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 January 10, 2001

12 Years Later, Lockerbie Trial Nears a Close ; Yesterday, the Prosecution Began Final Arguments in Its Murder Case against Two Libyan Nationals
Tired eyes welling with tears and her handbag bulging with tissues snatched from a hotel bathroom, June Hilbert had a hard day on Tuesday. Twelve years ago, her husband, Rod, died when the plane he was on, Pan Am Flight 103, blew up over the Scottish...
America Sees Moral Shortfall, Looks to Faith ; Poll Reaffirms the Concept of 'One Nation, under God,' with People Viewing More Religion as the Antidote to Social Ills
Americans put a lot of faith in faith. According to an in-depth national report released today, a large US majority wants religion's influence on society to increase. This may seem surprising, coming as controversies over school prayer and the Ten...
A More Checkered Picture of US Crime ; Crime Is Still Low, but Growth in Cities Shows the Difficulty of Keeping Rates Down
In Chicago, a police crackdown on open-air drug markets has helped the city's murder rate drop to a 33-year low. In Baltimore, a focus on crime "hot spots" has contributed to a similar reduction in homicides. But in Boston, the level of crime rose...
Bagels Take a Dip, but Keep on Rolling Along
During the 1990s, bagels enjoyed such a yeasty rise in popularity that something had to give. It did. Einstein's, the largest bagel chain in the United States, filed for bankruptcy protection last year and closed 74 underperforming shops. Bruegger's,...
Etc
OH, OK, IF WE MUST It takes a really tall tale to win the annual Burlington (Wis.) Liars Club contest. So tip your cap to Gordon Zwicky because he's a worthy champion. He beat 299 other competitors with a whopper about his trip to Florida. A neighbor,...
Faulty Parental Logic
Parental logic is an elastic thing, often stretched during moments of stress or sleep deprivation. With young children, disciplinary concepts need to be kept brief and simple. Logic hardly enters into it. Although I vowed not to repeat the refrain...
Her Lessons Shape Me Still
The most unforgettable teacher of my childhood was a blue-eyed American, Miss Florence Boynton. At first she was my Sunday School teacher. But in the fall of 1935, as I was about to begin sixth grade at the American School, Miss Boynton became my...
High Court Hands Blow to Wetlands
A US Supreme Court decision yesterday placing limits on wetlands protection is raising new questions about how far the federal government can now go in safeguarding the environment. Business groups and local governments applaud the court ruling, which...
Homemade Bagels: You'd Think Making the Holes Would Be Easy
Have you ever eaten a homemade bagel? I hadn't, nor had I even seen one. This revelation set me to wondering why. Is there some deep, dark secret, known only to commercial bakers, that makes baking a bagel in your own kitchen an impossibility or utterly...
How Civic Design Went Astray
'Sprawl" conjures up images of out-of-control development, in which subdivisions, strip malls, high-speed feeder roads, traffic congestion, and cookie-cutter bedroom communities grow like crabgrass. How did this all happen, what forces are at play,...
In China - Bonding Gone Bad? ; A Tradition of Relationships and Networking, Called Guanxi, Facilitates Widespread Corruption
The lunar "Year of the Golden Dragon," which ends Jan. 23, was supposed to be an especially auspicious one according to Chinese lore. But in one of the largest-ever crackdowns on corruption in post-Mao China, the past year has been decidedly hostile...
Kaliningrad: Model of Cooperation with EU? ; on Saturday, Russia Denied That Nuclear Weapons Had Been Moved to the Region
A tiny Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea, the Kaliningrad region has slumbered for the past 10 years in relative isolation, seemingly forgotten by both Moscow and the West. But reports last week that Moscow has moved short-range nuclear weapons ...
Mixed Outlook on Merger Mania ; Proposed Linkups Could Put Half the US Air-Travel Market in the Grasp of Two Airlines. at What Price for Consumers?
In the two decades since America began deregulating Big Industry and breaking up monopolies, the notion of free-market competition has swept much of the globe. Now, though, the Land of the Free Corporation is having second thoughts. True, Americans...
National Boundaries: Latest Frontier in Cyberspace ; Starting Today, Yahoo! Will No Longer Carry Online Auctions of Hate- Related Items
The vast, unregulated space of the Internet is starting to run up against boundaries. New guidelines established by Yahoo! Inc. take effect today banning online auctions of Nazi artifacts and Ku Klux Klan paraphernalia from its classified listings...
New Grasp of Galaxies: Varied - and Violent
Some 75 years ago, Edwin Hubble trained his telescopes at a faint point of light in the constellation of Andromeda and revolutionized astronomy. Where others had only seen a star or cloud of cosmic dust, he saw a whole new system of stars, for the...
