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 July 14, 2000

Americans Turn Away from Food Stamps
Poor Americans are leaving food stamps in record numbers. In part, this is good news: The booming economy is generating jobs that are pulling many families out of poverty. The not-so-good news: Many working families still eligible for the benefit no...
An EPA Up the Creek
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a stern reminder that the country's water-pollution problem is far from solved. It's right on that score, but its method of solving the problem could leave it high and dry. The EPA's goal is to sharply...
A World of Vibrant Dance Invades a Bucolic Former Farm
Though the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival unfolds in the quiet, bucolic hills of western Massachusetts, there is nothing sleepy about the flurry of artistic activity that has taken place here each summer for nearly seven decades. What began as a modest...
Brits Take Brunt as Hollywood Rewrites History
It's been a busy month for Liverpool community historian Steve Binns. One day after the star-spangled blockbuster "The Patriot" opened in the US, the city in northeast England demanded an apology from Hollywood for the film's over-the-top portrayal...
Broadway Babies Star in Festival
If theater is often a family affair, then the Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF) is summer-house central for many of the clans. And even for those actors, directors, playwrights, and designers who are not related here, the festival fosters a sense of...
Democrats Scurry to Seal Cracks in Base ; after Bush's Cordial NAACP Visit, Clinton Leaves Camp David to Address the Group
If he could help it, nothing was going to keep President Clinton from addressing the nation's largest civil rights organization this week - not even a historic Mideast peace summit. Perhaps realizing that it's not good form to snub his party's most...
Etc
YEAH, YOU GOT MY ATTENTION A startling sight has greeted commuters on Toronto's transit system since last month: a series of ads apparently promoting lipstick for men in bright green or purple. But as it turns out, the campaign - whose only words referred...
Even Sans Hollywood Glitz, Imports Dazzle
Hollywood is dousing audiences with frantic action, lowdown laughs, and high-tech effects, all supported by promotional campaigns as bruising and inescapable as anything the "Perfect Storm" crew has to face. In a less heavily hyped summertime tradition,...
Fiji Coup's End Just a Beginning ; despite a Newly Named President and Release of All Hostages, Economic and Political Challenges Remain
Fifty-six days after taking him and 30 other people hostage, the plotters of the coup who brought turmoil to Fiji released the elected prime minister yesterday. But the release of Mahendra Chaudhry and the remaining 17 hostages has only reinforced how...
For Crucial Space Station Piece, Now Is the Hard Part ; Much Delayed Russian Component Must Dock with the Space Station in a Tricky, High-Stakes Maneuver
After two years of delays and hundreds of millions of dollars of cost overruns, the most crucial component of the International Space Station finally made it into space Wednesday. Now, Russian and US space officials face a do-or-die challenge: linking...
Fox's Borderline Hope
Vicente Fox's victory in the Mexican elections is a cause for celebration not only by Mexico but also by its NAFTA partners, the United States and Canada, and indeed by democrats around the world. The eviction through electoral processes of a party that...
From Shaker Art to 'Wicked Pleasures'
Summer in the Berkshires - which bills itself as "America's Premier Cultural Resort" - is known for music, principally as host to the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood. Theater beckons, too, in the form of the Williamstown Theater Festival (see our story,...
Full-Time Dad on the Go-Go Creates CDs for Kids
By paying close attention to the musical tastes of his two young sons, John Boydston has carved out a niche for himself as Daddy A Go Go, a swinging musician who records rock 'n' roll tunes in his basement and sells CDs over the Internet. "I'm my own...
Harry Potter ... 'Hello Goodbye'
In the distant future, when some historian asks me to name the most memorable pop-culture craze of my lifetime, the answer won't be Harry Potter. I do admit that Harry is obviously a heavy hitter in the batting lineup of modern entertainment, but all...
He Built Our Dream Home His Way
Everybody needs a Mr. Marshall. Well, maybe not today, right now. Because now new homes come with landscaping, walkways, fences, leach fields, flower beds, garden lighting, and graded driveways. Ours didn't. That's how we got Mr. Marshall. We hadn't...
Hockey Tragedy Spotlights Parental Rage ; Fatality in a Fistfight Raises Debate over Parental Behavior at Youth Sporting Events
From Little League Baseball to Pop Warner football, Reading, Mass., is a middle-class suburb of steepled churches and maple- lined streets that has long been a haven of youth sports. But in recent days, public focus has shifted away from rollicking...
In Drug War, Treatment Is Back ; California Credits Treatment with Its First Drop in Prison Inmates in Two Decades
After a quarter century of toughness toward criminals, a movement is growing nationwide to emphasize treatment for nonviolent drug offenders and other forms of alternative sentencing rather than simply lock them up. The move is being driven by the need...
Missile Failure Bodes Success
Count your blessings in the failure of the Feb. 7 antimissile test. The real problems would have come if the antimissile test had worked. First, there would have been an argument about whether the test was rigged, as several scientists said it was,...
Moody, Dark 'X-Men' Seems Less Than Super
Hollywood has a love-hate relationship with comic books -love when a movie based on a comic book soars like the original "Superman" and "Batman," but hate when one flops, as the makers of "Judge Dredd" and "The Phantom" must ruefully remember. The bright...
