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 15, 1996

A Child's 'Dream'
SHORTLY after a young California girl's single-engine plane crashed last week during her attempt to become the youngest cross-country pilot, federal authorities said they would reexamine regulations on underage pilots. Under FAA rules, no one may fly...
A Fast Friendship in Germany with 'Enemy' I'd Never Met
'Oma has called. We're going to Berlin!" Claus was shouting at me from the top of the stairs of his family's home in Wiesbaden when I walked in to begin another weekend with my adopted German family. I was serving overseas with the US Army of Occupation....
African Art: Its Beauty, Form, and Function
African Masterworks in the Detroit Institute of ArtsEssays by Michael Kan and Roy SieberText by David W. Penney, Mary Nooter Roberts, and Helen M. Shannon Smithsonian Institute Press 180 pp., $34.95 The Western world's appreciation of traditional African...
Animated Tales: Not Just for Kids Anymore Cartoon Techniques Offer Filmmakers the Chance to Inhabit Odd Worlds and Build Fantastic Stories
Who says movie cartoons are only for kids? True, most animated films are geared to G-rated territory, remaining mostly safe for children even if their producers throw in jokes and references aimed at parents in the audience.This tradition helps explain...
Apple Tries to Find Role in Computer 'Ecosystem'
THE superlatives abound: One of the world's most innovative computer companies. The leader in making personal computers friendly, approachable devices.But as Apple Computer turns 20 years old this month, it is preparing this week to announce its worst...
Are G-Rated Movies Too Much for Young Kids? A Mother Campaigns for a New Rating for Children under the Age of 7
WITH a home-heating and air-conditioning business to run, a one-year-old and a five-year-old to raise, and another on the way, you wouldn't expect Jacqueline Sears to have time for much else. But she's made time.Incensed by what she sees as an increasing...
As Funds Jockey for Investors, Fees Climb Higher Fund Watchers Advise People to Shop around for Low-Cost, Low-Fee Mutual Funds Series: MUTUAL FUNDS QUARTERLY REPORT
MANY mutual-fund investors, distracted by good returns, may not have noticed that their bottom line is being affected by something else:rising fees.The increase in expenses stems partly from stepped-up competition, both within the industry, and between...
A Skater's Enduring Grace Dorothy Hamill Glides Back into the Ice Arena
TWENTY years after she won an Olympic gold medal in figure skating, Dorothy Hamill is still in the sport she loves, searching for the right blend of opportunities.Recently she was in Boston to participate in the Hershey's Kisses Figure Skating Challenge,...
Being a Friend Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life
AS a child I had few friends my own age. I loved to read and especially liked poetry. One of my favorite poems was by Sam Walter Foss, "The House by the Side of the Road." The concluding lines read: "Let me live in my house by the side of the road...
Bond-Fund Investors Are Cautious Following Spring Interest-Rate Rout Series: MUTUAL FUNDS QUARTERLY REPORT
BOND funds have been playing poor cousin to their glamorous equity relatives lately. Though the stock market has showed recent weakness, investors seem to like it far better than the troubled bond market.In the 12 months ended in March, investors poured...
Boston Marathon Spurs the Sport's Resurgence 100 YEARS OF MULTITUDES
IT is the oldest and most prestigious annual American sporting event of its kind.In its 100th running today, the Boston Marathon exemplifies the breathless confidence of a sport that is headed into the next century at full stride.More women are running,...
Brazil Poor Make Grab for Land of Wealthy
WITH spades and machetes in hand, peasants all over Brazil are blocking roads, tearing down fences, and invading large farms.In an attempt to push agrarian reform onto the national agenda, a Brazilian peasants' organization is waging an unrelenting campaign...
Canadian Military Reels over Coverup Charges
Charges of a coverup by senior military officers erupted last week following revelations that key documents needed to investigate abuses by Canadian troops during a UN mission to Somalia are missing.During the 1993 mission, one Somali youth was murdered...
