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 27, 2003

A Family Legacy and the Threat of Scandal ; Meg Scott Phipps Is Embroiled in a Kickback Controversy, Showing Power of Ag Positions in South
The Scott family farm in the rumpled hills of North Carolina is to the Tarheel state what the Kennedy compound is to Massachusetts.It is the place where generations of one of the most powerful political families in North Carolina has lived or retreated...
A Quest to Cash Social Security Checks While Living Overseas
Q: I plan to move to Natal, Brazil, next year when I retire. Will Social Security be able to deposit my checks electronically in a bank in Brazil? If not, how can I avoid them being mailed - and possibly being stolen in the process?O.L., via e-mailA:...
Are Schools More Afraid of Lawsuits Than They Should Be? ; an Education-Law Expert Says the Perception That Schools Are under Siege from Courts Isn't the Case
When Perry Zirkel conducts a seminar on education law, he likes to start with a pop quiz.The education-law specialist, who teaches at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., describes lawsuits involving public school districts that have come before US courts....
Cash Buoys an SRI Fund
As megainvestor Warren Buffet is said to have remarked, "it's only when the tide goes out that you learn who's been swimming naked."When the stock market fell and the tide went out on mutual-fund managers, not many were found to be appropriately attired.That...
Continuity of Congress
NO one knows for sure where that fourth plane that crashed in a Pennsylvania field Sept. 11, 2001, was headed. But many believe the terrorists were aiming at the White House or Congress.The Constitution and law provide a line of succession if the president...
From Mines to Toys in Ukraine ; A NATO Project to Disarm Mines Might Be Expanded across East Europe
In this struggling coal town in Eastern Ukraine, any job for a young woman is a find, but Yulia Lednova especially prizes hers.For the locally competitive sum of $100 a month, she removes the detonators from land mines - the first step in recycling the...
Global Survey Captures Gender-Based Views on Work/life Flexibility
In the business world, women consistently report more career obstacles than men. But to make improvements, companies need detailed information about the relationship between gender and career advancement.The results of a two-year research project - "Leaders...
Good School Hunting ; Bus Tours for Prospective Students Are a Growing Trend. Parents Don't Come along on These Visits
Before Alexander Jackson and his father set out on trips to visit seven college campuses last spring and fall, both had already planned their Batman-and-Robin approach to the task.It was Alex's job to research schools in depth to figure out the best...
Handling Stress on Campus
As high school students across the country try on caps and gowns and settle their plans for college, some will be matriculating this fall with some heavy baggage.Rising concerns about mental-health challenges among today's teenagers are prompting some...
Helping Others in the Path ; for Kids
Have you seen "Four Feathers"? It's a movie about an English soldier whose name is Harry and an African, named Abou, who helps him. Harry is afraid of fighting in a war, and he is given four white feathers from his friends, showing him that they think...
How Hard Will Bush Push for Mideast Peace? ; President's Involvement Could Be Vital to Progress at a Summit Expected in June
In recent decades, no American president has taken office seeking major involvement in the Middle East. Just as invariably, American presidents have been sucked into the issue and, at times, become intimately entwined in negotiations.President Bush is...
In the Midst of the Iraq War - and Always on the Phone ; Hand-Held Satellite Phones Have Become Indispensable to War Correspondents Trying to File Stories, Catch the Latest Scuttlebutt - or Get Tips on Avoiding Danger
HEAVY SHELLING, WE'VE GONE 4 LUNCH IN KALAK.As I scroll through the text messages on my Thuraya satellite phone, they seem a more telling picture of covering the war in Iraq than any image on my digital camera. This particular message was sent by a British...
Journalism's Weakest Link
Anyone who loves journalism and has worked in it long enough to really know it can't feel verygood these days.It likes to call itself a profession but wants no part of the idea that its practitioners get a license to do their jobs, as do lawyers or doctors...
Letters
Tax-cut certainty: greater national debtAs the Monitor has stated in "Can the tax cuts jumpstart economy?" (May 23), it is uncertain how much the newest tax cuts will stimulate the economy. But two things are certain: First, that there will be great...
