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 February 11, 2000

A Director's Cut of a Century of Movies
Just as any good film is a personal statement by its creator, so should any worthwhile history of the medium itself be intimate. "A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies," which debuts Feb. 14 (through Feb. 16, 8-9:30 p.m.) on...
After a Year of Smooth Sailing, Venezuelan Leader Faces Rough Seas
Venezuela's charismatic president, former paratrooper Hugo Chvez, is facing the first serious split in his year-old "Bolivarian revolution" regime. On one side: three of Chvez's closest former comrades in a failed 1992 military coup. They are now significant...
A Life and a Land Shaped by Cows
On mywalks around the farm, I sometimes come across the bedding place where our cows have spent the previous night. After their evening milking, they gather and drift about our 80 acres with the freedom of nomads in search of just the right mix of breeze...
Blocking Cyber-Anarchists ; Home Computer Owners Can Play a Big Role
The Internet is perhaps the freest electronic forum ever devised. But that very openness can give license to destructive impulses - as this week's digital attacks on Yahoo!, Amazon, eBay, and other heavily used Web sites attest. These assaults by unknown...
Broadway Veteran Sees Its Lights Shining Bright
With all the fretting about the lamentable state of new plays on Broadway, you'd think that Rosemary Harris, long one of its brightest stars, would echo these sentiments. After all, "Wrong Mountain," one of only two new plays being produced on New York's...
Can't We Just Talk?
Campaign 2000 has set a record for presidential debates - more than half a dozen before the first caucus in Iowa. Yet, surprisingly, this windfall of political argumentation has done little to overcome voter alienation. Despite seemingly unprecedented...
Composer Revels in the Rich Texture of the Human Voice
Choral-music lovers will rejoice in what composer Andy Vores has to say. Mr. Vores, whose new work for chorus and orchestra, "World Wheel," was performed in Boston recently, sees interest in singing as on the rise, both as communal activity and art...
Experience the Dazzling Visual Difference ; the DVD Has Shaken Up the Home-Video Market and Introduced New Possibilities for Visual Expression
You think you've seen "Fight Club," but are you really sure? Consider the scene when Edward Norton and Brad Pitt are standing in a skyscraper, talking about dynamite rigged to explode in a van parked far below. Suddenly the camera zooms away from the...
Fewer Volunteers Down at the Local Firehouse
Washington, Mo. - As a young boy, Lloyd Trentmann remembers watching his volunteer fireman father respond to an alarm the old- fashioned way - by racing out of a downtown firehouse and pushing a hosecart by hand through the hilly streets of this old...
From Farms to Firms, the Net Casts Its Web on India ; New Delhi's Decision This Week to Allow Private E-Mail Carriers Is Another a Step in the 'Internetization' of India
The walk to the Ganges River in Benares is the oldest in India - a crisscross over cracked tiles, past dusty sweetmeat shops, flower stalls, monkeys, shrouded women, ancient temples and mosques, and hawkers selling yoga lessons cheap. Yet as pilgrims...
Hang on to Your Heart ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
My neighbor told me recently how he'd lost an antique collection. At the time, he said, he felt like his heart had been taken from him. But he explained that he was "rebuilding" - this time working on a collection of restored cars. "What if he loses...
Hip-Hop Gives Voice to Urban Culture
When hip-hop music first hit the streets of New York City in the late-'70s, it was joyful party noise, a much-needed means of self- expression for ghetto kids who didn't have many options. It quickly became an underground form of communication, an outlet...
'Homicide' Wraps with Arresting Drama
Homicide: Life on the Street" didn't attract as big an audience as "N.Y.P.D. Blue," but it had a dedicated viewership when the TV drama series ended last August after seven seasons. And now it's back for one final mega-episode, Homicide: The Movie (NBC,...
How Well They Remember the Day
Ten years ago today, Nelson Mandela walked through the gates of Victor Verster prison and, beaming, raised his right fist in a power salute. The crowd roared. For black South Africans, it was a moment of triumph. For many whites, it was a time of trepidation....
Just Another (Gloomy) Day at the 'Beach'
Leonardo DiCaprio became a superstar in "Titanic," which became a superhit largely because of his uncanny appeal to moviegoers in general and teenage girls in particular. His fans have been wondering what he'd do for an encore, and today the answer arrives...
Lebanon and Chechnya
The soil of Lebanon will burn," stated Israel's foreign minister, David Levy, this week in a threat aimed at ending guerrilla attacks on Israel. Like the Russian war in Chechnya, Israel's war in Lebanon has brought tragedy for civilians. Israeli warplanes...
Liberty and Justice ... for Citizens Only? ; A Federal Appeals Court Will Hear a Case Monday on Whether US Can Detain Immigrants - Indefinitely
Can the US government jail immigrants indefinitely if their native countries refuse to take them back? That's the question being raised by a series of legal challenges to a controversial immigration law. And the challenges are raising even deeper questions,...
