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 23, 2005

A Big Bang - and the Small Fry Who'll See It
As cosmic objects go, Tempel 1 is something only an astronomer could love - a pockmarked potato half the size of Manhattan spewing dust and gas.Nevertheless, the comet is getting star treatment of late from hundreds of people across six continents who...
Adoptions from Russia Face a Chill ; Approvals for American Parents Have Slowed by a Third So Far This Year
Kerrie and Scott Farkas are looking forward to spending their lives with Dmitri, a blond, brown-eyed 2-year-old they've just spent two days with at an orphanage in Tambov, in central Russia.They're optimistic despite a significant slowdown in international...
A Musical Tribute to L.A.'S Lost 'Chavez Ravine'
Before the bulldozers came, the valley of Chavez Ravine was stubbled with clapboard homes and shanties. Surrounded by a moat of Los Angeles highway, the hilly enclave was home to more than 300 families - mostly of Mexican heritage - by 1949. To hear...
A New Fuel Fix: Boon or Bane? ; the US Increases Natural-Gas Imports to Meet Energy Demands. Will It Create a New Dependency?
Climbing to the top of a dizzyingly curved stairway welded to the side of a huge cylindrical tank, Tom Gehrig thinks he can see America's energy future.It's a gargantuan tank - dwarfing the one he's standing on - which he would build here in Fall River,...
A New Show of Support for Iraq
White House efforts to convince the public that the United States is on the right track in Iraq extended beyond Washington Wednesday to an international conference that broadly endorsed the perspective of a stable and free Iraq being crucial for the...
A US Patrol Gains Trust in a Baghdad District ; in Two Neighborhoods, Both Sunnis and Shiites Are Turning to US Forces for Protection - from Each Other
In the crucible heat of the Iraqi summer, Lt. Jim Waters's Humvees make their way down the packed streets of southern Baghdad. At the crowded intersections, Iraqi drivers slam on their brakes, trying to keep their distance from the US convoy. The turret...
Battle Readies over Rehnquist's Seat ; A Partisan PR Storm Is Already Building If the Chief Justice Retires - a Decision That Could Come as Early as Next Week
On July 1, 1987, when President Reagan nominated Robert Bork for the Supreme Court, the reaction was instant - and devastating.In less than an hour, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D) of Massachusetts took to the Senate floor and unloaded: In "Robert Bork's America,"...
Cities Adopt Tough Stance against Beggars ; Municipalities Are Making Arrests under 'Aggressive Panhandling' Laws despite Freedom of Speech Concerns
As one of 85 licensed panhandlers in Raleigh, Leon Black is supposed to stay off the streets at night and keep mum as he rattles his cup.But following that rule would keep him away from his best market - late-night club-hoppers. "Got some change?" he...
For a Day, Paris Is City of Sounds ; Each Summer Solstice, the Fete De la Musique Brings out the Klezmer Acts and Eric Clapton Wannabes
Once a year, at the summer solstice, the City of Lights is transformed into the City of Sounds.For the space of 12 hours or so, as Paris celebrates its annual Fete de la Musique, musicians playing every style of music, from rap to Rimsky-Korsakov, take...
Gender Gap Tilts Back toward the Democrats
The gender gap is showing signs of returning as men and women voters react to Republicans in markedly different ways.The trend is potentially troublesome for the GOP's bid to maintain control of Congress in 2006. And it echoes other recent polling data...
How the Web Changes Your Reading Habits
When Ed Chi wants to read, he turns to two of the six computer screens that surround his desk. One is devoted exclusively to e- mail; the other, to the rest of his reading material.The senior researcher is testing a theory: What if your "virtual desk"...
How to Defuse 'Girl on Girl' Violence
An attractive 10th-grade girl walks into her school hallway at 7:15 a.m. on a Wednesday morning. Another girl approaches. Two sentences of conversation ensue before the first girl is punched in the face, falls backward, and hits her head on the floor....
