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 27, 1995

A Byzantine Travel Tale Brings History to Light
A BYZANTINE JOURNEYBy John AshRandom House,330 pp., $25Travel writing, like a horse-drawn carriage ride, betokens tranquility. It takes time to shape texts that inform both sightseers and armchair travelers. If history were merely logical, then the bustle...
Baseball Mystery Writer Rounds the Bases
TROY SOOS'S last name rhymes with Seuss, but his books come a lot closer to the real world than the doctor's do. His baseball murder mysteries seem plausible, almost more so than the far-fetched way in which he's arrived in his dream job and literary...
CD REVIEWS an Occasional Update of Music Releases
*POP/ROCKWanderlust - Prize (RCA): There's a big buzz developing around this four-piece band from Pennsylvania, and their debut release shows it to be well deserved. Their pop-rock tunes have the kinds of melodies and hooks that grab you as soon as you...
Computer Mishaps Lead to Search for Failsafe Software
FATAL DEFECT: CHASING KILLER COMPUTER BUGSIvars PetersonTimes Books260 pp., $25IF the generals had believed their computers, World War III could have been started on the morning of June 3, 1980, the result of a poorly written computer program.On that...
Counties Prepare for a Larger Role
MARION County, in northwest Oregon, has lofty goals: to reduce child abuse and unwanted second pregnancies among citizens.To achieve those objectives and others, it launched a program two years ago called Healthy Start to give families and their newborn...
Cultivate Your Thought
ONE day I responded rudely to a colleague's request for a report. My ill-mannered behavior startled me. Not surprisingly, after this incident, my colleague began to act aloof. Yet I did nothing to warm this suddenly frosty relationship. Months passed....
Detroit Strike: Two More Newspapers Go for Broke
CARRYING a placard outside the Detroit News building here, truck driver Jake J. says his union bosses would rather let two of America's largest, big-city dailies die than kowtow to the "money grubbing" owners."You've got two big companies trying to impose...
Educators Lead Minority Students into Teaching Program Prepares College Students for Graduate School and Rewarding Careers
Cleo Syph knows what it's like to be a young black male attending schools where all the teachers are white and a majority are women. As a boy in Toledo, Ohio, he had to wait until seventh grade for a male teacher. And not until he entered the University...
Exploring Portugal's Pastoral 'Pousadas' in Restored Castles and Monasteries Are Charming State-Run Hotels That Make Visitors Feel like Royalty
The tiny electric-blue Renault's front tires landed with a thud in a ditch, partially blocking traffic.It was a typical Boston driver's move - making a U-turn in the middle of a busy street. Only in vora, a bustling university city in central Portugal,...
Federal Pensions: Not What They Used to Be
Federal Pensions: Not What They Used to BeThe opinion-page article "The Most Unfair Noncut of All: Federal Pensions," July 21, is misleading. The lead paragraph asks why federal pensions are exempt from serious cost-cutting review. They aren't. They...
Focus on a Democratic Lebanon
The opinion-page article "Take the Chains Off Travel to Lebanon," July 14, suggests that the travel ban is hampering efforts by US companies to win business contracts in Lebanon.The article overlooks the fact that under the present conditions of Syrian...
Girl Gumshoes Were 'Dream Builders'
THE GIRL SLEUTHBy Bobbie Ann MasonUniversity of Georgia 145 pp.,$10.95.When I was a fourth-grader, curled up in the big chair in our den and devouring yet another Nancy Drew mystery, my mother would occasionally express concern about my literary habits."Can't...
Honk If You Love Words English Language and Western Alphabets Showcased
THE CAMBRIDGE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGEBy David Crystal,Cambridge University Press 489 pp., $49.95THE ALPHABETIC LABYRINTH: THE LETTERS IN HISTORYand ImaginationBy Johanna DruckerThames and Hudson320 pp., $45Like many comprehensive reference...
Israel, PLO Agree: Bombing Won't Stop Peace Drive
REACTION to Monday's suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, which took five Israeli lives, suggests momentum for expanding Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank may be unstoppable."It's a critical point," says political scientist Ze'ev Maoz of Tel Aviv University's...
