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 December 3, 1998

A Monitor Guide to Bestsellers Hardcover Non-Fiction
1. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, by Mitch Albom, Doubleday, $19.95A beloved college professor who is dying agrees to meet each Tuesday with a former student and discuss life and death. Mitch Albom, a well-known sportswriter, recorded 14 "classes" with his former...
A New Name: Fearless Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
I noticed recently that two thrillers were playing at the movies, both with the word fear in the titles.The promotional material for these films reminded me that there was a time when I was often afraid. I couldn't walk the streets at night without feeling...
An Ocean of Nautical Drama
AMERICA AND THE SEA: A MARITIME HISTORYBy Benjamin W. Labaree, et al.Mystic Seaport Museum 686 pp., $50 Pardon the pun, but this is a whale of a book. Its scope is staggering, the publishing equivalent of a battleship. Not something to be read at one...
A Rising Din over Social Security Fixing the System Has Become No. 1 Issue, but No Consensus Exists on the Best Way
A strange dynamic is rising around the debate over Social Security. For both major parties, eager to accomplish something in the next Congress, ensuring the long-term viability of Social Security has emerged as issue No. 1.The White House will convene...
Despite It All, Russian Firms Do Well the Economy Is in Shambles, but Devaluation Has Helped Many Companies Compete at Home and Abroad
The evidence is still scattered and sparse, but amid Russia's blizzard of economic woes, a few rays of light might just be breaking through.Just watch Masha Ratinova, a graphic artist use her computer to put the final touches on a new label design for...
Essential Art Guides That Really Are Essential
THE ESSENTIAL JACKSON POLLOCKBy Justin SpringTHE ESSENTIAL SALVADOR DALI By Robert Goff THE ESSENTIAL VINCENT VAN GOGH By Ingrid Schaffner THE ESSENTIAL EDWARD HOPPER By Justin Spring All published by Harry N. Abrams 112 pp., $ 12.95 Art museums have...
Fight over Teen Tobacco Use Moves into 'Marlboro Country'
As Joe Camel lopes into the sunset of American pop culture, battles continue to loom over the future of tobacco advertising - especially for ads aimed at reaching younger generations of potential smokers.Although 46 states have agreed to a historic $206...
How a Flood Remade a Flood
When the rains began to fall in northern Missouri during the first weekend of October, forecasters at a special center outside Kansas City grew worried.It's their job to predict water levels on the Missouri River. The rains covered such a wide area that...
Japan's Showcase Piece of the Space Station
Tetsuro Yokoyama flips a switch and illuminates a room heavy with the odor of fresh paint and new carpet.At a quick glance, the future home of mission control for Japan's first manned orbiting laboratory is a work in progress. But Mr. Yokoyama, the laboratory...
Keeping Inmates in Prison High-Tech Security Makes Escapes Harder, but Prisoner in Texas Shows It's Possible
Certainly, the contest seems tilted in favor of the guards. Inmates trying to escape from prison still use the primitive tools of the Bird Man of Alcatraz: hacksaw blades pilfered from the wood shop, soup spoons, fingernail files.Prison security, by...
Letters
Quebec sovereignty not 'the abyss'It is my impression that the opinion piece "Quebec Secession Revisited" (Nov. 23) omitted a few crucial elements.First, the scenario whereby Quebec would unilaterally declare its complete independence from Canada is...
Non-PC, but Feasible, Reasons for Rich-Poor Divide
Economists can be highly non-PC - not politically correct. For instance, Harvard University economist Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes says, "The worst thing that a nation can have done is to have copied the Napoleonic code 200 years ago. Napoleon's legacy...
Painter Captures the World's Vanishing Cats
GREAT CATS: STORIES AND ART FROM A WORLD TRAVELLERBy Simon CombesThe Greenwich Workshop Press 168 pp., $35 After searching in vain for the elusive tigers that prowl through the thick, snow-clad forests of Siberia, Simon Combes realized that his dream...
Perfection in Pale Peach GENETIC ENGINEERING
Consider the peach. It's the fruit you love to drip down your chin on a summer day. Sweet smelling and deliciously juicy. But oh so fragile and a quick spoiler.Will there ever be a perfect, flawless peach?Wayne Sherman says yes. At the University of...
Piecing Together the Royal Puzzle
When Queen Elizabeth travels, she takes feather pillows with her. The blotting paper she uses is black. She chews coffee sugar after dinner. She dislikes milk pudding, Charles Dickens, and ivy. Her first corgi was named Susan.You didn't know these things?...
