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 March 3, 2006

'16 Blocks' Is for Die-Hard Bruce Willis Fans
I hope Bruce Willis wasn't getting paid by the word for "16 Blocks" because, all told, he utters about 20.Willis plays Jack Mosley, one of those down-on-their-luck NYPD detectives that filmmakers and TV producers just love to redeem. Jack has skidded...
A Brief Encounter with Senator McCarthy ; My 15-Minute Interview Took Place as McCarthy Shaved and Dressed
For years when people have heard this tale, they've said, "Well, there's one you can tell your grandchildren." But time is moving on. I see no sign of progeny from my progeny, and the coming Academy Awards may provide one of the last widespread public...
An Ex-Military Officer Rises in the Ranks of Pop Music ; James Blunt's Hit, 'You're Beautiful,' Is Poised to Make Him as Big a Star Here as He Is in Britain
The man his troops knew as Capt. James Blount spent four years in the British Army, some of it doing reconnaissance in Kosovo, and some of it in the Queen's Life Guard, riding beside her carriage with practiced stoicism.Now he's a singer whose expressive...
A World Cup Rival? Baseball Fields a Global Game
Asia's many baseball devotees love the home run. They admire bat speed and power. But in the sandlots and stadiums of the Pacific, it's really the "small ball" game that gets the glory - bunting, base stealing, speed, defense, pitching.Think Ichirio...
Backstory: I'd like to Thank ... Everyone
"Wow. Hey. What can I say -"How about, this statue is FREEZING!"- except ... wow!"Humble. Think humble. Do a couple head shakes. Look down. Now look up again. Tear up. OK. OK. So you can't do a tear. A couple blinks instead. Wipe the eye. Time for the...
Backstory: The Twinkies Password
The password on my computer at work expired last week. In the good old days, I could create a new one quickly. You know, four to six characters, don't use your address or your wife's maiden name. Done.Then a couple of years ago my company required an...
Black & White TV ; A Diverse Panel Watches a Reality Show about Race. the Ensuing Debate Is, to Put It Mildly, Spirited
Next week, a new reality TV show will push the hottest button in the national psyche: race. Through Hollywood makeup wizardry two families - one black, one white - swap skin colors to experience life on the other side of the racial divide for six weeks.The...
Can a Dad Ever Be the Epitome of 'Cool'?
My older son, now a college freshman, seemed to have only one reservation about me while he was growing up: I wasn't cool. Wrong clothes, wrong car, wrong tastes, wrong everything. In the interest of keeping communication open, I asked him how I could...
Debate Begins over Tighter Immigration ; the Senate's Foray into the Issue Began Thursday, Propelled by Post- 9/11 Worries about Border Security
As the Senate begins a high-stakes debate on immigration and border security, lawmakers agree on at least one point: Something must be done to secure America's dangerously porous borders.They are divided, though, over whether security will be improved...
Dropout Rates High, but Fixes under Way ; Survey: 9 of 10 Students Had Passing Grades When They Left
They're the kids who fall through the cracks, the ones who rarely get extra attention or tutoring - who, very often, disappear even from the statistics.But high school dropouts are getting increasing attention as groundbreaking studies show how alarming...
'History' on the Big Screen
The audience locks into an open-jawed chill as Said, the Palestinian suicide-bomber hero of "Paradise Now," passes by a strip of Tel Aviv cafes at the climax of the Oscar-nominated film.Minutes later, Meital Goor emerges from the Cinematheque auditorium,...
How the Patriot Act Came in from the Cold ; the Addition of New Civil Liberties Protections Made the Patriot Act's Final Lurch toward Passage Possible
It may be one of the most controversial congressional bills in years, but the USA Patriot Act is on the verge of becoming more entrenched than ever in US law.Congress will almost certainly give final approval to a Patriot Act reauthorization next week....
India's Complex Love Affair with US ; Two-Thirds of Indians See Bush as a Friend of India, but 72 Percent Also Say US Is a 'Bully.'
