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 2, 2005

An Elegant Dance - in Socks and Slippers
MY HUSBAND AND I were definitely not born dancers, but we had decided to learn the tango. Inspired by the 1997 movie "The Tango Lesson," we felt that maybe we, too, could dance this elegant dance.Because we're on the shy side, we started our lessons...
Bush's Stirring Cry for Democracy
At a dinner a week or so ago, three Washington biggies - a former secretary of State, a prominent newspaper publisher, and a United States senator - were musing about President Bush's second-term agenda."What," asked one, "is the political agenda behind...
Dispute over Public Display of the Ten Commandments ; the Court Hears Cases Wednesday That Challenge Public Displays
Wednesday, as the justices of the US Supreme Court take up the thorny issue of whether the Constitution permits the Ten Commandments to be displayed on government property, Moses himself will be gazing upon the scene.Stone carvings depicting him with...
Does 'Supernanny' Know Best? ; New TV Shows Help Parents Overcome Their Reluctance to Discuss Discipline
For Jen and Bryce Bullard, learning a new parenting style started with a trip to Target. It was there that a scout for the reality show "Supernanny" noticed their sons acting up and invited the Colorado family to participate in the new TV series, which...
Flap Ensues over Hiring Ex-Jurors
As he prepared to defend a 19-year-old client facing retrial on charges of gang rape, Orange County attorney Joseph Cavallo took a step that some legal experts are calling unusual at best - and at worst, potentially harmful to the entire trial-by-jury...
Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty. Stay. Good Cat. ; Success in Cat Training Is a Matter of Timing. If You Command Your Cat to Come When He Is Heading in the Opposite Direction, You're Doomed to Fail. Wait until the Cat Is Walking toward You; Then Call Him
Some people believe it's impossible to train a cat. This is not true. Cats can be trained just as easily as dogs and quite a bit more easily than children. The secret is to use methods that are appropriate to the feline temperament, which in no way resembles...
Juvenile Death Penalty Abolished ; in a Seminal 5-to-4 Decision, the Supreme Court Strikes Down Capital Punishment for Those Who Commit Crimes under Age 18
The US Supreme Court has struck down the juvenile death penalty, embracing a constitutional challenge that the nation's evolving standards of decency have rendered the practice cruel and unusual.In a landmark decision announced Tuesday, the justices...
Lawsuit Lays Blame for Torture at the Top ; in Unusual Move, Human Rights Groups Sue Rumsfeld and Others for Abuse of Prisoners
Human rights organizations are attempting to take accountability for the US military's alleged use of torture to a place government officials have so far failed to go - the top of the chain of command.In a case that raises significant moral as well as...
Lebanon Faces a Critical Week
Syria's domination of neighboring Lebanon looks increasingly in doubt following the Monday resignation of Omar Karami, the Lebanese prime minister, a move that has generated the greatest political upheaval in this tiny Mediterranean country since the...
One Man's Trip from Streets to Supreme Court ; He's Slept in a Tent for Years. but Now, Thomas Van Orden's Case about Church and State Is at the Pinnacle of Law Disputes
He didn't fit the stereotype of a homeless person when Douglas Laycock first met him. He was clean, neatly dressed, and articulate.But that was not all Professor Laycock learned when Thomas Van Orden showed up at his office to discuss a case he was bringing...
Pakistani Religious Law Challenged ; Rights Groups Condemn Ordinances That Call for Harsh Penalties for Adultery, Drinking, and Premarital Sex
On the evening that Basira Jiskani ran away from her abusive husband almost a year ago, she felt relief for the first time since she left home. But things only got worse.Now, Basira faces charges of adultery - her husband alleges that she ran away to...
Pit Bulls Can't Shake Bad Rap
Being cooped up in a pound isn't fun for any dog, but Corky the pit bull seems especially cranky this afternoon. When the assistant director of the San Diego County Department of Animal Services walks by, the chocolate-brown Corky locks his gaze with...
Politics of Iraqi Security Draw Australia, Japan Closer ; Last Week, Australia Announced It Would Send 450 More Soldiers to Iraq to Protect Japan's Forces
The decision to deploy - or withdraw - troops in Iraq has posed difficult political considerations for leaders around the world.But for Australia and Japan, the contributions they've made to Iraq's postwar security effort have brought fresh opportunities...
The Bomb - the Sum of Our Fears and, Yes, Hopes ; Tours, Museums, and Memorials Attempt a Dangerous Nostalgia of Closure, but the Technology Can't Be Uninvented
In Nevada, the holes in the earth are so big they have names. One of the largest is called Sedan, a crater formed on July 6, 1962, when a 104-kiloton thermonuclear device was detonated, leaving a hole bigger than Yankee Stadium.Granted, there's nothing...
The Cedar Rebellion
A popular uprising against Syria's occupation of Lebanon felled the pro-Syrian government in Beirut this week, less than a month after the killing of Lebanon's most popular politician.For the Middle East, this is the latest bloom of liberty that began...
Thin & Glamorous, Flat Panels Are the Supermodels of TV Land
Television sets have never been thought of as gossamer. Slender, lean, gaunt, or skinny don't come to mind, either. But all that is rapidly changing.In case you haven't noticed, TVs have hit the salad bar. Tubby the tube TV is out. Thin is in. Plasma...
Though Battle-Hardened, Iraq's Kurdish Militia Struggles for Role ; A Key Question Is Whether the Pesh Merga, Who Have Defended Key Cities, Will Disband under Last Year's Accord
As Iraq's fledgling security forces prepare to take over the country's defense, a crucial question is emerging: what will happen to Iraq's 80,000 or so pesh merga, the battle- hardened Kurdish militia?Under an agreement hammered out last June, the pesh...
Time to Watch and Pray ; First Published as an Editorial in the Christian Science Sentinel
When reports about possible terror targets are disseminated by the news media, a lot of people take a "wait and see" attitude. For some, that may be the only approach that seems practical. Businesses and government offices can step up security and be...
Tussle over Mustangs and Desert Habitat ; A New Bill Allows for the Slaughter of Roaming Equines
Wild horses, those defining icons of America's myth of the West, have always symbolized freedom and the frontier. But ranchers see them as competitors for grazing cattle across millions of acres of arid range - "hoofed locusts," as John Muir once said...
Wanted at Africa's Biggest Film Festival: Hollywood's Black Stars
While Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman bask in the glow of their Oscar gold, filmmakers a world away from Hollywood are trying to figure out how to get their attention.This week, Africa is holding its version of the Cannes Film Festival here in the capital...
Women Challenge 'Honor' Killings ; A Widespread Campaign Aims to Help Jordan's Forgotten Victims
Six months ago, Mona fled her home. Her husband had married a second wife, as Islamic law allows, and Mona - defying his demands to return to her mother's house, where he could call upon her at any time - sought refuge in a cheap and run-down hotel....
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