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 14, 2003

Ageless Athletes ; Many Older People Are Participating in Track and Field after an Absence of 30 to 50 Years, and They're Breaking Records as They Go
Seventy-nine-year-old John McManus sat in his warm-ups in the stands at the Reggie Lewis field house at Roxbury Community College, chatting with friends and cheering on the athletes at the USA Track & Field (USATF) Indoor Masters National Championships.But...
A Shopper's Experiment: Can She Really 'Eat Locally'?
The assignment seemed simple enough: My editor wanted me to "eat locally" for a week. And she didn't mean check out the neighborhood diner or hamburger joint. She was talking about a growing food trend in the United States - increasing numbers of people...
Bombs' Intent: To Fray US-Saudi Ties ; Worst Anti-US Attack since 9/11 Shows That Al Qaeda Remains a Formidable Force
The well-coordinated bomb attacks in Saudi Arabia Monday night - the worst against Americans since 9/11 - may represent an attempt by terrorists to exploit tensions between the United States and a key ally in the Middle East and to send a stark message...
Bremer's Task: Regain Momentum in Iraq ; He Takes Charge of Postwar Rebuilding This Week, Bringing a Diplomat's Touch
L. Paul Bremer, who this week takes the helm of the troubled reconstruction effort in Iraq, is no dewy-eyed diplomat. The counterterrorism specialist with 23 years' experience in the State Department was tough on what he called "Islamic extremism" before...
Healthcare for US Children: Controversial Budget-Cut Target
With a swipe of a budget-committee pen, Missouri almost dropped from one of the top states in caring for children to dead last.Like lawmakers nationwide, Missouri legislators are struggling to close a gaping budget gap. Theirs is $323 billion. So the...
How Skirmishes in Iraq Complicate the US Mission ; Most Iraqis Are Grateful Hussein's Reign Has Ended, but Sporadic Violence Shows Persistence of Lingering Foes
On two separate occasions within the past week in east Baghdad, a gunman has approached a US soldier and shot him at close range.In the first attack, late last week at a US checkpoint near a bridge over the Diyala River, the soldier was killed.The second...
If Technology Becomes a Tyrant, She Ousts It
Nicols Fox, a professional reviewer and essayist, writes on a computer and submits her work to editors by e-mail. She is, after all, a citizen of the 21st century. But stop by Ms. Fox's home in Bass Harbor, Maine, and you may see her clothes drying on...
In Search of the Ripe Stuff ; Supermarkets Today Are Stocked with Choices Galore. but Some Shoppers Are Questioning Dependence on Produce from Far Away
Your grocer posts "locally grown" labels beside bins of potatoes. A city bistro credits suburban farmers for the beets, radishes, and baby leeks on its menu. And a farmers' market has set up shop in your neighborhood.Welcome to the "buy local" movement,...
Iraqi Holy Men Leap into Postwar Politics ; for the First Time in Modern Iraqi History, Shiites May Govern the Country
On Prophet Street, between the arcade pillars that line the road to Shiite Muslims' holiest shrine, hangs a long black banner. In neatly hand-painted script, it lists members of the Hursan family executed by Saddam Hussein's security men. The memorial...
John Sweeney ; Excerpts from a Monitor Breakfast on Union Issues
John Sweeney has been president of the American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) since October 1995. He has been re-elected twice.The AFL-CIO is a voluntary federation of 65 national and international unions.Before...
Letters
Democrats' debate: more than a song and danceIn response to Dante Chinni's May 5 Opinion column "The Democrats debated, and Bush won": It's easy to take pot shots at the "chorus line" of Democratic candidates. What is not easy is listening to what each...
Lip Service or Action?
Wednesday's stories about eating food grown close to home (see story) provide excellent examples of idealism and good intentions bumping up against reality.I know. I've been there.I've always considered myself a supporter of buying locally grown produce...
Lynch Rescuer Starts a New Life
In the six weeks since he helped rescue American prisoner of war Jessica Lynch, life has changed quite a bit for Iraqi lawyer Mohammed Odeh Rehaief, his wife and their five-year-old daughter.They moved to the US on April 10 from a refugee camp and were...