Clinton Trip to Shift Japan's Role in Alliance
THIS week's summit between President Clinton and Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto seems likely to inaugurate a period of expanded and unprecedented military cooperation between their nations.In a presummit move, the two governments announced...
Cuba's Independent Journalists Vow to Keep Presses Rolling
A YEAR ago, Rafael Solano was enthusiastically making phone calls and riding his bicycle around Havana, developing contacts for his new Habana Press news agency.Today Mr. Solano awaits a trial that could land him in one of Cuba's infamous prisons for...
Defense Plots Broad Conspiracy Strategy to Get McVeigh off Series: OKLAHOMA CITY ONE YEAR LATER.Part Two of a Series. First of Two Articles Appearing Today
STEPHEN JONES lunges forward in his swivel chair, plants two fists on his desktop, and issues a warning about the Oklahoma City bombing trial: "When you know what I know, and someday you will, you will never think of the United States the same way."The...
Egypt's Privatization Plans May Finally Be for Real Foreign Investors Show Interest in State Firms
FOR years, the Egyptian government has stalled on privatizing its bloated public sector, promising to sell off its state-owned industries while failing to follow through.But after the recent release of a list of 120 public companies, store outlets, and...
For Inflation Signs, Don't Look to Price of Broccoli COST-OF-LIVING UPDATE
IF you didn't eat your vegetables and you didn't drive anywhere last month, your pocketbook was not affected by rising prices. But for most Americans, increasing fuel prices and the soaring cost of broccoli meant less spare change jingling in their pockets.Price...
Fund Choices for Investors Multiply A Flood of $67.4 Billion in New Money Pours into Stock Funds in the First Quarter Series: MUTUAL FUNDS QUARTERLY REPORT
AT the unpretentious offices of the Vanguard Group in Valley Forge, Pa., company officials are putting final touches on two new funds - index funds for overseas stocks and real estate investment trusts.They will join a roster of some 92 investment portfolios...
Funds Become Bigger Force in Economy Series: MUTUAL FUNDS QUARTERLY REPORT
GROWTH of the American mutual-fund industry has been so dramatic that it is giving the United States a different financial structure from that in other industrial countries.That's what David Hale, an economist at Zurich Kemper Investments Inc. in Chicago,...
Good Start; What Next for Stocks? Series: MUTUAL FUNDS QUARTERLY REPORT
SO far, 1996 has been another dandy year for equity mutual funds.Domestic stock funds posted an average 5.6 percent total return, including reinvesting of dividends, for the three months ended March 31."The first quarter turned out to be much better...
How to Protect US Interests Worldwide the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Discusses the Peace Mission in Bosnia, Military Readiness, and US Defense-Budget Problems
Changing global relationships and tightening budgets are reshaping the US armed forces - the world's largest and most widely deployed.. Talking with Monitor editors recently, Gen. John Shalikashvili, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, examined the...
Israel Decides A Little War May Gain A Bigger Peace
BY its relentless pounding of Islamic military bases in Lebanon, Israel hopes to do more than punish Hizbullah guerrillas for their rocket attacks on northern Israel.Israel hopes its military offensive will lead to a wider Mideast peace. It aims to persuade...
Jot This Down, Tax Procrastinators: 1995 Refunds Are Fatter and Faster
IF it's true that bad habits are hard to kick, millions of procrastinators will be staring at the tax tables today.Those half-inch-thick directions, requiring adding and subtracting from schedules A, B, C, or all of the above, will be opened at last.To...
Legal Aid's Last Stand?
PUBLICLY funded legal aid for the poor has been a facet of American life for more than 20 years. Depending on one's perspective, it has either been a bulwark of equal justice, or a vehicle for crusading liberals.In practice, legal aid may have had elements...
