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 21, 2002

A Motorcycle Ride through the Mountains - and Mind
The lightning couldn't have been too far away, because the thunder fell around our shoulders and across our motorcycles like boulders. Our rainbow of rainsuits seemed smeared as we stood in the dim mountain light. Nervous eyes scanned the sky. Our silence...
Arab States Struggle with Drugs ; for Some Arab States, Treatment Is Emerging as a Popular Method to Battle a Rising Tide of Drug Abuse
Mohamed Hassan hasn't forgotten the good life. He had a big salary from an international firm, Procter and Gamble, and was zipping around the deserts of Saudi Arabia in his new Porsche. He eventually left for his homeland of Egypt where, he says now,...
Behind US Rifts on Hitting Iraq ; It's the 'Realists' vs. the 'Reaganites' as Bush Meets Today with Senior Advisers
A rift over Iraq is developing in Washington along a sharp generational and ideological fault line.Call it "realists" versus "Reaganites," although this oversimplifies things. On one side are traditional conservative foreign-policy experts, who emphasize...
Deciding the Fall Elections
In a little over two months, voters will face their first national elections since last fall's terrorist attacks.Some political observers feel that the attacks make predicting this year's midterm elections difficult to analyze. However, as we get closer...
Drugs Becoming a Rarer Sight in Schools ; for the First Time, More Than Half of US Teenagers Say Their Schools Are Drug-Free
Most American high schools probably have at least one real-life version of drugged-out surfer Jeff Spicoli in their senior class. Like the lovable but invariably stoned bad boy from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," he's the one constantly crowing, "Hey...
Family Reunions Are More Popular Than Ever ; Family Reunions Are Changing. They're More Popular Than Ever and Often Involve Elaborate Gatherings at Exotic Destinations
When Brian Walker attends family reunions, he often thinks about the lives of his ancestors: the slave girl born in Georgia in 1796, the mixed-race couple who raised a family together but could not legally marry in the segregated South, the six siblings...
Iowa: Election Ground Zero ; Close Battles for House, Senate, and Governor Make the State Unusual - and Critical
At the Iowa State Fair, there's a contest for everything. Every August, Iowans from around the state gather here, as they have done for nearly 150 years, to show their livestock and home-grown produce - this year, everything from a 142-lb. squash to...
Letters
Nonprofits rocked, but still rollingRegarding "Charities, still reeling, try some new tacks" (Work & Money, Aug. 5): Thank you for the article explaining what nonprofit organizations are doing to weather the economicstorm. Many people still do not realize...
Necessary Knowledge
What should an 18-year-old know before he or she leaves home? Marilyn vos Savant, weekly columnist for Parade magazine, answers that question more than 2,000 times in a new book, "Growing Up" (W.W. Norton, $21.95).Suggestions range from the fanciful...
One Man's Dream of Boat-Building Helps Others Change Their Lives
After teaching a 12-year-old boy to build a canoe three years ago, Ray Klebba of White Salmon, Wash. (pop. 2,062) realized that the result was much more than a new canoe."He was from a single-parent family," says Mr. Klebba. "His mother asked if I could...
Peruvians Look to the Fuzzy Vicuna as Answer to Poverty ; Two New Changes in US Law Now Open the Way for the Sale of Valuable Vicuna Wool in the United States
Hunched over her wooden loom, Juana Teran presses rows of brightly colored wool into a throw rug she hopes to sell to traders in Lima, Peru's capital, 350 miles north of here.Mrs. Teran and her husband, Segundo Quispe, who is putting the finishing touches...
Planning Can Defuse Fights over Estates
When the conversation turns to estate planning, lawyer Les Kotzer can tell stories. Horror stories, he calls them - all true, and most of them avoidable if families had talked more openly.In one case, two siblings fought over a silver cup after their...
Plan to Save Venice from the Sea Draws Praise, Doubts ; by December, Engineers Expect to Begin Building a Movable Wall of 79 Huge Gates
The last thing Venice needs now is a dose of what the rest of the Europe has endured over the past two-and-half weeks: heavy rains and high flood waters. Those rains raised sea levels around Venice by some 35 inches, threatening to worsen the city's...
Poppies Bloom in Afghan Fields, Again ; This Week, the UN Reported That Kabul's Opium Ban Has Failed
Ghulam Khan reaches into his cloth sack and takes out an earthy brown lump that, at least officially, he wasn't supposed to have grown.It is raw opium, about half a pound of it - worth about $100, or several months' salary for a typical Afghan. It was...
Press and Religion: A New Dynamic
Religion and the press have always been odd siblings at the First Amendment's family table. One plays to our faith, the other to our curiosity and fascination.The idea that freedom to practice religion makes a more democratic people is as strong today...
Redefining Illegal Migrants
High on President Bush's to-do list before last Sept. 11 was working with Mexico to resolve the issue of having 8 million illegal immigrants in the US.Mr. Bush may be forced to take up that task again soon since the Democratic leader in the House, Richard...
Seattle Populists Put Monorail on Fast Track
It started as the wide-eyed dream of a taxi driver, an unemployed poet, and some of their friends: To solve Seattle's traffic tie- ups, why not expand the city's modest but beloved monorail?Government experts were busy hatching other plans - an extensive...
Senator Hatch's Sound Bite of a Different Kind
To hear GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch tear into Democrats when a judicial nomination is on the line, you might not guess that in spare moments he pens lyrics like:Close your eyes, go to sleep,Little angel of mine ...If not the best-known songwriter in American...
Some Artists Only Saw the Forest for the Trees
In the history of art, trees have often been short-changed. It's as if the masters left such "insignificant" minutiae to specialist botanical illustrators. Frequently trees, in paintings by the old masters, are just any old combination of trunks, branches,...
Speaking out about Living Together before Marriage
LIVING TOGETHER before marriage ranks as one of the most seismic social revolutions of the late 20th century.Between 1960 and 2000, the number of cohabiting couples increased tenfold, soaring from 430,000 to more than 5 million. During this same period,...
The Sapling Sprouts a New Image
"Who was that?" I yelled from the basement cupboard that is my Saturday construction job just now."Eddie," said she who had kindly answered the summons. "He's dug a four-foot hole and wants your advice. Just when you're passing."It's terribly flattering...
Turning Lemons into Lemonade ; Forget the Electric Juicer. Uncle Cleve's Ham-Sized Hands Do It Best
My Uncle Cleveland has giant-sized hands. They're powerful, too - like fleshly vises.As a boy, I recall being amazed by Unc's brute power. Faced with predicaments in which average men would use hammers or wrenches, he'd use knuckles or fists. One time...
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