Navy Cowboys, Pilot-Whale Priests, and Other Odd Jobs
When I was young, I wanted to be a cowboy. I did, years later, meet a cowboy, and I asked what the most interesting part of his job had been. "My time in the Navy," he said."What did you do in the Navy?" I asked."I was a cowboy," he said.It seems World...
New Push to Resolve Korea Crisis ; Visits to the US by Japanese and S. Korean Leaders Are Crucial to a Common N. Korea Policy
Tonight's dinner in Washington between President Bush and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun - and a visit by Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to Crawford, Texas, next week - indicates the White House war on terror is expanding from the Middle...
Off the Street and into the Ark: Kiev's Homeless Kids Find Hope ; Eight Children Have Moved into the New Shelter as Efforts by Two US Women Progress
On a sunny Saturday morning, Irina and Igor rake wood debris and leaves around an old house on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. At ages 12 and 13, the two are remarkably enthusiastic as they go about their task."This is our new home and...
Power Play at Shiite Holy Institution
Few are familiar with the names of the old city alleyways here, but everyone knows where the holy men live. So when two elderly tribesmen got off the bus from the northern city of Kirkuk Tuesday, children skipped alongside, easily pointing out where...
Preach Press Ethics Abroad, but Practice Them at Home
I was in New York last week for a meeting of the board of directors o the International Center for Journalists, a nonprofit organization that promotes the cause of a strong and independent press and responsible press ethics in lands where there hasn't...
Saudi Arabia's Uncivil War
Tuesday's car-bomb attacks on Americans and other foreign workers in Riyadh carry the same message for Saudi Arabia's royal rulers as it does for the US: The tightest security, the best intelligence, and the boldest preemptive strikes aren't enough to...
She's the Belle of Ballet and Belly Dance
She is at that innocent age when the line between ballet dancing and belly dancing has not yet been decisively drawn. But when her grandmother asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she was absolutely decided: She wanted a belly-dancing outfit.Leah...
'Tama-Chan' Gets Seal of Approval from a Charmed Japan ; an Arctic Seal with a Weak Sense of Direction and Cuddly Good Looks Wanders into Tokyo's Waterways - and Japanese Fans' Hearts
Mention that Japan cannot get enough of a blubbery sea mammal and people might guess that Tokyo's chefs are busy with a new type of whale sashimi.But a very different passion has emerged recently as the country has been caught up in a frenzy over a lost...
Teachers, and Lessons, We'll Never Forget
Every year about this time, as high school seniors cram for finals and wait impatiently for their cap-and-gown moment of glory, I think about Miss Johnson, my senior-year English teacher.Tall and imposing, with angular features, graying hair, and a tight...
Tornado Readiness Improving ; the Most Intense Week of Twisters in US History Hits Hard - and Highlights New Efforts to Be Prepared
As communities struck by last week's tornado outbreak echo with the rumble of front-end loaders and the metallic thud of debris hitting dumpsters, weather forecasters are calling it the most intense week for twisters in US history.The week-long onslaught...
US-Cuba Policy Potholes
One hundred and one years ago next week, the US ended its formal military occupation of the Cuban island, and the Republic of Cuba was born.Two months ago next week, the Republic of Cuba arrested and shortly thereafter imprisoned most of the country's...
Victory Aside, War No Boon to Recruiters ; Education and Skills, Not Military Glory, Draw Enlistees
Army Sgt. Nathan Washington is driving along a suburban residential street when he spots a target of opportunity."Excuse me, I'm lost," Sergeant Washington yells out his car window at a young man standing in a driveway. It's the Army recruiter's favorite...
Weekend Makeovers - While Millions Watch ; Who Would Have Imagined That a TV Program Could Make Home Decorating Funny and Outrageous?
It all began with a simple concept: Take two daring families, two rooms, two out-there decorators, two carpenters, and two $1,000 budgets. Then let the families loose in each other's homes and give them 48 hours to do a full-scale room redo with the...
When Life Changes Course ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
I had just finished my graduate studies, purchased my first home, and begun a new job as a field director of an international program. After working through some big decisions, I was ready to settle down into my new home in the mountains and enjoy life.This...