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 October 6, 1997

A 'Buy' or a 'Sell'? WorldCom Perplexes
A year ago you might have said, "World Who?" Not any more: Now, the high fliers of Wall Street are asking: "What will WorldCom do next?"From humble roots, the Jackson, Miss., company has wheeled and dealed its way to being the nation's No. 4 long-distance...
A Network Aids Fleeing N. Koreans
The rolling hills, amber cornfields, and thatched-roofed cottages that dot this northeast Chinese frontier town seem an unlikely outpost for an underground railway ferrying North Koreans away from hunger.Yet some residents of Tumen and other Chinese...
At EPA Construction Site, Even the Rocks Get Recycled Hard Hats among the Hardwoods: The $232 Million Complex in North Carolina Is a Model for the 'Green' Building Movement
A monstrous machine sits on the crest of a red clay hill, sucking in limbs and roots and branches and spitting out chips of mulch.It's a strange piece of equipment to see at a construction site. But it is just one example of how the million-square-foot...
Avid Parents Skew School Equality Checkbook Gap
School administrators call them "Ninja parents." You'll find them marching on state legislatures to demand more funding for schools. They're also picking up the tab for new teachers or wiring classrooms for the Internet in their spare time.Don't even...
A Way out for Algeria?
A truce called by one of Algeria's Islamic factions could be a lifeline for a country entrapped by violence. In Algeria, as in other parts of the world, the killing is sustained by extremists who abhor compromise. Any hint of moderation, therefore, is...
Banning 'Junk Guns'
It was a disappointing decision: California Gov. Pete Wilson recently vetoed legislation to ban the manufacture and sale of Saturday Night Specials, or junk guns. He said he worried the measure would deny poor people guns for self-defense.That's faulty...
City Girl Gone Country Asks, 'What's a Bride to Dew?'
My husband and I met in college, where he was majoring in agriculture. He was fully committed to following this line of work, whereas I came from a big city and knew nothing about farming. I had planned to enter the business world and live near a big...
Crime Takes Bite out of Mexicans' Rights Nineteen Policemen Were Arrested Thursday for Alleged Killings of Youths in Mexico City
Ask most Mexicans, and they'll tell you the only thing they fear more than the criminals running amok in many neighborhoods are the crime fighters themselves.The mothers of the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Mexico City would count themselves among such...
Cryptography Control: FBI Wants It, but Why?
To hear the FBI tell it, unless Congress acts soon to stop the proliferation of strong encryption - the technique for scrambling computer data - the government will lose its ability to understand wiretapped communications and investigate crime.This isn't...
Empathy Wins Trust of Wary N. Koreans Americans in Pyongyang
The Pyongyang Arboretum has received nearly 3,500 plants over the years from dignitaries of fellow Stalinist states. At the heart of the collection in the North Korean capital are two elegant orchids unsurprisingly named The Kim Il Sung flower and The...
Havana Rolls out Un-Welcome Mat for Its Country Cousins
On Cuban television, the evening news likes to focus on what it calls "abysmal" and "shocking" treatment by the United States of Latin Americans trying to illegally cross the border into the US to make a living.What the evening news doesn't mention is...
High-Tech Alarms My Neighborhood
It is hard to convey the memorable circumlocutory tenor of Eddie's recorded message. It is an urgent communication of matchless telephonic originality.It goes something like this: "Svhumnfer achtungschv loosh whschlumpff! Umphelshum! Sch-merschtish ploosh...
How Baseball Playoffs Are Shaping Up
There would appear to be no stopping baseball's Atlanta Braves. They played as if in another, higher league in sweeping aside the overmatched Houston Astros in three straight playoff games. But does having the best pitching staff really guarantee ultimate...
How Homeschoolers Move from Family Room to College Campus Most Welcome - and Rise to - New Challenge
When Amanda Bergson-Shilcock started school, she had never waited in class for a bell to ring or navigated a crowded cafeteria. Considering that "school" was the University of Pennsylvania and she was 17 at the time, she was no ordinary first-timer.But...
How One Air Force Major Strives for Safer Flights despite Recent Spate of Military Crashes, the Service Posts Second-Safest Year on Record
On his base's pristine flight line, where F-16s blast into the sky every few minutes, Maj. Jeff "Roach" Rochelle recounts advice he once got from a legendary fighter ace who was also the Air Force's top safety officer: "He told me, 'It takes a fox to...
