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 January 4, 2001

Across US, the Law Isn't What It Was 5 Days Ago
It was a great day for snack cakes in Maine. Most people might be inclined to think of Jan. 1, 2001, as the dawn of the new millennium. But Mainers know it was something altogether more momentous: the day the Pine Tree State dropped its 10-year-old...
A Late-Night Search Reveals Some Childlike Treasures
The night it went missing, it was dark and cold. The lights had been shut off, and the doors were locked. We made our way down the hall and into the bathroom, where we discovered, to our horror, that the toothpaste had been confiscated. We scanned...
Along the Missouri River: A New Convergence ; Linking Recreation and Preservation to Restore the River
Drifting downstream in his 18-foot johnboat, "Tugboat Annie," Jeff McFadden looks out at a pretty stretch of river. The occasional bird flies from one stand of trees to another. The only sound is gurgling water. "You cannot get this on an eight-hour...
An African Source of Pride
The last decade has, in many respects, been a tragic one for sub- Saharan Africa. Wars in Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the Great Lakes- Congo region have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and baffled would-be peacemakers. Refugees...
A Nod to Democrats and Asian-Americans ; Transportation Nominee Norman Mineta Is a Party Stalwart, Though Pro- Business
Viewed from the nation's capital, President-elect George W. Bush's nomination of a Democrat to his Cabinet is only mildly significant in terms of partisan politics. But viewed from the nation's most Asian city, the selection of prominent Democrat...
As Clinton Exits, 'Third Way' Faces Setback ; A Global Power Shift May Be under Way, as Center-Left Coalition of Leaders Loses Its Star
With President Clinton's tenure at the White House coming to an end, a major power shift is under way in the United States. The same can be said for the international community, which on Jan. 20 will lose its senior statesman and unofficial leader...
Bush Risks Fire Left and Right with Bold Agenda ; What's Behind the President-Elect's Plans to Hold Firm, So Far, on Issues like Tax Cuts
As George W. Bush prepares for his inauguration and readies to take his agenda to Capitol Hill, a stiff resolve is emerging from the president-elect who won office by the narrowest of margins. The man who promised to unite Washington and get past...
Bush's Tough Dilemmas on Global Environment
As scientific evidence mounts that global warming is real, an international conference to address it has collapsed in The Hague amid finger-pointing, much of it aimed at the United States. A new US president with a self-proclaimed pro-business bias...
Business & Finance
Office Depot Inc. announced it will cut its contract sales force by 10 percent, close 70 North American stores, and take a fourth- quarter charge up to $300 million in a vast restructuring effort. The No. 1 US office-supply retailer, based in Delray...
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now playing ... When an emergency aid package arrives for North Koreans this week, it likely will be music to their ears - in more ways than one. To help the famine-stricken country, a South Korean charity bundled up a few predicable basics, like...
Finding the Political Will to End Hunger
As a young soldier in Italy during World War II, George McGovern caught his first glimpse of hunger - "the kind of hunger," he writes, "that stunts young bodies and can end lives prematurely." The encounter sparked a lifelong quest to find ways to...
Four Hardback Pets Were a Novel Idea
It started out as an alternative to buying a dog for our children: a plastic dish with a plastic palm tree and a dime-store turtle, easy. There was only an inch or two of water, and once a day you sprinkled some dried insects from a shaker tube. ...
Here Are the Stats, and Some Conclusions
Calling "The First Measured Century" a book is stretching the term. It is plotless, consisting of graphs, lots of graphs, each one accompanied by a few paragraphs of text. It's meant to be used in conjunction with a three-hour PBS television special...
Jupiter's Never Ending Storms
A spacecraft hurtling toward a 2004 encounter with Saturn has given planetary scientists a foretaste of discoveries to come, after turning its instruments on Jupiter when the craft swung by the giant planet for a gravitational kick toward its destination....
Laos Struggles to Clear Leftover US Bombs
Inch by tortuous inch, the bomb clearance team edges its way up the stony hillside. Each sweep of the electronic detectors produces a series of high-pitched squawks, indicating the presence of metallic objects hidden in the soil. Just about anywhere...
