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 August 11, 1999

A Jarring Theory for Drop in US Crime
A controversial thesis from a pair of respected academics claims to have solved the enduring riddle of this decade's fast-falling US crime rates - and it's sparking fresh debate on two of the biggest social issues of our day.The thesis: The sharp rise...
Are Definitions of Age Becoming Irrelevant?
Adventure-loving travelers who have passed the big 4-0 might wish they could borrow a trick from Jack Benny and stay 39 forever. That's the cutoff age a British tour company, Exodus, has just imposed on six of its African adventure holidays. No graybeards...
A World in Need of 'The Genius of Children' Originally Printed as an Editorial in the Christian Science Sentinel
Bronson Alcott was a philosopher, a schoolteacher, and a friend of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science. He took a great interest in her lifework, and she in turn once referred to his character as "of holiest sort, bravest to endure,...
Can War Be Fair? - 50 Years after Geneva World Leaders Established Rules Governing Modern Warfare on Aug. 12, 1949. Do They Help?
For critics who decry the Geneva Conventions as outdated and irrelevant, the war in Kosovo offered no shortage of evidence. The Serbs' frenzy of ethnic cleansing seemed to spit in the face of treaties that seek to set humane limits to modern warfare.Once...
Checkout-Line Vantage Point
Before I had children, I had a conversation with a good friend who did have kids. One comment she made stuck with me. "No two-year-old is going to run my life." She didn't mean it in the sense of not paying attention to the needs of a child, but rather...
Clinton Renews Bid to Fill Empty Bench Legal Analysts See Partisan Politics in Senate's Foot-Dragging on Federal Judges
Judge Alfred Goodwin could have left the federal bench when he reached retirement age 11 years ago.He could have spent more time at his Oregon summer home, contemplating a stunning view of the Three Sisters Wilderness. He could have gone horseback riding...
Color by Committee Those Avocado-Hued Appliances of Yesteryear May Not Have Been Your Fault at All
They'll be talking about you at the Color Marketing Group's (CMG) fall international conference in Palm Springs, Calif.The sometimes-heated discussions there will be directly about you and your taste; the color of sheets in your bedroom, the plates in...
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ROYALTY TO THE RESCUEIf you're motoring through London and your car breaks down, take heart, dear traveler - a prince or two might lend a hand. That's what happened to Simon Thompson last week. He got a royal shock when Prince William and Prince Harry...
Flavor and Fragrance for Nantucket Kitchens
It's 11 a.m. and Rick Morcom is loading his pickup truck with bunches of fragrant tarragon, basil, rosemary, and thyme. He politely excuses himself and drives off, in a cloud of dust. Several local chefs are eagerly awaiting his delivery.On Nantucket...
L.A. Fans Tell NFL, It's Our Way or the Highway Los Angeles's Hesitancy to Put Up Money for a New Football Team Points out Growing Disaffection Nationwide over the Economics of Sports
Monty Clark used to come down to the Los Angeles Coliseum - driving the 1-1/2 hours from his Ventura home through traffic as thick as an Irish stew - just to watch the Raiders football team.Today, two years after the Raiders left town for Oakland, Mr....
Late Summer Reality Check
For those of us who are "glass half empty" people, the arrival of August can send us into a funk of regret, bemoaning lost opportunities.The summer's almost over, and the lazy days I dreamed of all winter are disappearing like a sailboat on the horizon....
Leakey Saved the Elephants. Now the Public Purse?
In a bold move to halt Kenya's long slide into economic ruin, President Daniel arap Moi last month put one of his former opponents, Richard Leakey, in charge of the civil service to root out the corruption at the core of Kenya's ills.As the no-nonsense...
Letters
Holbrooke's daunting task When newly confirmed UN ambassador Richard Holbrooke takes his post in New York, he will face not only the conspicuous issue of US delinquencies in UN dues but also the deep divisions between the US and most of the rest of the...
