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 23, 2001

A Gift of Free Time on the Toll Road
It happened at an unlikely spot: on I-95, between the two Waterville exits. Traffic here is usually negligible, even during Maine's tourist season. Just past the first exit, I drive into what looks like an enormous used-car lot. I keep the motor running,...
An Animal Designed by Committee ; When First Found, the Platypus Didn't Fit Any Classification
In 1799, the first platypus specimen arrived in England from its faraway penal colony of Australia. The odd creature fit none of the accepted categories through which European scientists had been classifying nature since the Enlightenment. With its...
Bears Drop by for Dinner in More of West's Cities ; as Humans Build Deeper into Woods, Their Trash Entices Bears. New Laws Try to Limit Bear Encounters
The morning commute here was interrupted recently by a truly "wild" sight. A full-grown black bear had lumbered through the backyard of Robert Bellows, - who, mind you, lives right in downtown Boulder - and scrambled up a tree. "He was like a tourist...
Bye-Bye Black Ink, Hello Feud ; Shrinking Surplus Sets Up Funding Fight over Everything from Schools to Space Lasers
The suddenly shrinking federal surplus is threatening to undermine the long-term prospects of George Bush's tax cut and future spending on everything from highways to fighter planes. While Republicans and Democrats smugly blame each other for its...
Crime and Punishment ; in the Final Days of World War II, Justice Becomes an Atrocity
"One Man's Justice," the third book by bestselling Japanese author Akira Yoshimura to be translated into English, is all about perspective: One man's justice proves to be his condemnation. Takuya, an officer in the Japanese Imperial Army, is on the...
Dutch Defy Seas, but Indulge Rivers
Petten is a seaside village, but not one of its tidy homes, hotels, or restaurants has a view of the sea. You can hear the seabirds and feel the cool North Sea wind, but the sea itself is hidden behind a massive sea wall, a long artificial hill 42...
'Good Wood' Labeling: Can It Save Asia's Tropical Forests? ; the World's Three Biggest Buyers of Lumber - Home Depot, Lowe's, and IKEA - Vow to Buy 'Green.'
The next time you're in a Home Depot or Lowe's, stroll down the lumber aisles. Check out that $26 sheet of lauan plywood or the $22 hardwood doors. You're probably looking at "stolen" goods. "Lauan" is the trade name for hardwood milled from the...
Hollywood and Holy Names
Even aficionados of NBC's "The West Wing" were stunned by scenes from last season's finale filmed in Washington's National Cathedral. Following the funeral of his longtime secretary, the president, played by Martin Sheen, ordered the cathedral's doors...
Housing Sector as Atlas, Carrying Economy ; the Federal Reserve's Interest-Rate Cuts Have Kept Builders and Homebuyers Busy
Someone ought to give Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan a nail gun and a carpenter's apron. Since the beginning of the year, the Fed chief has been instrumental in helping the housing industry by cutting interest rates. And the buoyant housing...
Israeli Riot-Gear Sale Fuels Concern ; Israelis Debate the Pending Sale of Water Cannons, Armored Vehicles to Zimbabwe Regime
A kibbutz that markets low-grade chemical weapons is poised to sell millions of dollars worth of "riot-control equipment" to Zimbabwe in a move its critics warn will translate into heightened repression by President Robert Mugabe's regime (see story)....
Just Say No to Global Summits
With the benefit of hindsight, it is tempting to conclude that the protesters in Genoa, Italy, were right, but for the wrong reasons. The phenomenon of highly orchestrated annual meetings of world leaders should be halted. Those controversial spectacles...
Letters
Fire-prevention plan protects people, not forests Your story ("New Plan: Prevent more forest fires," Aug. 16) fails to explain the whole story about wildfire on national forest lands.Smokey the Bear has been a leading symbol for the prevention of forest...
Meet the New Airport: Temple, Mall, Design Hub
The airport has finally arrived. For years, airport terminals were mostly strings of cramped, stuffy little buildings that were continually added onto like a child's Lego construct; they had about as much architectural significance as a prefab garden...
More Americans Spell a Night out 'M-E-N-U'
If you're thinking about going out to dinner tonight, you might want to consider what that implies about you-especially if you are a Democrat or a Yankee. One-third of Americans say heading to a restaurant is their favorite thing to do when planning...
