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 February 5, 2001

Across US, a Police Push to Solve Old Crimes
For 20 years, the murder in Burlington, Conn., remained unsolved, the police paperwork consigned to a seldom-opened file cabinet. But last summer, a special police unit - one that investigates cases in which all leads have long grown cold - scored...
A Life of Apples and Adventures in Reading
Red Delicious apples were the first ones. Heart-shaped, burgundy colored, and crisp, they had bumps on the bottom that let each one stand up straight. If the flesh had pale pink streaks, even better. These were reading apples. A big chair in the living...
A Move to Spur Migrants to Go to the Bank ; Concerns Rise That Illegal Immigrants Working in the US Are Robbery Targets
They don't exactly move in international circles of high finance, preferring to tote their life savings in a dungaree pocket rather than wire it to bank accounts abroad. But their suspicion of central banks and paperwork may be making America's migrant...
And Now, a Word from Our Sponsor: 'Gasp!'
Gorgeous scenery! Girls in bikinis! Just add a Ferrari and some talking frogs, and "Temptation Island" would look like an hour- long advertiser's dream. But despite high ratings and the kind of youthful audience companies crave, the Fox network is...
Banks Step out from Behind the Glass ; Online Banking Has Fans, but Many Customers Still Want to Visit a Local Branch - and Find People. Enter 'Retail Banking.'
Kevin Caires is tired of being put on hold. Like most people with delicate questions about their bank accounts, he wants a quick and clear answer - from a human being. It's a simple request. But in an era when banks nudge their customers to ATMs,...
Brave New Backyard
The first thing you need to know about energy is that there is no shortage. The universe is alive with energy. Whether it be a spinning wind turbine or a photovoltaic solar cell, this energy is often invisible until we find the right trick to tap its...
Business & Finance
Continental Airlines is holding preliminary talks about acquiring the far larger Delta Air Lines, The Washington Post reported. Industry sources told the newspaper that particular scenario was being considered because of a complicating role played...
Dark Days for Nairobi - Kenya's Once-Lauded 'Green City in the Sun' ; Nairobi Was Recently Downgraded to One of the Least Pleasant and Safe Places to Work
Just getting through the day here can be a triumph. Water stops running in the middle of your shower; the car gets stuck in a crater-size pothole; and the electricity is forever flickering. Phone lines can take a month to fix, e-mail can take two...
Don't Steal That Hotel Pillow … Buy It!
When people travel, they often seek at least the same comfort that they have at home. Many hotels have picked up on that desire, offering luxury guest rooms, complete with fancy bathrooms, designer furnishings, and luxurious beds. The experience...
Fending off Stealthy Growth of Porn ; Many Mainstream Firms Can't Resist a Sizzling New Profit Center. but Investors Can
Smut. Many investors don't like it, yet unwittingly support it - by owning stock of some big, mainstream companies. For example, General Motors' satellite-television subsidiary now sells more graphic sex films than Larry Flynt, who publishes Hustler...
French Judges Target the Politically Powerful ; A Key Figure in a High-Profile Corruption Case Was Arrested over the Weekend
A spate of corruption investigations and trials is bringing a new concept to the French public: the crusading prosecutor. The French judicial system and the mainstream press were not noted for pursuing the politically powerful in the past. At least,...
Hand over Milosevic
The effort to bring Slobodan Milosevic to justice is not simply a matter of forcing one man to face charges of war crimes. It's a test for the international community in preventing wartime atrocities against civilians everywhere. A trial of the former...
How a Frame Becomes the Art
Picture frames are difficult. Take a picture to a framer, and you will probably encounter bewildering and complex choices. Frames should, above all, suit pictures. But they should also suit their surroundings. A frame is a kind of no man's land between...
Israelis, Voting Tomorrow, Tilt toward Hard Line ; the Contest Features Two Former Generals with Opposing Views on the Peace Process
Prime Minister Ehud Barak has staked his political career on pursuing negotiations with Palestinians. Opposition leader Ariel Sharon has made a career out of taking a hard line against them. In elections tomorrow, Israelis will choose between the...
