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 23, 1996

A Fanciful Flock and the Boy Who Made Them Fly
My brother Kevin had imaginary birds when he was three years old. There were three of them, which he called his birdies, and he could see them very clearly. They were blue and red and evidently thin, because he carried all three in one small clenched...
A First-Grader's Toothy Tale of Seek and Find
It was the first week of first grade, and Madeleine lost her first tooth. So many firsts at the same time deserved a special acknowledgement, which is why I got the idea of the treasure hunt. A shiny quarter wrapped in tissue paper seemed insufficient...
A Son's Memoir of Sadness and Hope
AN AMERICAN REQUIEM: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between UsBy James Carroll Houghton Mifflin Co. 279 pp., $23.95James Carroll, a columnist and much-published author, has reached deep inside himself to offer us an impassioned memoir that works...
Books with an Accent on Adventure Action Books Are a Favorite with Boys. from Rescues at Sea to Cattle Roundups, There's Plenty to Keep Kids Reading This Spring
'Children's books are written and edited largely by women," notes Bruce Coville, author of more than 50 books for kids. "As a result," he explains "most books published don't have a male sensibility, male sense of humor, or male energy."Perhaps that's...
Bosnian Serb Leader Defies West, Holds Power
A glossy, black armored Mercedes-Benz with the license plate P100-100 sits parked in the shade outside the Famos car-parts factory in Pale, Bosnia. The car belongs to Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb leader indicted for war crimes who this week emerged...
Down and out in Tokyo: Japan Grapples with Social Angst
A downcast Takaharu Watanabe shakes his head as he contemplates what happened in his small Tokyo apartment building early last month. "If I'd known ... I would have brought them food," says the apprentice cook, who works in a Chinese restaurant.Mr....
For the Directionally Challenged, A Satellite to Keep the Car on Course
Giving directions should be simple. Count the traffic lights, estimate the mileage, toss in a couple of landmarks, and drivers are on their way.The problem, as we all know, is that it's far more complicated than that. Enthusiastic sidewalk strollers,...
How Clout Is Shifting in Congress Kansas, Texas, Oregon Lose Seniority; South Gains
Last year Sen. Nancy Kassebaum (R) of Kansas received a phone call from a desperate Kansas State University student.Enoch Chihana explained that his father, a citizen of Malawi, had been arrested by political opponents. Could Mrs. Kassebaum, a legislator...
How the Word 'Plastic' Became a Complex Metaphor from Environmentally Safe, to Counterfeit, to Adaptable
American Plastic: A Cultural HistoryBy Jeffrey L. MeikleRutgers University Press403 pp., $49.95Even if you missed the movie, you know the line. It ranks with "Rosebud" as film's most quoted single word. In "The Graduate" (1967), an apathetic college...
Improving Things at Work Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life
Often when things don't go right at work, people look for something or someone to blame. So if we're unproductive, it's because the economy is bad, or people we were counting on let us down; because we lack the resources we need, or we've not been given...
It's a Contest between Two Millionaires in Race for Oregon's Senate Seat
Perched out in the Pacific Northwest, with more wildlife and cattle than people, Oregon doesn't usually make a lot of national electoral news.But the state's congressional contests this year include replacing two of the country's most senior lawmakers...
L.A. Valley to Become, like, Splitsville?
Will America's second-largest city split in two?Riding the nationwide wave of voter discontent with unresponsive, centralized government, officials in the San Fernando Valley - the sprawling, middle-class suburb of Los Angeles - are pushing state legislation...
Movies Are a Break from Real Tornado Science INTERVIEW
Many a meteorologist is tut-tutting over this season's crop of tornado films, from Hollywood blockbuster "Twister" to Fox TV's more modest "Tornado."Some worry aloud (or via e-mail) that thrill-seeking viewers will try running down tornadoes themselves....
Older Women on TV Are Either Absent or Sadly Demeaned
Goodbye, Angela.When the drama ended on "Murder She Wrote" Sunday evening, Angela Lansbury, in her role as master sleuth Jessica Fletcher, sat down at her trusty typewriter and tapped out a message to her viewers."Dear Friends," she began. "Tonight ......
One Judge's Verdict: Reform Criminal Justice System
Guilty: The Collapse of Criminal JusticeBy JudgeHarold J. RothwaxRandom House238 pp., $23Just as it often takes a tragic accident to bring about needed new health and safety regulations, perhaps the bizarre twists and perfunctory verdict in the O.J....
