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 April 8, 1996

Acid Colors, Acid Rain in Paris Spring Brings Bright Fashions, Outdoor Art, and an Attack on Pollution
FORGET Paris if you're looking to buy a bolt of orange or anise green cloth."Those colors have been out of stock for two months all over Paris," says Rachel Benestry, a buyer for ready-to-wear wholesaler V Fortuna in Paris's garment district. "We've...
A Gardener's Question: To Appease or Fight
SOME old gardener once told me: "If you plant a row of raspberries for yourself, plant another row for the thrushes." Being fond of thrushes (as well as raspberries), I liked the idea. It sounded, well, ecological.Joseph Addison (1672-1719) liked the...
A Secret Language of Love That's All in the Family
I guess people would be puzzled if they read one of the letters my brother has written me. At the end, there is often a cryptic message: "P.S. E-e." In those last two letters there are volumes said about our family, our history, the ties that bind us....
Back-to-Back Monthly Job Gains Make Interest-Rate Cuts Unlikely
HAS the US economy turned a corner?After large, back-to-back gains in employment in February and March, the long-sluggish economy suddenly looks more vigorous as it enters its sixth year of expansion.But the good news for job-seekers may be bad for interest...
Californians Fight Next Wave of 'Aliens' Hitchhiking on Ships, Foreign Sea Critters Invade at Faster Rate
ANDY COHEN is searching the shoreline of this San Francisco Bay port for aliens. But Mr. Cohen is a marine biologist, not a border guard. The illegal immigrants he seeks are located below the water line, encrusted on dock pilings and ship bottoms - and...
'Civil Society' Strengthens the Fabric of Peace
BRIAN ATWOOD, the director for the US Agency for International Development, recently said that "conflict prevention needs a strong civil society." He was closer to the mark than many who employ this popular new mantra for everything from being nice to...
Congress Sets Stage for Swift Executions
ONE of the most significant alterations of American law since 1867 is quietly heading for a vote on Capitol Hill - foreshadowing a battle between Congress and the Supreme Court over the powers of the federal courts.The Effective Death Penalty bill would...
Deep Blue's 'Thinking' Was Fast, but Not Deep LESSONS FROM CHESS
PEOPLE on both sides of this year's man vs. computer chess match show every sign of drawing the wrong conclusions from Gary Kasparov's struggle with IBM's Deep Blue. The machine's startling, first-time-ever win over a world champion at the outset of...
Demanding Old Treasures Back Ethiopia Seeks Ancient Obelisk Taken by Italy
ETHIOPIA'S ancient city of Axum, legend has it, was the site of the queen of Sheba's Biblical realm and the final resting palace of the Ark of the Covenant. Huge granite obelisks are what remain of its past glory, a source of deep national pride.But...
France's Endangered Three-Star Restaurants
France's three-star restaurants, known around the world as the ultimate in luxury dining, may be going the way of the dinosaur.Battered by a weak economy, heavy debts, and extravagant staff costs, their ranks have dwindled to fewer than 20 as rated by...
Gangbusting Strategy Pays off for Chicago but Courtroom Success Destabilizes South Side Streets Series: BRINGING DOWN A GANG
AS President Clinton prepares a nationwide crackdown on gangs, he has looked to Chicago's war on the 30,000-strong Gangster Disciples to demonstrate how American cities can take on even the toughest, most entrenched street gangs.The Clinton initiative,...
'Green' Issues Become Force in Driving US Foreign Policy
FOR decades, the United States has defined national security threats in terms of nuclear arsenals, arms balances, and hostile alliances.But since the end of the cold war, policymakers have become increasingly attentive to "natural" occurrences, such...
Hometown Melodies in the Life of a 'Pol'
WHILE THE MUSIC LASTS: MY LIFE IN POLITICSBy William M. BulgerHoughton Mifflin 328 pp., $22.95 William M. "Billy" Bulger does all of the talking in this political memoir. He's worth listening to: Edmund Burke as a ward heeler. The author held elected...
Hot Line Puts Homework a Touch-Tone Away 'Whaddya Mean, a Test?!' - Excuses Don't Hold Up When Parents, and Kids, Can Listen to School Voice Mail
Every afternoon when 10-year-old David Furr comes home from school, he makes a two-minute telephone call back to school. By dialing a special Homework Hotline number, he can listen to a voice-mail message from his teacher, repeating the homework she...
Larger-Than-Life Politician Now Scales Literary Peaks
SOME men fail at political life but write lasting literature (for example, "The Education of Henry Adams"). Others govern successfully but can't even charm ghostwriters into making their memoirs interesting (fill in any campaign bio).And then there's...