After signing an agreement to recognize India as a nuclear power, and gaining India's promise to allow international inspections of its civilian nuclear power plants, President George W. Bush might be expecting a little Indian love.Yet if he were to...
Kenya Launches Fierce Media Crackdown ; Masked Kenyan Police Raided a Newspaper Press and a TV Station Thursday, as Graft Scandal Grows
Masked, armed police Thursday stormed the offices of a leading Kenyan media company in a raid seen as punishment for reports criticizing the government's dismal record on corruption.Dozens of officers carrying AK-47 assault rifles ransacked the Nairobi...
Korea's Bid for Truth and Reconciliation ; an Independent Commission Starts to Examine Abuses under Japanese Occupation and Military Dictatorship
Near the notorious former headquarters of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA), investigators pore over a turbulent historical record - abuses of political prisoners, collaboration with Japanese occupiers, massacres of civilians in the Korean...
Letters
Bush's business background shapes his policy decisionsDante Chinni's Feb. 28 Opinion piece, "Following the spirit of the law isn't enough," raises an issue that I think frequently colors Mr. Chinni's critiques of the Bush administration. President Bush...
Live Your Fashion Fantasy
It's Oscar time once more. That means parties and pools - with those elaborate sheets demanding predictions for practically everything, from best picture to best sound editing.If the traditional Oscar fare feels tired, or you just don't care much about...
Mardis Gras Gratitude
Recovery in the Katrina-devastated Gulf region is like watching a child grow. Stay home, and it's hard to see change. Leave and return, and the difference is noticeable. Those who returned to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this week must have observed that...
Mexican Hotel 'Reopens' after US-Cuban Spat ; A Controversial Decision to Close Mexico City's Sheraton Was Reversed Late Wednesday
Bemused guests had to sneak in through side doors, throngs of reporters camped out front, and big signs reading "Clausurado" - closed down - were plastered on the windows. Still, Mexico City's landmark Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel, caught in the midst...
Monitor Picks ; Critic Peter Rainer's Top 5 Oscar-Winning Films
From Here to EternityMontgomery Clift is at his very best as Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt, a career soldier stationed in Honolulu just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, in this 1953 adaptation of James Jones's classic novel, directed by Fred Zinnemann...
Movie Guide
New in theatersAquamarine (PG)Director: Elizabeth Allen. With Sara Paxton, Emma Roberts. (109 min.)Hailey and Claire are, like, so crushin' on lifeguard Raymond, and summer's nearly over without significant contact. Then teenage mermaid Aquamarine washes...
'Slime and Pitch' - Don't Leave Home without Them ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
Recently, my young teenage daughter and I traveled two continents away to the southernmost tip of Africa. We've traveled a fair amount - both separately and together - but this was farther than either of us had ever ventured.What's more, we flew on separate...
The Speech That Started the Soviet Union's Decline ; Khrushchev's Denunciation of Stalin's Violent Reign Weakened the USSR
It was 50 years ago, but I remember it like yesterday - the secret speech that marked the beginning of the end of the Soviet regime.Delegates were assembled in Moscow from around the country and around the world for the 20th Congress of the Communist...
Three Oscar Nominees Step out from Behind the Curtain
Ask anyone in Hollywood and they'll agree - it takes a small village to create a movie. But with the exception of an occasional breathless "thanks to my dedicated crew!" during an awards-show acceptance speech, most cinemagoers hardly give a second thought...
War and Peace, Then War Again ; 'Joyeux Noeel' Tells the Story of a Spontaneous Truce during World War I
'Joyeux Noeel," set during World War I and an Oscar nominee for best foreign film, is yet another of this year's "inspired by a true story" movies. The story in this case is certainly inspiring. It's about how, on Christmas Eve 1914, troops from the...
Why Bush Team Is Stuck in Rough Patch ; New Video of Disaster Officials Warning Bush of Hurricane Katrina Adds to Public-Relations Stumbles
Just when it seems the news can't get worse for the Bush administration, it does.On top of the continuing uproar over the Dubai ports deal and record-low job approval, add to President Bush's woes the leak of a videotape showing disaster officials warning...
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