Mania in the Path of an Eclipse Some Nations Make Aug. 11 a Holiday. Iran Issues 600,000 Eclipse-Safe Glasses
It is an event that has the potential to stop wars and intensify prayers - as well as suspend reason, it seems in some cases - and feed centuries-old myths of doom and sacrifice.From Europe to the Bay of Bengal, the eclipse of the sun Aug. 11 has created...
Neil's Bag of Tricks
'let me put it this way," observed Neil, surveying my plot early in the season. His face wore a rather mischievous look. At that time, my rows of newborn seedlings represented promise rather than fulfillment. Other than premature rhubarb, there was nothing...
Next Target in the War on Tobacco: Stogies as More People Light Up, Some US Officials Are Saying Cigars Should Abide by the Same Rules as Cigarettes
Over the past five years, the cigar industry has told the American public to light up a cigar to celebrate good times.The media often picture athletes, celebrities, and politicians puffing away on giant stogies at parties or awards ceremonies. Cigar...
Parents, Get a Grip on the Brat Generation
When a child has a full-blown, kicking-and-screaming tantrum in the middle of the floor at the grocery store and the young, affluent mother's only response is, "He's just acting out one of his little dramas. He'll be through in a minute," you know that...
Russia's Breakaway Republics Fighting in Dagestan May Be Only the Tip of the Iceberg for the Troubled North Caucasus Region
Once again, Russia's weakening central government is facing the threat of lost territory on its volatile Caucasus frontier.Three years after a devastating separatist rebellion in Chechnya, a brand of Islamic extremism is igniting civil war in the neighboring...
States Muscle into Power Vacuum Governors Assert More Authority as Power Flows Away from a Fractious Washington toward State Capitals
Forget Clinton vs. Congress. Arguably the most important US political battles of coming months may pit the nation's governors against Washington's federal establishment.The governors have already forced the Clinton White House to cede claims to $250...
Tame Out-of-Control Rhododendrons by Pruning in Stages Resident Expert
Q. i just purchased a house that has two rhododendrons that are 10 to 12 feet high in the center of the lawn. My problem is that the rhododendrons are blocking the view of the house. Can they be pruned to about 5 feet high?B.B., Greensboro, N.C.A. Your...
The Classroom Beckons
The coming American teacher shortage is well-documented. A third of today's teachers are expected to retire in the next decade. At the same time, enrollments are increasing and some states are mandating smaller class sizes, which means more teachers....
The Real Crime-Busters
American social theorists are scrambling to explain a dramatic drop in violent crime, as if honesty and obedience to law are aberrations that need reasons to exist.We prefer simply to welcome the good news. We pause, however, at one reason being touted...
Thoreau's Life on Walden's Simple Shores
In the spring of 1845, Henry David Thoreau borrowed an ax from his neighbor Bronson Alcott. He walked two miles from his family's house in Concord, Mass., to a woodlot on the shores of Walden Pond, owned by another neighbor, Ralph Waldo Emerson. There...
Today's Story Line
How might humanity react to the passing of the millennium? We should get a good idea as the moon's shadow passes across Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia today. Depending on the observer's viewpoint, an eclipse is an opportunity for prayers,...
USA
President Clinton presented former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the Carter Center in Atlanta. Clinton praised the only living former Democratic president as a man of peace who has used...
Wahhabi Roots in Saudi Desert
The Wahhabi sect of Islam is most firmly established in Saudi Arabia, where it determines law and the strict rules of daily life.Wahhabism first sprang from the central Arabian desert in the mid- 18th century, when its zealous and puritanical founder,...
West Bank Foes Discuss the Moral Haze in Smoke of Battle
Under the catchphrase "even wars have limits," International Committee of the Red Cross researchers and analysts from President Clinton's polling team have been touring war zones for the past nine months to find out just where those limits lie in the...
World
An indian combat jet shot down a Pakistani Navy surveillance aircraft, killing 16 people. Both countries claimed the plane was shot down in their own territory. Indian officials said the wreckage was a mile south of the Indian-Pakistan border, in Gujarat...
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