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 May 6, 1996

A Bad Draft
Off the football field, Christian Peter, a defensive tackle for the University of Nebraska, has a dismal record. He faces the possibility of three months in jail and a $500 fine for grabbing a woman around the throat at a bar after a football banquet...
A Bosnian Peace Dividend Eludes Cash-Strapped Germany
Despite efforts to trim their budgets, Germany's states are nonetheless likely to keep shouldering the costs for their masses of Bosnian refugees.Although state interior ministers are holding to their July 1 target date for repatriating the 320,000 refugees...
A Love Strong Enough to Let Each Fly Solo
I have been married for 18 years, but only over the past five have I come to truly understand the kind of love that makes a marriage both solid and expansive.As a bride, I looked on my new legal arrangement as an extension of my childhood. I wanted my...
A Man's Right to a Fair Trial vs. a Woman's Private File RAPE CASE CONTROVERSY
A rape victim goes to a rape crisis center and speaks with a counselor. Months later, the victim is ready to take her alleged rapist to court. Should the defendant's lawyer have access to notes and reports made by the center's counselor?The Massachusetts...
Another Hollywood Excess: Anti-Christian Imagery Why Do Filmmakers Deride the Faith of Millions by Linking Depraved Characters with Religious Symbols?
On Nov. 25, 1992, the ABC News program "Nightline" ran a story about the status of Russia's criminal-justice system in the immediate post-Soviet period. The network showed dramatic footage of the abysmal living conditions at the crowded Botivskaya prison,...
Banking Flap over Higher Fees on ATMs
A funny thing happened on the way to the cash-less society. Instead of carrying no money, many Americans got hooked on instant money - courtesy of the nearest automatic teller machine.But the price of ATM convenience is on the rise. Many banks charge...
Can 'Outsiders' Help Liberia Win Peace? US to Bring Warring Factions Together, as Debate Revives over World Community's Role
Once again, chaos rules in a third-world nation most Americans would have trouble finding on a map. And once again, the international community is torn between a desire to help and a fear of getting mired in an intractable domestic dispute.As factional...
Civilian Flights Could Help Bring Normalcy to a War-Weary Bosnia
While some sky-high hurdles remain, it may not be long before commercial flights turn Bosnia's "no fly" zone into friendly skies.Later this month the white-and-blue fleur-de-lis insignia planes of Air Bosna could be navigating skies where, as recently...
Cuba and Russia: Comrades Once Again? but New Warmth between Old Allies May Not Help Castro Much
When Russian Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Soskovets came to Cuba last October to declare a rebuilding of ties between the two former ideological soul mates, he joked, "We still call each other comrade, not mister."Now, four years after the former Soviet...
Dole Struggles to Hone Message as Republicans Fret about Fall Elections
The same Republicans who only a year ago demonstrated remarkable party unity are suddenly behaving like, well, Democrats.In just the past few days, New York Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, a senior adviser to the Dole campaign, criticized two prominent GOP figures....
Early Drought Leaves Fields High and Dry from Mexico to Nebraska, Crops Wither and Farmers Scan Skies
It wasn't rain. But for Dwayne Krueger, the cool overcast sky that rolled into this farming community northeast of Austin last week was the next best thing.Like farmers from Mexico to Nebraska, Mr. Krueger is encountering the worst drought since 1956....
Firefighters in Southwest Brace for Summer of Dry Discontent
Barely pausing for breath, firefighters who contained the 100-square-mile blaze at Tonto National Forest east of here this weekend are preparing for a busy summer.The Southwest deserts are experiencing some of the driest conditions this century in a...
Friendship Outfloods Mighty Waters
We were all worried about George's reaction to what we had done to his house. After the flood, he left on a trip to Tennessee. When the 3-1/2 feet of creek water receded from his house, he had been too dispirited to start the cleanup. He was due back...
Hop aboard the Duckiest Ride Ever Is It a Boat? Is It a Truck? Tourists in Boston and Other Cities Are Taking the Plunge in Zany, World War II-Era Amphibious Vehicles
'I'm the sarge and I'm in charge," our driver asserts, as he faces about 32 seated passengers just before departure and taps his chest with mock self-importance. "They call me the sarge 'cause I drive this barge."The doggerel continues a bit longer...
