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 3, 1997

150-Year-Old Land Dispute Intensifies in Colorado Community Claims Logging on Private Property Hurts Water Supplies for Entire Alpine Valley
The logging truck comes rumbling down the dusty road, past the adobe homes and ranchitos, toward the small town of San Luis. "Here it comes!" shouts Maria Mondragon Valdez - a sixth-generation resident of this remote community - as she runs urgently...
A Church Built on Multiracial Pillars
It's a chilly Sunday morning in Austin, one of a string of scarred, tumbledown neighborhoods on Chicago's West Side.Worshippers in overcoats crowd into an old school gym, the sanctuary of Rock of Our Salvation Church. Banners promising salvation hang...
Arafat, in Taking Power in Hebron, Takes on Clans in Trying to Piece Together a Palestinian State, Arafat Butts against Long-Entrenched Families
When Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat made his official entrance last month to celebrate his new control over 80 percent of the city, the excited crowds cheered and pushed for a glimpse.A Palestinian cameraman who edged too close quickly got bashed by...
A 'State of the Art' Resource about Charter Schools
CHARTER SCHOOLS: CREATING HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR AMERICAN EDUCATIONBy Joe NathanJossey-Bass, 249 pp., $25 Joe Nathan has written a thoughtful, plain-English explanation of many of the key issues that surround charter schools, perhaps the most vibrant...
Bidding for a Bit of Iowa
The woman in the trailer held out a heavy white card and said, "You'll be No. 51." Then she took my $5. Anywhere else, I realized, she would have made the exchange in reverse. But I was becoming accustomed to these rural niceties. A week before, I'd...
Card Fraud That Takes Your Cash, Not Credit
For years, banks and law-enforcement agencies have tried to stay one step ahead of thieves bent on stealing your money by stealing your plastic.Police and banks have found some success through measures such as magnetic strips to authorize credit-card...
Democrats Whipsawed by Clinton's Wild Ride Many Question Where the President Is Taking the Party
The age of Bill Clinton so far has not been easy for Democrats.Since grasping the wheel of power four years ago, the president has steered the party on a wild ideological ride. He veered left after capturing the White House, then watched in dismay as...
Don't Allow Dirty Air to Be the Victor Strengthening Air Quality Standards Will Spur Long Overdue Beneficial Change, despite What Polluters Claim
Widely reported statements from industry lobbyists suggest that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to improve air-quality standards spells economic doom.In fact, strengthening air-quality standards to prevent respiratory illness, tens...
Footsteps from a Vanished World the MFA's Collection Includes Fine Examples of European and American Paintings, Asian Art, and Ancient Egyptian Artifacts. Following This Five-Part Series, the Monitor Will Interview Curators at London's Tate Gallery. Series: Curators' Tour: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Part 3 of a 5-Part Series
I only ever saw one other pair of boots like this one," Wu Tung says.As Matsutaro Shoriki Curator of Asiatic Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mr. Wu carried through the acquisition of this rare early 11th-century artifact of the Liao Dynasty....
LAPD Initially Outgunned in Thwarted Bank Robbery Shown on Live TV L.A. Gunfight Ignites Debate over Media, Police Firepower
A wild street shootout between Los Angeles police and automatic-weapons-wielding bank robbers has opened a new chapter of self-examination for local law enforcement in America's second largest city.The initial outgunning of the police during Friday morning's...
Letters
Remember the Animals in Cloning DebateI appreciate the Monitor's editorial, "Hello Dolly," Feb. 26, regarding the ethics surrounding the cloned sheep. While most news reports mention only concerns about cloning people, the Monitor cautions that people...
More Teachers Fund the Class Supply Closet amid Cutbacks That Affect the Classroom, Many Educators Are Dipping Deeper into Their Wallets for Pencils and Field Trips
It's a maxim they don't teach at college: If you want to become a teacher, be prepared to open your wallet when supplies run short.Consider:* A Portland, Ore., principal gives up half her salary to rescue a teacher's job from budget cuts. * A Las Vegas...
Muslim Revolt in China Leads to Clampdown BOMBS IN XINJING
A riot and a series of bomb attacks in China's northwest province of Xinjiang have drawn world attention to Beijing's longstanding attempts to repress any rebellion by Muslims in the distant region.Three bomb attacks, apparently by the Turkic-speaking...
