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 August 9, 1996

A Boyhood Spent among the Books
My boyhood library, where I drank medium deep from the Pierian Spring, is about to have a new home, being at last driven from its once-shady glen by the increasing encroachment of parking lots and big business.The new site, selected after what seems...
Africans Tighten A Noose on One of Their Own
African states are tightening the net in an unusual display of resolve to force ethnically divided Burundi to restore constitutional rule two weeks after a coup.On Wednesday, Uganda and Ethiopia said they would join Tanzania and Kenya, which have applied...
An Antidote to Deforestation: Plant a Tree
In his famous essay "Thinking Like a Mountain," conservationist Aldo Leopold wrote movingly of "the day I saw a wolf die." His description is a haunting image of loss often invoked by later environmentalists to lament the demise of wilderness.At times...
Better Schools: How to Get There
The editorial "For Better Schools," July 23, provides many ideas on how we can develop a better education system. Unfortunately, they are inadequate.Eliminating tenure may sound good, but teachers need this protection against the whims of school boards...
Budget Experts Razz Dole's Tax-Cut Plan
Republican candidate Bob Dole's economic plan, with its 15 percent across-the-board cut in income taxes, does not get rave reviews from three Washington budget experts."I used to be a Bob Dole fan," grumbles Bob McIntyre, director of Citizens for Tax...
Camp Coppola Sets Scene for 'Jack' in an Interview, Robin Williams and His Director Explain How Time on a Ranch with Kids Prepared Them for the Film
Shrieks of laughter rang from the pool as seven little boys splashed about. Suddenly, a big kid did a belly flop into the deep end, and Francis Ford Coppola emerged from under an umbrella yelling, "Young man, that will be enough of that!"Instead of silence,...
Cheap Solution to Rife Pollution Eludes Eastern Europe
Only a few years ago a purple haze of toxins hung over Albania's Elbasan Valley - effluents of a massive industrial complex built in the 1970s.Once the pride of communist planners, the complex produced much of the country's heavy industrial output while...
Court Denies Federal Payments for Christian Science Care
Medicare and Medicaid laws that permit payments to Christian Science nursing facilities were ruled "unconstitutional, invalid, and unenforceable," by a federal court in Minneapolis Wednesday. If upheld, the ruling would bar government reimbursement...
Crime Wave in South Africa Spurs Fierce Vigilante Justice Murder of Reputed Drug Lord by Mob Reveals Depth of Public Anger
It was a horrific scene even by South Africa's exceptionally violent standards.The furious mob trampled reputed drug baron Rashaad Staggie, shot him, burned him, and then shot him some more. Then they jeered.What made the act in the miserable Cape Flats...
Europe Paws Ground over US Sanctions Aimed at Iran, Libya but Trade War Not Likely Because US-EU Trade Is $245 Billion, and Clinton May Exempt Nations That Fight Terrorism
This week, the United States celebrated 101 Olympic medals, announced the possibility of organic life on Mars, and laid down a law that Europe could no longer invest in Libya and Iran.Mars and the medals prompted spirited discussion in Europe, but the...
Family Movie Guide
This guide covers "family films" plus movies that could become blockbusters or may especially pique the interest of teenagers. Only films with G ratings are tagged as all-family fare by Hollywood. Most have stronger MPAA ratings that call for extra alertness...
For US High-Tech Firms, China Is the Next Frontier Trade Show Hints at How Asia's Giant Has Become Top Sales Objective
In America, the computer industry makes a fall pilgrimage to its version of the Land of Oz: the trade show known as Comdex in Las Vegas, where the latest whiz-bang products are on display.Now Comdex is planning a new convention - in China.It's a sign...
Is the Once-Male Citadel Prepared for Co-Ed 'Nobs'?
In two weeks, this year's crop of 600 "nobs" will descend on the white-washed campus of The Citadel, and for the first time in the school's 150-year history, three women will be among them.In contrast to a year ago, when The Citadel fought and lost a...
It's the Year of Risks at Oregon Shakespeare Festival the Successful Theater Stages World Premiere by Rita Dove and Modern Twists on Bard Classics
Imagine "Romeo and Juliet" in drab costumes and with no balcony for their famous "wherefore art thou" scene. Or Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" assaulting the senses like some enemy out of Hollywood's "Die Hard" series. How about the Oedipus story set among...
Life, Mars, the Universe
The entire Space Age - now nearly 40 years old - has seemed at times to be a case of life trying unsuccessfully to catch up to science fiction.Writers like Jules Verne got the details wrong. (Verne's moon rocket had gas lamps and first- and second-class...