Maple Tree Lessons ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Late last November I went for a run beside a frozen Charles River. Suddenly I came across a maple tree that blazed gold in the sunlight, vivid against the satin blue water. It stood as tall and as proud as the nearby towers of Boston University. ...
Mideast: Why Peace Is Inevitable ; Yasser Arafat Yesterday Gave a Qualified Assent to Clinton's Plan
The Middle East peace talks brokered by US President Clinton have gotten a last minute reprieve. After two meetings with Mr. Clinton, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has given his qualified acceptance of the US proposals for peace. The move comes...
Natural Capitalism ; Reconciling Ecology and Economics to Improve Everyone's Standard of Living
Around the world, there are stark reminders of the impact that economic decisions can have on the environment: the Dalmatian coast of Croatia denuded of trees cut for shipbuilding, California's Owens Valley sucked dust-dry of water to supply Los Angeles,...
New World Order: Co-Ed Trenches ; Germany Tuesday Became the Latest Nation to Let Women Join Combat Units
GI Jane is coming. For the first time since the Nazi era, German women will no longer be relegated to simply playing the tuba or tending to the wounded. This week, Germany bowed to a European court order and allowed 244 women to join its combat...
Nigerian Girl to Be Lashed 180 Times
The governor of the Nigerian state that sentenced a 17-year-old girl to 180 lashes for engaging in premarital sex insisted yesterday that the punishment will be carried out. Gov. Ahmed Sani of Zamfara State said he was not being coerced by the federal...
Resolved: One, Two
It's New Year's resolution time. I've made two good ones. Let me try to persuade you to join me in making them. Telecommunications technology is the problem. Changing human behavior is the answer. But forget the model of promising not to do something...
Shaping a War-Crimes Court
A permanent international criminal court (ICC) to deal with genocide and other crimes against humanity is an idea whose time has at least partly come. More than 130 countries have signed a treaty establishing such a court. So far, 25 have formally...
The Better to See You with, My Dear
I've only seen wild wolves once, but it was enough to raise my hackles. It happened on a crisp, early summer day in Yellowstone National Park a couple of years ago. As they loped through the greening meadows, the wolves - one gray and one black -...
The Guests Check in, but They Can Never Leave
It's downright scandalous for a little old English lady to write like this. A.L. Barker's latest novel, "The Haunt," beguiles us with a quaint hotel on the Cornish coast filled with quirky guests on holiday. But you might say her bite is worse than...
Today's Story Line:
War always raises difficult ethical dilemmas. One story, and an item on depleted uranium below, pose this question: What moral responsibility rests with the military to clean up left-over ordnance after the shooting stops? More US bombs (by weight)...
USA
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat gave President Clinton his qualified acceptance of a US peace formula for a negotiated settlement with Israel, sources close to talks this week said. After two meetings at the White House, Palestinian officials said...
Wanted: Spouse with a Home in Resort Town ; in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Locals Fretting over Sky-High Home Prices Flock to This College Course: 'Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire.'
In this mountain resort community known for its cowboys and outdoor passions, the fine art of social climbing has always ranked well behind downhill skiing, flyfishing for Snake River trout, scaling the Tetons, kayaking whitewater, and big-game hunting....
What's in a Scientific Name? Maybe Your Own
From Niebla josecuervoe, (foggy Jose Cuervo cactus) to Phyllidia polkadotsa (polka-dotted sea slug), biologists have a way with words when it comes to naming species. The official names of newly discovered plants or animals - as opposed to common...
'Wired Churches, Wired Temples'
Is a virtual community as important, or as vibrant, as a physical one? Most people, especially those without any experience of the Internet, would probably say no, it's not. But several recent studies, including a new one by the Pew Internet and...
World
Amid reports that he had accepted conditionally a US peace proposal, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was to meet with Arab foreign ministers in Cairo today before giving his official decision on the proposal. Despite the development, an unnamed senior...
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