Maine's Potent Answer to Punxsutawney Phil
This is the last gasp of Candlemas 2000. In Maine the groundhog is called a woodchuck, and none is stupid enough to leave his snug hibernation den on Feb. 2 and come up to take a crack at forecasting the weather. I'm not familiar with any groundhogs...
NASA Gets Another Shot at Space Target ; an Asteroid Hunter Named NEAR Could Reach Space Body Eros on Valentine's Day
NASA's asteroid hunter is born again - and once again closing in on its target. Members of the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission thought they lost a precious opportunity when a navigation glitch sent the probe whizzing by asteroid 433 Eros in December...
Networks Smack, TV Guide Dishes
It's February, a sweeps-ratings month, and TV network programmers are locked in their own version of "WWF Smackdown!" Pow! NBC tries to cash in on the game-show craze with "Twenty- One." Wham! ABC body slams 'em by running "Who Wants to be a Millionaire"...
News and Fiction Meet in Retelling of 'Scandal'
Docudramas have always been a tricky art form, being neither pure factual accounts nor pure fiction. But that has never stopped TV or film writers from tackling controversial stories, either retrieved from history or ripped from the day's headlines....
Olympic Chief Sets Gold Standard
On a warm February day with snowy Pikes Peak basking under a dazzling sun and towering against deep-blue sky, it was hard for all but the coldest cynic not to be optimistic. And so it was here earlier this week when the new US Olympic boss, Norman Blake...
Our Beloved Gonzo Maverick
Whenever I pause to evaluate potential goals and aspirations for the future, I wonder if my efforts to achieve lasting success are being hindered because no one in the media has ever branded me with a unique, compelling label. Ideally, such a moniker...
Seeking an SOS from Mars ; Cosmic Sleuthing Led Stanford Scientist to Find Signal That Could Be from Lost Lander
At first, Ivan Linscott just didn't think the odd signal amounted to much. The scientist had been using Stanford University's 15-story-tall radio telescope to listen for messages from the wayward Mars Polar Lander. But the only data he had gotten back...
Sifting Hijackers from Hostages ; the Afghan Hijacking Ended Yesterday. British Officials Suspect It Was a Mass Asylum Bid
The resolution of Britain's longest hijacking crisis is raising questions and concerns that the case of the Afghan airliner may set a troubling precedent for governments around the world. While most hijackers seek to grab international attention for...
Sports 101
He has that winning smile, a humble manner, and let's not forget incredible talent. Vince Carter, a forward with the Toronto Raptors, is the leading vote-getter for this Sunday's NBA All-Star Game in Oakland, Calif. (he was named on 1.9 million of the...
The Double Life Forced on Cubans
Regarding Guillaume Debr's Feb. 2 opinion piece, "Seeing is believing: How Cuba let me down": It is not often that a young idealist goes to the communist nation and comes back telling the truth. Instead, what we often see, especially from older, more...
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,...
The (Un)importance of a Name
Gov. George W. Bush's appearance with his doting parents in New Hampshire was generally judged to be a political minus. President Bill Clinton appeared mute on the stage with his wife in Purchase, N.Y., for the official announcement of her candidacy...
Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright, Getting Brighter
Despite the cover of pre-dawn darkness, ocean mist, and blue- black clothing, Tiger Woods can't escape ambush. "We're live, sir," says the first of three news crews to thrust a microphone into Woods's path as he tees up for a pretournament warm- up....
Today's Story Line:
Why did the Afghan hijackers fly to Britain? It appears to be an elaborate - and controversial - bid for political asylum for them and their "hostages". Venezuela's President Hugo Chvez came to power promising a "revolution" that roots out corruption....
USA
Attorney General Janet Reno announced a criminal investigation into this week's hacker attacks on Internet sites, of which E-Trade and ZDNet were the latest apparent targets. Federal officials, who suspected a substantial number of computers were involved...
Wake-Up Week for Web Security ; Hacker Attacks on Several Major Sites Reveal Difficulty of Safeguarding the Internet from Increasing Threats
This week's unprecedented attacks against high-profile Web sites have revealed with startling clarity what security experts have been warning for years: Cyberterrorism is real and here to stay. The threat will sorely challenge the world's traditional...
What's on TV ; Listings Are Not Necessarily Recommended by the Monitor. All Times Eastern, Check Local Listings
SUNDAY 2/13 NBA All-Star Game (NBC, 6:30 p.m.): It's not about competition. It's more about the festivities, which this year includes the return of the Slam Dunk contest (Saturday, TNT, 8-10:30 p.m.) after an absence of three years. One more thing:...
World
The likely suspension today of Northern Ireland's coalition government is a "problem" but not a "terminal crisis," its Protestant chief minister said. David Trimble's Ulster Unionist Party is due to vote tomorrow on whether to withdraw from the Protestant-Catholic...