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 22, 1999

A Red-Hot Race for the Cold War Moon
Every journalist deserves at least one epic story. For James Schefter - and this reviewer - it has been humanity's outreach to interplanetary space. Metaphorically speaking, our species has only waded along the edge of the cosmic ocean. But this hesitant...
A Sister's Loving Story of Life with Ernest
As the big sister in a gaggle of seven children, I am naturally partial to any family history written by another big sister.As assistant mother, she can generally be counted on to express an inordinate love of parents and children and view their flaws...
A Thanksgiving Shrine in Heart of N. Ireland
In the new millennium, Belfast, Northern Ireland, will have something in common with Dallas: a thanksgiving square.The one-third acre architectural project is to be a place where all sections of the community in Northern Ireland - of any religion (of...
Etc . .
Yours very truly ...lance Cpl. Ryan Henderson, on peacekeeping duty in Kosovo, wanted to write home to assure his father that he was well. As a US serviceman, he had free mailing privileges but one slight problem: no paper. So he tore up a cardboard...
Goodness Gracious, Great Ball O' String!
String theory says that the smallest unit of matter is not an atom, electron, quark, or any other particle, but a little loop of string. Everything in the universe is made up of these tiny loops of energy, vibrating in different patterns.That is if they...
Grave Robbing
Several years ago Patrick Hemingway went over to New York with a memoir that his father had written, and it was accepted by a fairly good publisher.His deal made an awful row I heard, and I think that was where we lost the truth, because when his father's...
Hemingway at War with Himself
"hemingway goes to war" gives us Hemingway with all his flaws, at a point in his life when they may have been most glaringly obvious.The great writer had signed on as a war correspondent with Colliers magazine to cover the D-Day invasion. War always...
I Love New York (Buses)!
Soon after I came to New York City, I had wonderful experiences with the bus drivers. I thought they were the nicest people in New York. I still think so.One day I got on the bus. I held out a dollar to the driver. (I forget how much the bus fare was...
Iran's Students Speak Out
Those watching the still-uncertain course of the Islamic Revolution in Iran have seen in the past two weeks what could prove to be another defining moment in its history. Not unlike that of 20 years ago, in November 1979, when students took to the streets...
It Ain't over till It ... Starts in the Washington Spin-O-Rama, the 2000 Presidential Race Is All but Called. the Rest of the Nation Hasn't Even Tuned In
Washington has had that Disney World feel lately. The city is hot and sticky, tourists abound, and there is a constant spinning that is starting to make people dizzy. Normally sane people are acting like kids giddy from too many turns on Mr. Toad's Wild...
Lawmaking Loses to Election Posturing Capitol Gridlock Often Precedes National Votes. but This Time, Bitter Winds Blow Early
President Clinton's hoped-for "season of progress" on America's domestic agenda has rapidly deteriorated into a season of electioneering.From gun control, to patients' rights to tax cuts, lawmakers are rejecting compromise and a record of accomplishment....
Letters
Too optimistic on Mideast peace?Both your editorial cartoon of July 14 and your opinion piece of July 16 ("Mideast peace prospects high") are much too optimistic about the commitment to peace of newly elected Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.Barak opposes...
Media Lose Public's Respect in Coverage of the 'Big Story' More Americans Say the Government Should Regulate the Press, Raising Concerns about Industry's Standing
Within minutes of the news breaking that John Kennedy Jr.'s plane had disappeared, the media went into overdrive.Within hours, major networks and 24-hour cable news channels had top anchors in place, keeping up a steady drumbeat of coverage, pounding...
Now I'm Eager to Face the Music
Oh, I'm not starting entirely from scratch. I played a middling clarinet during high school, then dashed off to major in English. I blithely consigned my horn to storage with my mortarboard and yearbooks. Decades passed.But last month, on a whim, I retrieved...
One Scandal Too Many for Korea Governor's Bribery Arrest Last Friday and a June 30 Fire Coincide with Drafting of Anticorruption Laws
She complained about the boss to Dear Diary, and Lee Chang Dok became a national hero.Documenting how she resisted bribes but eventually yielded to threats against her, Mrs. Lee reluctantly approved permits for a shoddily constructed summer camp that...
One-Way Tickets to Better Lives in the First Four Months of 1999, 65,000 Colombians Exited Their Country
The lines that once formed outside the trendiest restaurants and night clubs here are all gone now - replaced by lines in front of the United States, Canadian, and Spanish embassies.A sense of crisis here is fueling this exodus of Colombians (many are...
Persistent Inventors FIELD NOTES
Great inventions have not always received immediate public acceptance. In fact, in many cases, the people who invented them have been treated downright shabbily.Take the case of Luther Crowell who, back in 1867, designed an item still in use today. His...