POWs Don't Merely Survive, They Thrive Same Drive That Kept Prisoners of War Alive during Years of Captivity in Vietnam Allows Many to Lead Remarkably Successful Lives upon Their Return to the United States
It's been 30 years, but Wallace "Moe" Newcomb still can't shake the memory of being blasted out of the sky from his F-105 fighter jet.He can't shake the memory of the 5-1/2 years he spent locked in dank cells at the "Hanoi Hilton" and other North Vietnamese...
Quests for Canada Carry US Cost Asylum-Seekers Drawn to Canada Often Wait in US. Lacking Visas, They Face Jail. Move by Canada May Help
Every year, thousands of people cross the US border, eager to start new lives.But a number of these people are not trying to get into the world's largest melting pot of immigrants; they are trying to leave, setting their sights on Canada.They often employ...
Ready to Seize Decisive Moments
A PROPOS DE PARISBy Henri Cartier-BressonLittle, Brown & Co. 168 pp., $29.95 TETE A TETE: PORTRAITS By Henri Cartier-Bresson Little, Brown & Co. 144 pp., $65 Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of this century's leading photographers, is master of his famous...
Rethinking a River with Multiple Levees Washed out from the Last Major Flood, the 2,300 Mile Missouri River Is at a Crossroads
When Tom Leifield steps onto the brand-new parking lot of Missouri's youngest state park, he knows he has a winner.Once finished, the Columbia Bottom site will draw people from miles around, because this is the point where the Missouri River ends its...
Romeo and Juliet in Kosovo
It was the summer of 1995 when Drita met Zoran, and war was beginning to look inevitable in Kosovo.Zoran, a Serb, was a lifeguard at the city swimming pool. Drita, an ethnic Albanian woman, liked to spend the hot summer afternoons by the water. Somehow,...
Sanctioned Euthanasia: Lessons from Abroad for Patients, Does Dutch Example Imply Power or Pressure?
If Jack Kevorkian were in the Netherlands, he probably wouldn't be nearly so notorious as he is in the United States. There, helping people take their own lives - which the Michigan pathologist admits to having done some 120 times in this country - is...
The Big Show before the Big Show
We were waiting for the storm. It was one of those warm, muggy midsummer days in Kansas. The kind where the sky has an ominous yellow cast, the air is perfectly still except for an occasional fitful sigh of breeze among the leaves, the ambient electricity...
The Economics of Peace
Diplomacy is crucial, certainly, but economic development may hold the key to lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Last week's opening of Gaza's international airport and this week's conference in Washington on economic assistance for the...
The Images That Focus Our Past PICTURE PERFECT
W. EUGENE SMITH: PHOTOGRAPHS 1934-1975By W. Eugene SmithHarry N. Abrams 352 pp., $75 MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE By Margaret Bourke-White Little, Brown & Co. 160 pp., $65 The entire history of American photojournalism occurred in the 20th century, so it's...
The Indonesian Balance US Aid Reductions for Environment Undercut Political Aims
As protests erupt again in Indonesia, recall how this time last year forest fires raged across the archipelago, casting a smoky haze as far away as the Philippines.The links between Indonesia's political and economic upheaval and its besieged environment...
The News in Brief
The USRussia agreed to return to Holocaust victims or their heirs art looted by the Nazis, but France rejected a plea to auction more than 2,000 works of art held by the government since World War II. At a conference in Washington, Russian delegate Valery...
Today's Story Line:
A young romance across Kosovo's deep ethnic divide can quickly show a path to peace. Writer Justin Brown found a Serb and ethnic Albanian twosome in love. His story shows what their relationship reveals about a land torn by hatred. Quote of note: "If...
To Him, Life in Russia Isn't a Bear GOOD-NEWS CUSTODIAN
Daniil Dondurei is a man with a message. And it's one that's not often heard in these gloomy times.Dire stories of the financial crisis, poverty, and hunger with a bleak winter ahead are familiar to Russia's 147 million people, who seem to accept that...
US Takes a Pass on a Soviet-Era Firefighting Plane FROM RUSSIA, WITH QUESTIONS
When it first thundered into the sky in March 1971, the massive Ilyushin-76 cargo jet gave the Soviet Union the chance to rapidly deploy great numbers of men and munitions against the enemy, namely the United States and its allies.Now, with the cold...
Will AOL Smother Netscape's Spark?
When I heard about the merger between Netscape and American Online (AOL) last week, I felt a bit the way I did after the New England Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins recently, but may have lost star quarterback Drew Bledsoe. I was happy my team - in...
Y2K Wake-Up Call
The last two months have seen a flurry of reports on the federal government's handling of its Year 2000 computer problem. Unfortunately, little of the news is good.The Y2K issue, or "millennium bug," refers to the inability of older computers and programs...
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