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 May 21, 1996

Amid This Season's Torrent of Hits, Two Pitchers Create Sudden Drought
At times this season, it hasn't been easy to distinguish batting practice from the major-league games that follow. In both cases, hitters have teed off.Runs per game and home runs are soaring. Maybe it's smaller ballparks, stronger hitters, livelier...
As Mexico Develops Tourist Sector, Locals Push for Greater Control
Hours from the nearest beach, Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains seem like an unlikely spot for a major tourist resort. But here, amid the spectacular vistas of Copper Canyon and the rustic caves of the Tarahumara Indians, Mexican federal and state officials...
Avoid a 'Hollow' Military
Congress is working to reverse dangerous Clinton administration defense cuts that threaten our national security. Just months after signing into law the 1996 defense bill, which aimed to reverse years of declining defense spending, President Clinton...
A Whirlwind Movie Season for Summer
Looking dumber than dumb in rainbow-colored goggles and striped shorts, actor Michael Keaton strides onto a set of "Multiplicity." The comedy about a man who clones himself - due in theaters July 12 - is complete and has been screened before unusually...
Clinton Has Squandered a Chance to Reform the CIA
President Clinton's so-called reforms for the intelligence community will compromise the Central Intelligence Agency's ability to serve as an independent and objective interpreter of foreign events. They don't address the most serious systemic problem...
Court Boosts Gay Rights in 'Culture War' Ruling
On May 17, 1896, in an obscure Louisiana railcar case that came to define segregation in the South, the Supreme Court denied a minority group equal rights in the political process. Yesterday, a century later, the high court drew on the lone dissent in...
Electric Cars Power Up (Quietly) to Hit the Road Undeterred by Canceled Mandates, Technical Hurdles, Carmakers Put Pedal to the Metal Building New Models
The electric car has traveled a long and winding road to market.Environmentalists, utilities, and others have long championed the plucky little vehicles. But skeptics argued that the limits of battery technology made the cars impractical for America's...
Finding a Lost Bird and Lost Words
Where and why, I sometimes wondered, in that first hot humid summer we lived in San Antonio had I become so alienated from Art, my 10-year-old firstborn?Wasn't this the same kid with whom I'd run footraces, made up silly words to songs, and taken long...
Gas Guzzlers
It's not over. The House approved legislation suspending the 4.3 cents-a-gallon gas tax, but the effort remains bogged down in the Senate. With lawmakers and news stories focused on relieving motorists of soaring prices at the pump, two seemingly unrelated...
God Didn't Do It Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life
I began to learn that God is Love in Sunday School, and I'm still learning. One teacher had us memorize the following statement by the Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy: "It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces...
Heart of Baseball Appears in the Minor Leagues
The Heart of the GameBy Paul HemphillSimon & Schuster,284 pp., $23With its arrogant millionaire players, greedy owners, and big business atmosphere, major league baseball today is about as far removed as you can get from the simpler game many of us remember...
How Idaho Panhandle Became 'Paradise Lost' Series: THE TOXIC NORTHWEST. Part Three of Three. Second of Two Articles Appearing Today
The history of mining in northern Idaho is long, colorful, and violent.A rich vein of silver and lead discovered near Wallace, Idaho, in 1883 brought thousands of miners to an area that eventually produced nearly half of all United States silver, plus...
How Small Colleges Woo Big Speakers
When screenwriter Nora Ephron delivers the graduation address at Wellesley College in two weeks, Isabelle Barry will be beaming.The senior class president at the ivy-clad Massachusetts school is not only eager to hear Ms. Ephron's message, but her presence...
How to Put a Patent on Your Inventiveness
While most people seek solutions, David Levy scans for problems."That's the key to inventing," says the winner of the $30,000 Lemelson-MIT student prize. "Wherever there is a problem, there exists a solution."Among Mr. Levy's 12 creations are "Peelables"...
HUD Secretary Cisneros Gives Surprise Praise for Dole's Courageous Move
By now there have been hundreds of assessments of what is being called the "Bob Dole move." Dole supporters see a rejuvenation of his campaign; Dole detractors are calling it a sign of desperation.The best sizing up of Mr. Dole's surprising exit from...
It's Not Easy Bein' Green in a World That Likes to Waste
Recently I was in a public bathroom where a young woman was brushing her teeth, letting the water run while she methodically stroked each tooth. When I reached over and turned off the faucet, she glared at me as if I had just tried to snatch her purse....
Just a Few Good Funds - or Stocks - Will Do Keep Your Portfolio Simple but Diversified, Experts Say
John Murphy, a buyer of corporate aircraft in Pflugerville, Texas, owns stock in 16 different companies and has money in eight mutual funds.Anne Carey, a political science teacher at a community college in Birmingham, Ala., owns shares in eight stocks...