Physicist Strings Together Theory of Universe
Brian Greene is not the only physicist working on a master equation of the universe, but he is certainly the most popular.The dashing math and physics professor is bucking the stereotypes of brilliant but disheveled scientists who would be a lot more...
Rising Oil Prices: How Much of a Danger? for Now, the US Economy Is Coping Well, but Prices Raise Threat of Inflation
The most remarkable thing about today's rising oil prices may be what isn't happening. Central bankers aren't sweating through their custom-made suits. Citizens aren't dusting off their bicycles as an alternative to gas-guzzling cars - unless they're...
Splinter Politics in 2000?
Third-party presidential candidacies aren't rare: Almost 1 out of every 3 elections this century saw alternative candidates rack up significant popular-vote totals.It's beginning to look like the 2000 balloting could join the list:*The Reform Party,...
Targeting Violence
The problem of violence in America has to be addressed from many directions. One-dimensional campaigns won't work, but any given tactic may contribute to ultimate success.Gun-control measures are a prime example. California just took the lead here. Its...
The Man Behind the Luxurious Myth
Any one of J. Pierpont Morgan's accomplishments would have made him an important figure. He organized the nation's railroads during the Gilded Age; helped finance the creation of major corporations, including US Steel, International Harvester, and GE;...
The Monitor Guide to the Bestsellers
Hardcover fiction1. HANNIBAL, by Thomas Harris, Delacorte Press, $27.95 (Last week 1, Weeks on list 5) Harris's newest thriller features the darkly brilliant psychologist Dr. Hannibal Lechter, whose desire to consume his patient's cares earned him the...
The Old Man and the Sea of Books
One hundred years ago, on July 21, 1899, a child was born who would have a profound effect on American - and, indeed, world - literature in the 20th century.As Michael Reynolds writes at the conclusion of this fifth and final volume of his comprehensive...
The Thinning of America's Midsection with the 2000 Census, the Midwest Stands to Lose Congressional Seats,political and Economic Clout
You might call it the hollowing out of America's heartland.Over the past two decades, population growth in the nation's midsection has fallen further behind the nation as a whole.Former farmers are moving to far away cities. Restless twentysomethings...
Today's Story Line
Why should you care about what's happening in Colombia? The short answer: Your new neighbor may be Colombian. A mass exodus is occurring as those who can afford to, are moving to New York, Miami, or neighboring nations.A new film making the rounds in...
Tougher Line on Weapons Systems Threats to Cut off Funding for F-22 Fighter - Even among Republicans - Signal Shifting Defense Priorities on Hill
The Pentagon bills it as the "cornerstone" of the US jet fighter fleet in the next century. Stealthy in design and gazelle-quick in the air, the F-22 "raptor" is a marvel of modern military engineering.But today in the US House of Representatives, the...
Tribute Marred by Disrespect
There's nothing unusual about publishers timing the release of new biographies and critical studies on a famous writer's centennial, but David Sandison's biography has a dubious distinction: It might be the most slanderous and slanted biography ever...
Universal Translator May End Foreign Babble
It would normally pass unnoticed that researchers here in Pittsburgh will chat over the Internet today with colleagues in five other countries. They'll be talking about travel arrangements. Boring stuff, really, except for one crucial difference:Everybody...
UN Sanctions through an Arab Lens
Bracing for an emotional experience, some of the Arab filmgoers went to the theater prepared: They carried tissues. And the screening of a new documentary about the impact of nine years of United Nations sanctions on Iraq did not disappoint them.The...
USA
An accord was reached in the Senate on debating reform of campaign fund-raising for at least a week by early October. It was hammered out between minority leader Trent Lott, an opponent of the reform effort, and Sens. John McCain (above, l.) of Arizona...
When Your Bank Becomes a Boutique in an Era of Megamergers, Small Banks Find a Niche
You can call the main branch of South Umpqua Bank in Roseburg, Ore., many things. You can call it a store, a coffee shop, or even a cyber-cafe. But don't call it a bank, insists bank head Ray Davis.The small institution in western Oregon evokes a Hard...
Why War Is Spreading in Horn of Africa Ethiopian Army Is Carving out a Buffer Zone to Prevent Incursions from Somalia
When the Ethiopian Army invaded neighboring Somalia and laid siege to the central city of Baidoa last month, the degree of indifference with which the news was met offered perhaps the starkest measure of Somalia's misery to date.Except for the griping...
World
New israeli prime minister Ehud Barak's timetable for reaching a permanent peace deal with the Palestinians - October 2000 - isn't acceptable, the latter said. Planning Minister Nabil Shaath said in exchange for the Palestinians' decision to forgo a...
You Want Strong - We've Got Strong!
Visitors to Cornell University's "spider lab" in Ithaca, N.Y., aren't likely to forget what they see. There, with tweezers in hand, students lean over a table of palm-size female spiders lying on their backs with legs taped securely in place, and carefully...

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