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 November 25, 1998

1908 - a Restless U.S. Moves toward Greater Things Henry Ford's Model T and the Wright Bros. 'Aeroplane' Reshape the World's Culture.; CLOSING THE MOVIES
The early summer of 1908 in Boston was a scorcher. Humid heat pressed the clogged city streets. In nearby Chelsea, where nearly a third of the city was destroyed in an April fire started by a cigarette smoker, rebuilding was under way.A few noisy automobiles...
After the Floods, a Tide of Help the World Responds to Central America's Hurricane Mitch Disaster as If to the Family Next Door
Hurricane Mitch is described in many ways: the deadliest hurricane of the century, the storm that set back Central America three or four decades.But in the end Mitch might be remembered as the first big hurricane to strike the global village."For us...
After Your Third Turkey Sandwich, Then What?
OK, time to fess up: You offered to host Thanksgiving this year not because you love to entertain but because you can't wait until the guests leave and you can binge for a week on turkey sandwiches. Or maybe you (reluctantly) agreed to go to Cousin Bernice's...
An Age of Revolutionary Concepts, Made Practical from the Chalkboards of Scientists, Theory Takes Shape in the Form of Satellites and Microchips.; CORRECTING NEWTON
Nov. 24 - Clifford Will knows what it takes to put across abstruse science: a challenge. Facing a group of easily bored science writers, the articulate physicist from Washington University in St. Louis dared to prove that he could demonstrate why general...
An Enduring Vision Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Years before founding this newspaper, Mary Baker Eddy assessed the responsibility of the press: "When the press is gagged, liberty is besieged; but when the press assumes the liberty to lie, it discounts clemency, mocks morality, outrages humanity, breaks...
Anniversary Issue Marks 9 Decades Monitor, Begun in 1908, Was Non-Sensational Alternative to 'Yellow' Newspapers.; Foreign Correspondents, 'Dispatch from the Farm,' and 'Sun Dial'; SIX PULITZER PRIZES
Nov. 24 - Welcome to the 90th anniversary issue of The Christian Science Monitor. We hope you'll enjoy it.To mark the occasion, the section of the paper you are reading is printed in the style of the first issue 90 years ago today. (See box, column six...
As First Truly Global Century Draws to a Close, Common Experiences Link Much of Mankind Torrent of Innovation Webs Together Human Race; Coming Next: WWW.Earth. But. Was Dickens Right?; the Beethoven's 9th-in-Asia Effect
Nov. 24 - Poor Dickens! His opening words in "A Tale of Two Cities" are likely to be commandeered by innumerable writers trying to sum up the 20th century.For wasn't this, indeed, the best of centuries and the worst of centuries?It was clearly both....
Dwelling on Dinner, Not on Appearances Series: A Weekly Series on a Glasgow Municipal Garden
"Neil's running for secretary," I said."Neil?" said Bill, puzzled. Then light dawned. "Oh, you mean the carpet man."The reason for Neil's nickname is plain: His plot is three- quarters carpeted. Not with creeping plants - carpets. Laid down willy-nilly...
From Bloomington with Love ... to a Nicaraguan Sister City
Climbing across the dried-out mud flow that crashed down from the Casita volcano in the relentless rains of Mitch, Fidelia Martinez points to the one sign of human presence: a pipe across a shallow gully."That pipe is from the water system the people...
Gains by Womem Are Hallmark of Eventful Era from Outer Space to the Workplace, 'Woman's Hour' Has Arrived in Many Lands.; LONG LIST OF 'FIRSTS'
Nov. 24 - When former astronaut Mae Jemison was a little girl in the 1960s, she used to wonder if there were really aliens in outer space. And, she worried, what if these creatures bumped into an American spacecraft full of men and concluded that all...
Gratitude and Giving in the 1990s
From boyhood, Arnold Resnicoff knew he was destined for military service. His father, a Russian immigrant, saw sending his son into the US Navy as a way of expressing gratitude for his adopted country. That gratitude ran deep in his family, says Captain...
In a Sport of Story Lines, Vikings Are a Bestseller Team's Bid to Make It to Super Bowl Comes to Dallas Nov. 26. Turnaround Tale Could Be the Saga of the Year.; SPORTS ESSAY
America's appetite for pro football is insatiable. TV knows that. Daily it serves up its shifting sagas of heroes and villains. It's never quite enough. The football zealots crave a new story, big and unique. If you doubt that, examine the nation's TV...
Looking Back 90 Years on the 'Good Old Days'
It's a familiar dilemma: A father is worried that he can't give his three children a bicycle and other toys they want. He asks, "What should I do - deny my youngsters what they see other children have, or get them and face bankruptcy?"Spoken like a parent...
National Book Award Charmed by Bleak Tale
CHARMING BILLYBy Alice McDermottFarrar, Straus and Giroux 280 pp., $22 No one was prepared for "Charming Billing" to win the National Book Award. Not even the woman who wrote it. When the judge called Alice McDermott to the stage at last week's ceremony...
New Thirst for Spirituality Being Felt Worldwide Africa, Asia, Mideast, Latin America, and U.S. South See Rapid Religious Growth.; A LULL IN U.S. NORTH
Religious signposts at the close of the 20th century are full of surprises.* In a 1998 Gallup poll, more than two-thirds of Americans said religion could "solve all or most of our problems."* While the world's population has grown by 60 percent since...
