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 March 27, 1997

A Small Town Simplifies Small Talk
Those of you who are glib of tongue, with an apt remark always at the ready, can't truly understand the agonies of the conversationally deprived. We are thankful you exist, because while you are spinning out your endless, effortless stream of verbiage,...
Boomboxes Welcome Here Audiobooks Are Playing an Increasing Role in the Teaching of Reading
Any school-day morning, you'll find youngsters at the Samuel Mason Elementary School in Roxbury, Mass., clustered around tape recorders listening to stories and reading along.Audiobooks, or books-on-cassette, are an important part of the school's curriculum....
BOON TO TOXIC BLOOMS Dams Disrupt a Key Balance in Sea
Large dams worldwide are often vilified for causing problems ranging from erosion to forcing people out of their homes to make room for vast reservoirs.Now research into a dam on the Danube is focusing attention on a potentially far-reaching threat the...
'But I Want the Whole Book!'
Teachers and parents leery of audiobooks because they often don't contain full texts, may want to get in touch with Recorded Books Inc., in Prince Frederick, Md. Almost all tapes produced by Recorded Books retain every word from the original book.The...
Complex Family Ties Drive Horton Foote's Pulitzer-Winning Play
Horton Foote has traveled a long, varied path on his way to the Pulitzer Prize for a 1995 drama called "The Young Man From Atlanta," opening tonight on Broadway.After establishing his credentials as a playwright in the 1940s, he became a pioneering writer...
First Ranking of Schools Stirs Up the English
Helen Jarvis, head teacher of Threshfield Primary School in rural north Yorkshire, admits to being "rather proud" of her 84 students. In fact, she is over the moon.In England's first public ranking of state-funded grade schools, Threshfield was in the...
Genteel Georgia Town Targets Teens with Anti-Profanity Law FOUL MOUTHS VS. FREE SPEECH
Jonesboro, Ga., markets itself on a past steeped in Southern gentility. Billed as the "Home of 'Gone With the Wind,' " this town south of Atlanta boasts white-columned antebellum homes and a bank, road, and cafe named after Tara, the mansion in Margaret...
Gore Walks a Tightrope as He 'Engages' China
Amid a war of words between hard-liners in Beijing and Washington over the dangers of closer Sino-America ties, Vice President Al Gore called for more partnership during his talks here with China's leaders.Ignoring calls in the United States that China...
Grass-Roots Reformers
These two reformers are not Mr. Smiths going to Washington, as in the classic movie. Sen. Russell Feingold (D) of Wisconsin and Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona are traveling from Washington to get us all on their campaign reform bandwagon. They started...
How One Young Director Made the Leap to Broadway
The familiar theater cliche, thanks largely to Hollywood, depicts a vibrant young actress bursting on the scene, an overnight Broadway star. Rarely, if ever, is the same story told about directors.Yet Scott Elliott qualifies for the same description....
Letters
Har Homa Building Not Against the RulesWe take exception to the implication in the opinion-page article "The King's Mission of Healing" (March 19) that it is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's responsibility to prevent Palestinian violence by...
Liberia's Child Fighters Struggle to Learn - and Eat YOUTH AT RISK
When the principal of A.M.E Zion Academy in Monrovia, Liberia, was told he would have to accommodate 34 freshly demobilized fighters in his high school classes, he expected a rough time."We thought they would be arrogant or a bit brash," Edison Gbana...
Listening While the Miles Go by Thanks to Audiobooks, Truckers Can't Wait to Get on the Road Again
When a snowstorm hits the Northeast, author J.A. Jance knows she'll get fan letters sent from Motel 8's.Many truck drivers head for the nearest Motel 8 to sit out the storm. Cassette player in hand, they often click on an audio tape of one of Jance's...
Listen Up
Giovanni's Gift - Bradford MorrowRead by Frank MullerThe Publishing Mills, $24.95 Four cassettes, 6 hrs., abridged A young man returns home to his aunt and uncle's ranch, Ash Creek, where nighttime intruders have shattered the tranquility of life in...
Merger of German Steel Giants Sends Rude Shock to Workers
The hostile takeover, accompanied by job losses, has become a staple of American business strategy - and a phenomenon American workers have had to learn to live with.But that's not how the game has been played in Germany. "The business of Germany is...