It's Small, Diverse - and, Yes, Somewhat Less Expensive
'Why did you choose Portugal?" When we recounted our vacation to others, everyone seemed to ask that question. I suppose of all the countries in Europe, Portugal seemed more off the beaten path.That's one reason we decided to make it our destination....
Labour's Female Bias Irks Some British Men
WOMEN are on course to play a much bigger role in British national politics, champions of a fairer gender balance in Britain's House of Commons are saying.After two years of discriminating in favor of women in selecting candidates, influential figures...
LIVE WIRED New York Clubs Hook Up with Internet, Beaming Sound of 360 Bands to the World
Performance artist Laurie Anderson is so close, it's difficult not to reach out and touch her. There's no need to be standing near the Knitting Factory stage where the new-age singer is performing. In fact, you can be across the street or even across...
Low Prices, Bulk Goods Lure Affluent to Warehouse Clubs Industry Sales Figures Have Jumped 2-1/2 Times, from $16 Billion in 1989 to More Than $40 Billion by End of 1994
IT'S an industry that has attracted consumers who are "fed up." They are suspicious of big business and big government, and resent overcharging by contractors.Such customers are fighting back "against companies that no longer guarantee jobs, paychecks...
Megamerchants Still Mugging Small Stores
'SUPERstore": a huge warehouse-type structure filled with merchandise. "Power Center": a collection of superstores.The terms may not sound familiar, but the definitions should be. American shoppers' preferences for megamerchants have made smaller, locally...
Not in Whose Backyard?
REMEMBER the New York garbage scow that wandered the ocean like some latter-day Flying Dutchman? The scow that eventually had to return home with a cargo that all the perfumes of Arabia wouldn't have disguised?Well, stench may make exported waste unwelcome,...
ON STAGE an Occasional Update of New York Theater Openings
*Sunset Boulevard (Minskoff Theatre): After all the hoopla regarding the departure of Glenn Close, veteran Broadway actress Betty Buckley has stepped into the role of Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's big-budget musical, adapted from the Billy Wilder...
Peru's Fujimori: How to Follow a Tough Act LATIN AMERICA
ON JULY 28, Alberto Fujimori will be sworn into office for a second consecutive term as president of Peru. Overwhelmingly reelected last April, this son of Japanese immigrants did not even require the customary second round to win another five years...
Quick 40-Clove Chicken and Roasted Garlic and Fresh Red-Hot Chili-Garlic Salsa
QUICK 40-CLOVE CHICKENHere is an easy, low-fat version of the classic French country dish.6 boneless chicken breast halvesCoarse salt and freshly ground pepper1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil40 garlic cloves, peeled1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf)...
Reel Mowers Return to American Landscape Harder to Push, but Quieter, Safer, and Less Polluting, Aficionados Say
THE sound is as sweet as the scent of fresh cut grass, as warm and homespun as the clink-clink of bottles of fresh milk joggled to the doorstep.The push mower - also known as the reel mower - with its twirling, gently clattering blades, is staging a...
Republicans Plan to Ax Commerce Dept
HOUSE Republicans, fueled by the fervent federalism of their freshman bloc, have brought their revolution to the doorstep of the executive branch.In their most dramatic step yet to shrink a federal government that they believe has grown unwieldy since...
Russian Youth See America as a Model A Public Opinion Poll of 1,365 Russians, Done for the Christian Science Monitor, Finds Many Younger People Hold Idealized Views of America While Older Russians Distrust It. GENERATION GAP
A DECADE after their country began opening to the West, Russians hold sharply split views toward their former superpower rivals, the Americans.Younger, better educated, more affluent Russians now hold a strongly favorable view of Americans and American...
Serbs Undermine West's Peace Efforts Belgrade Aids Bosnian Serbs, Undercuts Talks
THE role of Serbia's president as a peacemaker in Bosnia appears to be an elaborate political ruse.United States officials say President Slobodan Milosevic has covertly provided military support and political cover to the current Bosnian Serb offensives...