How to Ride the Merger Tide Last Week's Record Bid for MCI Shows the Merger Wave Rolls on; Small Investors Can Profit, but Shouldn't Get Greedy
Profits may drive stock prices in the long term, but mergers have fueled much of the 1990s bull market."Forget the merger mania of the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan was president." 1997 - with Democrat Bill Clinton in the White House - "is set to become...
In Teaching History, No Single View of the Past Prevails
History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the PastBy Gary B. Nash, Charlotte Crabtree, and Ross E. DunnAlfred A. Knopf 308 pp., $26 'What did you learn in school today, dear little boy of mine?" asked the lyrics of satirist Tom Paxton a generation...
It's Time to Break the Fossil Fuel Habit
Here's a familiar-sounding story. An accumulation of findings leads scientists to inform the public that "Your addiction is having destructive, even deadly, effects. You should change your ways."But there are great economic powers with a vested interest...
Joe Morgan Has a Nose for Baseball Nuance
Joe Morgan once told a TV columnist that he was "bursting" to share his baseball knowledge with viewers. He's doing just that for some of the biggest audiences of the year during the postseason.For the third year, he will provide analysis during NBC's...
Letters
Real Campaign-Finance Reform - and SoonAll the talk and punditry concerning campaign-finance reform seems to point in one direction - nothing but tinkering with the process, if even that. Not only does there seem to be no groundswell from the public,...
Master of Art and the Art of Living Everything Ceramic Artist Toshiko Takaezu Does Feeds into the Process of Discovering and Creating
Coming into the American Craft Museum from the bustle of midtown Manhattan is like entering an alternative universe. The ceramic pieces on display in "The Art of Toshiko Takaezu" whisk you away from the rat race to a zone of calm contemplation. It's...
Of 'Gals' and Gadgets
Design and marketing often go hand-in-glove. A utilitarian object may be designed to appeal to a specific sector of the market (men, women, teens, children), and its advertising - as this enchanting old Bell Telephone ad amusingly demonstrates - will...
Once Divided, Young Germans Reflect on Meaning of Unity Seven Years after the Reunification of East and West Germany, Differences Remain
The changes in this former East German town in the last seven years have ranged from the overwhelming (the collapse of local industry) to the mundane: Top-of-the-hour radio news bulletins now are followed by traffic reports.There didn't use to be enough...
Parents Reach beyond Their Own Backyards
So how can affluent parents contribute to their local school without making the whole system of funding public education less fair? Take a look at Portland, Ore.It's the largest urban school district in the Northwest, and 90 percent of families still...
Pillorying Pretentious Professors A Zany but Humane Satire of a Tenured College Faculty
Straight ManBy Richard RussoRandom House 391 pp., $25 University life has served as an irresistible subject for some of the funniest satire in modern literature. After teaching briefly at Sarah Lawrence College, Mary McCarthy set the standard high with...
Preparing for El Nino Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
'Nations Prep for Strongest El Nino of This Century," proclaimed a Monitor headline on September 11. About the same time, hurricane Linda was paralleling the coast of Mexico with winds of over 200 miles per hour.The unusual intensity of Linda was attributed...
Race Is Key Issue of '97 Term High Court Opens Today with a Light Caseload Marked by an Affirmative-Action Case. Series: Bench Marks: The Dockets. Second of Two Parts
In early October, the ritual is for Supreme Court watchers to wail about a dearth of major cases. Yet by June, as the rulings come down, that view invariably changes: The term appears significant in ways no one predicted.This year, however, the prognosticators...
Republicans Stalled, Seek New Vigor GOP Shows Great Strength but Weekend Gathering of Western Leaders Shows Lack of Clarity
Going by the numbers, life looks pretty good for the Republicans.They control both houses of Congress, majorities that will likely rise in the next election. And the GOP's lock on 32 out of 50 governor's offices is set to go up by one: Nevada's Democratic...
So, How Do Homeschoolers Apply? Do-It Yourself Transcripts
Homeschoolers applying to college often find that being different is an advantage."People don't need to fear that if they do something off the beaten track during the high school years that they're ruling out college," says Susannah Sheffer, editor of...
The News in Brief
The USThe White House turned over previously unknown videotapes of some of President Clinton's controversial coffees with financial supporters to congressional investigators, Time magazine reported in its Oct. 13 edition. Meanwhile, Attorney General...
Why Men Throng Rallies, but Not Pews Promise Keepers Events Stir Rethinking of Church's Gender Appeal
With "Jesus Lives" emblazoned on his T-shirt and "truth" inscribed on his hat, Dan Cote Jr. surveyed the sea of men surrounding him at the Promise Keepers rally this weekend and offered a prediction."Men are going to find their place here today," said...
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