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 March 23, 2005

A 10-Lane Road to the Future ; A Mammoth Toll Highway in Texas Could Bring New Prosperity ... or Let It Pass By
For four generations, Clarence Friedrich's family has farmed the land in Fayette County, Texas. Like many Germans who settled the area in the 1800s, the family has an attachment to the land that runs deeper than corn or cattle.It's part of Mr. Friedrich's...
A Little Hung Up about Phone Numbers
Before I could excavate the phone book from under the kitchen counter, my son stopped me and rattled off some numbers."I've called the bowling alley before," he assured me. "I know that number."He wasn't smirking. He looked confident, so I fell for it....
A Quirky Museum of the Real and Unreal
On the seedy side of Venice Boulevard, in a neighborhood almost untouched by L.A. chic, is one of the strangest little museums in the world.Behind an unassuming storefront is the Museum of Jurassic Technology, which has nothing to do with either the...
Attending a Little Theater Can Be a Big Adventure
All the world may be a stage, but the spotlight for a visitor to southern California is on Los Angeles, the center of a thriving artistic smorgasbord of little theaters. Anyone looking for an evening of culture and adventure can choose from among more...
Bank on Iran Needing Jobs More Than Nukes
With realistic caution about the prospects of success, the Bush administration is giving diplomacy a chance in its quest to curb Iran's suspected nuclear weapons ambitions.The reasons are several.Spearheading the current diplomatic negotiations with...
Concrete Goes Upscale ; Innovative Forms and Finishes Give New Life to an Old Material
Among the fine finishing materials available to builders and remodelers there are some established stars: Corian, tile, and granite each have their boosters. Just eye the neighbors' new kitchen countertops to see which is in vogue.But when the stone...
Cowboys and Indians in Fact and Fable
Who would have guessed that "America's Favorite Singing Cowboy," whose career spanned 70 years in the entertainment industry, would leave such a legacy? Gene Autry holds the distinction of being the only performer to have five stars on Hollywood's Walk...
Critical Dispute over Jerusalem Real Estate ; Israeli Plan Would Expand a Jewish Settlement on Strategic Territory
With international attention riveted on Gaza in the run-up to Israel's planned withdrawal there, the government of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is shoring up Israel's hold on the Greater Jerusalem area.Even as Israel handed over a second West...
Easter - a Celebration of Life ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
One memorable Easter I heard myself crying passionately, and, I feared, blasphemously, "I didn't ask him to die for me." Fortunately no one heard my outburst. I was crawling my way back into religious observance because I found my life empty without...
Egg Decoration, Yes, but Not What You Think
They say a watched pot never boils. I say an unwatched pot boils over. At least ours did, with results like the Salvador Dali surrealism show in Philadelphia.I was shaving upstairs when I heard a sudden concussion. There was no red alert on our street....
Lawsuit over an Embryo Fuels Debate on When Life Begins ; an Illinois Judge Allows a Wrongful-Death Suit Involving a 'Pre- Embryo' to Go Forward, Deepening a Moral Divide
When Alison Miller and Todd Parrish filed a wrongful-death suit for the destruction of their frozen embryos by a fertility clinic, they just wanted some compensation for their disappointed hopes.But when a Chicago judge broke precedents by letting the...
Letters
In Darfur, demonstrate justice, don't deliberate over itThank you for the excellent March 17 article "Africa to world: we can handle war justice ourselves." I offer a few more ideas. First, justice presupposes the arrest of perpetrators and the cessation...
My Cows Come Home to Roost ; Those First Collectibles Were Pale Substitutes for the Animals I'd Left Behind, but They Bred Well. Soon, Family and Friends Were Adding to My Collection
I can't remember the first cow figurine I bought after a half- year idyll getting to know the real creatures in the English countryside. I'd gone to Devon in 1974 with a graduate geology degree and no idea what to do with it other than avoid oil-company...
Neighbors Who Are Not Always Friends ; Bush's Summit with Mexican and Canadian Leaders Will Probably Take Small Steps toward Bolder Integration
At a time when America's foreign-policy plate is crowded with ample servings of the Middle East and Asia, President Bush is holding a summit of North America's three leaders in Texas Wednesday - with the focus on security and trade issues.It's not a...
Once Maligned, Hyundai Aims to Conquer US Market ; Korea's No. 1 Automaker Has the World's Most Reliable Car - and a New US Plant
Hyundai Motor Company collided head on with the demanding expectations of US buyers after entering the North American market in the late 1980s. Critics called Hyundai's inexpensive compacts, "Cars that make trouble" - a play on the company's slogan,...
Photos Designed to Speak to the Heart
They look like typical adolescents. Two sisters who share a warm hug. A girl who shyly pats a horse. A 12-year-old boy who smiles broadly, as if the bowling ball in his hand were the whole world.But there's something different about these kids, as visitors...
Premature Euphoria over US-Style Mideast Democracy?
Amid the euphoria currently generated by moves toward democratic change in the Middle East, it is well to remember that expectations of the results may vary between Washington and the targeted countries of the region.Bush administration policymakers,...
Pricing the Poor out of a Job
It is too often true that well-intentioned people prescribe what they believe are good remedies for the economically deprived, without knowing much about economics. The consequences are devastating.Case in point: the minimum wage.Minimum wage activists...
Rare Success against Trafficking ; Thailand Sentences a Cambodian Woman to 50 Years in Jail for Trafficking Eight Women
A Cambodian woman in Thailand who procured underage women for brothels in Malaysia has been convicted of human trafficking by a Thai court, a verdict hailed as a breakthrough in Asia's uphill struggle against the practice.The woman, Mrs. Khunthea, was...
School Shooting: Familiar Echoes, New Concerns ; A Killing Spree by an Isolated Student Highlights Plight of Native American Teens
Geographically and culturally, it's a long, long way from Littleton, Colo., to Redlake, Minn. One is an isolated town of about 1,500 on a Ojibwa reservation, the other an affluent Denver suburb.Yet Monday's school shooting, in which 16-year-old Jeff...
Suddenly Curmudgeons Are Cool - and Reassuring
Walk through bookstores in London this month and you might find yourself smiling at a quirky new title: "Grumpy Old Women." As if to signal the book's tongue-in-cheek humor, the cover pictures four almost-smiling women - definitely not old and decidedly...
Terri Schiavo and Life
Across America, tens of thousands of people share a similar medical diagnosis as Terri Schiavo. And every day, families face agonizing decisions about what's best for their loved one's welfare. Like Terri's family, they might not agree on the best course...
These Are L.A.'S Must-Sees, Says a Native
People ask why the characters in my stories do so much traveling. I tell them it's because I'm a native of Los Angeles, where touring is a state of mind. I can find a window into another world by driving a short distance in any direction.There are people...
Trendy Tirana? Mayor Invigorates a Backwater Capital
It's lunchtime in the Albanian capital, and Mayor Edi Rama is charging through Rinia Park with a cellphone in one hand, a bodyguard at his back, and his scarlet-lined overcoat flashing in the breeze."This park used to be filled with illegal structures...
Who Speaks for Terri Schiavo? ; Appeals Are under Way after a Judge Refused Early Tuesday to Reinstall a Feeding Tube, in a Case with Broad Legal Implications
Boiled down to its essence, the ongoing legal dispute over a severely brain-damaged Florida woman might well have been filed in court under the label Theresa Marie Schiavo v. Theresa Marie Schiavo.Both sides in the life-or-death drama unfolding in a...