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 September 21, 1999

A Short History of the Baseball Cap
If the United States has a national hat, it is surely the baseball cap. Even golfers, tennis players, and football players wear them, either when playing or while standing on the sidelines. Mail- carriers, truck drivers, and Boy Scouts wear them, too....
Baseball's Not-Always-Winning Fashions
It's not easy to predict what a major-league baseball team will be wearing next season, much less decades from now. Clubs like to change their fashions often. It generates fan interest and creates fresh souvenir products.Imagine, though, that it's 2021....
Bush vs. Gore? Let's Not Be Too Sure
This is the 12th presidential campaign I've covered or kept a close watch on as a newsman. What I've mainly learned over those many years is that you simply must be cautious.How many of us journalists, early on, were predicting that the 1968 GOP nomination...
Catholic Clergy on Trial in Rwanda for the First Time in History, a Catholic Bishop Is Charged Withgenocide. His Trial Resumes Thursday
Bishop Augustin Misago isn't your typical martyr.Yet to the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop Misago is just that. With his trial for war crimes scheduled to resume Thursday, he's seen as a scapegoat standing up to the Rwandan state that is determined to...
Damage Tally from Floyd Rises, as Farms Remain Submerged
The soybean and peanut plants that once blanketed James Pope's farm now sit rotting in the ground, immersed in water the color of chocolate.Dozens of his corn stalks have been reduced to brown, six-foot tangles, toppled by the wind. And half of his tobacco...
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HELP OUT AGAIN? RUBBISH! "We did a nice job," Frank Barilone says. "I hand-raked the sand. I even built a picnic table and put it down there." And that was after the retiree and a friend gathered up and hauled away broken rowboats, garbage, and other...
Former FBI Chief on Latest Waco News
Your Sept. 13 editorial "Grasping Waco's lessons" contains some thoughtful suggestions on how the new probes should be conducted and the facts developed free of partisanship or hidden agenda.I was dismayed, however, to read your characterization of "the...
How Do You Define 'Commonwealth'? Depends on Your Address
Ever wonder what a commonwealth is?Turns out, it depends where you live. If you're from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or Kentucky, you might think a commonwealth is a US state. But someone from the Commonwealth of Puerto...
How to Use School Tests
This school year could be a milestone in holding educators accountable for their students' performance. In pace-setter states, such as California and Massachusetts, accountability is on a fast- track.The tool of choice is the statewide test, a rather...
Immigrants Shift Status: No Longer Sojourners
After skidding for 30 years, the rate at which immigrants are becoming US citizens is marching upward, one sign of a growing attachment and commitment by the foreign-born to American soil.Regarded by many social scientists as a positive harbinger, this...
In Indonesia, It Was the Best and Worst of Days Foreign Troops Met No Opposition in East Timor Yesterday. Refugee Aidefforts Begin
It was a good day for East Timor, a decent day for the international community, and a lousy day for Indonesia.When an Australian-led force reached the East Timorese capital of Dili yesterday, the territory's residents took a major step closer to independence....
Keeping Score
If nothing else comes of this current wave of education reform, we'll all be better at keeping score.Tests and rankings and higher standards of performance are coming out just as fast as we can think them up. Denver teachers just agreed to a bonus if...
Midwest Tries Bit of Whimsy to Lure Tourists Its Answer to Disneyland: Metal Geese Sculptures, Road Arches, Balls Oftwine
Drive down any interstate highway in America's heartland these days and you're liable to encounter a new roadside tourist attraction that's whimsical, quirky, even cheesy.At first, it may seem like all kinds of silliness. But in fact it's serious business....
On Campus, the Living Is Easy
Waldo Wegner is at Iowa State University this fall and every fall. He takes classes, attends the theater, goes to football games, and holds season basketball tickets.It's hard to find time for coursework, he concedes, but that's not why he's been on...
Palestinians to Bypass Israel with Seaport of Their Own the Sept. 4 'Wye II' Accord Allows for Seaport Construction to Restartby Oct. 1
TVs, ovens, refrigerators, washing machines - Awny Faris & Sons has it all. As one of the biggest wholesalers in the teeming Gaza Strip, the family has an ever-growing population to supply with household appliances.But business is dropping. The $6 to...
Pollution Cops Seek Culprit in Perplexing Water Mystery Storm Runoff May Be a Factor in Recent Cases of Bacteria-Induced Beachclosings
The net, stretched across a concrete storm-drain channel here, is clogged with cellophane chip bags, plastic bottles, and Styrofoam cups. The idea is to filter out visible trash before it empties into the sea and washes up on beaches.But it's the unseen...