New Breed of Movie Villian: The Weather
Move over, King Kong. Watch out, Darth Vader. Hollywood has just introduced its latest menacing antagonist - "Twister."Right away, let me confess that I only wanted to see "Twister" for personal reasons. I was attending college in Ames, Iowa, where the...
New Wisconsin Law Is Latest Move by States to Restrict Abortions
Ann Olson fast forwards through a 24-hour video of the abortion-clinic entrance, hoping to identify the individual who, under cover of darkness, glued shut the clinic's front door. She believes the culprit is one of the anti-abortion protesters who routinely...
Old Mines Pose New Hazards in Cleanup Battle of Bunker Hill Lives, in Form of Fight over Idaho Smelter Series: THE TOXIC NORTHWEST. Part Three of Three. First of Two Articles Appearing Today
In Kellogg, Idaho, this weekend, there's a contest to see who gets to blow up a bit of local history.First prize in a drawing organized by the "Blowing Our Stacks Committee" will be the opportunity to push the button that destroys the 71-story smoke...
Restoring America's House the White House's Sandstone Walls Get a $2.4 Million Refurbishment Series: Master Mason Patrick Plunkett (Bottom) and Mason Raymond Cleland Work on the West Side of the Building. Refurbishment of the Sandstone Walls Is Expected to Be Finished This Summer., DENIS PAQUIN/AP
There's a bit of irony in the fact that a gray-bearded Englishman has spent years saving the White House - the same structure his ancestors tried to burn down in the War of 1812. For more than a decade, Patrick Plunkett, a master stonemason with slate-blue...
Rich Nations Zero in on International Graft
French industrialist Serge Dassault may own a lot of airplanes, but for now he's stuck on the ground: He faces an international arrest warrant if he steps outside France.The chief of the aircraft company Dassault Aviation is a suspect in a corruption...
Selling Part of Oil Giant Hits at Heart of Mexico's Identity
'Mexico's oil for Mexicans!" With that battle cry punctuating the air, a small group of Mexico City high school volunteers rattled coffee cans at passing fellow students last Thursday.They're seeking contributions of pesos and expressions of public...
Soft Drink Competition Gives Milk a New Image
In the battle to refresh America, milk has not done well. Consumption has declined. Americans drink more than twice as much soda as they do milk.So America's dairies are developing products that turn milk into, of all things, a soft drink. The symbol...
Taiwan's Leader Coos at a Reluctant China
Even as he pushes for peace with Beijing, Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui has yet to budge from what angered China in the first place.The Taiwan Strait that separates Taiwan and China is likely to remain in political limbo, Western and Taiwanese analysts...
The Dream Scheme
When Olympics rulemakers decided a few years ago to let National Basketball Association players join the Games, they served notice - if notice was needed - that the amateur ideal was gone forever.The Dream Team, as the US Olympic basketball squad was...
Their Future Hazy, Lebanon's Guerrillas Try Tourism, Politics Hizbullah Readies for Peace Deal with Israel, but Still Woos Suicide Bombers
For a town trying to coax back Western tourists after a 20-year hiatus, the first impressions here were not encouraging.Syrian antiaircraft gunners lounged in the fields and huge portraits of the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini glowered from lamp...
The News in Brief
THE USIraq signed an agreement with the UN in New York to sell oil to buy food and medicine. The agreement allows Iraq to sell $1 billion in oil every 90 days - its first exports since the UN imposed sanctions in 1990. The pact will likely reduce gasoline...
The Seeds of a Tall Tale Take Root in a Schoolroom
I've entered the world of little people. Everything around me is designed to accommodate small hands and bodies. And every time one of these little people gathered around me speaks, I have to bend down in order to hear her clearly.It would be easier...
Today, as in Truman's Time, Public Power Has Its Place RESTORING TRUST IN AMERICA'S MESSAGE
Some 30 years after I wrote my college thesis, I found myself again writing about the 33rd president. In my book "Time Present, Time Past," I referred to a conversation I had with a couple of "good ole boys" from North Carolina. They told me how they...
Turkey Takes on A Russian Tinge BIZARRE BAZAARS
A year ago Tamara was the wife of a Russian Army captain. Her daily routine consisted of caring for two young children in a quiet neighborhood of high-rises 40 minutes from the center of Moscow.But when Tamara and her husband decided they could no longer...
Worth Noting on TV
WEDNESDAYAmerican Masters' Nichols and May - Take Two (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Thirty-four years later, the satirical humor of Mike Nichols and Elaine May still sparkles with intelligence and freshness. American Masters' retrospective of the innovative comedy...