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 24, 2000

Actors, Scripts? TV Hardly Needs Them Anymore
It's finally over. Sort of. Last night's "Survivor" finale may have marked the end of CBS's successful experiment in so-called reality TV, but America's date with this ber-genre is far from over. Viewers have barely said goodbye to the conniving castaways,...
... and the Statehouses
Contests for state legislatures usually dwell in a media twilight - some local attention, but little national interest. This year, presumably, they'll get even less column space and air time with the presidential klieg lights on. But that may not be...
Clinton's Day in Colombia - Enough to Help?
When President Clinton travels to Cartagena, Colombia, next week, it will be the most important of his half-dozen or so visits to Latin America during his two terms. Following the approval two months ago of $1.3 billion in security assistance to Colombia,...
Clinton's School-Repair Plan Rides Opportune Timing ; after Two Failed Attempts to Pass His Proposal, Increased Focus on School Issues May Force Congress to Act
For the third time, the Clinton administration is bringing to Capitol Hill its plan to modernize dilapidated and overcrowded schools. What's different this time? The increasing focus on education in Congress and the presidential race might force Republican...
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SO MUCH FOR BLENDING IN Presumably, Danny Morts didn't want to look conspicuous as he fled from police following a court hearing in Van Buren, Ark. So once he ran across the street to an alley, Morts shed his black-and- white-striped jail uniform and...
Even at the Bottom of the Sea ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
Is it possible to be in a place or circumstance beyond the reach of God's power and love? I don't think so. When I first heard that the Russian submarine Kursk had sunk to the bottom of the Barents Sea, I felt an inner certainty that the absolute presence...
Global Cooling - Mini-Ice Age ; Some Lessons from a Major Climate Change in Our Own Era
It was AD 986. Erik the Red, ousted from Iceland for manslaughter, set sail with a hardy group of Vikings for a faraway land. Erik called it Greenland, a place ordinarily hostile to humans with its mile-thick ice cap. Erik's improbable mission succeeded....
Hostages in Philippines Best Shot: Help from Libya ; Release Negotiations Continued Yesterday with Muslim Rebel Kidnappers in the South
They have made kidnapping a cottage industry. The Muslim group Abu Sayyaf is in negotiations to release nine hostages whom they have held for four months in Jolo, a rugged island in the southern Philippines. Three French journalists have been awaiting...
In a First, Gore Forces Bush to Play Defense ; with the Polls Even, the Texas Governor Is Being Roped into Arguing Policy Details
It's gut-check time for George W. Bush. Once leading comfortably in the polls, the Republican presidential nominee suddenly finds himself in a tight race, the wind in his face instead of at his back. In the polls, Democratic challenger Al Gore has...
India's Pioneer of Modern Children's Tales
He addresses his audience as "Gentle Reader." It is only that sort of reader, says Ruskin Bond, who is likely to enjoy his stories - of kids stranded on a wild river, of crickets that talk to crocodiles, and of a village shepherd girl named Binya who...
Israel's Worst-Kept Secret, on Web ; Satellite Photos of a Nuclear Reactor Complicate US Policy
First the Web brought you real-time stock quotes, instant messaging, and cybershopping. Now comes a new pinnacle in transparency: high-resolution satellite imagery of some of the world's most sensitive sites, available to anyone online. In recent months,...
Keep Guns out of Criminal Hands in the First Place
John R. Lott Jr.'s advocacy of increasing gun ownership ("One case for guns" Aug. 21) is disturbing. Both he and Senate majority leader Trent Lott continue to argue that the more guns we're carrying around, the less crime there will be. Can people in...
Legacy of Extinction ; Habitat Preservation Is the Key to Saving Endangered Species
Each evening in Curaa, Brazil, when a small sapphire-blue and gray parrot flies overhead to roost for the night, local residents cheer. He is the last of his kind in the wild. Driven to the brink of extinction by smugglers, the Spix's Macaw is coveted...
My Phone Etiquette Gets a Ringing Disapproval
Sometimes I marvel at how I ever managed to grow up, dress myself, and get a job without advice from my kids. My latest lesson came yesterday. I've been answering the telephone ever since our prefix was MAY-FAIR and Aunt Vera chatted on a party line,...
Neither Mermaid nor Meatloaf
"No engines - Manatees," reads the sign sticking out of the muddy water off the shores of this mangrove island. The driver of a visiting boat complies, pushing his skiff toward the island with a long wooden pole. Slowly several manatees approach the...