Public Participation Is Food for the Soul
Seattle-based author Paul Loeb has long been writing on civic involvement. His latest book, "Soul of a Citizen," calls for "living with conviction in a cynical time." While his book draws mainly on the experiences of "social justice" activists on the...
Qaddafi's New Role: Peacemaker Critics Accuse Him of Meddling in Other Nations, but the Africanleaders He Helps Pay Him Homage
Mention "peacemaker," and most people will name South Africa's Nelson Mandela, Israel's Yitzhak Rabin, or Jordan's King Hussein, - even former US President Jimmy Carter.But Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, who has been accused for years by America of sponsoring...
Sagging World Economy Perks Up in Europe, Asia, Even Russia, Signs of Recovery Are Surfacing. for US,
The US economy isn't roaring by itself any longer.In recent months, much of the rest of the industrial world has joined in singing a faster-growth chorus. Positive signs are everywhere, from a record-low jobless rate in Britain to surging car sales...
Schools Question the Benefits of Tracking Dividing Kids by Performance Divides Educators - Even as It Takes On
When Wellesley Middle School in Massachusetts moved to eliminate tracking - the practice of grouping students according to academic performance - no one was more opposed than eighth-grade English teacher Nancy Flescher. "I really thought it was a terrible...
Serb Opposition Taps Soccer Fans as a Force for Change the Milosevic Regime Is Wary of the Expected Presence of Soccer Clubsupporters, No Strangers to Violence, at Protests in Belgrade
Today, the opposition group Alliance for Change is taking to the streets of Belgrade. As the group leads daily protests in Yugoslavia's 16 largest cities, there may be a viloent wild card in the ranks: Young, often unemployed soccer hooligans. Because...
'Social Marketing' Brings Moral Messages Home
Your child is cheating at school and you don't have a clue. Or perhaps you are blissfully unaware that your teenager, the one headed to college soon, already likes to get drunk.Not to worry. Madison Avenue is riding to the rescue with advertising campaigns...
SOHO in the Sun? A Four-Year-Old Artists Village Has Brought Economic and Artistic
Go through the elaborate wrought-iron gates, cross the terrazzo floors, and climb the double staircase to the second-floor lobby of Santa Ana's historic ornate Santora Arts Building, built in 1929.These are steps with history, as they say in southern...
The Very Model of a Modern Major
When he was about eight years old, Louis Palmer told a friend in his native Savannah, Ga., what he wanted to be: a lawyer. "But coming from a very humble, poor background," he says, "that was almost impossible." Nevertheless, he succeeded, and for this...
The You God Made A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People
It was another big family party. Inside the house, aunts and uncles and grandparents finished their desserts. Outside, the nine cousins played in the yard as the sun went down and the first stars danced in the night sky.Kaitlin and her cousin Erin whispered...
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The pro-Jakarta militia posed no resistance to the multinational force arriving in East Timor. Indonesian officials indicated that refugees in West Timor might return soon, but they may not be able to feed themselves for at least a year.Quote of note:...
Tracking: The 1990s Version of 'Separate but Equal'?
Throughout the US, the major focus in education today is standards. The problem is that while all students are being held to high standards, only some are being prepared to meet them, despite the equity initiatives many states have undertaken.One major...
USA
More rain was expected to worsen conditions in North Carolina, where damage estimates from hurricane Floyd were floating as high as $6 billion. Flooding virtually shut down the third of the state east of the capital, Raleigh. Reports of fatalities rose...
Vote? Kids Ask, Why Bother? Schools Combat Political Apathy with Civics Class - Minus the Snooze
The dullest course in school - civics - is headed for a major overhaul. No more pop quizzes on the committee assignments of local legislators or cardboard flow charts on how a bill becomes a law - forgotten before the paste dries.What's driving calls...
Want to Be President? Write a Book
George W. Bush had no intention of writing a book.After all, the Texas governor spent months unsure (at least publicly) that he even wanted to try for the Oval Office. But now he's running, full steam ahead - and a memoir of sorts is in the works.More...
What's New
More states affected by testing errorsMONTEREY, CALIF. - An error by a national testing company that may have sent almost 9,000 New York City kids to summer school or held them back a grade has also affected results in three other states. School administrators...
World
Fewer than 100 people in East Timor have died in violence triggered by the referendum on autonomy, Indonesia's armed forces chief insisted. Gen. Wiranto, rejected reports that the number of casualties was in the thousands. But he said the state of martial...