No-Class Humor Brings in Bucks per Yuck
It's going to get grosser. Lest you think Hollywood is running out of inventive ways to film bodily fluids, not to fret: Popular culture's long march down the road of tastelessness is just beginning to hit its stride. "It's open season for grossness,"...
No Hot Dogs Here; It's Brie, Terrine, and Tarte Tatin ; A Traditional Red-and-White Tablecloth Will Stretch for Nearly 400 Miles Today When France Celebrates Its Independence at an 'Incredible Picnic.'
Between 1792 and 1799, the astronomers Jean-Baptiste Delambre and Pierre Mchain, under orders from the Constituent Assembly created after the French Revolution, painstakingly measured the exact distance along a meridian between the port city of Dunkerque...
Not Just Kids' Stuff ; Is There Music Children and Parents like? You Bet. from Folk to Rap, Rock, and Blues
Once considered too sweet for adults, children's music isn't limited to one flavor anymore. It's become sophisticated and multigenerational, yet remains just as fun-loving. Those at the heart of this musical genre are noticing its wider appeal. During...
'Nuremberg' Bests 'Big Brother'
Reality TV: The new, most popular form of fiction today. Survivor (Wednesdays, CBS, 8-9 p.m.) is outrageously popular. It's been joined by Big Brother. Neither of them is all that interesting. They are, however, fashionable. One thing that can be said...
Polishing Pearls ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
I have a friend who is a professional musician. She has performed with distinguished international artists, and recorded several CDs. We've talked at length about the challenges of playing in front of a large audience, and especially about preparing...
Raise Incomes by Restricting Immigration
Your June 30 article "The unsolved mystery of the gilded economy" pointed out that despite our blazing economy, the number of full- time workers with incomes below the poverty level has risen to 3 million, up from 1.5 million since 1970. The growing...
Solution to All-Star No-Shows: No Game
There are plenty of things in life that just go together, like surf and sun, meat and potatoes, high and mighty, fishing and lies, kiss and tell. It's impossible to imagine one without the other. And so it is disconcerting to reflect on Major League...
Sports 101
Japan has pitcher Hideo Nomo (Detroit Tigers), the Dominican Republic has Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs), Venezuela has Omar Vizquel (Cleveland Indians), and South Africa has .... really no homegrown hero to root for. Major League Baseball is looking to...
The Egypt Connection in Mideast Peace Talks ; Palestinian-Israeli Peace Talks Continued Yesterday amid Secrecy at Camp David
President Clinton may have placed a news blackout on the critical Israeli-Palestinian peace summit, but there is no secret about how the peacemaking dynamic is changing across the Middle East - and favoring a bigger role for Egypt in the peace process....
The Monitor Movie Guide
Red stars denote the reviews of Monitor movie critic David Sterritt unless otherwise noted. Ratings and comments by the Monitor panel ( blue stars) reflect the sometimes diverse views of at least three other moviegoers. Information on violence, drugs,...
Today's Story Line
Egypt's President Mubarak plays a growing role in Mideast peacemaking. 'The Patriot' has the English fighting mad - 224 years after the American Revolution . France prepares to celebrate its revolution with a 337-village- long picnic. Fiji hostages...
'Trout' Hooks All Ages
When Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet started their strangely named act, Trout Fishing in America, more than 20 years ago, the idea was to play for adult audiences. Encouraged by friends, though, they began playing and writing for kids, too. They still...
USA
The US and Vietnam have reached broad agreement on an economic deal meant to turn the former military foes into trading partners, negotiators said. Under the accord, the US would ease restrictions on imports from Vietnam, which include low-cost manufactured...
What Only Railway Clerks Knew about the US Mail
A while back, I lamented the extreme paucity of smarts lavished in the past on our postal affairs, and a few devoutly patriotic readers have voiced their opinion of my conclusion. They feel it did not come soon enough. This gives me a welcome opportunity...
Whats on TV ; SHOWS WORTH NOTING FOR JULY 15-21
Listings are not necessarily recommended by the Monitor. All times Eastern, check local listings. SATURDAY 7/15 The Sky's On Fire (ABC, 8-10 p.m.): A moderately entertaining, near-disaster movie about an ozone hole settling over Los Angeles. Scientists...
Why China Views US as Its Military Rival in Asia ; US Secretary of Defense Holds Talks in Beijing for the First Time in 14 Months
Like survivors picking through rubble for reusable bricks, the US Secretary of Defense and China's top leaders are searching for ways to rebuild military ties 14 months after NATO jets bombed Beijing's embassy in Belgrade. There have been some signs...
World
After a demand on a new president for Fiji was met, nationalist rebels freed deposed Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and 17 other hostages who had been held since May 19. Ratu Josefa Iloilo, the hand picked presidential nominee of rebel leader George...
'X-Men' Composer Loves Music from Rock to Bach
Composer Michael Kamen believes in melody, in passionate, soaring, lyrical tunes - the sort that bring tears to your eyes in a movie such as, oh, "X-Men." Say what? A glorified comic-book-based flick (opening today, see review, page 15) about mutant...
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