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 August 11, 2003

A Lesson in Allaying Immigrant Tensions ; Residents of Lewiston, Maine, Tried to Capitalize on Strengths
Two years ago, not a few heads turned when a handful of African women with brilliantly colored head scarves appeared in this small city carved out of the Maine pine forests. Before long, hundreds of Somali immigrants had flocked to Lewiston.Tensions...
Behind eBay's Entrepreneurial Buzz
In the beginning, there were beanie babies. Whole menageries piling up in basements and being put up for auction on eBay.com.Now, nearly six years after that craze popularized the virtual flea market, eBay-spawned businesses are coming out of the basement...
Break the Silence on AmeriCorps Funding
Despite President Bush's promise in his 2002 State of the Union address to expand AmeriCorps by 50 percent, the national service venture is only weeks away from shrinking dramatically. Unless the president proves willing to face down GOP ideologues in...
Budget Gap Can Shrink with Stepped Up Tax Collection
Here's one suggestion for getting rid of that pesky $450 billion federal budget deficit: Collect all the taxes that Americans owe."If we had 100 percent compliance with the tax laws, we would probably be operating at break-even," says Donald Alexander,...
From Bounty Hunters to Bankers: Recall Leads to Plebeian Platforms
One is a sumo wrestler. Another is the former commissioner of Major League Baseball. A third is a blue-clad Venice Beach bohemian who suggests that his campaign will be a piece of performance art.The array of candidates in the great stampede to replace...
Gray Days for Davis
Every so often, the political elite appears to lose touch with large segments of the public.When that happens, voters take things into their own hands - often passing referendums the establishment deplores (such as California's Prop 13) or supporting...
How Strains of Mozart Became Mosh-Pit Roars ; Carolina Town Fights over Its Concerts, Revealing Splits of Taste, Class, and Culture
By day, it's a land of suits and skirts, a maze of tidy lawns, two-story houses, and sprawling office complexes. And at night, many here hoped, that sense of civility would linger, with strains of Mozart and Brahms spilling across Symphony Lake from...
In Iraq, US Sees Influence of Al Qaeda ; Officials Say 'Foreign Fighters' May Be Plotting Attacks against US Forces
A car bomb in Baghdad last week killed 19 people - the deadliest single act of violence since the US occupation began 100 days ago. None of the victims was American, but the attack suggested that US forces may soon face a more sophisticated and unpredictable...
Laurence Olivier and I
During my first year of teaching college, I got involved with a local theater group. All I had to do was run on stage and say something to the lead. Still, I was so terrible that the director got after me one evening. He made me get onto the floor and...
Letters
Iran going nuclear: a reasonable response?I am very disappointed by the Monitor's editorial regarding nuclear weapons in Iran ("Preventing a Nuclear Iran," Aug. 6). The editors repeat all the stock phrases and threats about Iranian ambitions. I would...
Liberian President Plans to Step Down, but What Next? ; Taylor's VP Is Expected to Take over Monday amid Concern over How He'll Be Welcomed
This was a weekend of waiting in Monrovia. The city is beginning to come to life again - shops are reopening, streets are being swept, and piles of trash are being removed - but there is an anxious mood all the same.The question on everyone's mind here...
Logic Behind W. Africa's 'Senseless' Violence?
Reading some of the recent media coverage, you could be forgiven for thinking that many Africans inhabit a parallel moral universe, governed by no civilized rules, where hacking off your neighbor's limbs is a common form of intimidation and control.Many...
Lulu Pines for One Open Road in Particular
Our prodigal cat has returned home - yet again. In his honor, we are opening a can of Tender Morsels of Fatted Calf.For Lulu has returned from his 32nd trip across a wild and formidable landscape, back to our former house in the center of town, two miles...
Mideast Cease-Fire Shows Limits ; Four Palestinians and an Israeli Soldier Died during a Raid Friday; Fighting Also Heated Up with Hizbullah
In the most serious incident since Palestinians declared a cease- fire six weeks ago, Israeli troops surged into Askar refugee camp near Nablus Friday to make arrests. Four Palestinians, two of them Hamas militants, died, as did an Israeli soldier.The...
Native-Son Outfielders Lift Japanese from Their Slump ; Fans Cheer Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui, Players on Two US Teams Whose Every Line Drive Seems to 'Ease the Pain' of the Japanese Mind
The best American baseball usually comes in chilly October. In Japan it may have been this weekend.Fans reveled in a three-game seesaw slugfest between the New York Yankees, team of Hideki Matsui, aka "Godzilla," and the Seattle Mariners, whose right...
Philadelphia's Shrine to Monetary Policy ; New Exhibition Teaches Public What It Needs to Know about the Federal Reserve
On July 4, more than 10,000 visitors crammed into the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, after its nationally televised inaugural ceremony earlier in the day.Two days earlier, economists, bankers, and monetary-policy wonks gathered at a more...
Reporters on the Job
* NO COMMENT: Monitor contributor Nicole Itano says that Charles Taylor, Liberia's president, has always liked the spotlight (page 7). But these days, his attitude has changed. "He feels the press has really turned against him now," Nicole says. "He...
Seeking Options on How to Sell Family Jewelry
Q: My aunt left me a piece of very fine jewelry. I have had it appraised and was told the appraiser could sell it for me on consignment. I feel that I would do much better by arranging a private sale. How do I go about doing this?Name withheld, via e-...
Strategies for Game of Total Recall ; Gov. Davis Will Focus on Abuse of the Process, While GOP Will Stress Personality
With its cast of characters officially set, the California recall election is now becoming a battle of competing plotlines. The survival of Gov. Gray Davis - and who, if anyone, winds up replacing him - is likely to depend on which campaign is best able...
Texas Duel Highlights Separation of Powers ; State Supreme Court Is Asking for Legal Briefs Monday on Whether Runaway Democrats Can Be Forced Back to the State
Some see it as a move of desperation. Others say it is simply a matter of course. But one thing is clear with the dueling lawsuits filed late last week in Austin: Texas lawmakers are at a stalemate.The months-long battle over redistricting has now moved...
The Job Is Yours ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
The work I was doing wasn't exactly fulfilling, but writing jobs were hard to come by. I continued writing copy for breakfast cereals and didn't look for another job. Actually, I had so many other things to be concerned about that I put the work situation...
Tuitions Up Steeply Nationwide ; the Increases at Flagship Universities Could Be the Largest in 30 Years
After graduating from a high school near Phoenix, Caleb Alvarado decided not to get a full-time job like many of his friends, but to become instead the first male member of his family to go to college.By living at home, working 20 hours a week, and taking...
Vanilla Sky High ; A Plain Old Bean Carries a Rather Gaudy Price Tag. the Result: A Downgrade in Flavor for Americans Not Willing to Pay
One teaspoon of vanilla. It's an essential ingredient in hundreds of recipes, from cookies and cakes to ice cream and cream soda.Americans have been cooking with the spice for centuries. For many consumers, a tiny bottle of vanilla extract is as common...