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 December 4, 1998

A Flood of Ideas to Build Central America Anew POST-MITCH 'OPPORTUNITY'
The rivers of Central America were still running high with the waters of hurricane Mitch last month when the Managua newspaper La Tribuna ran this six-column, front-page headline: "A historic opportunity."The opportunity is to use the global focus on...
Assure Options for Life before a 'Right to Die' KEVORKIAN
Jack Kervorkian got his wish and was arrested for ending the life of Thomas Youk. Dr. Kevorkian says he is fighting for a patient's right to die - but he's forgotten a patient's right to live. It is ironic that, at the moment he was arrested, Kevorkian,...
A Veteran Broadway Insider Finally Gets 'Star Billing'
What do Lena Horne, Richard Burton, Jerry Lewis, and Marlene Deitrich have in common? Along with dozens of other world-class performers, such as Liv Ullmann, Joan Rivers, Lauren BacalI, John Gielgud, and Vincent Price, they have appeared under the auspices...
College Football's Numbers Crunch FIGURING WHO'S NO. 1
Who's better, who's the best? Ranking college football teams has traditionally been a matter of conjecture. Only opinions counted.Until now.Starting this season both science and sensibility are being put into the blender to crunch out the numbers. By...
... Do-Righters Do Well Where Asia Crisis Began
It looks like a flashback to the days of Thailand's boom, before the crisis began here almost a year and a half ago.In a Bangkok brokerage house, eager investors huddle around banks of computers, watching the stocks - and their fortunes - rise and fall.They...
Governing by Investigation?
Impeachment mire raises question of how effectively Congress governsMy guess is that Speaker Newt Gingrich would have thought twice about pushing through an impeachment inquiry had he foreseen the Nov. 3 election outcome, revealing a public tired of...
Gun Database Leaves Many Empty Handed Legitimate Gun Sales Down during Peak Season Due to National System's Glitches
You can first hear the muted crack of gunfire and slugs slamming the backstop half a block away from Peter's Indoor Gun Range in the shadow of Detroit's skyline.Inside, in nearly a dozen metal-covered shooting booths, off- duty police and hobbyists crank...
How to Wield a Wrench in Zero Gravity
When Jerry Ross and James Newman begin connecting cables on the International Space Station next week, they won't be doing the work of typical telephone linemen.Instead, they will be working in the perilous vacuum of space, where the object they are...
Industry Giants Get Arm Twists. South Korea's President Meets with Business Big Guns to Coax Faster Change within the Revered Conglomerates.; SLOW REFORMERS
On Monday, South Korea's five most powerful business-men will be chauffeured to the presi-dential mansion and perhaps, be handed an ultimatum: "Follow orders, or else!"It sounds like a scene from decades ago, when central government mandarins had conglomerates...
Josh Has All the Right Moves SEARCHING FOR CHECKMATE
Josh Wallace may be the next Bobby Fischer, but he'd rather be a Boris Spassky. Since he's only in third grade, he has plenty of time to choose.Josh is already the national champion in his age group, kindergarten through third grade, and the Colorado...
Lessons from Monet to Pinochet Passing Today's Moral Judgments on Yesterday's Actions Stirs Up Controversy
The past is a foreign country, novelist L.P. Hartley once said. If that's true, it's a place the United States has been visiting this week.In Washington, a conference on Holocaust victim assets has helped revive charges that some US firms abetted Hitler's...
Letters
Nike defends its Code of ConductNike takes seriously its responsibility to provide fair wages and safe working conditions for the more than 500,000 people who manufacture, distribute, and sell our products in 35 countries around the world. That is why...
Making It Big in Britain, Chinese Now Top Earners A New Study Puts Weekly Earnings above That of Anglo-Saxons. Better Education, Work Ethic, and Family Values All Cited as Reasons
The gleaming silver Mercedes sports car parked in the heart of Chinatown appeared to support the findings of a new survey: Britain's Chinese are now the nation's top earners.A century ago in the British capital's Docklands, Chinese crewmen from merchant...
Movie Guide
Reviews in this weekly guide are written by Monitor critic David Sterritt (the first set of '+' marks in each review) unless otherwise noted. Ratings and comments by the Monitor staff panel (the second set of '+' marks in each review) reflect the sometimes...
Now It's Brazil's Turn
The spotlight is on Brazil. Latin America's giant has become a crucial test for economic management in the age of globalism. International lenders have supplied needed financial aid with the $41.5 billion rescue plan announced in November. Can Brazil...
On Stage: Stories on a Human Scale
Regular theatergoers know this. Some of the rest us forget it and need reminding. And some, unfortunately, don't know and have a great pleasure awaiting them: There's something special about live theater.With a TV remote - especially one operating a...
Quirky Humor from Two British Imports
England has a long-established film industry, and a large potential audience for movies made on its own territory. Still, many English directors dream of success in the United States, where the word "hit" conjures up extravagant visions of fame and fortune....