Martian Rock Gives New Life to NASA Discovery May Send Astronauts to Red Planet
Discovery that Mars may once have nurtured life is spurring the world's space agencies to rethink their strategies.This could speed up the timetable for a robotic mission to return a sample from Mars - planned for around 2005. It may also strengthen...
Moderates Struggle for GOP Clout
Some moderate Republicans gathered here in San Diego have a novel explanation for their relative lack of clout: sports and music.Months ago, while Christian conservatives were positioning themselves to become GOP delegates and planning to dominate the...
Much Ado about Mansion in the Berkshires Two Groups under One Roof at Edith Wharton's Home, Shakespeare & Co. and Caretakers, Dispute Renovations
The Mount, writer Edith Wharton's former home in Lenox, Mass., has found a burgeoning new life as a Shakespearean summer theater. Since 1978, the 35-room mansion and its 48 acres of fields and gardens in the verdant Berkshire woods have housed Shakespeare...
My Favorite Microbes Spur Cosmic Reflections on Life in the Universe Series: News Photographers Snap Pictures of Allan Hills 84001 during a News Conference This Week in Washington. NASA-Led Researchers Say the Rock from Mars Contains Evidence of Primitive Life on the Planet. It Was Found in 1984 in Antarctica, DOUG MILLS/AP
NASA'S announcement that traces of Martian bacteria landed on Earth 13,000 years ago is a great summer science story. It fires the mind to imagine larger realms - at a time when Americans are already immersed in "Independence Day" extraterrestrials,...
Putting out Fire Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life
This year forest fires and church burnings in the United States, and bombings throughout the world, have all pointed up the need for greater safety and protection. Families, homes, and places of worship, all aspects of our environment, need the benefits...
Rebuilding Our Public Schools
You'll have to excuse the brevity of this response to the recent General Accounting Office finding that America has 80,000 public schools in disrepair.The reason I don't have much time to write is because the parents and staff at our public charter school...
Sheila Carroll's Long Journey from JFK to Bob Dole First of Several Articles Detailing How the Republican Convention Looks through the Eyes of a Single Delegate
Sheila Carroll grew up in a family where being an Irish Catholic and a Democrat were one and the same thing. She was a student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles when the most famous Irish Catholic of them all - John F. Kennedy -...
Somalia's Lessons
The tendency has been to hold Somalia up as an example of failed international intervention. But the East-African country might more accurately be remembered as a particularly tragic example of post-colonial, post-cold-war political implosion.The man...
Spanish Civil War Still Resonates for Idealists
MADRID, 1937:Letters of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade From the Spanish Civil WarEdited by Cary Nelson and Jefferson HendricksRoutledge, 506 pp., $40The Spanish Civil War - once again.It resonates at various levels. First, as an intense, romantic struggle...
Subtle Ethics of Using Juries to Send a Message Lawyers Often Remind Jurors of Their Duty to 'Say the Truth,' Then Urge Them to Go a Little Further Than That
It was the end of an all-too-ordinary prosecution for cocaine-peddling ("distribution of a class B substance" is the formal description). As he swung into the climax of his closing argument, the prosecutor was falling back on an old cliche."Members of...
The News in Brief
THE USThe GOP avoided a looming floor fight over abortion at the Republican National Convention. Abortion rights and other measures rejected this week by the Platform Committee will now be published as an appendix of minority views at the end of the...
Tina Packer: Spark Plug Behind Shakespeare & Co
Earlier this summer, a group of acting students gathered just before midnight in the Stables Theater at The Mount to talk with Tina Packer. The subject was Part 1 of "Women of Will," her trilogy about Shakespeare's views on women, which Ms. Packer performed...
Tripping over Terrorism
America has some growing up to do if it is to cope with the sense of vulnerability generated by modern terrorism. Congress has balked at giving the FBI enhanced wiretapping authority. On the ground, says Speaker Newt Gingrich, the FBI has been too cozy...
What We Saw, Besides the Sea Are You Going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme
Associations can play odd tricks. This song, because I associate it with Simon and Garfunkel, I have long imagined to be about a place in the States - Scarboro, Maine, perhaps.That it might refer to a place brightly connected with my childhood never...
Worth Noting on TV
SATURDAYMidnight Run (Disney, 8:40-10:40 p.m.): Robert De Niro and funny-man Charles Grodin star in this 1988 action-comedy about a bounty hunter and the crooked accountant he is trying to bring in. The movie is well-acted and humorous, but some violence...
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