NATO Agrees to a Third Operation in the Balkans ; Yesterday, NATO Leaders Began to Dispatch 3,500 Troops to Macedonia to Disarm Rebels
Twice in the past six years NATO has sent Western troops into the former Yugoslavia on open-ended missions to restore peace between ethnic factions. And as NATO leaders agreed yesterday to dispatch a third Balkan mission - to disarm ethnic Albanian...
Pakistan's Internal Struggle over Militants ; Police in Karachi Detained Some 200 Alleged Activists Yesterday, in a Crackdown on Islamic Militant Groups
At the main supermarket in downtown Islamabad, baker Naik Muhammad Khan pats balls of dough onto a wooden platter and slaps them against the inside wall of a blazing-hot Tandoor oven. Next to him sits a plastic box covered with slogans for Jaish-e-Muhammad,...
Raw Energy: The Latest on the High-Energy Particle Accelerator
Teenagers crave the latest Sony Play Station. Adults pause at a Rolex watch display in the center of town. But Klaus Desch is holding out for raw energy. The physicist has his eyes set on building a new high-energy particle accelerator. He's not...
Redemption Not for Sale ; an Entomologist Struggles to Put Away His Guilt from World War II
The Deadwood Beetle," by Mylene Dressler, is a haunting, demanding story about an old man clinging to strands of stale guilt. Its appeal is limited, but its execution is perfect. The novel focuses on the self-conscious remorse of Dr. Tristan Martens,...
Sideshow Boxing on the Ropes in Outback Australia ; Australia's Last Touring Boxing Troupe Takes on All Challengers and Stretches the Boundaries of Political Correctness
Glynn Johnston - aka "The Friendly Mauler" - brings one fist down in front of his chest and the other back over his head. "That's the scorpion. And this," he adds, winding his right arm like a bare- knuckle boxer of yesteryear, "is the windmill." ...
Single, Hungry, and Female - Watch Out!
If I get hungry and want to dine alone, I don't give it a second thought. Women go to bars and take trips alone. We run companies. But if we dare eat alone, we get the third degree. "One only?" "Are there more in your party?" "Are you together?" ...
The Last of His Kind in Congress ; with the Pending Retirement of Sen. Jesse Helms, Few Are Prepared to Inherit His Mantle as Lion of the Far Right
For decades, he has been "Senator No," a man who could singlehandedly scuttle major appointments by presidents of either party or force a revamp of the United Nations budget. Sen. Jesse Helms's retirement may well mark the passage of an era when ...
The Master of Micro Sports
My teenage son is a gifted athlete.From basketball to baseball to his beloved soccer, he's a natural who has worked hard at "getting it just right."He's also modest about his wins and accepting of his losses. Why, then, when it comes to a little one-on-one...
The Monitor's Guide to Bestsellers ; Hardcover Fiction
1. THE FOURTH HAND, by John Irving, Random House, $26.95 Much of Irving's latest reads like a parody of misogynist preoccupations. Devastatingly good-looking Patrick Wallingford lost his hand to a lion during a TV interview in India. Now, he's looking...
The Quest for Certifiably Eco-Friendly Lumber
Ikea sells eco-friendly teak patio tables and chairs. Home Depot stores in Seattle now stock "certified" hardwood flooring. And Wickes Lumber won't be buying wood from endangered forests by the end of this year. But such examples are few and far between....
USA
Sen. Jesse Helms (R) of North Carolina was to announce plans to step down when his term ends, opening up a seat Republicans hope to keep if they are to regain control of the chamber. Helms for 30 years has been a crusader for conservative social causes,...
Whatever You Want, Dear ; Spoiling Children Doesn't Just Make Them Obnoxious - It Makes Them Unhappy, Too
Ok, moms and dads, listen closely. Dan Kindlon has a sobering message for you - one you might not want to hear. Too many well- intentioned parents, he charges, are too indulgent. They give children too much and demand too little from them. The result?...
World
With a 30-day time limit ahead of them, the first planeloads of NATO troops were to take off for Macedonia to collect and destroy the weapons of ethnic-Albanian insurgents. But the number of guns in insurgent hands remained unknown; tens of thousands...
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