I Learned the Art of Fashion - and That of Sharing
My hand-me-down wardrobe was threadbare by the time it got to me, the fourth girl in a family of five. How I envied Ken, my only brother: He always managed to get new clothes. There were no faded undershirts or pants with torn knees for him. He got brand...
Japan to Double Whale Catch ; Tokyo Says It's for Science, but Conservationists Disagree
Japan announced this week at the International Whaling Commission in the city of Ulsan, South Korea, that it will more than double its annual whale catch for scientific purposes in what critics say may turn the tide against decades of protecting the...
Letters
Congo's conflict receives minimal media coverageIn his June 14 Opinion piece "In Congo, 1,000 die per day: Why isn't it a media story?" Andrew Stroehlein is right to decry the media's indifference to the Congo.Data from a recent content analysis published...
Librarians Can Be Patriotic, Too
Librarians are not known for fueling dissent, but they're on target in criticizing a provision of the 2001 USA Patriot Act that allows easy access to their records by federal agents.A critical study of this antiterrorist law, released this week by the...
Mississippi Verdict Greeted by a Generation Gap ; since 1989, Authorities Have Reexamined 22 Civil Rights Era Murders and Made 25 Arrests
In some ways, the meaning of this week's manslaughter conviction in a high-profile 1964 case involving three murdered civil rights workers is distilled in the responses of two men in this small Mississippi logging community.For Leroy Clemens, a local...
Movies Spiced with the Thrill of Uncertainty
I suspect that he may not have looked forward to it as much as we eagerly anticipated it. But then, after all, he was a teacher and we were boys. It was one of the major excitements marking the end of the school term at our boarding school in England....
NBA: Why Aren't You Watching? ; the Finals Go to Game 7, Owners and Players Agree on a New Labor Contract, but Playoff Ratings Are Sagging. Is the Fan Base Eroding?
A players' brawl started the NBA season and a labor brawl, solved by a buzzer-beating agreement Tuesday, closes it. Somewhere in- between, the league played basketball, filled its arenas at record rates, bickered over collective-bargaining issues, and...
On the Horizon
A midwestern shake-up?As if California's recent earthquakes don't give seismologists enough to think about, now they might want to keep an eye on the nation's heartland.Scientists at the University of Memphis find that strain is building rapidly in the...
Pulled Up by the Banjo Strings
On a Friday night, the old-time music spills out of the Floyd Country Store and "pickin' parties" spring up along the narrow sidewalks.Ed Coar, a county worker from Pennsylvania here on vacation, says he's drawn by "that old lonesome sound" of bona fide...
Reporters on the Job
* Closet Whale Eaters : Tokyo correspondent Bennett Richardson says that he's tried whale meat only twice during the nine years he's lived in Japan (this page). "It's not that common in restaurants. When you see it on the menu it's as a side dish or...
Stars That Twinkled in Hollywood's Heavens
Today we would call them "celebs." In cinema's heyday, they were "stars." The star system was alive and well in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. Yet the glamour associated with these celluloid "idols" was only one side of it. The escapist world of films was...
Stress - Managing It or Eradicating It? ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
"I want this yesterday!" We've all heard the nearly impossible demand with a nearly impossible time frame from the boss. Coping with the stress of deadlines - especially when they come as surprises - is a big workplace issue, and there are dozens of...
Systematic Cleansing in Zimbabwe
It can't be called genocide, because it's not a systematic killing of a national or ethnic group. But Zimbabwean strongman Robert Mugabe's destruction of hundreds of thousands of people's homes, market stalls, and now, subsistence gardens is systematic...
The Unwatched Offshoring Pot: Will It Boil Over?
If the US economy is a busy kitchen, then offshoring - the shipping of American jobs abroad - is a simmering pot that gets little attention.Occasionally, it spatters, causing a flurry of worry. But soon the cooks are back to more pressing issues. If...
UN Atlas, Zoomed in on Environmental Damage, Misses Big Picture
When I fly, I always insist on taking the window seat. Maybe it's the 12-year-old boy in me - I like seeing the world as Matchbox cars and ants-as-people scurrying about. Even as an adult and a resident of a large metropolis, I'm always curious about...
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