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 19, 2004

An 18th-Century 'Bouquet' Still Blooms Bright - Online
This elegant, precise engraving of a rose can be found in what is essentially an 18th-century coffee-table book devoted to garden flowers.Issued periodically from 1750 to 1786, this book of 190 flowers was commissioned by German doctor and amateur gardener...
As Court Mulls, Gays Wed ; A Judge May Decide as Soon as Friday Whether to Stop San Francisco's Rush of Gay Marriages
For the past week, the broad granite steps of San Francisco's City Hall have stood like a finish line to gay and lesbian couples from every corner of the United States.They have come by the thousands to line up in the rain of a raw northern California...
Bridging the Cyprus Divide
Can the division of Cyprus, a problem that has persisted for 30 years, be overcome in just two months?That is the goal today, as the leaders of Turkish northern Cyprus and Greek southern Cyprus begin talks to bridge the two sides by May 1, when the Greek...
Can Mars Rovers Scratch the Surface of Life? ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Anyone who grew up in the '60s understands the fascination with Mars and all things Martian.After all, who wouldn't want to discover a life form capable of moving objects by merely pointing at them, or telepathically communicating wants and needs, approval...
Dean's Campaign Contributions
After Howard Dean racked up his 17th straight loss in Wisconsin Tuesday, he lauded his supporters for the positive change they have brought to the Democratic Party and its presidential campaign.He was right about that.From the high point of his game,...
Democratic Race Becomes a Two-Man Contest ; How Close Kerry-Edwards Finish in Wisconsin Will Shift Dynamics of the Race Heading into Super Tuesday
The Democratic race may not be over yet. Sen. John Kerry racked up his 15th primary victory in Wisconsin on Tuesday - but his narrower-than-expected margin over a late-surging Sen. John Edwards adds a hint of uncertainty to a race that has for weeks...
Foes of 'Globesity' Run Afoul of Sugar's Friends
In Egypt, more than a quarter of 4-year-olds are overweight. In Zambia, between 15 and 20 percent of the preschoolers are considered obese. And in Chile, more than 25 percent of children younger than 10 tip the scales at unhealthy weights, according...
His Pictures Speak for Themselves
The kidnapping of a bicycle racer is hardly an obvious plotline for an animated film. But that's not the most unusual aspect of "The Triplets of Belleville."There's barely a word of dialogue in 80 minutes, it has a traditional 2-D look, and the film's...
His Silent Communication Spoke Volumes to Me
Clutching his crooked ebony walking stick, a fragile-looking old gentleman took daily strolls along the shoulder of the winding streets in our neighborhood. He waved at every oncomer. His rhythmic strides were purposeful, not pretentious or hasty. I...
How Far Sports Steroid Scandal Might Spread ; No Athletes Have Been Charged, but Probe Could Affect Olympic Team and Other 'Stars' Even without Indictments
So far, the names at the center of what could be the biggest drug bust in American sports history are hardly a who's who of the athletic world. After all, no kids carry around a Victor Conte rookie card in their back pocket, and Greg Anderson carries...
In Florida, a Bitter Fight over Cutting Down Orange Trees ; A State Court Is Ruling on a Compensation Plan That Residents Argue Undervalues Trees Destroyed to Stop a Citrus Canker
How much is a backyard orange tree worth?Seems like a simple enough question. But depending on how judges and juries in Florida determine the answer, it could end up costing state taxpayers anywhere from several hundred million dollars to perhaps more...
Iraqis Take Page out of German Book ; an East German Secret Police Archive Is Seen as a Model for Chronicling Saddam Hussein's Crimes
An ugly complex of buildings here that once housed the East German secret police is the stuff of dreams for two Iraqi exiles.The climate-controlled rooms, storing millions of pages of material gathered by Stasi spies - neatly categorized and ready for...
Kerry Rivals Now Down to One ; Edwards Finished Strongest in Wisconsin among Independent Voters, Giving Him New Credibility
As Sen. John Edwards embarks on a long-shot, two-week bid to derail front-running Sen. John Kerry, his chances of success may be directly linked to his ability to seize what has so far proved the most compelling - and volatile - mantle of the campaign:...
Letters
Parents favor No Child Left Behind for school reformI read with interest your Feb. 17 article "Parents: Don't Punish Schools." Of course, parental approval of No Child Left Behind is vital to its success. I'm glad most parents see the law's goals as...
Many Iranians Flaunt Their Style ; the Polarized Worlds of Reform-Minded and Conservative Iranians Clash at an Upscale Mall in Tehran
As far as Hossein is concerned, his clothing shop for women, in a mall in an upscale district of Tehran, is the front line in Iran's simmering social war.Women shopping here are reprimanded or even detained by overzealous morality police for showing...
New Weed May Flag Land Mines
A weed that turns red when it grows near land mines could help clear dangerous fields in war-torn countries such as Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The genetically modified Thales cress is sensitive to nitrogen dioxide, a byproduct of mines, and changes...
One Step Closer to Hydrogen Economy?
Wanted: A cheap, reliable power source to satisfy energy-hungry industrial superpower. Must also be pollution-free and provide energy security by being domestically abundant. Immediate opening.While candidates like solar and wind have sent in their resumes,...
Pleasant Surprise of the Century
The failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has produced discomfiture among hawks, outrage among doves.Both camps should cheer up. Suppose that last spring Saddam Hussein did have an arsenal of WMD. He probably would have used them. And the...
Road Rules: Helping the Elderly Drive Safely ; A New Study Outlines Risks, and Highlights Some Solutions, for Growing Population of Older Drivers
In Los Angeles, 87-year-old Russell Weller was arraigned last month for the tragic deaths of 10 people in July, when his car sped out of control through a crowdedfarmers' market. In Phoenix, 68- year-old Bishop Thomas O'Brien was convicted Tuesday of...
Second Thoughts on Reproductive 'Freedom'
"Mom, how's this supposed to make kids feel?" Sophia was waving a Newsweek with a cover on "The New Science of Sex Selection." Showcased inside were families who had "too much" (two or more) or "enough" (one) of one gender to cast their demographics...
Thank You, Mr. Ducker: This Lad Knows Nodes
I have long been rather pleased that I know what a node is. Whenever the opportunity arises, I try to use the word. I trot it out as if it's the most natural, everyday sort of word in the world. "Cut it an angle just below a node," I say.But I can't...
The Escaping Price of Natural Gas
The United States is skating on the edge of another big jump in natural-gas prices this spring - perhaps even a shortage that, depending upon the weather and its severity, could leave residents shivering and cause some industrial customers to curtail...
The Search for Secrets of Newborn Stars
Astronomer Antony Schinckel drives his SUV up a final rise and into a dale just shy of this dormant volcano's 13,600-foot summit, the world capital of ground-based astronomy.His pride and joy sprouts from the dale's floor: An apparently haphazard arrangement...
When Islamic Clerics Meet 'The Great Satan' Face to Face
As the principal of an Islamic seminary in New Delhi, Maulvi Mohammad Mouzzam Ahmed knows there is no such thing as a free lunch.So when he was offered an all-expenses-paid trip to the United States a few months ago, to see how religious schools operate...
With Extinction on Its Mind, Scotland Wants Population Growth
Census figures just released show Scotland's population will fall below 5 million by 2009. So while most countries are worried about unchecked growth, the Scots have extinction on their minds. If current trends continue, by the year 3573 there'll be...