New Video Consoles Not Just for Kids ; as Microsoft Hails Its High-Tech Xbox as the Wave of the Future, Critics Question the Value of More Video Games
Video gaming, an industry characterized by cherubic cartoon characters and alien invasions, has long been viewed as the adolescent of consumer electronics. While most people now use a personal computer, the stereotypical gamer remains the same: a...
Playing the Name Game Can Become Confusing
I kept my last name when I married because I liked it. Maureen Webster stood for who I was, my origins. My husband, Jim Hoeffler, agreed, and calmly began answering the questions of skeptics. When we lived in the country, people asked outright,...
Rumblings from Taiwan
There is a Chinese folk custom that all debts should be settled before the Lunar New Year. In this case, the Year of the Snake begins on Jan. 24. This custom of settling debts may prove difficult for Taiwan in the months ahead: An economic calamity...
Shiitakes: Are They Easier to Grow Than to Spell? ; You'll Need a Drill, Hammer, Saw, Spawn Plugs, Wax, Frying Pan. Oh, Infinite Patience and a Hardwood Forest Helps, Too
I first heard about growing shiitake mushrooms from a friend who is always looking for ways to eke out a living off the land. He explained that hardwood logs can be inoculated with shiitake spawn, and that they will produce mushrooms on and off for...
Sprawled out ; an Aerial Photographer Captures the Altered American Landscape with Unmistakable Clarity
Alex MacLean has spent a lot of time peering down at the American landscape. During 25 years as an aerial photographer, he's logged more than 5,000 hours in his single-engine Cessna Skylane 182, often studying communities from altitudes where mailboxes...
The 'Comeback Kids' - - Not Just in Politics
Making a comeback can be a newsworthy event for those in any field, from musicians and entertainers to athletes and long-silent authors. This month the spotlight is focusing on political comebacks. George W. Bush's Cabinet selections include several...
The Coolest Teacher Ever
Our seventh-grade English teacher, Miss McHugh, was the youngest teacher we'd ever had at Public School 70. Her fluffy brown, shoulder-length hair cascaded around her face, like Charlie's Angels on TV. Her perfume, unlike the rose water that our homeroom...
The Last-Minute Liberal
President Clinton has refused to go quietly. This is no duck, least of all a lame one. He has been spending his final days using his power to the maximum to invoke that hallmark of effective politics, the art of the possible. In these last days,...
The Sex-Ed Debate
Should teenagers be taught the need to simply refrain from sexual activity, or should sex-education courses be more "comprehensive," including information about contraceptive measures? That's the essence of a longrunning debate in the United States,...
Today's Story Line:
Whose laws govern the globe-girdling Internet? Two stories today indicate that Europe is now setting worldwide standards. Pushed by a French court ruling, Yahoo! is banning the sale of Nazi items on all of its sites (page 1). And Canada, prodded by...
Two Garden Books to Cultivate - or Weed
With garden books, "one size fits all" doesn't apply. A nongardener with a huge carpet of grass surrounding his home may be looking for a guide to controlling weeds in his lawn. Someone with more experience may need lists of flowers beyond petunias,...
USA
By a 5-to-4 vote, the Supreme Court limited the scope of a landmark environmental law, the 1972 Clean Water Act. The justices ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers lacked authority under the legislation to prevent a group of suburban Chicago localities...
'Wait Time' and Wisdom ; Originally Printed as an Editorial in the Christian Science Sentinel
It's not often that someone praises the advantages of a slower pace. Yet that's what at least one teacher is doing. Sharon Ellsworth teaches English at Grantsville Middle School in the Southwestern United States, and she is a strong advocate of "wait...
When It Comes to Homes, What's Old Is New Again
As the producer of Restoration & Renovation 2001, a large annual conference and trade show, Ellen Glew keeps a close eye on the restoration and renovation field. She likes what she sees. Money spent on rehabbing or remodeling rose 5 percent to $150...
With Chavez, Bush Faces First Political Test ; Controversy over Cabinet Pick Sets Up Clash between Loyalty and Damage Control
The quickly building controversy over the nomination of Linda Chavez to be secretary of Labor is providing President-elect George W. Bush with his first major political test. It sets up a fundamental clash between loyalty and damage control for an...
With Nod to Europe, Canada Tightens Data Privacy ; A New Law That Took Effect Jan. 1 Meets EU Demands, Takes a Middle- Ground Approach
When it comes to the Internet, US companies aren't the only ones feeling pressure from Europe. European Union rules on data privacy are credited with prompting Canada to pass legislation that went into effect Jan.1. The federal data-privacy law,...
World
US envoy Dennis Ross was due in the Middle East for a last-ditch attempt to secure a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians before President Clinton leaves office. But his task assumed new difficulty in the wake of a protest Monday by an estimated...