Panama: Historic Haven for Political Exiles ; Earlier This Month, Mexico City's Former Mayor Disappeared amid Corruption Cries. Where Did He Flee? Many Say Panama
Panama - Abdal Bucaram, the man who was president of Ecuador just long enough in 1997 to earn the nickname "loco" or crazy, is living comfortably in exile in Panama. But he's keeping busy. "If we can make an appointment for next week, then with great...
Paramilitary Feud Troubles Belfast ; Police Hope Tuesday's Arrest of an Ulster Freedom Fighter Leader Will Head off Further Violence
The relative success of the Northern Ireland peace process may be at the heart of recent violence in Belfast between rival pro- British paramilitary groups. An increasingly violent feud is pitting the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) and the allied Ulster...
Pig-Out on Good Books
OLIVIA Written and illustrated by Ian Falconer Simon & Schuster Unpaged, $16 Ages 3-7 IT'S RAINING PIGS & NOODLES: By Jack Prelutsky Illustrated by James Stevenson Greenwillow Books 160 pp., $17.95 Ages 5 and up MADLENKA Written and illustrated by...
Realistic Living in a Tinderbox
Living in the West, you learn to respect the landscape and to expect the fires. The green of spring lasts only a few weeks before the hills quickly turn straw yellow. Unlike the Eastern half of the US, we see little if any rain from late spring to October....
Reconciliation: South Africa's Greatest Export?
During the anguished years of apartheid, Dumisa Ntsebeza was detained more times than he can remember. He wrings his massive hands as he recalls the various assassination attempts on his life and violent acts against other South Africans, including the...
Reviving Forests after the Flames ; Even before the Smoke Clears, Scientists Are Assessing How to Rejuvenate Burned Areas
A crew of firefighters from Curlew, Wash., are fanning out with shovels and water-sprayers, putting out embers around Betty Hawkes's log-cabin-style vacation home. The fact that the home is still standing, after a wall of flame 100 feet high descended...
The Ecosystem an Extension of Self
Every time mankind has stepped forward, it has left behind a nasty footprint. Early hunters decimated populations of the woolly mammoth. The ancient Chinese exhausted their soil. The Greek and Roman civilizations turned the forested Mediterranean into...
The Monitor Guide to the Bestsellers
The Monitor's Guide to CHILDREN'S BESTSELLERS 1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire By J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $25.95 In the latest installment, 14-year-old Harry is mysteriously volunteered for a dangerous tournament to compete against an international...
The Other Races: Congress
With the presidential race dominating the news, it's easy to forget that there are hundreds of other federal offices up for grabs, too. And those seats in the House and Senate could have just as much impact on America's future, and the future of Social...
The Tragedy of the Commons Revisited ; Private Property Rights May Be the Key to Conservation
In 1949, conservationist Aldo Leopold wrote in his influential "A Sand County Almanac": "We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us." Not so, says Fred Smith, president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington. He...
Today's Story Line
Most everyone remembers the day in 1990, when Nelson Mandela, beaming, walked out of a South Africa prison. And how that man went on to embody forgiveness and justice with his Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Now, the TRC's chief investigator talks...
USA
The Federal Reserve opted not to raise interest rates in its latest meeting, citing a moderating economy and steady productivity growth. Analysts said the Fed used upbeat language to announce its decision, which, economists argued, indicates the regulatory...
When Campaign Trails Were Steel Rails
Presidential campaigns didn't used to have TV commercials and televised debates. There were no talk-show appearances, no jet airplanes, no Web sites on the Internet. To get out into the country and talk to the people, politicians used the railroad. ...
World
A spokesman for Zimbabwe's president declined to comment on whether the evictions of black squatters from some white-owned farms represented a change in government policy. For the first time Tuesday, police destroyed scores of the squatters' shelters...
Writing What Comes Naturally ; from the Dawn of History, Our Species Has Set Down Reflections on the Environment
Ever since the first cave painting of a woolly mammoth, the first story of creation told as the moon rose over a cooking fire, men and women have yearned to express their thoughts and feelings about the environment. From Sumerian epic poems, Greek mythology,...
Yes, It's Hotter. but Why? ; Establishing the Cause of Global Warming
Savante August Arrhenius, the Swedish prophet of global warming - would have loved the personal computer. He had to run through tens of thousands of hand calculations in the late-19th century to make the first scientific forecast of carbon-dioxide-driven...
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