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 April 18, 1997

A Book That Really Helps Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Being a librarian for most of his professional working life, my father-in-law had a special love of books. Books held treasures, and he handled them with respect. One task he particularly enjoyed was selecting books on all subjects for the general...
Academic Standards: A Matter of Civil Rights without Credible Benchmarks That Apply Everywhere, Many US Schoolchildren Will Remain Trapped in Educational Backwaters
If we want tougher academic standards for America's public schools, then we need a more tough-minded answer to the question "Why?" Pundits and politicians who argue that higher standards are essential to global competitiveness miss the point. It's not...
Anxious and Jaded, Zaire Capital Waits Danger from Army, Rebels Creates Edginess
Ecotourists head for the rain forest and adventurers go outward bound. But for those who want to make a study of cynicism, Kinshasa should be holiday destination No. 1.Looted, run-down, impoverished, isolated, and soon to be besieged, Kinshasa is fast...
Atlanta's 'Freaknik': Symbol of Racial Divide or Just a Party?
Thousands of young people from across the US will come to Atlanta today for Freaknik - an annual spring-break celebration for black college students. It's sort of Daytona Beach minus the sand and surf.But many of the black students here look at the coming...
Charities Are Also Thriving on Bull Market
Bankers buying vacation homes in the Hamptons aren't the only ones to benefit from the stock market's giddy climb to record levels.In Baltimore, lines of threadbare men and women are also reaping the bull market's bounty - not in six-figure bonuses...
College Grads Bask in Job Offers as Strong Economy Eases the Hunt RECRUITERS KNOCKING
When the Class of '97 steps off the podium, it steps into the best job market of the decade.By graduation day, thousands more college seniors than last year will have jobs. And they command some of the highest starting salaries ever.A persistently strong...
Don't Let Firearms Industry off the Hook
Firearms kill nearly twice as many Americans as all other household and recreational products combined. Yet, despite public support for federal safety regulations, firearms and ammunition are the last unregulated consumer products. A poll released last...
Driving, Italian-Style, and the Art We Didn't See
The assertive lady I had barely met, across the supper table, was asserting that she had been to Florence and had been uncontrollably overwhelmed by the museum treasures. With her eyes on me as the most likely to support her, she said to all, "Of course,...
Farmers Free to Hoe Their Own Row - and Take More Risks in First Planting under New Farm Bill, Market Prices, Not Mandates, Govern
Farmers in central Ohio's Corn Belt are just starting their spring planting, but many say they are already reaping benefits from the new freedoms granted by the 1996 Farm Bill."The government program is really nice now because it allows you to be your...
Fear and Loathing in Zaire with a Warrior Named Coco
One old Zaire hand, an African-American businessman, took it upon himself to enlighten the journalists staying in the Memling Hotel, in Kinshasa's center, about the Zairean Armed Forces {FAZ}. Had we noticed, he remarked one day, the number of off-duty...
From a Fiery Inferno Artist Josh Simpson Creates a Glass Universe
Time and gravity are important elements in the work of Josh Simpson. They work for him and against him - at times they are his worst enemies.Mr. Simpson is an artist who works with glass. While some may call him a glass blower, that title seems too narrow,...
Hawaii: Steppingstone to Japan for Big Leagues?
The St. Louis Cardinals have gotten off to a very slow start this season and could probably benefit from more home cooking. Instead they'll make the longest regular-season trip (Miami to Honolulu) in history to play something billed as the "Paradise...
Heirs of Lenin and Stalin Face Identity Crisis in an Era of Change as Communist Party Meets This Weekend, Yeltsin Pressured to End Its Dominance in Parliament
Russia's Communist Party holds its fourth congress since 1991 this weekend, showing few signs that it can halt its drift toward irrelevance and concerned about a government assault on its sole remaining citadel, parliament.Some 1,500 delegates will meet...
In NFL Draft, Intelligence Scores Teams Consider Results in Cognitive Ability Test When Making Their Picks
When it comes to evaluating college prospects, the National Football League is known for leaving few stones unturned.In the weeks, months, and even years leading up to this weekend's NFL draft, conducted in New York, teams have used an array of tools...
In Vermont, It's a Woman's Guard Now
How do you mold a mishmash group of doctors and mechanics, lawyers and homemakers into a hop-to corps that's ready to respond to everything from Bosnia's conflicts to the sting of big floods or storms?That's Maj. Gen. Martha Rainville's task, and she...
Israeli Political Scandal May Reset Mideast Peace Clock If Netanyahu Is Indicted Next Week, Israel's Far-Right Could Be Weakened in Talks with Palestinians
Strong-willed leaders in the Mideast have driven the peace process one way or the other from the start. So when one suddenly falters, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did this week, prospects for peace can rise or fall with him.A police...
Latest White House Guest: Wesley Snipes 'Murder at 1600' Falls Victim to Trendy Government-Bashing
Many of today's headlines deal with actual or potential government scandals. Yet polls suggest that many Americans are only mildly troubled by such stuff, as long as the country keeps running on a reasonably steady course.Hollywood hasn't gotten this...
Letters
Memories of Earhart Still InspireThe editorial "To Soar Like Earhart" (April 7) reminds me of an event during the summer of 1933, the bottom of the Depression.Students from various colleges were invited to an all-day meeting in Newark, N.J. We were to...
Men and Women We Must Remember Paul Revere, Yes. but Many Others Fought America's Battle for Liberty
By now you've probably seen some reference to April 19's place in history. Perhaps a news brief summarizing David Koresh's fiery finale in Waco, Texas, or a feature story memorializing victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.But, long before these events...
My Foreign Letter of Introduction
The border guard at Lagodekhi, Georgia, had his finger curled around the trigger of his old Kalashnikov as he ordered me into the guard room. Five minutes later, I was calling him Aslan, laughing with him over a mug of hot sweet chai. One thing my six-week-long...
Partisanship Ad Nauseam
Speaker Newt Gingrich says that Attorney General Janet Reno should be investigated by Congress for conflict of interest. House majority leader Dick Armey says that she should resign. Last month the Senate passed a sense-of-the-Senate resolution calling...
The News in Brief
The USFormer Senate majority lead-er Bob Dole agreed to provide a $300,000 loan for House Speak-er Newt Gingrich to use in paying his ethics penalty. The terms call for Gingrich to repay the money at 10 percent interest over eight years. The move means...
The Sweatshop Code
America didn't invent sweatshops in other countries. (Innocents abroad on package tours don't usually ask the wages and hours of the smiling child at the loom in the factory where "we got a great bargain on a rug.") But, as case after case attests, American...
Tortoise Pace of Appointments Leaves Top Washington Posts Empty
There's a stillness in the halls of the US government this spring - a leaden quiet that reflects the number of unfilled administration offices.At least, that's the way it seems to many low-level workers. Three months into the second Clinton administration...
US Women in Combat Draw Unfriendly Fire Sexual Harassment Charges May Spur Greater Integration of Forces
Beneath the disturbing headlines alleging sexual abuse and harassment in the armed forces simmers a deeply emotional debate about the growing role of women in the military.The issue: whether women should be allowed to take up arms on the brutal front...
Voters Not as Bipartisan as They Used to Be 'Straight-Ticket' Voting Is Most Pronounced in the South
Many people think that because Americans elected a Democratic president and a Republican Congress last November, the voters wanted a divided government.New data show that was not the case.In fact, almost 3 out of 4 Americans' choice for president and...