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 October 10, 1996

A Gridiron Dynasty Forged by Passion, Speed, and Heat FLORIDA COLLEGE FOOTBALL
For most of this century, college football was dominated by Midwestern teams whose game plans involved running the fullback into the middle until the other guys buckled. But not anymore.Today's college game, like American society itself, is faster, flashier,...
A Heavy Hand on Mexican Papers the Government Isn't Used to a Publisher It Can't Influence
Right now in Mexico City there is censorship on censorship. The two papers for which I write won't print this column. Why, I don't know. I suspect the heat is on from the government to cool the criticism of a not-too-subtle censorship attempt."Mexican...
A Personal Record of a Lifetime of Diving for Wrecks
The Sea HuntersBy Clive Cussler and Craig DirgoSimon and Schuster 364 pp., $24 Yarn-meister Clive Cussler is best known for his adventure novels whose main character, Dirk Pitt, seems part James Bond and part Indiana Jones in a "Sea Hunt" setting. In...
Author of Undersea Thrillers Finds His Own Adventure INTERVIEW CLIVE CUSSLER
Like sirens of Greek myth, the rusted, rotting hulks that lie on the ocean floor or under its silt sing their own alluring songs.Salvagers and treasure-seekers, hoping for the big find that will fetch either doubloons or top dollar on the collectors'...
Banks Find Road to Success with Mutual Funds Rocky TOUGH TRANSITION Series: Mutual Funds Quarterly Report
For most banks, selling mutual funds has not been all it was cracked up to be.Ever since banks jumped into the industry nearly a decade ago in an effort to hold on to customers in search of higher returns, they have struggled to compete with industry...
'Big Is Better' Thesis Wins New Shareholders T. Rowe Price Blue Chip Growth Fund Enjoys Return Beating S&P 500 Index Series: Mutual Funds Quarterly Report
When stock mutual funds took a hit in July thanks to a sharp downturn in the market, the T. Rowe Price Blue Chip Growth Fund felt the tremor.But unlike some small-company funds that had double-digit drops in returns, this large-company fund only lost...
Building a Championship Team Piece by Piece the Atlanta Braves Win Games with a Consistent Pitching Staff, Solid Defense, and Top Quality Hitters
Team dynasties in baseball, as opposed to individual heroics (San Diego's Tony Gwynn, for example, just won his seventh National League batting crown), are in relatively short supply.In fact, since 1979, only the Toronto Blue Jays have won consecutive...
Dad's Don't-Touch Drawer
Every farm kitchen had one. It was as essential as the counter-top radio tuned to the weather reports. Ours was sandwiched in between a drawer of tea towels and a miscellaneous drawer. Miscellaneous, of course, pertained to household needs, but the junk...
Fight for South Pivots on Key Senate Races GOP Sees an Opportunity as Four Democrats Retire Series: The 96 Campaign: Race for the Senate
Southern Democratic senators, who used to be as much kings of their domain as King Cotton, saw their numbers decline in the last few years as the Republican tide swept through the region. Now the outcome of four closely watched races will determine if...
Foreign Issues Will Mount in Next President's In-Box
So far the dialogue of the 1996 US presidential campaign has dwelt on many things. For the most part, the future of the world hasn't been one of them.It's not surprising that Oval Office hopefuls focus on jobs instead of Japan, character instead of Kuwait,...
Funds Meet 'Elements of Style' Series: Mutual Funds Quarterly Report
For many investors, reading a mutual-fund prospectus is about as much fun as clipping a cat's nails.That's why, surveys show, few of them bother with the dense documents, often heavy with legalese, that fund companies are required by law to provide....
Germany Bans Double Names for Families
What's in a name? In Germany, it's now a matter of your legal identity.Under a new German law, newlyweds are not allowed to register their names combined into hyphenated hybrids, such as Schmidt-Klein or Klein-Schmidt.And as for parents who keep their...
India Riled by Tamils Fleeing Sri Lanka War Pushes Refugees off Island Nation to 'Brothers and Sisters' in India
The arrival in India of hundreds of Tamil refugees fleeing by boats from neighboring Sri Lanka is provoking concern that India might once again become embroiled in the island nation's bitter ethnic war.Refugees crammed into fishing boats have been making...
Information Politics
We usually look at election polling data in terms of who leads and trails in the horse race, and among what voter groups, or parts of the track.Assertion One: The horses may be less important to watch than the spectators.Assertion Two: Great progress...
Iran's Newest Revolution: Holy Texts Go on Computer
A man strides past the elaborate gilt portal of the Islamic seminary, wearing a white turban and the long cloak of a Muslim cleric. With his thick black beard - in the shadow of exquisite gold and turquoise minarets that mark Iran's spiritual center...
Mutual Fund Train Still Rolling along Some Investors Are Becoming Uneasy as Stocks Soar, Putting More Earnings into Money-Market Funds, but Many Analysts Expect Bull Market to Continue Series: Mutual Funds Quarterly Report
Mutual fund investors are standing steady at the helm.Investor dollars continued to pour into mutual funds during the third quarter of 1996, despite the midsummer gyrations in the stock market that sent the Dow Jones industrial average skidding southward...
