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 7, 2004

A Fresh Definition of Inheritance Comes into Vogue ; Ethical Wills Date Back at Least to the 1970s, but There Are Ancient Precedents for Elders Handing Down Advice and Blessings to Younger Generations
Legally, Breck Arnzen and Lani Peterson-Arnzen had covered all the bases when they wrote their will - everything from guardianship to inheritance for their four children.But two years ago they realized something was missing when a friend told them about...
Americans Put Away Their Wallets ; as Economy Generates Fewer Jobs Than Expected, Consumer Spending and Confidence Are Down
Maybe it was the high gasoline prices, maybe the cool weather. Whatever the reason, consumers seem to have slowed down their buying last month - a trend that, if it continues, could have an adverse effect on the economy.In fact, some economists believe...
Bay State's New Revolution: Free Tuition ; in an Era of Tuition Angst, a Controversial Plan Gives a Free Ride at State Colleges to Top Fourth of Test Takers
For high school students across Massachusetts, the path to college may have just gotten easier.Since 2002, they have had to pass a standardized test to graduate. But in June, the state board of higher education added a carrot alongside that stick: a...
Britain Examines 'Honor Killings' ; Police Step Up Efforts to Halt the Brutal Custom, Which Targets a Growing Number of Minority Women Living in Western Europe
Heshu Yones was just 16 when her father slit her throat because of her choice of boyfriend. Sahjda Bibi was 21 when a cousin stabbed her to death in her wedding dress for marrying against family wishes. Rukhsana Naz was strangled by her brother and mother...
Dog Days of Summer ... Camp!
When Doris Banfield says she's going to the dogs, she's not kidding. For more than 10 years, she and her two bearded collies, Lorna and Buddy, have traveled from their home in Tahoe City, Calif., to Camp Gone to the Dogs in Putney, Vt. There the threesome...
Egypt Deserves Help with Gaza Plan
While the world remains riveted on Iraq, Egypt has signaled a new - even unprecedented - readiness to play an intensive leading role in ending the Israeli-Palestinian war. In Egyptian eyes, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's intention to withdraw...
Iraq Sovereignty Effect - on Arab World and US Politics
Two moving imagescaught my eye after the handover of formal sovereignty to an interim authority in Iraq last week.One was President Bush's scribbled note - "Let Freedom Reign!" - on the message Condi Rice sent into a meeting of NATO leaders in Istanbul...
Iraq's PM Poised for Martial Law
Ten days after taking office, Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is poised to give himself sweeping powers to declare martial law in parts of Iraq. Many Iraqis may welcome the new emergency law as a means to combat the insurgency and curb crime. But the Iraqi...
Jeans, with Only One Adjective
It's no longer strange to see a woman "of a certain age" wearing jeans. We wear them out to eat, to shop, and even to black-tie events. We wear them with flip-flops and stilettos. What is strange is that I remember a world without bluejeans. When I was...
John Edwards: From Textile-Mill Parents, a Poised Persuader
Last October, at the height of baseball playoff season - and the race for the Democratic presidential nomination - John Edwards was asked which team he favored, the Yankees or the Red Sox. The first- term senator from North Carolina laughed."I'm not...
Letters
Why Alaska deserves 21st-century infrastructureYour June 15 article "Alaska's 'bridges to nowhere' " questioned the need for potential funding in the pending federal highway bill for projects in Alaska - the Knik Arm bridge and a bridge to connect Ketchikan...
Mixing Prophecy and Politics ; Christian Zionists Are Growing in Influence - Even as They Fight for Policies Their Critics Say Work against Peace in the Mideast. for These Believers, It's All about Fulfilling Biblical Prophecy
Ray Sanders and his wife, Sharon, grew up on farms in the American Midwest, but Israel has long been their home. Their journey began in the 1970s, when they read Hal Lindsey's apocalyptic bestseller, "The Late Great Planet Earth," which laid out a scenario...
One Man's Murky Pond Water Is Another's Memento
During a trip to the Adirondacks, I saw bags of balsam fir needles being hawked in gift shops. For $7 to $10, you could haul home a memory of a pine-scented forest."I can't believe that someone would be silly enough to buy this," scoffed the native New...
Poor Lao Farmers Pin Hopes on Hydropower
Three houses remain in this village where 100 families once lived and the scrubby forest is already beginning to reclaim the abandoned land. The other households have moved to a new village built from scratch.Siang Song, a rice farmer, is about to join...
Rebuilding Iraq ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
When I think of rebuilding anything, I recall the tornado that hit my sister's farm and leveled a barn and other small buildings. By the time we arrived to help, cleanup was well on its way, and the focus of conversation was on the new buildings that...
Reporters on the Job
* Baghdad Wedding Bells: Reporting has become a pretty grim task in Baghdad, says correspondent Annia Ciezadlo. "Everywhere you go, people talk about relatives killed, kidnapped, or thrown in prison. They're afraid to talk to you, and often beg you not...
Sierra Leone War-Crimes Court Tests New Model for Justice ; the Trial of Three Rebel Leaders Began Monday
Outside the still-unfinished war-crimes court complex here, Lamain Jusujark greets friends by offering them a shake of the metal hook that serves as his right hand.Mr. Jusujark, who had both hands amputated by the notorious Revolutionary United Front...
Staying Cool, Then and Now, Is Different and Yet the Same
Some call Phoenix a preview of Hades. I call Phoenix paradise. I remember driving from cool and pleasant San Diego to St. Louis in the mid-1950s. As we approached California's El Centro, we noticed the temperature begin to climb. My dad and I also noticed...
The Edwards Balancing Act
In choosing North Carolina Sen. John Edwards as his running mate, John Kerry expands the appeal of the Democratic ticket in the November presidential election. But for the first-term senator, this rapid rise to a possible vice-presidential slot means...
The Happiest Place in Iraq: Baghdad's Marriage Bureau
For 14 months, Kamal and Maha courted each other through bombings, uprisings, and assassinations. They delayed their marriage at first, hoping things would improve. But in the end, they rushed to tie the knot on June 24, just four days before Iraq's...
The History of Political TV Ads
"I think the American people will be shocked by such contempt for their intelligence. This isn't Ivory Soap versus Palmolive."-Adlai Stevenson, 1952"Television is not a gimmick, and nobody will ever be elected to major office without presenting themselves...
What Edwards Brings to the Democratic Ticket ; Finally a No. 2, with Swing State Appeal
North Carolina Sen. John Edwards's presence on the Democratic ticket may put the Tarheel State in play, along with a handful of other Southern and border states. But even more important, it gives Sen. John Kerry a powerful new voice in a number of key...
When Caregiving Means Overcoming Frayed Ties
In stable and supportive families, caregiving can produce unexpected rewards, often strengthening ties between those who give care and those who receive it.But what happens in troubled families, where relationships are strained and normal bonds of affection...
When Do News Reports Influence Those in Black Robes? ; despite Predictions of a Close Vote in the Padilla Case, Only One Justice Sided with the Administration's 'Trust Us' Argument
During oral argument in the case of alleged dirty bomber Jose Padilla, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg posed what seemed a hypothetical question about US interrogation tactics."Suppose the executive says, 'mild torture we think will help...
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