Shocked by Subway Bomb, France Seeks Suspects - and Eyes Fall on 'Foreigners'
AT the edge of an apprehensive crowd watching the rescue effort after Tuesday's subway bombing in Paris, a small scuffle broke out."You're an African. Why don't you return to your country!" an angry white woman shouted at a young black man. A policeman...
Sidelining the Generals Latin American Defense Ministers, Mostly Civilians, Move toward Wider Cooperation on Security Issues. LATIN AMERICA
HOSTED by US Secretary of Defense William Perry in Williamsburg, Va., defense ministers from throughout the Americas met this week - for the first time ever - to discuss regional security themes.That all the governments of the hemisphere (aside from...
Talk, Don't Shoot
THE peace talks in Chechnya faltered this week, but they're not likely to collapse. Both sides have ample reason to keep them alive. The Russians certainly don't want all-out combat again, with casualties adding to the public's disgust with the war back...
The Necessity of a Word That's Basically Useless
Several readers (well, two anyway) have kindly written to me after I nobly attempted to make the wall-to-wall use of "hopefully" a little less popular. They ask (nay, plead) if I would not now aim my poniard at "basically." Oh, yes! - gladly - willingly...
The News in Brief
The USIn congressional Whitewater hearings, a Secret Service guard testified yesterday that he saw Hillary Clinton's chief of staff, Margaret Williams, remove papers from White House aide Vincent Foster's office the night of Foster's death. Williams,...
The Quest for a Thrill Taxes National Parks
THE forecast was promising: sunny and 80 degrees for days to come. Rock climbers Dan McOmber and Curt Chesney of Boulder, Colo., figured that with the arrival of June and good weather it was finally time to scramble up El Capitan, a mammoth rock face...
The Romantic Prime Minister: Disraeli
YOUNG DISRAELI, 1804-1846By Jane RidleyCrown406 pp., $35The man who would eventually become Queen Victoria's favorite prime minister was in many ways a distinctly un-Victorian figure. Neither hard-working, nor sober, nor honest, nor chaste, nor imbued...
This Week's Bestsellers
FICTION1. Memnoch the Devil Anne Rice, Knopf, $2512. Beach Music Pat Conroy, Doubleday/Talese, $27.5033. Lightning Danielle Steele, Delacorte, $24.9514. The Bridges of Madison County Robert James Waller, Warner, $16.951515. Rose Madder Stephen King,...
Trend-Spotting - Chasing the Future with a Butterfly Net
A large ad appearing on Boston buses this month makes a case for the enduring appeal of Levi's 501 jeans. These perennial favorites, the ad claims, were "Born before trends were made."The clever slogan raises an intriguing question: Just when was the...
Urban League Defends Affirmative Action
LONG before affirmative action became government policy, the National Urban League was among the organizations actively helping African-Americans from the South find work in the North. Today, 85 years after its founding, the Urban League is still a staunch...
Whodunits Keep the Pages Turning This Season's Mysteries Offer Tricky Problem-Solving, with Intrigue and Justice for All
SHELLEY'S HEARTBy Charles McCarryRandom House556 pp., $23.DEATH OF A NAGBy M.C. BeatonMysterious Press216 pp., $18.95SAUCE FOR THE GOOSEBy Robert CampbellMysterious Press229 pp., $18.95BLACK OUTBy John LawtonViking342 pp., $22.95BURNING ANGELBy James...
World's Garlic Capital Starts to Sizzle the Pungent Bulb Takes Front Burner at Gilroy, Calif., Festival This Weekend
SOMETHING'S in the air here, especially on a hot day during harvest. You know you're driving through Gilroy. It's the garlic, strong and potent. Guaranteed to make your eyes water and your breath smell.And in Gilroy, Calif., the Garlic Capital of the...
Writers' Taste Buds Tingled by Burgundy's Three-Starred Chef Bernard Loiseau Visits N.Y.C. to Herald New Book
The applause was as thunderous as for any successful Broadway show. Nodding and smiling in the middle of New York's elegant Restaurant Daniel recently were a half dozen chefs, dressed in white from toque to toe. They had just produced a dazzling seven-course...
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