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 11, 1995

A Call for Prayer in School from a Most Unlikely Source
Let Us Pray: A Plea for Prayer in Our SchoolsBy William J. MurrayWilliam Morrow & Co. 205 pp., $20In 1960, William J. Murray became one of the most famous teenagers in America. His mother, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, sued the Baltimore school system on behalf...
A Debt Paid Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life
NOT too many years ago our family was struggling with a financial problem. We had sold a house with some orchard property to a family. Subsequent events made us wonder if we had been rash in the decision to carry the contract ourselves. Annual payments...
Affirmative Action Myths
THE latest myth in intergroup relations claims that the opponents of affirmative action are all "angry white men," though there are clearly millions of un-angry people - male, female, gay, white, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, and, yes, black - who simply...
America's Celebrity-Soldier Becomes Open Book, with Epilogue Pending after Cross-Country Tour, Powell Promises Decision on Presidency
COMING soon to a media outlet near you: one of America's most intriguing political mysteries. Breaking two years of public silence, retired Gen. Colin Powell this week launches a 22-city book tour that will surely sell truckloads of memoirs - plus reintroduce...
Awake at the Switch
TRAIN wrecks aren't inevitable. Judgment and prompt action can avoid them, whether on the rails or in Washington. Collision imagery seems to have a lock on Washington right now because congressional Republicans and the president have sharply different...
A Writer Takes a Look at How Artists Balance Motherhood and Muse
Judith Pierce Rosenberg learned the hard way that Virginia Woolf was right about that room of one's own.When Ms. Rosenberg, a writer, moved with her husband and children to a three-bedroom ranch house in southern California in the mid-1980s, she gave...
Bosnia Faces Divide along Ethnic Lines
BOSNIA'S nationalists say it is capitulation to Bosnian Serb war criminals. Liberals say it is the death of multiethnic Bosnia. But most exhausted residents of this besieged city say it is their last hope for peace.With the help of the United States,...
Christian Coalition Proselytizes Blacks, Catholics, and Jews
REPUBLICAN presidential candidates spent the weekend wooing religious conservative voters - the party's most energized branch - at the Christian Coalition's annual conference here.But the coalition's leadership is much more excited about a different...
Death Ignites Indian Protests in Canada UNREST OVER LAND CLAIMS
THE young Indian operating the backhoe tractor swings the machine around, lowering a huge chunk of concrete into a line with others. Draped across this illegal roadblock is an upside down Canadian flag.Behind the barricade at Ipperwash Provincial Park,...
Five Artist-Mothers Talk about Their Experiences
THE following excerpts are from the book "A Question of Balance: Artists and Writers on Motherhood," by Judith Pierce Rosenberg, (Papier-Mache Press, 276 pp., $14).Linda Vallejo, sculptor, two children:"You have to set up a real schedule .... If four...
Gambling on the Gold-Plated Lure of Casinos Mexico May Bet Its Future on Slot Machines, Blackjack Tables
FOLLOWING the lead of places like Atlantic City, N.J., and Biloxi, Miss., Mexico is about to heed the siren of casino gambling.With unemployment at record highs, and with tourism experiencing less growth despite the cheaper peso, the vision of gaming...
Gambling on the Gold-Plated Lure of Casinos Washington State Tribes Pitch a Controversial Voter Dividend
INDIANS hoping to win the right to bring slot machines into their casinos have hit upon a novel - and controversial - idea: Give everyone who turns out to vote a share of the profits.Washington State's Initiative 651 would send a dividend check to every...
How Book Covers Became Artful Marketing Devices
Jackets Required: An Illustrated History of American Book Jacket Design, 1920-1950, By Steven Heller and Seymour Chwast Chronicle Books,San Francisco, 1995144 pp., $19.95'Jackets Required" celebrates the practitioners of book-jacket design, rather than...
How to Rein in Microsoft's Marketplace Dominance Don't Go the Antitrust Route; Instead, Change the Country's Outdated Copyright Laws
IN a recent Doonesbury, Bernie asks Mike, "Who makes the software that runs 80 percent of the world's P.C.'s?" Mike answers "Microsoft, of course." Bernie then asks whether the world runs on computers and Mike responds in the affirmative. Bernie finally...
