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 July 25, 2006

A China Rabbit Grows a Real Heart ; Edward Tulane Was the Handsomest Toy Ever Seen. but Learning to Love Didn't Come Easily to Him
True confessions. On a forlorn little shelf in a dark closet, deep in the recesses of my parents' basement, sits a family of dolls. My dolls. Because, well, even these many years later, I can't quite bear to give them up.Unlike the character at the center...
A Story of Real-Life Girl Power ; Meet One of America's Most Prolific Inventors - and Guess What? She Was a Kid!
Hammer? Check. Screwdriver? Check. Pinafore? Wait a minute. Pinafore? Well, it was the 1840s. But the incongruity won't be lost on readers when they open Emily Arnold McCully's Marvelous Mattie to a portrait of inventor Margaret E. Knight, clad in a...
A Widening Sectarian Rift Pushes Iraq to the Brink of Civil War ; Al Qaeda Is Now Actively Pitting Sunnis against Shiites, Fueling Civil Violence
While Israel's war in Lebanon dominates news headlines, Iraq is sinking deeper into sectarian strife. Hardly a day goes by without a massacre carried out by either a Shiite death squad or an extremist Sunni group. Iraq stands on the brink of all-out...
Backstory: Tough Island Law
Steaming recently into the waters off this remote island, Victor Ames was beside himself. A few weeks earlier, his sternman had set 400 lobster traps on the ocean bottom, marking their location with Day-Glo-yellow-and-orange buoys. Now, all but a handful...
'Confidence' Measures Falter in Kashmir ; Tourism and Cross-Border Buses Have Stalled. India Has Some 600,000 Forces in Indian-Administered Kashmir
With the memory of the July 11 Mumbai (Bombay) bomb blasts still fresh, it's surprising to recall that just a few months ago, citizens of India and Pakistan were celebrating the first anniversary of a bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, two...
Fantasy with an Ancient Flavor ; This Trilogy Offers Myth, Imagination, Fine Writing, and a Hero Other Than Harry Potter
Costis is having a very bad day. You see, the guard has just punched out the king he's supposed to be protecting, and he and the rest of his squad are expecting him to be hanged as a traitor. In fairness to Costis, the king in question is Eugenides,...
Fleeing War in Lebanon, Thousands Arrive in Cyprus ; the Tiny Resort Island's Leader Asked the EU for Help as Cypriots Offer Aid and Empathy to Thousands of Evacuees
Amid the chaotic jumble of evacuees streaming into this city's port, Chrysilios Chrysiliou's phone was ringing nonstop. The crisis of the moment was a broken refrigerator, without which the food brought in to feed hungry arrivals from Lebanon would spoil...
How Everyone Can Be a Winner ; 'Roasted Peanuts' Shows That Nonathletes Can Also Shine
Whether it's baseball or the spelling bee, almost every child knows what it feels like to win and lose. Losing can be difficult, especially when your friends soar ahead.And even winners can feel discouraged when they can't share the joys of victory with...
How Pet Projects in Alaska Became Pet Peeve on Hill
Thomas Pease's flower-scented backyard might seem to be an odd place for a battle over federal spending. But the Government Hill neighborhood he calls home has become a front in the fight against pet projects in Congress.That's because land just a block...
In Lebanon Strife, Memories of Past War for Israel
When Israeli forces rolled over the Lebanese border in 1982, Michael Oren was a reservist paratrooper in a unit ordered to drive 25 miles north of the border to Sidon and stop.The army called its invasion of Lebanon "Operation Peace for the Galilee,"...
In Mexico, Social Unrest Reflects Rising Expectations ; Local Protests Have Become Overriding Themes in the Disputed Presidential Race
In April a sit-in among steelworkers in the west turned deadly. The next month came violent demonstrations outside Mexico City.Now, thousands of dissidents in the southern state of Oaxaca have taken over this pretty colonial capital, shattering windows...
In Mideast, US Diplomacy by Proxy ; Syria Is a Key to the Crisis, but Secretary Rice, Now in the Region, Delivers US Message Via Others
Though American officials consistently point to Syria as a key player in the Middle East crisis, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pointedly won't be stopping in Damascus on her current trip to the region.She is visiting Lebanon, Israel, and the Palestinian...