'Lone Wolves' Pose Explosive Terror Threat ; Man Arrested Last Week Allegedly Sought Bombmaking Material
In April, court documents allege, Sayed Abdul Malike tried to buy enough explosives to blow up "a mountain."No one knows what Mr. Malike's specific plan might have been, or whether it would have succeeded, but thanks to an alert shop owner the Afghan-born...
Missing the Boat to Argentina
ON Sunday, Argentina inaugurated a new president, Nestor Kirchner, and virtually every head of state in Latin America was here to lend support. Fidel Castro was the biggest celebrity in town, followed by Lula da Silva from Brazil, and Hugo Chavez from...
Peace like Clockwork
The clock's again ticking for Middle East peace. And if President Bush keeps winding it up, the Palestinians and Israel might find a way to live with each other in about two years.Mr. Bush's resolve to start a countdown to a Palestinian state was made...
Reporters on the Job
* A WIDOW'S TALE: While reporting Tuesday's story about the killing of Nepalese journalists (page 7), the Monitor's Scott Baldauf encountered one of the more difficult tasks a reporter faces: talking about a deceased person with his relatives."It feels...
Retirees Breathe New Life into Fading Towns
Jim Lehman makes for a peculiar sort of superhero. When he takes off his large, rectangular glasses, he still looks like the semi- retired tax accountant that he is. His daily to-do list consists of learning golf and meeting with the local Kiwanis Club....
Summer Travel Survey ; Staying Close to Home Handles Many Americans' Concerns about Cost and - Though Worries Have Faded - Safety
Calls and e-mails to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism have risen 45 percent since last year. Requests for Iowa's official travel guide are soaring, say state officials, who anticipate a bumper crop of tourists this summer.The Midwest is one of a handful...
The ABCs of Bees
As beekeeper Robert MacKimmie opens their hive, the deep hum of 40,000 bees fills the air. Where have I heard this sound before? Oh, yes - in horror movies.Mr. MacKimmie checks honey stores, pollen supplies, and the bee "nursery." Dozens of bees crawl...
US Clout Brings Mideast Turning Point ; the Israeli Cabinet Voted 12-to-7 to Approve an International Plan That Would Lead to a Palestinian State
Israel's qualified acceptance of a US-backed plan to establish a Palestinian state offers the most significant boost to peace prospects in 32 months of conflict.Despite cynicism on both sides and Israeli attempts to add conditions, the road map could...
US Keeps Deflation at Bay, for Now
Surveys suggest that Americans figure inflation is running about 3 to 4 percent nowadays. Actually, the rate is more like 1.5 to 2 percent.And "it could get precariously close to zero over this coming year," predicts Robert Gay, an economist with Commerzbank...
US Sees Renewed Role for Nukes in Military Arsenal ; Research on Low-Yield Nuclear Weapons Underscores US Shift from a Strategy of Deterrence to One of Preemption
In recent years, nuclear weapons have seemed a Strangelovian anachronism - Cold War relics from the days when Leonid Brezhnev and Ronald Reagan glowered at one another, brandishing their missiles while the rest of the world quaked.Today, the world's...
Video Game Reviews
There are a lot of new games out, but without question the No. 1 spot goes to "Enter the Matrix," designed by well-known game designer Dave Perry (Shiny Entertainment) and released by Atari.Based on the Matrix franchise, this game takes players in new...
Year of Living Dangerously for Nepal's Reporters ; Peace Talks with Rebels Stall Investigations into the Deaths of Eight Journalists
To his wife and colleagues, Krishna Sen was a kind husband and a journalist who wrote passionately about the troubles of the Nepali peasants.To the government of Nepal, he was a Maoist revolutionary, a supporter of a terrorist organization that had launched...
'You Find a Dark Corner and You Cry.' ; Soldiers Lament Missed Family Time - and Savor Every Letter from Home
Usually the cost of war is measured in terms of lives lost and property destroyed. It is expressed as sterile statistics - casualty rates and dollar estimates.But for most American soldiers, there is a far more personal cost in deploying to distant corners...