Militia Movement Seeks Allies with Guns, Badges FIFTH COLUMN Series: OKLAHOMA ONE YEAR LATER. Second in a Series. Second of Two Articles Appearing Today
AS one of the most decorated men in the history of the Phoenix Police Department, including twice being named Officer of the Year, retired cop Jack McLamb makes an unlikely champion for the antigovernment militia movement.But Mr. McLamb, wearing his...
Moral Superiority Is Scarce in Africa's Nuremberg Trial Should Ethiopia's Rulers Judge Their Predecessors?
IT was one of Africa's crueler regimes.In the name of Marxism and freedom, Soviet-backed Ethiopians overthrew a dictatorial emperor in 1974. Then for nearly 20 years they behaved far worse than their former rulers - killing, torturing, or imprisoning...
More People Than Poppies at California Flower Fest, but the Bands Played on When John Muir Writes the Hype, Reality Is Bound to Be a Letdown
THE bus engines were humming. The helicopter blades were whirring. The hot-air balloons were poised on the scorched-desert floor.As wildflower-loving masses from Hawaii to Canada winnowed out their vehicles-of-choice from which to view the Fifth Annual...
Mutual Funds Are Competing Sharply for 401(k) Pension Plans Offered by Companies to Employees Mutual Funds Are Competing Sharply for 401(k) Pension Plans Offered by Companies to Employees Series: MUTUAL FUNDS QUARTERLY REPORT
MORE than 20 million Americans trust themselves more than they do the Social Security system.Stated less jocularly, 22.3 million Americans, through 401(k) plans, actively take responsibility for building part of their own retirement nest eggs, using...
My Dependent, the Bird, and Other Tales of a Taxing Nature
William Grant thought he had heard it all.Three years ago, however, the South Boston accountant was going over tax forms at the home of a long-time client when he noticed something unusual."The woman had claimed someone named Anthony as a dependent,"...
On the Day of the 100th Boston Marathon, Books Celebrate Why We Run Boston Marathon - A Century of Photos
A Century of RunningBy Hal HigdonRodale Press 242 pp., $40 The first sentence on the dust cover says it best. "The Boston Marathon is the Holy Grail of running." Beginning nearly four generations before the running boom of the 1970s, this century-old...
On the Day of the 100th Boston Marathon, Books Celebrate Why We Run Running Stories Provide Inspiration
The Runner's Literary CompanionEdited by Garth BattistaPenguin Books, 319 pp. paperback, $12.95 The Boston Marathon countdown has begun. Runners searching for extra inspiration and others seeking to understand why anyone would willingly run 26.2 miles...
Poll Finds Americans Critical of Television
More than two-thirds of Americans believe television contributes to violence, erodes family values, and fosters a distrust of government, according to a new poll.The public also is deeply troubled about increasingly graphic portrayals of sex during prime...
Putnam New Opportunities' 1995 Return: 46 Percent Fund Manager 'Battles' Market and Wins for His Shareowners Series: MUTUAL FUNDS QUARTERLY REPORT
IN the office of mutual-fund manager Daniel Miller, orderly piles of paper and carefully hung children's artwork belie the often frenetic pace at which its occupant operates.But haste has not made waste for Mr. Miller. Last year, the growth fund he manages...
US Hopes to Mine Gold from the Sea in Savannah
THE United States has so much salt water running through its historical blood lines, it's not surprising that US sailors have won their share of Olympic yachting medals (including 10 golds).The US again has high hopes for the 1996 games, where the sailing...
US Plan for a Balance of Power in Bosnia Is Left out of Kilter Improving Army of Muslim-Croat Federation Set Back by Lack of Money
WHEN the US solicited international funds to equip and train the Army of Bosnia's Muslim-Croat federation, rejections from European states opposed to the plan came as no surprise. What was not expected was the closed purse strings of the Islamic world.A...
Zedillo's New Political Crew
IN nautical terms, the public perceives President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon as a weak captain. Still, they expect he will ride out increasingly rough seas this year, even as he must steer around a political Bermuda Triangle within the next 18 months.To...