Lebanon as a Middle East Turning Point
Despite two weeks of Israeli bombardment in Lebanon, Hizbullah still rains missiles on Israel. Now diplomacy is afoot to end the conflict and send in a NATO-like force. But would such a force do any better in neutralizing the terrorist group?The scenario...
Letters
Debating the proper status of illegal immigrants' childrenNoreen M. Sugrue's July 17 Opinion piece, "American-born children shouldn't be deported," presents a convincing argument for ending the practice of granting unconditional citizenship by birth....
Make It, Test It, Try It: Invention ; A Farmer Invented a Machine That Turns Straw into Building Panels. Why Didn't We Think of That?
It sounds like something that might have been useful to the Three Little Pigs. Fans of the popular children's story will recall how the first little pig built a house out of straw, only to have it toppled by the huffing and puffing of a big, bad wolf.It's...
Nothing Timid about This Mouse ; Lilly, with Her Tiny Cowboy Boots and Giant Personality, Triumphs Again
By the time most of us abandon the children's section of the library, we have a full barnyard rattling around our imaginations: pigs, wolves, bears, chickens, and the occasional spider. And with apologies to Winnie the Pooh, there are probably more rodents...
Oldies but Goodies ; These Favorite Titles Let Kids
... Make a new friendRascal by Sterling North Puffin Books Ages 9-12What boy isn't ready for a bit of mischief during the summer? And what better pet to make mischief with than an irresistible raccoon named - what else? - Rascal. This Newbery honor winner...
On Capitol Hill, the Rolling Pork Barrel Is Picking Up Speed
Back in 1987, Congress presented President Reagan with its transportation funding bill - and he vetoed it. Lawmakers, he said, had inserted too many bonus projects for their home districts - 152 of them.Last year's highway bill designated 6,371 such...
Proof: Demonstration from All Angles
Pythagoras's theorem changed the life of the British philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679). Until he was 40, Hobbes was a talented scholar exhibiting modest originality. Versed in the humanities, he was dissatisfied with his erudition and had little...
Reporters on the Job
* How to Gauge a Conflict: After the past five years, staff writer Scott Baldauf has come up with a few gauges for how secure things are in Srinagar. "One is how many bunkers I see on the street. Another is how many Indian tourists I see," he says. But...
Somalia on the Edge of Full-Scale War ; Islamists Are Calling for Fierce Resistance against Ethiopian Troops in the Country
Peace talks aimed at avoiding civil war in Somalia were officially postponed Monday following a week of high-risk brinkmanship and heightened rhetoric from emboldened Islamic militias and the country's weak transitional government.One side and then the...
Summer's Here: Let the Madness Begin
A plastic lizard that "expands 600 percent in water!" floats in a juice pitcher. Pairs of Daughter's sandals lie askew before each upholstered piece of furniture in the family room. It's summertime, and the livin' is, well, different.Every June, I whipsaw...
Summer Sport: Inflatable Raft Flies ... into Controversy ; A Brand of Tube-Kites Was Recalled This Month after Two Riders Were Killed and Several Others Injured
They flew off the shelves. They flew over the water. Now tube- kites, or inflatable flying watercraft, are also flying headlong into controversy, as deaths and injuries mount and the Army Corps of Engineers bans them from federally managed waters.The...
US Bombers Take Runs over - Australia ; This Week Marks the First Time US Aircraft Have Used the Delamere Bombing Range. Joint Exercises Are Set to Increase
American stealth bombers will drop deadly warheads on an Australian bombing range this week. The state-of-the-art bombers, along with older B-52 aircraft, will take off in Guam in the northern Pacific, unleash their bombs on the range in the Northern...
When the Vacation Is over ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life
I hadn't taken a vacation in years, so when my 16-year-old daughter and I had plans to go to California a few weeks ago, we greatly anticipated the trip.The holiday went beautifully as we drove up and down the Pacific Coast Highway, visiting friends...
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