Rise of the Mega-Firm: Is Bigger Really Better? Corporations the Size of Nations Raise Questions about Job Creation, Regulation
Companies are getting bigger than countries.Ten "supercorporations" now exist with annual revenues of more than $102 billion - greater than the annual gross domestic product of Greece or Finland. In fact, if newly merged Exxon Mobil were a country, its...
Scheme to Bowl Outdoors Looks like a Gutter Ball
The underlying problem with bowling is that there is no problem with bowling. Regardless, bowling always acts as if it's a malfunction to be fixed, which it is not, rather than a joy to be experienced, which it is.It's the only entity in the world with...
Sibling Rivalry Gives Sumo a New Bounce TAKA VS. WAKA
The comparison you often hear is to Cain and Abel, but even that doesn't convey Japan's fascination with the fraternal rift in this country's most venerated sport.Dutiful, quiet Takanohana shook the sumo-wrestling world this fall with a verbal slap to...
'Simple Plan' Hatches Oscar-Quality Performances
New end-of-year movies will draw more attention from Oscar- watchers than "A Simple Plan," which features award-caliber performances by two actors in parts ideally suited to their styles.Bill Paxton, whose laid-back manner lends itself nicely to regular-guy...
Sports 101
Expanded luxury seating. A state-of-the-art stadium. Delicious food to satisfy anyone's appetite. Who could pass up this combination? Apparently not Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots. He has agreed to move his football team from Massachusetts...
The Best of My Boston Stories
Miss Louise Dumas called me for a chat and told me she is a five- great aunt, which sounds about right. I asked one of the Dumases one time if he was related to Alexander, and he said no way, but he'd heard that Alexander claimed to be related to him....
The Gifts That Keep on Being Given
Back in the 1950s, a foul-weather weekend with "nothing to do" was commonplace for me and my siblings. As young kids we took few lessons, watched little TV (there wasn't, after all, too much to watch), and accepted that family outings to a movie theater...
The 'Kwazy Knot' - One Man's 'Festivus' of Christmas Fads
I'm not trying to be Mr. Scrooge, or throw cold water on anybody's shopping fun. But if you're about to head for the nearest mall in search of a Furby, take a moment and ask yourself this question: Are you trying to buy a special gift for a person who...
The News in Brief
The USWhite House lawyers said they wanted to mount a "vigorous defense" of President Clinton before the House Judiciary Committee. And the ranking Democrat on the panel - John Conyers of Michigan - said a review of secret FBI and Justice Department...
Today's Story Line:
Countries with lousy weather may want to rethink how they develop. That's one lesson in our latest post-Mitch story from Central America (page 1). One US senator wants to bring NAFTA to the region. Quote of note: "This disaster opened the curtain on...
Toward a Clean Slate
The White House and its most vocal allies on the House Judiciary Committee are protesting the committee's vote to "expand" its impeachment inquiry into President Clinton's possible wrongdoing in financing his 1996 campaign.But committee chairman Henry...
TV with All the Trimmings
Bah! Leave it to television to sentimentalize and trivialize the holiday season as much as possible. Whether it's dreaming of a white Christmas or exposing Santa Claus as a neglectful parent to his only son, TV tends to revel in humbug this time of year.Most...
What's on TV: SHOWS WORTH NOTING FOR THE WEEK OF DEC. 5 - 11; Listings Are Not Necessarily Recommended by the Monitor. All Times Eastern, Check Local Listings
SATURDAY 12/5College Football (ABC, 1-11 p.m.): The WAC Championship game in Las Vegas between Air Force and Brigham Young kicks off a triple- header of conference title games. Kansas St. vs. Texas A&M and Tennessee vs. Mississippi round out the competition.SUNDAY...
What to Believe? Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Somone shares some gossip. The paper records an economic prediction. A TV ad makes claims about the value of a product. Do you choose to accept the information or not?Important as these choices may be, there are other more significant choices we each...
Why Campaign-Finance Probe May Not Harm Clinton BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
President Clinton is likely to dodge another bullet. Make that three.With the House Judiciary Committee, Federal Elections Commission, and Justice Department investigating presidential abuses of campaign-finance laws, this triple threat may seem hard...
Why US Is Quiet on Pinochet Case Secret Papers, Sought by Spanish Judge, May Reveal More about US Ties to Chilean Dictator
If Spain is able to extradite Gen. Augusto Pinochet to face charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, the former Chilean dictator may not be the only one answering tough questions.The United States could also find itself having to justify a disturbing...
Working to Make Police Watchdogs Independent after Resignation of First Civilian Inspector General, L.A. Redefines the Position
It is a saga that remains unresolved years after L.A. motorist Rodney King was beaten by police in March 1991.In a case being monitored closely by police-reform groups nationwide, the Los Angeles Police Department - whose missteps made headlines during...