Newsletters Put Fidelity in Spotlight Series: Mutual Funds Quarterly Report
With more than 200 mutual funds to choose from, thousands of Fidelity Investments' customers are crying out for help.As many as 190,000 of them currently subscribe to one of four independent newsletters to help them decide which Fidelity funds to put...
Nudged by the Contract
Before the 104th Congress takes up final, dusty residence in the history books, let's revisit the days of revolutionary Republicanism - yes, the Contract With America.The Contract was hailed and reviled. From the time it was "signed," just before the...
N.Y. Politicians Cross Cables over Access for Fox Channel
The politics of cable television has taken on the tenor of rush-hour traffic in the Big Apple.With about as much subtlety as horn-honking cabbies, the state's top politicians have taken sides in a battle between two media conglomerates - Rupert Murdoch's...
Only US Can Revive 'Land for Peace' in Mideast
Renewed tension in the Holy Land means that, regardless of the current elections, Washington needs to recommit to something it has not mentioned since 1992: the need for all parties, including Israel, to adhere to the longstanding principle that giving...
Peace in Bosnia Will 'Take a Generation'
Swiss Foreign Minister Flavio Cotti is chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which was chosen to monitor elections in Bosnia. He spoke with Monitor contributor Cathryn J. Prince aboard a Swiss Air Force plane en route to...
Rural Montana Rewrites Myth of Yuppie Sprawl SYNCHILLA COAT WATCH
Those darned Californians.Everywhere that Gene Townsend looked, the mayor of Three Forks, Mont., was convinced that refugees from California were colonizing his community, buying up every available acre of real estate, and laying cultural siege like...
Tale of Fur Seals and an Island Croft A Rare Species Returns to Waters off San Francisco Bay
Peter Pyle was recently searching for a transmitter that had fallen off a seal when he came upon a sight that left even this veteran biologist breathless."I had to flush a few sea lions into the water and in among them, in a hidden valley, there were...
The Buzz about Africanized Bees Proves Mostly Bad Publicity
Mrs. Elisabeth Smith of Sun City Center, Fla., asks, "Whatever happened to African bees?"Killer bees, known for defending their home by attacking trespassers in swarms, caused quite a buzz in the 1970s and '80s with the threat of an imminent United States...
The 'Material Girl' Turns Maternal, but Where's Dad?
Sometime in the next few weeks, headlines will herald the arrival of one of the most famous babies of 1996 - the firstborn child of Madonna. Given the pop singer's megawatt celebrity, her baby, reported to be a girl, will undoubtedly find herself cooing...
The News in Brief
THE USVice President Al Gore and Republican opponent Jack Kemp prepared for a nationally televised debate. They shrugged off suggestions that the event might be a dress rehearsal for a presidential contest in the year 2000.Bob Dole took a more critical...
The Next Hong Kong Chief: People's Choice or Beijing's? Series: Handing over Hong Kong: July 1, 1997
As the presidential contest heats up in the United States, another race for chief executive is shaping up in Hong Kong, too.It will be decided in November, and as so often happens, there will be a transition - albeit a somewhat longer one than in the...
The Strip, the Stars, and the Shady Cast
Damon Runyon, who ran away from home at 14 to serve in the Spanish-American War, was a journalist whose writing I always admired. A critic once called him "the prose laureate of the semi- literate," because he focused on New York City's gamblers, bookies,...
To Rate or Just to Rank? Morningstar, Value Line Defend Their Services Series: Mutual Funds Quarterly Report
Few things have caught on in the investment world more quickly than Morningstar's star-spangled rating system for mutual funds. Hollywood's movie-rating system just may be a little more famous.Chicago-based Morningstar was founded in 1984. Soon, mutual...
Trusting the Children to God Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life
Justin's teacher was talking about failing him. He was well behind his classmates in reading, so I was tutoring him. But our time together was not very productive; Justin wasn't very focused, and we simply weren't making progress in improving his performance....
Vanguard: A Low-Fee Manifesto John C. Bogle Says Mutual-Fund Expenses Have Gone Unchecked Too Long Series: Mutual Funds Quarterly Report
With $250 billion in assets, 8 million shareholders, and over 5,000 employees, the Vanguard Group is the second-largest mutual-fund complex in the United States. As founder and chairman of the company, John C. Bogle is considered an iconoclast within...
What's On
TV highlights for the week of Oct. 13-19. Times given are Eastern; check local listings.SUNDAYThe Rich in America: 150 Years of Town and Country Magazine (A&E, 8-10 p.m.): An admittedly light look at the lives of the privileged and powerful. But shots...
When a Kiss Is Just a Kiss
Six-year-old Jonathan Prevette of Lexington, N.C., wasn't the only one suspended from school for kissing a female classmate on the cheek. Last week seven-year-old De'Andre Dearinge of Queens, New York, was allowed to return to school after being suspended...