Phone Woes? It Could Be A Burst Solar 'Inner Tube' Scientists Discover a New Type of Eruption That Affects Earth
For solar scientists, the new sun-studying SOHO satellite is an eye-opener. Its view, undistorted by Earth's atmosphere, has revealed a previously unknown kind of solar eruption that directly affects our planet.The eruptions are produced when a magnetic...
Questions Now That Cannes Is over It's Time to Reassess What the Festival Means to the International Culture Debate
The screens are dark, the auditoriums are empty, the red carpets at the Palais des Festivals are rolled up and stowed away. Another edition of the Cannes International Film Festival has come and gone, marking 49 years of art, commerce, and star-gazing...
Secrecy Shrouds Russia Again, Rolling Back Gains of Glasnost
From the bowels of the President Hotel, once reserved for the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party, a shadowy team of operatives works behind doors guarded by armed men.They are led by a former KGB general who has taken a key role in President...
She Wrote from the Heart and Touched the Child in All of Us an Interview with Margaret Rey, Co-Creator of the Children's Book "Curious George"
Margaret Rey is tiny and button-bright. She is also the co-creator of the well-loved Curious George picture books, which were first published in 1941. The series features a mischievous and lovable monkey whose limitless curiosity lands him in all sorts...
Speaking of Slavery: The Last Taboo
When the Works Progress Administration's Federal Writers' Project sent writers South to interview ex-slaves in the 1930s, Sarah Debro of North Carolina confessed, "My folks don't want me to talk about slavery. They's shame {African-Americans} ever was...
Sri Lanka Manages to Coax Some Tamils Back to Jaffna
Bullock carts and bicycles loaded with possessions line the roads from Palaly Air Force Base to Jaffna City in northern Sri Lanka as tens of thousands of Tamil civilians return to their homelands.Most had left more than six months earlier for territory...
The Dow Flourishes at 100, despite Criticism
Unfurl the streamers. Ignite the fireworks. The Dow Jones industrial average (DJIA) is turning 100 years old this weekend. This is a spry centenarian. Despite scores of competing indexes - many of them far more comprehensive - the Dow remains the world's...
The Wilderness Society
All revival begins with narrative. Narrative offers the way through the wilderness of just about everything from a political campaign to organizational and individual challenge.Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole is shedding the familiar skin...
To Help Black Males
A private study released last week concludes that grass-roots efforts represent the best hope of improving the future of black males in America.The W. K. Kellogg Foundation created the National Task Force on African-American Males in 1992 to develop...
Traveler Mines Peru's Culinary Riches Odyssey of the South American Country Turns Up Ceviche, 'Jumping Beef,' and a Strong Heritage
Americans flying into Lima from the north may wonder how the desolate vista below could possibly yield a single potato. But the seemingly endless expanse of wrinkled copper earth that is the Peruvian Andes gives way in all directions to fecundity; even...
Twisters Still Hold Mysteries for Chasers after Two Years of Studying Tornadoes, Scientists Have Found That Reams of Data Take Them in New Directions
The vans and compact cars looked like refugees from Mystery Science Theater 3000 as they took to the highway in search of tornadoes. Wind gauges spun, and weather vanes swung erratically from poles anchored to rooftop racks as the caravan headed out.The...
Upsizing Joins Downsizing as AT&T Faces Music
'Twenty years ago there was an invisible sign above the main door of AT&T's {New York} headquarters that read: JOB FOR LIFE," says Harold Burlingame, AT&T's senior vice president for human resources."Today," he continues, "when I go out into the field...
US Immigrants Join Rebellion to Topple Bilingual Education
An immigrant from El Salvador, Miguel Alvarado wants his four children to learn English and fulfill the American dream. So far, the biggest obstacle has been the local public school.Although the Alvarado family speaks English at home, the children were...
Video 'Slots' Help Gamblers Lose Faster THE 'CRACK COCAINE OF GAMBLING'
Coin in slot. Press "deal" button. View electronic playing cards. Press "hold" button. Lose. Begin again. Coin in slot.So the rhythm goes for several minutes before it abruptly ends.Electronic chimes and bells beckon, but the player sits quietly for...
Why a Likud Victory Wouldn't Bury the Peace the Backlash from Any Effort to Freeze the Process Would Force Moderation on Even a Right-Wing Israeli Government
Israelis like to joke that the most popular politician in Israel - one who easily could be elected prime minister in the May 29 elections - is neither Prime Minister Shimon Peres nor Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu. It is President Bill Clinton.From...
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