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 30, 2005

A Cast of Thousands, Each Dreaming of Stardom
In his three-year career as a movie and television actor, Antonio Sclafani has never spoken a word on camera.He performed a dozen times as an American Bandstand dancer on TV's "American Dreams," bumped elbows with Jamie Lee Curtis in a crowd scene in...
A Chilling 'Capote,' Caught in Cold Blood
Midway through the astonishing new movie "Capote," the diminutive author contemplates his work in progress, "In Cold Blood," and intones: "Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe."Philip Seymour Hoffman does much more than...
Before I Can Graduate I Have to - Gulp - Pass Algebra
Like many midlife women, I went back to college and joined the growing ranks of "nontraditional" students. Each day brought new challenges. I learned once again how to take notes, how to study, and how to appear awake at 8 a.m.An English major, I eventually...
Delay's Deluge
The ethical cloud hanging over Republican Congressman Tom DeLay finally burst this week, drenching him with an indictment for conspiracy in an alleged campaign money-laundering scheme in his home state. Now that he's resigned as House majority leader,...
East Meets West, with an Argentine Twist ; More Argentines Are Embracing Chinese Language and Culture as Trade Ties Increase
Like many in Latin America's most Eurocentric country, 26-year- old Emanuela Gavezza has long fancied the West. Her grandparents hail from northern Italy, which she has visited almost yearly.During the '90s, when the economy here was booming with the...
Enough UN Reform to Satisfy Congress? ; US House Wants to Cut US Funding to World Body, but Ambassador Bolton Cautions Lawmakers against the Move
When John Bolton, US ambassador to the United Nations, returned to Congress for the first time since his bruising confirmation hearings, he was greeted with glowing praise: "I just want you to know that you're a rock star around here," said conservative...
How Do Voters Feel about 'Commander'? ; the Monitor Threw a Political Party - Made Up of Four Men and Three Women - to See If America Is Ready for a Woman to Sit in the Oval Office
Is America ready for a female president? Network television seems to think so. On Tuesday ABC aired the premiere of "Commander in Chief," a drama in which Geena Davis plays a politician who finds herself leading the country after the sudden death of...
In Iran, US Runner Joins the Races ; Sarah Kureshi Was the Only American Athlete at the 4th Islamic Women Games
The middle-distance runner didn't know what to expect, as the first American female athlete to compete in Iran since the Islamic revolution in 1979.She even brought the Stars and Stripes, uncertain whether the Iranians would provide a flag for the opening...
In 'War,' Filmmakers Tiptoe through Minefield
What goes on inside the mind of a terrorist who is willing to blow himself for the cause? "The War Within" is one of the few films that attempts to deal with this subject in a nonexploitative way.Hassan (Ayad Akhtar, who also wrote the script with director...
Letters
Hunting in America: Why it's expensive, and on the declineThe Sept. 27 article, "Hunters as endangered species? A bid to rebuild ranks" strikes close to home with me. Though I was raised in Chicago and firearms were utterly absent in my upbringing, when...
Mom Wasn't Cut out to Teach Driving
I'm surprised that my mother didn't put a foot through the passenger-side floorboard of our family station wagon while I was growing up. Over the years she exerted thousands of pounds of pressure trying to hold down a nonexistent brake pedal.There were...
Monitor Picks
Tiger talesBulk up, Calvin and Hobbes fans, 23 lbs. worth of comic strips about the mischievous boy and his stuffed tiger are on the way. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, an elegant three-volume set, hits bookstores Oct. 4 ($94.50 at amazon.com). It includes...
Motorcycle Safety Schools See Boomer Boomlet ; Motorcycle-Safety Schools Are Ballooning as Baby Boomers Tap into Their Harley Fantasies
It's Day Three of motorcycle school. Forget tentative. I twist the throttle and attack the turns.Riding a 250-cc. Honda Nighthawk and wearing a training helmet as big as cartoon spaceman Kazoo's, I channel Tom Cruise in "Top Gun," racing his slick Kawasaki...
Movie Guide
New in TheatersDuma (PG)Director: Carroll Ballard. With Alex Michaeletos, Campbell Scott. (100 min.)Ballard ("The Black Stallion") has such a powerful feeling for the poetry of movement that I would have been content if this movie about a runaway boy...
Noteworthy CDs
JazzMark Murphy - Once to Every Heart (Verve Records): Vocalist Mark Murphy has performed around the world for more than a half century, but he's still a secret outside the world of jazz. Ella Fitzgerald once declared his scat singing the equal of her...
Now, It's the Roberts Court
This much is known for sure: His favorite movie is "Doctor Zhivago."After that, surprisingly little is known about John Roberts, who is about to take up the reins of one of the most powerful institutions in American government as the 17th chief justice...
On Big Screen, 'Serenity' Loses Gravity
A healthy serving of chunky science-fiction soup, "Serenity" is writer/director Joss Whedon's theatrical version of "Firefly," his late, lamented TV show.What it seems to prove is that the two media in question - television and movies - like the twin...
On World Stage, France's Role Is Audience Favorite
Karen Hughes should be French - it would make her job easier.As the US undersecretary of State for public diplomacy returns home from her first foreign trip burnishing America's image in the world, she might feel a touch of envy at the glowing international...
Republican Troubles Deepen ; Tom DeLay's Indictment This Week Sidelines a Key White House Ally on the Hill
Just when Washington Republicans thought things could not get much worse, they did.The indictment Wednesday of House majority leader Tom DeLay of Texas on a money-laundering conspiracy charge adds to a litany of GOP woes that could consume the party...
Signs That Ballots Could Replace Mideast Bullets
In the wake of the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza strip, completed on Sept. 12, there has been sporadic violence between Palestinians firing rockets and the Israeli army returning fire. As of this writing, the militant Hamas is observing yet one more...
Surf's Up! ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
I once spent several long and happy afternoons among 10-foot waves that were challenging world surfing champions such as Shaun Tomson and Anthony Brodowicz. I wasn't actually out there on a board. I was body-surfing in shallow waters, reporting close-up...
The Wild-Card Calculus: Baseball's Tight Finish ; with Just Three Game Days to Go, the Playoff Teams Have Yet to Be Decided
Years ago, this was called a pennant race, and there was a certain order befitting baseball's 19th-century origins. A race for a symbolic flag, one victor in each of baseball's two leagues, and no mistaking how a team was supposed to get there - simply...
This Mother of Five Is about to Hit It Big
Lori McKenna has lived in the same blue-collar New England town her whole life. She married a boy she'd known since the third grade right out of high school. Soon after, they had their first baby. He became a plumber; she sold Tupperware and took care...
To Strengthen Ties with China, Speak the Language First
Despite talk of trade wars and military confrontation, polls show that more Americans have a favorable view of the Chinese than five or 10 years ago. Regrettably, this has yet to translate into any large-scale effort to engage anything besides Chinese...
West Bank Vote to Gauge Hamas ; Thursday's Local Election amid New Attacks Is Seen as a Barometer of Palestinian Politics after the Gaza Pullout
Palestinians throughout the West Bank voted in municipal elections Thursday in what some observers view as the barometer of Palestinian politics after Israel's disengagement from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank.In Beituna, taxis draped in green-and-white...
Where to Find $200 Billion to Pay for Katrina ; A Little 'Pork' Here, a Little There, and Pretty Soon We're ... Not Even Close
Postponing the new Medicare prescription-drug benefit for one year could save the US government $30 billion.Cutting controversial bridges and bikeways from the highway funding bill might reduce spending by $6 billion per year.Farm subsidies? Eliminate...