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 18, 2004

Amid Roses and Camera Clicks, Day of Vows ; from Provincetown to Springfield, Gays Apply for Marriage Licenses as Media Chronicle Historic Moment
Couples descended the town hall steps to cheering crowds and cries of "Kiss, kiss, kiss." On this historic day, many obliged.Gay marriage may be the subject of pitched legal battles across the nation, but Monday in "P-town," a fishing village and popular...
A Not-So-Boring History of Flooring
Are the floors in your home made of wood? Tile? Are they covered with carpeting or vinyl? We have plenty of options for covering our floors now, with even ancient types of floors still in use today in different parts of the world. Here's a look at what's...
Bomb Hits at Iraq's Handover ; A Top Moderate Leader Was Killed Monday
Hours after a suicide car bombing killed the head of the US- appointed Governing Council as he arrived for a daily meeting, Iraqis vowed the attack would not stop them from taking part in the country's new transitional government.But the killing of Izzedine...
California Gets Real, Almost
Arnold Schwarzenegger likes using movie metaphors to describe his work as California's governor. Last week, he compared his long-term plans for the state to a James Cameron film script. Like Mr. Cameron's "Terminator" series, California will also have...
Caught between Two Dreams ; with Romance on One Side and Her Family on the Other, Victorine Struggled to Choose
A bright student once told me that she felt the literary canon was pointing at her threateningly:* Edna Pontellier walks into the ocean.* Lily Bart swallows too many sleeping pills.* Emma Bovary chokes on poison.I interrupted her list and with great...
Court Boosts Civil Rights Law for Disabled ; by Ruling in Favor of a Paraplegic Who Crawled Up to a Second-Floor Courtroom, Justices Signal Possible Shift Away from States' Rights
The US Supreme Court has upheld the right of disabled individuals to sue states for equal access to public services and facilities.In a major 5-to-4 decision announced Monday, the nation's highest court ruled that Congress acted within its authority...
Equations for Traffic and Marriage ; Philip Ball Argues That Human Behavior Follows the Laws of Physics in Surprising and Illuminating Ways
One safe prediction we can make about the coming election season is that there will be an abundance of pundits with conflicting opinions. We'll hear from TV personalities and party functionaries. But, if science writer Philip Ball is right, the people...
Facing Up ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
My husband was at city hall. He looked around carefully, as he told me later, then slipped the envelope under the desk and into the hand of the official requesting the bribe.The building we had leased was not up to code, but no one had told us this when...
For These Vets, Senate Abuse Probe Is Personal
One is a former secretary of the Navy. Another survived five years of torture in a North Vietnamese prison cell. A third, the only active reservist in the US Senate, served the Air Force as a prosecutor in Europe. Yet another gets her intelligence on...
Global Impact of the Courts-Martial ; the Abuse Trials of US Soldiers in Baghdad Starting Wednesday Will Provide an Example of Justice, but Will Carry Their Own Risks
In the many surveys over recent months showing perceptions of the United States souring in the Arab and Muslim worlds, one bright spot has shone through: People in these regions continue to admire the American democratic system and say they aspire to...
Her House Is Bigger, His Wife Is Prettier ... ; We Don't Envy Everybody - Just Our Friends
Alain de Botton has created a nice little literary niche for himself, setting up shop as something of a general intellectual authority explaining Proust, dissecting what travel means to the contemporary elite, and now analyzing the travails of anxiety....
Imprisoned in a Rock-Solid Misdiagnosis ; Hundreds of Boys Were Caught in a Nightmare of Destructive and Unnecessary Institutionalization
Today he'd get tutors, counseling, maybe speech therapy. In 1949, 7-year-old Freddie Boyce got locked away.From the early 1900s well into the 1960s, Freddie and thousands of other so-called "feebleminded" children and adults were enrolled each year at...
In Montana, a Sense of Patriotism Brings out New Recruits
With peach fuzz still on his cheeks, a wedding ring on his finger, and an infant daughter at home, 20-year-old Bill Cooper considers what he's leaving behind yet has no reservations about fighting in an increasingly unpopular war.Last week, Mr. Cooper...
Japan, a Tobacco Bastion, Now Less Tolerant of Smokers
Kenichiro Watanabe lounges on a bench in Shibuya, one of Tokyo's busiest entertainment districts, and lights up a cigarette. Right behind him is a large no smoking sign.The 22-year-old exhales a cloud of smoke. "These rules don't affect me," he said....
Landowners, Walkers Face off in Tragicomic Struggle, British Style
An Englishman's home is his castle. So it has been said for 400 years, leaving few doubts that when it comes to domestic life in Britain, privacy and property are paramount.But not any more, it would seem. For in recent years, another equally ancient...
Letters
Reflecting on the 'Faces of the Fallen'Regarding your May 12 article "Lost in Iraq: Faces of the Fallen": The faces tell the story more than do the numbers, though the numbers are numbing: 772 soldiers' deaths, 433 children bereft of a parent, and 284...
Only the Best for Fluffy and Scruffy
"Dottie Jo is here!" Heather Powers and her peers halt their conversation, hurry to the black white-spotted greyhound, and shower her with attention. Dottie Jo responds with a few happy wags of her tail.As a fourth-year student at Tufts University School...
Polemics of Head and Heart: Time to Realize a Voter Has Both
Among certain opinion-makers, it is fashionable to talk about how "bankrupt" the division between left and right is, pointing out that it is the "middle" of America that holds the key to the future. Most Americans even identify themselves as "moderates."Others...
Reporters on the Job
* Madonna Who? With parents who run a walkers' club and a 96- year-old grandmother who until recently enjoyed regular 100-mile hiking holidays, reporter Mark Rice-Oxley is no stranger to the rambling fraternity in Britain. So the latest British efforts...
Russia Holds Veto on Kyoto Treaty ; State Agencies Face a May 20 Deadline to Give Advice to Putin, Who Remains Undecided
As the world waits, Russians are battling over how Moscow should use its power to make or break the Kyoto Protocol, the international pact to head off global warming.President Vladimir Putin has been dithering for the past year over whether to ratify...
SAT Finally Gets a Third 'R' - Writing
The SAT, the exam used by college admission offices for more than 70 years, is adding a third section to the verbal and math components. This new section, to be introduced next March, could be called "Raw Writing." And the course to prepare for it -...
The Twilight of Civilization ; Jane Jacobs Sounded the Alarm about Cities 40 Years Ago - Now Her Worries Are Bigger
In 1960, in a book that began as a Fortune magazine article called "Downtown is for People," Jane Jacobs warned of the problems cities would face in the late 20th century and offered ways of preserving the best of true urbanity. More than 40 years after...
This Is School?
Outside Fairhaven School, half a dozen teenagers are whacking one another over the heads with plastic swords. An interactive antiterrorism computer game is raging in the video room, card games are being played in the lounge. And, in the silent room,...
US Leans on South Korea
Scrambling to put more boots on the ground in Iraq, the US said this past weekend that it plans to transfer about 10 percent of its 37,000 troops in South Korea.In mild shock, Seoul's security chiefs are meeting Tuesday to see if they can make up for...
Want a Job? Hand over Your SAT Results
Harvard University senior Zachary Podolsky has every reason to feel good about the record he has compiled in college. A classics major with a GPA above 3.8 and a writer for the Harvard Crimson, Mr. Podolsky is also well informed about financial markets.But...
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