Out on Video
GRACE OF MY HEARTA young woman turns her flair for pop music into a songwriting career that carries her from the sock-hopping '50s through the psychedelic '60s and beyond, complete with changing styles in everything from hairdos to backup groups. The...
Proliferation of Charter Schools Signals Their Growing Success AUTHOR INTERVIEW
In his 25-year career as an educator, Joe Nathan has seen plenty of education reforms come and go."But I've never seen one that challenges the existing power structure as the charter-school idea does," says the author of the just published "Charter Schools:...
Quebec Quiz Aims to Keep French First Asking Students to Spot Where English Creeps In
English is always a big worry in Quebec, especially for the people who teach French. In French-language schools in Montreal, there are rules about speaking only French in the corridors. No English is allowed.It might sound harsh, but otherwise immigrants...
Reverse Bipartisanship
The steady flow of stories about questionable Democratic Party fundraising last year should build momentum behind significant campaign-finance reform legislation, such as that co-sponsored by Sens. John McCain (R) of Arizona and Russell Feingold (D)...
Storyteller Ladles Soft 'Soup' for Hardened Workplaces
Now that Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan has blamed job insecurity for sluggish wage growth, perhaps it's time for the nation to find an antidote for the "workplace worries."Meet Martin Rutte.For a big fee, Mr. Rutte is visiting embattled work...
The 'Mandela' of Albania Sees Freedom as a Gift to Fight For
Writer Fatos Lubonja spent 17 years from 1974 to 1991 in jail for opposing a Communist regime that left Albania Europe's poorest and most isolated nation.In mid-February, he found himself behind bars again: For three hours, police penned Mr. Lubonja...
The Most Important Books in Her Life Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Imagine village life in England a few years after the Second World War. Food rationing is still in force. Everything is in short supply. A family lives in a simple cottage. The arrival of a grand lady in a chauffeur-driven limousine causes a great...
The News in Brief
The USPresident Clinton plans to send his top disaster relief official to his home state to survey damage from about a dozen tornados. The twisters killed at least 21 people and injured 200 others in Arkansas. Gov. Mike Huckabee said the state may have...
The Tales and Trails of an Asian Arts Sleuth for the Past 13 Years Rhett Mundy Has Combed Asia's Jungles and Villages, Searching for Interesting Artifacts
In a remote corner of Indonesia, the word spread rapidly: A foreigner was in town. He was buying old shadow puppets made of water buffalo hide. He didn't mind if some were slightly tattered. And, he was willing to pay cash.One by one, family elders visited...
US, Mexico: Uneasy Allies in War against Drugs Why Trafficking of Narcotics through Mexico Flourishes
It arrives in padded bundles tossed from low-flying airplanes. It comes stashed in the guts of tanker trucks, or packed in rickety sedans driven wildly across the desert. It's carried in backpacks, saddlebags, and even in balloons swallowed by human...
Why Israelis and Arabs Share a Common Future
The Middle East is changing in profound ways that have not been fully appreciated. In particular, economic, political, and social links are proliferating between Israel and Arab states, adding a new element to the region. While the peace process is...
Will Clinton's Act of Faith in Mexico Cut Drugs to US? US, Mexico: Uneasy Allies in War against Drugs
Now that President Clinton has given Mexico a passing grade for its help as a partner in the war on drugs - despite recent glaring evidence of Mexico's shortcomings in the fight - the question is: What will the United States get in return?Mexican officials...
Women Singers Break through Cultural Constraints on CD, Radio
'Divine Divas" is far from the only music compilation showcasing international female singers, but it is singular in purpose while being enthralling as musical entertainment.Brooke Wentz, producer of the new three-CD set, has chosen songs by 37 female...
World Scrambles as an African Giant Crumbles
Rebels waging an uprising in eastern Zaire are on the verge of two coveted victories, leaving the crumbling regime of President Mobutu Sese Seko no choice but to negotiate.Over the weekend, the troops of rebel leader Laurent-Desire Kabila had advanced...
Write Someone a Letter and Say, 'Thank You' A Phone Call Won't Do, Say Supporters of 'Appreciation Week' in an Illinois County
"Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people," wrote English philosopher Samuel Johnson in 1773.That speaks well of McHenry County, Ill. The quiet, rustic community is the birthplace of "National Write a Letter of...