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 3, 2003

A Shuttle Crash, a Global Loss ; for Space-Faring Nations, Fresh Safety Concerns
When the space shuttle Challenger exploded during its launch into crystalline skies over Cape Canaveral on Jan. 28, 1986, the loss of seven crew members and an icon of US technological prowess was a national tragedy.Saturday morning's loss of the shuttle...
A Week in the Middle East
(Editor's note: The Monitor's Middle East editor Jim Norton shares his observations during a one-week tour of Jordan and Israel. )Cafe Paradiso, Jerusalem02-01-31I meet Nicole Gaouette, another of the Monitor's staff correspondents in the Middle East,...
A World of Feeling
Global reaction to the loss of the space shuttle Columbia and its international crew Saturday came from world leaders and schoolchildren alike. The theme of reaction was shock, sympathy, and encouragement to pick up where the astronaut heroes had left...
Bush Tax Plan's Complications and Costs
Despite the plug President Bush gave his proposed $674 billion tax cut in his State of the Union address last week, Congress will likely shrink it."We are going to get a pretty big package," says Greg Valliere, chief strategist at Schwab Washington Research...
Columbia: What Is Not Gone ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
"It's gone," said a senior US official in one of the first formal statements to the news media about the Columbia space shuttle, which broke up over Texas just 16 minutes before its scheduled touch down on Saturday morning at Kennedy Space Center in...
Expert Deductions regarding Your Tax Questions
Q: I heard that if I donate my dilapidated 1991 Saab to charity within the next two months, I can still get a tax deduction for 2002. Is this true? How do I determine how much I can write off? J.W., Lincoln, Mass.A: It's too late for 2002, but a donation...
Harsh Reminder: Space Is a Risky Workplace ; Saturday's Deaths Are the First for NASA since the Challenger Explosion in 1986
From the day Alan Shepard first shoehorned himself into the cosmic tin can of Freedom 7 more than four decades ago, astronauts have been America's Christopher Columbuses - sailors of the night sky planting the flag of American pride in the ether of outer...
Holy Mackerel - My Cooking Stinks!
I remember the day when the song came out in the early 1980s. I don't exactly remember what I was doing when I heard it - the way many Americans remember Nov. 22, 1963 - but it still was a historic moment in Korean popular-music history. My favorite...
In Israel, Hopes Fall with Shuttle ; in a Nation Dogged by Conflict, Astronaut Col. Ilan Ramon Gave Israelis 16 Days of Pride and Respite
For Israelis, the Columbia's fiery disintegration in the Texas skies didn't just herald the death of their first astronaut; it also extinguished a beacon of hope.With the Israeli-Palestinian conflict roaring into its third year, a looming regional war,...
In Kuwait, US Troops Train - and Wait ; Soldiers in One Unit Have Orders to Move into Their Attack Position on Feb. 5
Like many Americans, Jaime Pagant rethought his life after Sept. 11. Horrified by the carnage he witnessed that day at the World Trade Center, he quit his job as a New York City policeman and joined the Army.Today, 16 months later, Private First Class...
Israel Mourns a Hero
The news hit Israel hard. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon offered his prayers for Col. Ilan Ramon and his family as the news rippled through the country. In one Jerusalem cafe, faces tightened as the news traveled down the counter. "An Israeli in space,"...
Jolted from a Shared Wonder in Spaceflight
Even after the ominous first announcements, it seemed so innocent and clean flashing through the morning sky on our television screens, a streamer of white heralding one more arrival from space.Maybe we've seen so many fictional encounters in space that...
Lessons from a Factory Fire ; Plant Explosion in North Carolina Raises Questions of Workplace Safety in the South
As the smoke cleared this weekend, wafting above the coffee shops and army-surplus stores of Kinston, N.C., people fretted about the loss of 255 jobs from the West Pharmaceutical Plant. They wondered whether the company would rebuild here after its factory...
Letters
Should the rich keep more of what they earn?In response to your Jan. 29 article "America has no nobles. How much noblesse oblige?": It is absolutely fair and right to tax the rich. It is logical to tax those who can afford to pay more, and lessen the...
'Mom's Prayer Meetings' Taught Us to Fight Racism
Parents sometimes try to hide the problems facing adults, and the world, from their children. Sometimes they try to educate them. And sometimes the conversations get started in unusual ways.In the middle 1950s my parents, who grew up around Boston, moved...
Powell Faces Tough Sell to a Skeptical UN ; He Addresses the UN Security Council on Wednesday
Secretary of State Colin Powell has addressed many tough crowds - but he'll be facing one of the most difficult tasks of his career this Wednesday when he presents evidence of Iraq's concealment of weapons to a skeptical UN Security Council audience.In...
Putting Tax-Prep Sites, Software to the Test
If you're sharpening your No. 2 pencil and looking with dread at a pile of paper tax forms, this is the year to see if your computer can simplify matters.Online tax programs have become so refined and easy to use that paper-laden filers owe it to themselves...
Reporters on the Job
* TRAINING FOR WAR: The dangers of using live ammunition in military training were brought home to reporter Nicholas Pelham last week when he spent four days and nights with members of the US Army's 3rd Infantry Division stationed in Kuwait (page 7)."We...
Space Exploration - Humanity's Endeavor
You might expect that the third American spaceship tragedy would evoke in me, a science writer who has covered human spaceflight from the get go, a sense of deja vu. It doesn't. Things are different this time.America was racing its cold war rival Russia...
Sputtering Start to Clean Cars
It's hard to believe. But as President Bush said in his State of the Union speech, the first car driven by a child born today really could be pollution-free and hydrogen-powered.But that's only if the federal government takes the right approach to this...
Tehran Court Rules against US ; Case Decided Last Week Could Lead to More Suits
An Iranian businessman abducted in a sting operation by American undercover customs agents 12 years ago has successfully sued the US government in a Tehran court, which last week awarded him half a billion dollars in damages.Hossein Alikhani says his...
Thailand's Cultural Might Sparks Regional Jealousy ; Cambodia Was Stirred into a Violent Frenzy Last Week over a Thai Actress's Alleged Insult
Suwanan Kongying is an unlikely firebrand. Her doe-eyed beauty and soft-spoken charm have made the young actress one of Thailand's hottest soap-opera stars.But last week, her script took on a darker tone after newspapers in Cambodia claimed that Ms....
The Stars Still Beckon
One small item lost on the space shuttle Columbia as it broke up across the blue skies of Texas on Saturday was a black-and-white drawing by a young boy with a dream.It was drawn in 1942 by a teenage Jew named Peter Ginz in a concentration camp and was...
With Troops Gone, a Base Town Hibernates ; Sierra Vista, Ariz., Is Leaning on Its Communal Bonds as Massive Troop Deployment Saps the Town's Businesses
From the windows of his Enchanted Dragon tattoo parlor, Dan Thomas has an unobstructed view of the main gates of Fort Huachuca, an Army intelligence base in southern Arizona.Few dispute that the fort is the primary economic engine for this sprawling...
World Looks for Answers
When the space shuttle Challenger exploded on liftoff 17 years and four days ago, it was seen as a great tragedy for the US. But the destruction of the space shuttle Columbia, as it neared its final touchdown on Saturday morning, is likely to be seen...
Your Portfolio May Be Ripe for a Roth ; These IRAs Can Carry Some Tax Advantages, Especially for Those Who Have a Taken a Beating in the Stock Market
All that red ink flowing from Wall Street doesn't look pretty. But it may be just the signal Americans need to take another look at converting their traditional IRAs into Roth IRAs."It might be a very good time to convert now," says Nicholas Kaster,...