Nike Code of Conduct: 'Just Do It' - or You're Fired?
This is an excerpt of a statement given last week by Julia Esmeralda Pleites, who worked in an El Salvador textile factory sewing Nike shirts. She was brought to Washington for a news conference by the National Labor Committee, a New York group that...
Not Home for the Holidays More and More Singles Are Sharing Their Holiday Table with Friends, Rather Than Their Family.; A FEAST FOR SINGLES
There was a deep silence on the other end of the line.Margo Donohue had just informed her Mother that she wouldn't be home for Thanksgiving. In some families, such a blatant violation of ancestral tradition would be grounds for ostracism. Or, at least,...
Plymouth 'Rock' or 'Putty'?
MEMORY'S NATION: THE PLACE OF PLYMOUTH ROCKBy John SeelyeUniversity of North Carolina Press 704 pp., $39.95 A mythic sense of purpose has long animated the American experience. From the Colonial period to the present, powerful icons such as the Liberty...
Quest for Workers Drives Company Relocations in Tight Labor Market, This Priority Is Bringing Economic Revival to Surprising Regions of US
Back in the go-go 1980s, companies would just pick up their operations and move to the town with the cheapest wages and the best tax incentives. Towns across the South spent millions competing with each other, touting their low-cost work force and offering...
Reforming US Diplomacy
The United States foreign affairs process - especially the State Department - has again been examined and found wanting. Two prominent Washington think-tank panels, which included four former secretaries of state, issued reports last month: "Equipped...
Russia's 'Generation Nyet' Finds Nothing to Be For
In the middle of August, three days before the crisis that brought the Russian economy to near collapse, MTV, the world's biggest music television network, started broadcasting in Russia.While the Western media reported this as a new jewel in Russia's...
Sports World: Money, Fame, New Records 90 Years of Progress for Women, Blacks, but Money Often Rules.; TELEVISION'S IMPACT
Sports over the past 90 years have been the perfect illustration, for good and ill, of our core thoughts - who we are, what we think, what our values are, what we aspire to, what we fear, and what we loathe.They influence us enormously because they display...
Still Undecided on the 'I' Word
Congress-woman Marge Roukema was once an American history teacher, so she has future generations in mind as she wrestles with whether to vote to impeach President Clinton."History is going to judge us on the job we do," says the former New Jersey teacher...
Testing Put to the Test Low Student Scores Raise Controversy over Movement to Enforce Standards.; MASSACHUSETTS CASE STUDY
Massachusetts student test results released this week seem bad enough to make any parent or teacher shudder:* 50 percent of 10th-graders flunked the state math test.* 40 percent of eighth-graders failed the science portion. * 66 percent of fourth-graders...
Thanksgiving
In this 90th anniversary issue, you would have to work hard not to notice that the Monitor was launched the day before America's Thanksgiving holiday.That heritage has led, no surprise, to annual thoughts about the role of thanks-giving for a family...
The News in Brief
The USCementing its position as a high-tech superpower, America Online announced it had successfully negotiated the purchase of Netscape Communications for $4.21 billion. Net- scape, whose software popularized the Internet, would cease to exist as an...
Time Line 1908-1998
1908Republican William Howard Taft elected 27th US president.Robert Peary, Matthew A. Henson, and four Eskimos reach North Pole. 1909 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) founded. 1910 Ten-year Mexican revolution and civil...
Today's Story Line:
How do you explain the hurricane-size outpouring of compassion to Central America? Howard LaFranchi's story reveals that many people feel a family-like connection to those nations. Quote of note: "We had a 20th-century Pompeii right here in Nicaragua,...
US Barges in with a Clinton Smile Is the Only Superpower Too Assertive, or Not Active Enough? Japan Visit Shows Need to Tread Carefully
American power is most keenly felt overseas when the United States military is sent into action. A close runner-up might be a presidential visit.From the mechanics to the message, the voyages of the US leader underscore America's dominance in world politics,...
What the Monitor Strives to Do for Readers
Ninety years ago today, the first issue of The Christian Science Monitor came thundering off brand new presses in the basement of a building at 107 Falmouth Street in Boston.Just over 100 days earlier, Mary Baker Eddy told startled officers of her church...
Where History Is a Victor's Tale South Africa's New Black Government Is Reexamining the Long-Held Afrikaner Version of the Country's History
For a small sheep-ranching town, Calvinia has a big museum. It takes up half a block on the main street of this one-horse town located on the high South African plains. Dedicated to Calvinia's pioneering Afrikaner forefathers, the two-story museum contains...
Who Shapes Art: In 1908: Monet; in 1998, Disney Popular Culture, Now Shaped by Television and Movies, Once Meant 'Finer Things.'; BRING ON CYBERART
Nov. 24 - Turn off your television, take off your headphones, put down your CD player.Ever wonder what folks did for entertainment (or, gasp, edification) before all that technology? In honor of 90 years of continual reporting on the cultural life of...
Zimbabwe Land Grab Rattles Region President Mugabe Seizes 841 Farms, but Some Say Africa's Unruly Rulers Are on Shaky Ground
Zimbabwe, the second most-powerful country in southern Africa, may be threatening regional stability through an intensifying series of political and economic crises - the latest being President Robert Mugabe's expropriation of 841 mostly white-owned...

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