Michigan's Bold Gambit to Curb Poverty Governor's 'Renaissance Zone' Plan Offers Huge Tax Breaks to Investors in 11 Impoverished Areas
In a pioneering and controversial move, Michigan is eliminating virtually all taxes in 11 "renaissance zones" across the state in an effort to eradicate urban and rural blight.The experiment is the brainchild of John Engler, Michigan's get-government-off-your-back...
More Stay-at-Home Dads Drop Baby Bottles for Briefcases
When his son Sean was born, Randy Meacham made the most satisfying decision of his career. He quit his well-paying job in the hotel industry and became a stay-at-home dad. He learned to change diapers, handle temper tantrums, and maintain an inner peace...
Rate Worries? No Worries with Right Strategy A Football Coach Wouldn't Go into a Big Game without a Plan. Neither Should You. Find the Right Mix of Stocks, Bonds, and Cash
The investment markets launched into a flurry of activity this week - lots of shifts from stocks to bonds then back again - as interest rates ticked higher.Should mutual fund investors rethink their own investment strategies?The Federal Reserve, as expected,...
Rivals Arafat and Hamas Edge toward Partnership
The editor of Al-Wattan, the newspaper of the Islamic militant group Hamas, found himself out of a job last year when Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat slammed the paper's doors as part of a crackdown on Muslim extremists.Now, Ghazi Hamad is back in business...
Some Audiobook Favorites to Sample
In the world of book publishing, audiobooks may not be part of the mainstream, but they are no longer a curio. The question, "What should I listen to?" occurs more and more. Individuals from all walks of life now fit listening to a printed text into...
Streamlining Government - Via Rivers
The Yellowstone and American Rivers thunder down granite chasms and slip silently through thick, grass meadows. One bears witness to the Blackfeet and Crow Indians it once sustained. The other washed away the tailings of hard-luck gold prospectors and...
Swedish Chef Takes the Cake, and the Prize
On a brisk, late-winter morning, the warm, hearty scent of rich chicken stock wafts through the open door of a tiny kitchen in a central part of Stockholm known as Kungsholmen - King's Isle.Three hundred years ago, Swedish royalty used to hunt in the...
The Changing Face of Congress: More Entrepreneurs and Minorities
For the first time since 1953, when the Congressional Quarterly began tracking the professions of members, business people outnumber lawyers in the US House of Representatives.The little-noted shift in the balance of professions is seen by some as a...
The Millionaire Wore Nine-Dollar Shoes
The telephone rang with its usual cricket peep. I liked it better when telephones actually rang. Those fat old black-plastic phones with the dialing wheel had an urgent, spurting ring that could jolt couch potatoes right out of their recliners. Telephones...
The News in Brief
The USNew York City and several immigrant aid groups filed a class-action lawsuit in an attempt to overturn a new welfare law. The suit filed in a New York federal district court seeks to reinstate food-stamp eligibility and disability aid for about...
The News in Brief
The USInvestigators searched for clues to a mass suicide at a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., that resulted in 39 deaths. The mansion was the center for a thriving sect-operated business called Higher Source, which created Web pages for some of San...
Too Many Hands on Tiller Leave GOP Adrift
Lawmakers are back in their districts now for the Easter recess. But in GOP ranks, it's not a happy time: Three months into the 105th Congress, Republicans are adrift, unable to agree on how to implement their program and confront President Clinton.Republicans...
True Happiness Now Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
It would be safe to say that we each are involved in the pursuit of happiness as we understand it. The highest sense of happiness could well be defined as world peace. Wrapped up in this are many other noble pursuits: good health, contentment, serenity,...
US Drug Certification Process Is in Serious Need of Reform
Now that the March madness of United States drug certification is over for another year, it is time to revamp the legislation that requires the president annually to "certify" whether certain countries are reliable allies in the battle against illegal...
Why I'm against the Internet Decency Act Libraries Should Not Be Prosecuted for Putting On-Line What Is Perfectly Legal on Their Shelves
Some say the Internet will put libraries out of business. I'm not worried. What I am concerned about is a poorly written law known as the Communications Decency Act, passed by Congress last year as part of the Telecommunications Reform Act.Two federal...