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 June 5, 2006

3 Cheers for the Freshman Who Could ; I Realized Something I Hadn't Noticed When I Had Cheered Myself Hoarse
"I can come to your meet," I cheerfully inform my daughter as she shoves her running shoes in her bag. "You don't have to ....""No, it all worked out," I say. "The weather's great. My meeting was cancelled.""Well, you don't have to bother," she mumbles...
Backstory: Philly's Cheesesteak Wars
Travel the world and you'll find many a Philly cheesesteak. But you won't find one here. In Philly, it's a Larry's cheesesteak, or a Dan's, or a Steve's, each offering a sandwich with it's characteristic crumbliness of filling, chewiness of roll, and...
Battle of the Whispers ; A Boston Tourist Attraction Becomes a Research Lab to Resolve a 19th- Century Sotto Voce Mystery
It's an odd formula that math teachers shouldn't scrutinize too closely, but for physicist William Hartmann, it worked: S + Ta = Rp, where S is scientist, Ta is tourist attraction, and Rp is research project.When the Michigan State University physicist...
Coming to a Pump near You: Clean Diesel ; Refineries Are Beginning to Make Low-Sulfur Fuel, under a New EPA Rule. Cleaner Engines to Follow
For as long as people have cared what wafts from vehicle tailpipes, diesel motors have had the rap as the dirtiest, smelliest, noisiest engines on the road. That could soon change.In a move that may presage diesel's Cinderella-like transformation, the...
Graduation Comes Much Too Soon ; Memories of Buzz Cuts, Band Camp, and Flour Mountains. Where Did the Time Go?
When your firstborn goes off to kindergarten for the first time, you don't think about learner's permits, SATs, and graduations.As you watch him slip through the door marked Room 12, the mystical portal that leads to his entire future, his too-big backpack...
Haven't Scored the Good Life Yet? Hire a Coach!
The job market for this year's crop of 1.4 million college graduates is the brightest in four years. US firms expect to increase their college hiring by 14 percent this year, according to one survey.So why did Evan Diamond, a recent University of Georgia...
How to Slow the Spread of the Bomb ; New Pressures from the Third World Are Straining Non-Proliferation Efforts
The world may be teetering on the edge of a worrisome new phase in the sixty-year-old age of atomic weapons.North Korea now has the bomb, probably. Iran may seek nuclear devices of its own. India's stockpile of weapons-grade fissile material could soon...
Inflation Tip: Watch Money Supply
These days, most analysts on Wall Street and the nation's monetary officials don't pay much attention to the growth in the nation's money supply. Yet the Federal Reserve's creation of new money remains vital to maintaining a vibrant economy without much...
Iran Keeps Door Open to Nuclear Talks ; This Weekend, President Ahmadinejad Indicated He Wanted to Negotiate, but 'Without Preconditions.'
Speaking to the ideological faithful at the gilt shrine dedicated to Iran's top revolutionary icon, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over the weekend softened Iran's stance toward nuclear talks with the West and the United States,...
Islamist-Warlord Clashes Hinder Somalia's New Government ; 5,000 Protesters Took to the Streets of Mogadishu Friday to Protest Alleged US Support for Warlords
Ask Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi about the achievements of his fledgling Somali government since February - when it first began operating in the volatile country that has gone 15 years with no government - and he reels off a lengthy list of committees...
Letters
In fog of war, atrocities are both understandable and inexcusableRegarding Daniel Schorr's June 2 Opinion column, "Haditha: A new cloud in the fog of war": Mr. Schorr compares the alleged "massacre" in Haditha to My Lai. But I would call the alleged...
Muslims Craft Their Own Video Games ; Tired of Arabs and Muslims Being Portrayed as Bad Guys, a Syrian Firm Puts out a New Line of Games
Inside the frosted glass doors of Afkar Media, located in Damascus's newly-built free-zone, software developers are trying to rebuild a civilization inside a video game.Set to be released in September, "Al-Quraysh" is a strategy game that tells the story...
Nonprofit Organizations Seek Strength in Mergers
When representatives from some 75 nonprofits convene in Boston Tuesday, they'll tackle a subject that was seldom discussed 10 years ago because it smacked too much of corporate America.The notion of mergers among nonprofit organizations "used to be an...
No Simple Strategy to Avoid Taxes on US Saving Bonds
Q: Is it possible to donate US Savings Bonds to charity and thereby avoid paying taxes on the interest earned? T.T., via e-mail A: The simple answer is, no. The US Treasury will not allow you to change the registration on a Savings Bond to a charity,...
Pre-K Success Depends on Teachers ; Universal Preschool Would Work Better If Teachers Had Adequate Pay and Proper Training
Tuesday, Californians will go to the polls to decide whether Proposition 82 - the Preschool for All Act - deserves their support. Passage of the bill, which would make prekindergarten available to every 4-year-old in the state, would give California...
Reporters on the Job
* Security for Rent: There are only a handful of places in Somalia considered safe enough for foreign journalists to visit. Baidoa, home to the transitional government about 130 miles to the west of Mogadishu, is one of them - but only just, as reporter...
Summer Job Forecast: Cloudy ; the Last Few Summers Saw Some of the Lowest Teen Employment Rates in History
Jasmine Blocker has reached an impasse in her job hunt. After weeks of pounding the pavement, the 19-year-old Chicago native still hasn't found employment for the summer, and her applications have gone unanswered. Without a job, and with a child of her...
The Coming of the Micro-States
As goes Montenegro, so goes Kosovo, Transdniestria, and South Ossetia?As Montenegro officially declared independence this weekend, accepting the world's welcome into the community of nations, a handful of obscure "statelets" are demanding the same opportunity...
The Heartbeat of Church ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
A woman was writing up my order for furniture, and she began apologizing for coughing, explaining that she had severe allergies.Her struggle brought to mind a healing I'd had many years earlier that came about as the result of prayer.I was allergic to...
Throwing Roe to the People
South Dakota has become the scene of a topsy-turvy drama. Those who once turned to the courts to win abortion rights are now asking the people to decide in a referendum, while those opposed to the courts' role in abortion are seeking a legal fight.Whether...
Understanding Britain's 7/7 Attacks ; A New Report Suggests the July 2005 Attacks Could Be like America's Columbine
Even after 9/11 and the Madrid train bombings, the bombings on the London Underground on a gray, showery morning on July 7, 2005, shocked this city to its core. Not us, we thought, not London. That sense of shock returned momentarily last Friday, when...
Vegas Housing: Not Too Hot Anymore ; in One of America's Overheated Markets, Home Sales and Prices Slide. but Builders Keep Building
James Dean's house has a finished basement, two full kitchens, and a slab of travertine, polished and exotic-looking, in the foyer. But what's most enticing about the five-bedroom house is his willingness to deal on the price. "It's $950,000, but a serious...
When Camping: No Tent, No Glory
But we're discovering that simple camping is anything but simple.The first summer, eight of us crammed into Liz's dilapidated van and headed for the Black Hills of South Dakota. On departure day, Dad used clothesline to tie down our gear on the van's...
When Your Company Retirement Plan Doesn't Include Socially Responsible Funds
Has this happened to you? You want to invest responsibly, but your employer's retirement plan only offers funds that don't screen out objectionable companies. Is there a solution? Rob Thomas, founder of Social(k) in Springfield, Mass., has one. Here...
Zimbabwe's Army Takes over Black Farms
The soldiers rolled past Lot Dube's land, and set up camp nearby. They stopped just long enough to give him a blunt message: Your fields are ours."They told us, 'We are taking away your fields from you'," says Mr. Dube, who farms a 10-acre plot south...
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