NASDAQ Stock Market Is Risky, Analysts Say
The Nasdaq market, the bastion of small-company stocks, has been on an upward roll in 1996, and no major slump is yet in sight. While that is good news for investors in younger companies, often in the technology sector, it makes some analysts in conservative...
Neighbors Seek the Ties That Bind despite Reports of Increasing Isolation, Americans Are Are Finding Common Ground in Small Groups
Meg Ross and her husband, Peter Shinkle, both lean into the back seat of their car to perform dueling car-seat strap-ins for their two children. As Ms. Ross disengages herself, careful not to rumple her evening attire, she suddenly remembers to ask...
No Need for Fatigue Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life
Global travel has become common for many people, who fly regularly across continents and oceans. One common complaint is fatigue and tiredness, known as jet lag. People deal with this in a variety of ways. Some try changing their sleeping and eating...
One Man's Soapy Mission: Plates and Prose
Perhaps clouded in steam, Pete is somewhere in America right now washing dishes in a greasy cafe. People say Pete has the bemused look of a young man who won't stay long.He won't. Pete is on a singular quest: to wash dishes in each of the 50 states....
Picasso's Portraits Reveal His Moods as Much as Those of His Subjects the Spanish Artist's Paintings Demonstrate a Penetrating Eye and Psychological Depth That Keep His Work Vividly in the Public Eye
In "Father of the Bride II," George Banks (alias Steve Martin) ricochets from the devastation of imminent grandfatherhood to the even more cataclysmic prospect of second-wind fatherhood.He is sure he is too young for the first ... and far too old for...
Rebuilding Bosnia - a Race against Time
I thought I was prepared for it after all the television images and newspaper stories. But I wasn't.The Sarajevo I knew, both from many years ago and as late as November 1991 - when leading politicians still talked of peace and said war would never come...
The News in Brief, Page 2
THE USThe Senate passed a bill targeting illegal immigration. The bill would double the number of border guards and increase penalties for document fraud and alien smuggling. The House has passed a similar measure, and Clinton may see a final version...
'Two Little Words' Fuel Canada's Rights Debate Vote Would Add 'Sexual Orientation' to Human Rights Act
Canada's House of Commons is expected to vote, possibly as soon as tomorrow, to make "sexual orientation" a basic human right.Gay-rights proponents here are already calling the expected move to amend Canada's Human Rights Act a major victory, while opponents...
(Un)affordable Housing
In 1969, Republican Sen. Edward Brooke of Massachusetts saw a need to keep public housing in the United States affordable for poor people. Since then, under the so-called Brooke Amendment, public-housing tenants and recipients of Section 8 federal housing...
US Workers, Companies Give Family-Leave Law Good Grade Study Finds Concerns of Cost, Burden Largely Unfounded
Until the Family and Medical Leave Act went into effect three years ago, teachers in Margie Smock's school system in Marmora, N.J., were required to take maternity leave for the whole academic year or not at all. School policies also stated that returning...
What Kind of Sound Did a Duck-Billed Dinosaur Make?
Using a nearly intact fossil skull from a beast that roamed the earth 75 million years ago, scientists here are trying to re-create the sounds that a duck-billed dinosaur might have made.It's the kind of work that sent high technology, such as computer...
Wheat-Crop Failure Becomes First Test of New Farm Law
Gary Fritz, a fourth-generation farmer, expects each spring to see rain and sunshine suddenly coax cringing brown stubs of winter wheat into a thick, deep-green carpet.This spring, though, Mr. Fritz walks on alien terrain as he eyes his 140 acres sown...
With Wet Wings, Africa Emerges from Cocoon of Economic Woe
For years, Africa has been synonymous with catastrophe, famine, and war. Now it is beginning to gain a new image.Major international organizations like the United Nations are seeing embryonic signs of hope following a long period of "Afro-pessimism"...