Its Military ; This Week's Announcement Could Lead to the Loss of a Valuable Source of Cheap Labor: Conscientious Objectors
One of the sharp ironies of Germany's decades-old draft is the benefit the country receives from those who avoid it.What was created as alternative service for young men who reject serving in the military for reasons of conscience has become a steady...
Honk If You Love the Automat
When my father introduced me to the culture of the automat I was too young to be aware that these Everyman self-serve restaurants were on their way out. It was the 1960s, I was 9, and we were living in Jersey City, just on the other side of the Hudson...
How the Candidates Who Skipped Iowa Are Faring in New Hampshire ; Both Clark and Lieberman Are Hoping for a Bump, Which Clark Is Getting, Though There Are Risks with the Strategy
Back in his trademark blue suit, red tie, and duck boots, Gen. Wesley Clark doesn't look much like a chess grandmaster.But as he strides into a packed hall here at the Franklin Pierce Law Center, it's clear this military strategist is riding a wave of...
Hussein Finally Fades for Iraqis
The Methboub family's portrait of Saddam Hussein survived two months after the dictator's fall - tucked away in a back room as if daring them to destroy it - before they were finally able to take it out of its frame and tear it up.But that act hardly...
Iowa Race This Year: Closest in Decades ; Monday's Caucuses Are Likely to Have a Greater Impact Than Usual on the Primaries That Follow
As Iowa Democrats prepare to kick off the presidential nominating process in just three days, this year's caucuses are shaping up to be the closest - and most critical - in decades. Depending on who emerges next Monday night, the Democratic race could...
Kids' TV Builds a Better Foundation ; There's More Choice in Children's TV Than Ever. There's Just One Problem: The Channels Are All Airing the Same Shows
You may be forgiven if you don't know Anne Wood's name. Her biggest fans, and she has millions worldwide, are just learning to pronounce their own names.Flush from the huge success (financial if not critical) of her "Teletubbies" show, Ms. Wood launches...
Letters
Reviving the Army takes draft, dedicated citizensYour Jan. 14 editorial "An Army Stretched Thin" opines that we should not even consider a resumption of the draft to fill depleted ranks. I disagree and strongly believe we should draft in wartime, which...
Love Is the Power Behind Nonviolence ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
When his house was bombed, Martin Luther King rushed home from his church on Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, Ala. He'd been preaching and leading a meeting in support of nonviolence.Miraculously his family hadn't been hurt. Yet who knew what would happen...
Maintaining Confidence in the FBI ; the Agency Needs a New International Role, Says Chief
FBI Director Robert Mueller says the United States is safer today than it was in 2001 and he does not think the American public would lose confidence in his agency if there were another terrorist attack in the US. The nation is safer due to anti-terrorism...
Movie Guide
NEW RELEASESAlong Came Polly (PG-13)Director: John Hamburg. With Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Debra Messing. (90 min.)Sterritt * A neurotically cautious man (Stiller) gets cheated on by his wife (Messing) during their honeymoon,...
On Firm Dirt, Rover Ready to Paw Mars ; Spirit Begins Exploration after Rolling off Lander
With a flood of photos, scientists knew that they were once again on the surface of Mars.They came like cosmic "Wish You Were Here" postcards on an early Thursday morning when scientific achievement seemed strangely like a slumber party. In crisp black...
Photos That Go beyond 'Skin Deep'
When photographers in the United States were asked to submit works for a new national exhibit on race and identity, their choices often frustrated organizers."I cannot tell you how many uninteresting pictures of black and white kids holding hands I had...
PR-Savvy Stars Navigate the Courtroom ; Martha Stewart, Kobe Bryant, and Other Celebrities Are Trying to Maximize Their Resources to Mount a Defense
It almost sounds like a new TV show: celebrity trials.But this goes far beyond any small-screen drama. Next week, jury selection begins for the doyenne of good taste, Martha Stewart, and Friday prosecutors will arraign entertainer Michael Jackson on...
Reporters on the Job
* Serendipity Defined: Reporter Fred Weir didn't go to Georgia with the intention of writing about the Caspian oil pipeline. But he had a few extra days after the recent elections and thought he'd poke around. "I drove out with my interpreter to see...
Say 'Hello' Again to 'The Goodbye Girl'
Jeff Daniels is about a head taller than Richard Dreyfuss, and, if possible, Patricia Heaton is even snarkier than Marsha Mason as the jilted single mother in TNT's new version of Neil Simon's award- winning "The Goodbye Girl."But, says the award-winning...
Shirley, My Lady of Lore
Your attention is now called to the fact that Franklin County is in Maine. It is a place of decision, as follows: If you are a raindrop in the vast systems of nature, and you are hovering in the sky, about to fall, and you come down into Franklin County,...
The History of Robots in the Victorian Era
Robots have been making significant inroads into our culture over the last few years. They're roaming on and around distant planets, building cars, vacuuming the rug and even serving as surrogate pets. But it may surprise you to learn that sophisticated...
The Leak That Went Awry
The making of a coverup, like the making of a sausage, is not always pleasant to watch. Attorney General John Ashcroft, who rarely recuses himself from anything, has suddenly decided to get out from under the investigation of who leaked the identity...
The Martin Luther King Jr. America Has Ignored
On Monday, the United States will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with a federal holiday. We will hear stories of his battles with segregation, his eloquent speech in Washington, and his fight for voting rights. This is the King with whom...
Transcript: FBI Director Robert Mueller ; Full Remarks from Wednesday's Monitor Lunch with FBI Director Robert Mueller
Good afternoon. I'm Dave Cook from The Christian Science Monitor. Thanks for coming. Our guest today is Robert S. Mueller III, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mr. Mueller is the fourth FBI director to meet with our group. It is a tradition...
Wanna Make It Big? Forget Hard Work. Wow the Donald
During last week's NBC premiere of "The Apprentice," Marty Kotis called an employee at home to ask if he was watching as 16 contestants began vying for a job with Donald Trump."No," he replied. "I'm not going to watch that junk.""Turn it on," Mr. Kotis...
We Still Need Help, NPR Tells Its Listeners ; A Huge Gift to NPR May Mean Fewer Donations for Its Member Stations
Los Angeles resident Oliver Kendall admits that he hasn't renewed his subscription to his local National Public Radio affiliate, KCRW. Although the medical student cites financial difficulties as an excuse for not contributing, the fact that he tuned...
Words of Mouth
BOARDERYears ago, if you stayed at an inn for more than a few days, you'd be called a boarder. Why is that?Early inns did not "serve" their meals. Instead they offered dining from a long, hand-hewn board laid across trestles. Innkeepers heaped food on...