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 April 13, 1998

A Gardener's View of Life at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Today's Easter Egg Roll Holds No Concerns for White House Gardener
Today's assault on the White House grounds - the Easter Egg Roll - is the biggest annual public event at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For four hours, a steady stream of 30,000 children will gleefully trample the South Lawn; some will push the 7,200 fluorescent-colored...
A Mother's Featherless Fledgling
I'M going to take driver's ed as my winter sport," Matt informed me the day after his 15th birthday."Sport?" I said, my mind reeling. "Like Dodge-ems?""Extra-curricular activity, then," he amended, his assertive tone unchanged. His assertiveness is tentative,...
A Word on Child Care
Just because you work from home doesn't mean you don't need child care.Obviously it depends on how many hours a week you plan to work, the age of your children (there's a big difference between a two-year old and a two-month old), and the type of work...
Behind the Belfast Deal Grass-Roots Efforts Helped Cement Peace, and May Help Keep It
On a swath of wasteland in war-scarred west Belfast, a buffer zone between Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods, workers are putting the finishing touches on a gleaming white building that dwarfs the homes on either side.It will house a new United States-owned...
Bigger by De-Vault
Two very noisy events last week:1. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finally closed above 9000, and we've deluged you with coverage on the concept these last two weeks, so I won't waste much ink on it here. But read to the end for a brief note.2. The...
Bigger Mergers = Bigger Banks = Bigger Fees
If you think the era of mega banks means better services, cheaper checking, and higher interest for deposits, forget it.Au contraire, the costs of bank services "will continue to go up," says Warren Heller, research director for Veribanc, a Wakefield,...
Big Loan, Big Leverage: Will West Push Indonesia to Let Freedom Ring? $43 Billion IMF Loan Is a Chance to Demand Political Changes, Say Human Rights Activists
In return for an internationally funded rescue package, the Indonesian government has agreed to make its trade practices fairer and its markets more open. But at the same time, some officials and activists are wondering why the world's powerful nations...
Clean Your Credit Report Don't Wait till a Job or a Mortgage Is on the Line to Find out about Erroneous Black Marks
If you haven't checked out your credit report lately, it may spell trouble.In a recent study by the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), 29 percent of credit reports contained serious errors and 70 percent contained mistakes of some kind.If serious...
Credit-Card Imposters Shop 'Til You Drop
One of the biggest sources of erroneous credit blotches today is fraud, often a relatively new scam called identity theft.Fraud victims place 40,000 calls a month to a hotline at Trans Union, up from 1,400 a month in 1992, says David Van de Walle, a...
Dual Allegiances Move Closer to Home Nationality and Citizenship Go Their Separate Ways under New Policy in Mexico
It has nothing to do with the usual hot-button issues of free trade, drugs, or illegal immigration. But US-Mexico relations have been quietly transformed over the past few weeks.A group of Mexican-Americans waiting anxiously outside the door of the consulate...
Hope in N. Ireland
Gratitude for the peace agreement in Northern Ireland extends beyond the tense city streets and verdant countryside of that province. Few conflicts have seemed as intractable as that dividing Ulster's Protestants and Catholics. But through patience,...
If Only Al Capone Had Gone by the IRS Rules
In 20 years of doing my federal income tax returns, I've almost always had to file a Form 1040, the long form, although my income rarely has exceeded $25,000.For instance, one year I was working in a foreign country and had to flee due to civil unrest....
In 'Nursery' for Stars, It's a Watery World Scientists' Findings Reveal the Significance of Water - and Lots of It - in Turning Gas Clouds into Stars
A nascent sun 1,500 light-years away has turned its neighborhood into the most water-rich stellar nursery astronomers have ever seen.Located in the constellation Orion, this celestial wellspring produces enough water each day to fill 60 Earth-like oceans....
Kill the Tax Code? Great Sport, Risky Business
Everyone has something they just can't stand, that they wish would just disappear. For many people, that "something" is the income tax. As the April 15 filing deadline approaches, many households trying to figure out their tax forms may be ready to try...
Letters
New Guns, Old ProblemsOn April 6, the Monitor published two articles about firearms. "Guns that a 'Grunt' Would Love" extols high-tech military weapons, using impersonal, technological descriptions of killing. The article never questions the enormous...
Marvelous Monday Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
It was a Monday morning. I was purchasing a soda pop. The young woman behind the store counter mentioned how she hated Mondays; they were depressing.I smiled and said, "Don't give up your joy just because it's a Monday." After I left, I began to pray...
Mom's New Ballgame: Career at Home
Lesley Spencer discovered that a day at home can be just as demanding as a day at the office.For the past two years, the mother of two toddlers has been running a national organization for work-at-home moms from her renovated attic in Austin, Texas.While...
N. Ireland's Peace Map: The Long Road Ahead after Friday's Historic Pact, a Spirit of Compromise Will Be Needed to Implement All the Difficult Provisions
The historic agreement that Northern Ireland's Protestant and Catholic political leaders reached here on Friday has broken the grip of sectarian politics that has throttled hope for the province's future over the past 30 years and sparked violence that...
One Day in the Digital Revolution A Good Friday
Most of the time, the Digital Revolution rushes by so fast it's little more than a blur of mergers, high-tech breakthroughs, and big ideas.There are days, though, that deserve to be pulled off the assembly line of time. Freeze-framed, they capture the...
Personal Finance Q & A
Taking Your Lump SumsQ I have to make a decision soon between taking a lump sum distribution now, or waiting to take an annual pension at age 65. I'm 56 and plan to work six or seven more years, maybe longer. Suggestions?- J.M. (via e-mail) A You face...
Sell Some Sizzle, Mr. Prime Minister
Merrill Lynch chief economist Bruce Steinberg dubs Japan's prime minister "that great leader Herbert Hoover Hashimoto."He calls Hashimoto "seemingly incapable of action," a criticism some historians have leveled at US President Hoover for hesitating...
Texas-Size Lawyers' Fees Rankle in State Tobacco Suit
Two years ago, when Texas Attorney General Dan Morales hired a posse of lawyers to fight the tobacco industry, few balked about his payment plan: 15 percent of the cut if they won, nothing if they lost.Then in January, the industry agreed to pay Texas...
The News in Brief
The USBasking in the Northern Ireland peace agreement, President Clinton said it was appropriate the breakthrough came as Christians celebrated Easter and Jews celebrated Passover. Clinton was not only credited with sending former US Sen. George Mitchell...
The Squirrel Skirmish Continues
I may be witnessing the start of a beautiful romance. Or perhaps a territorial dispute. The former seems more likely, given the season and the behavior of the principals in this drama: my neighbors, the squirrels.A couple of Alaskan red squirrels have...
Trial Balloon Almost Pops on Hong Kong Market
A coal-mining company in the heart of China isn't exactly the type of firm that would normally attract much interest on the cosmopolitan Hong Kong stock exchange.But on April 1, Yanzhou Coal Mining became the first Chinese state enterprise to list on...

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