Million-Watt Question: Can California Conserve? ; It Has Cut Back for Now, but the State Must Stay on an Energy Diet for Two Years
Simon Lillico was accustomed to turning off the lights and computer monitors at work in his native New Zealand. Saving energy, and money, was just part of the culture. He's doing the same around the offices of the San Francisco audio-visual-equipment...
Morocco's Turbaned Tribesmen Bemoan Big Oil Deals
In the shadow of a solitary oil rig in the scrub where the High Atlas mountains meet the Sahara, Mohammed Boulkoumi tends his 10 sheep and raises five children. "That land belongs to my tribe, the Bouchaim," says the turbaned shepherd, pointing at...
One Woman Who Made a $1 Million Impression
Ever call a credit-card or utility company with a simple billing question only to be put on hold for many minutes, subjected to the Muzak version of "Don't Be Cruel?" It's a scenario Christina Bauer hopes to erase through the launch of her Boston-based...
Q & A: Retiree Aims for the Right Asset Mix
Q I'm 62, retired, and get $571 a month from Social Security, which I estimate to have a net present value of $75,000. I also get $1,405 from a pension with an estimated NPV of $218,000. Finally, I have about $300,000 in stock-index mutual funds....
'Reality' Television Is Nothing but Fantasy
Todd Nelson's Feb. 1 opinion piece " 'Survivor' has it all wrong" has it right that the television program "Survivor" and its genre are misnamed reality television. The more appropriate adjective would be "fantasy." Having dabbled with wilderness...
Suddenly, Tax Cuts Are Probable ; Voters Were Lukewarm about Bush's Plan before the Election, but the Tax- Cut Context Has Changed since Then
It's a surprising shift in emphasis: Washington's 2001 tax debate no longer centers on whether reductions will occur, but on how broad and deep they are likely to be. Not long ago the conventional wisdom held that President Bush's $1.6 trillion tax-cut...
The Case against Using US Surplus to Pay off Debt
Economist A. Gary Shilling recalls getting a call from TV evangelist Robert Schuller about a decade ago regarding a book Dr. Schuller was writing on "The Power of Being Debt Free." The Rev. Mr. Schuller noted how the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove,...
USA
President Bush was to welcome his first foreign leader to the White House today: Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien. Officials said the two nations have a wide range of issues to discuss, including US plans for a national missile defense and a...
Wake-Up Call for Indian Readiness ; after the Earthquake, There's Recognition That State and National Disaster Efforts Need Improvement
The quake had struck early Jan. 26, just as many Indians were settling down to watch the Republic Day parade in the capital on TV. But though the earthquake itself was swift and certain, the response of government officials at the state and national...
Water Rights: Florida Boaters vs. Manatees ; Federal and State Officials Promise Stricter Restrictions on Motorboats
Florida is bracing for yet another knock-down, drag-out statewide battle with national implications. In November and December, it was over the right to vote. In February and March, it will be over the right to boat. At issue is the prospect of more...
Western States Confront California's Spreading Crisis ; as Energy Shortage Threatens the Region, 10 Governors Met to Discuss Solutions
There's nothing like seeing your neighbor's house ablaze to get you thinking hard about fire detectors and homeowner's insurance. It's with that kind of intensity and urgency that states around California view the current energy emergency in the West....
Women on the Verge of A Funding Breakthrough ; Often at the End of the Line for Venture Capital, Female Entrepreneurs Learn What It Takes to Sell Their Ideas to Increasingly Wary Investors
Gail Goodman wanted $15 million for her 3-year-old. So she went to Harvard last fall on her baby's behalf. Ms. Goodman, CEO of Roving Software Inc., in Needham, Mass., was the first of 30 women entrepreneurs making pitches aimed at helping their...
World
A cold rain was inhibiting final campaigning in Israel before tomorrow's election as Palestinian groups called for a "day of rage" to "affirm the continuation of the intifada." Caretaker Prime Minister Ehud Barak was making a last-ditch appeal for...