Keeping 'Cybersmut' beyond Kids' Reach Coalition Sets Up Movie-Like Rating System on Internet
WHILE the television industry awaits a congressional crackdown on TV violence, on-line companies are moving to preempt similar sanctions by regulating themselves.Two dozen companies, including some of the biggest names in computers and telecommunications,...
Needed: Stories about the True Purpose of Education
The End of EducationBy Neil PostmanAlfred A. Knopf 195 pp., $22A new book by Neil Postman is like an informed but opinionated editorial in your favorite newspaper. In his latest book, "The End of Education," he returns to the subject he has addressed...
N. Ireland's Protestants Find Their Gerry Adams Compromise Is No Longer in Fashion, Observers Say
'THE Northern Ireland crisis has been transformed. Expect clashes between two hard, bright men. Expect also a torrid time ahead."The words were spoken by a seasoned observer of Northern Ireland politics on hearing that David Trimble was to be the new...
Peeved Russians Talk the Talk but Stay on Sidelines in Bosnia
THE Russian Duma, or lower house of parliament, signaled this weekend how deeply NATO bombing in Bosnia is driving hard feelings toward the West.Not just radical nationalists, but leaders of the main communist party and other factions spoke of the beginning...
Seesaw Farm Economy Doesn't Depress Deere
IN November, Deere & Co., the world's biggest maker of farm equipment, plans to haul in the financial equivalent of a bin-busting harvest: a higher quarterly dividend and a stock split for its shareholders.The boon for shareholders underscores how Deere,...
Senate 'Club' Loses Its Art of Compromise Tradition of Fellowship Replaced by Individualism
WHEN the Senate Ethics Committee voted to expel Bob Packwood, it sent a clear message that the old-boy traditions of the Senate no longer apply. But in its haste to enhance the institution's public image, the committee may have hastened the end of one...
Shuttle Crew Lifts Shade on Mystery of the Sun, Grows Chips in Space
ORBITING some 230 miles from Earth, the self-styled astronaut "dog crew" is showing off one of the space shuttle's unique capabilities - launching and retrieving satellites.There are two of them on this mission - a solar observatory and an experimental...
Sounds in the Key of Purple (Haze) Seattle Vibrates with Imitators and Innovators at First Jimi Hendrix Electric Guitar Festival
They blared. They blazed. They Purple Hazed. Guitarists from around the country paid tribute last week to Jimi Hendrix, the brilliant stylist whose performances in the late 1960s represented a kind of cosmic Big Bang of innovation in rock guitar."There's...
The Fabrics and Stories of Our Lives
Reams have been written about what architecture can reveal about civilizations, and any discovery of a previously undocumented ancient building or site causes a flurry of scholarly articles and books. In comparison, textiles, no matter how historic,...
War over Words Divides UN Women's Conference
MERWAT TALLAWY is in the hot seat of the United Nations women's summit in Beijing. An Egyptian diplomat, and currently her country's ambassador to Japan, Ms. Tallawy is mediating the battle over issues on sex and reproductive health, the most divisive...
When Book-Jacket Art Goes to the Movies JUDGING A SEQUEL BY ITS COVER
WHEN the Tyrannosaurus Rex on Michael Crichton's book "Jurassic Park" became the icon for the Steven Spielberg smash hit movie, it brought book-jacket art into the spotlight.Now an encore may be in order. This time Hollywood is eyeing another Crichton...
World Chess Showdown Begins in New York
A DASHING young genius from India embarks today on a journey no one from his country has ever undertaken - a quest for the world chess championship.By winning a series of elimination matches over the past two years, Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand has stamped...
Young Guard Triumphs at Venice Film Festival
Youth triumphed at this year's Venice Film Festival, helping to answer critics who have derided the event as out of touch and a poor cousin to the Cannes and Berlin movie carnivals.For the second year running, a young director won the coveted Golden...