Neutral Ireland Eyes NATO Partnership, and an End to an Era
WITH Easter Week in Ireland, "the marching season" is here again. Over the next few months the Irish, north and south, unionist and republican, Protestant, Catholic, and otherwise, will commemorate bitterly partisan anniversaries of ancient battles that...
Palestinian Police Force Meets Goals to Disarm, Disband Hamas Militants
THE Palestinian police force has achieved 80 percent of its goal of neutralizing the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, and has broken a secret organization within the Hamas military wing bent on destroying Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority (PA).In...
Permanent Reformation Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life
THE Bible tells that Christ Jesus destroyed sin throughout his ministry. In doing this, he often associated with people thought to be sinners, and even welcomed them into his midst. I guess that's why it's no surprise Jesus was often condemned himself....
Roaming Buffalo Not Welcome HOMELESS ON THE RANGE
THE buffalo grazing quietly in the idyllic setting of Yellowstone National Park will be photographed by thousands of tourists this summer. Once endangered, this icon of the American West has thrived in the park.But when it strays from the federal sanctuary,...
Science and the Education Crisis
REMEMBER math class? Remember the few so-called "geniuses" who got A's while most of us muddled through? Remember the laggards, who never seemed to "get it"?Our country reflects this division in how it trains the young in math and science. The majority...
Scientists Explore Huge Crater of Ancient Meteor on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, British Team Tries to Gauge Extent of 65-Million-Year-Old Catastrophe
HIDDEN deep below the flat scrub land along Mexico's Yucatan peninsula and the tranquil blue sea offshore is the giant imprint of a cosmic catastrophe.Millions of years before humans existed, a huge meteorite measuring about six miles across and weighing...
Small Arrests, Big Results
IN New York City, if you're caught smoking marijuana in public, jumping the turnstile at a subway station, or shoplifting, you may be headed straight for jail.Cracking down on such "quality of life" offenses became a trademark for Police Commissioner...
'South America's Mississippi' Overflows with Controversy the Plan Would Allow Ocean-Going Vessels to Carry Up to 50,000 Tons of Goods Such as Soybeans, Wheat, Iron, Hardwoods, and Minerals through South America's Heartland Year-Round
ON the muddy banks of the Paraguay River, caimans bask in the sun, hyacinth macaws flit through the trees, and giant otters frolic in the water.This is the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland and a mecca for eco-tourists. Located in Brazil, Bolivia,...
Teacher Corps Offers New Recruits Real-Life Lessons in Rural Mississippi
When Kathleen Sullivan graduated from Williams College magna cum laude last June, she wanted to experience something "more real."So she decided to take off from New England and go as far south as possible. She joined the Teacher Corps, a Mississippi...
The Bear's Hunt for Arms Sales Russia's Weapons Merchants Woo Pariah States, Such as Iran
WITH increasing aggressiveness, Russia is seeking what American officials see as dangerous liaisons with some of the world's pariah states.Feeling a little isolated internationally, and hard-pressed economically, Russia is looking for allies and markets...
Tiny Eritrea Says 'No Thank You' to Foreign Aid That Has Strings BOOTSTRAP MODEL
ON a scorchingly hot day, a group of youths chisel a boulder to repair a war-blasted road, filling potholes with the chips of rock by hand. Several miles away, pensioners supervise the laying of rusted rails to rebuild an abandoned railroad, receiving...
Tracing Political Change through an Illinois Family
The Stevensons:A Biography of an American FamilyBy Jean Baker W.W. Norton 577 pp., $30 THE name Stevenson may conjure images of an American political dynasty. But as Jean Baker reveals in her absorbing yet often-melancholy, "The Stevensons: A Biography...
US Farmers Revel in Record-High Corn Prices Exports and Weather Will Be among the Keys to Future Prices
"EUREKA!" The cry has recently sounded across the Corn Belt as the grain has rocketed to a historically high price, giving farmers the prospect of growing the farm economy's equivalent of "gold-on-the-cob."The price of America's No. 1 crop has surged...
What Cease-Fire?
DURING World War I, Czar Nicholas II found that issuing orders to the Russian Army was one thing, but getting them implemented was something else. On one such occasion he turned to the British military attache and remarked, "You see what it means to...
Youngsters Tune in to Radio Stations for Kids Preteens Listen to and Participate in Programs Especially Tailored to Them
THE old-fashioned medium of radio is reaching out to young audiences again after decades of virtually ignoring the pint-size market.Teenagers are well known for their penchant for music, and every major city has radio stations targeting the teen set....
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