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 December 13, 2002

About Jack ; the Joker, a Neurotic Writer, and Now a Retired Businessman in 'About Schmidt,' Jack Nicholson Continues to Change Colors
For a movie star, Jack Nicholson keeps a fairly modest profile.He doesn't do the talk-show circuit or grant many interviews to the press. If you see his face on a magazine, it's probably because the producers of his latest picture struck a publicity...
A Broader Sense of Humor
Josie Dykas has had her fill of the service industry. The Latina comic has played a maid, a busboy, and a dishwasher on stages all across Chicago, and she's more than ready to throw in her towel."It's just assumed I speak Spanish and eat beans and rice,"...
A Half-Century on, Bureaucracy Bogs Down Europe's Grand Vision ; the European Union's Enlargement Summit Continues in Copenhagen
When Jacob Soderman, a Finn fond of retreating to his woodland cottage, thinks of the European Union, he thinks big.He appreciates the freedom its citizens enjoy to move around their increasingly borderless continent; he treasures "the good human values"...
A Lot Is Riding on Iraqi Defectors
A good rule of thumb in dealing with a Saddam Hussein type is that weapons information freely acknowledged is only intended to steer you away from more damaging information.And so, when the dictator's senior weapons adviser, Gen. Amir al- Saadi, confirmed...
Bush's Vaccination Plan ; Why a Voluntary Smallpox Program Best Serves the Nation
As commander in chief, President Bush has decided the risk of a smallpox terror attack on Americans is high enough to justify a nationwide vaccination program.In announcing the program Friday, Mr. Bush is expected to require about 500,000 military personnel...
Bush Team Forges Tax-Cut Strategy
When it comes to the economy, the Bush administration is finding it harder to change the numbers than the faces.This week President Bush added fresh talent to his economic team, naming a new Treasury secretary and a new chairman of the Securities and...
Choir and Audience United in Song, by Candlelight ; the Harvard University Choir Remembers WWI Heroes in Annual Christmas Service
On a bleak Christmas Day in 1914 on a remote battlefield, tensions between German and Allied forces came to a temporary halt in a spontaneous outbreak of peace, as troops on both sides clambered from their trenches to join in singing "Silent Night."Then,...
Dreamy Waltz through Russian History
"Russian Ark," directed by Alexander Sokurov, begins with a 20th- century man inexplicably wandering through the opulent rooms and corridors of the Winter Palace, built for the czars in the 18th century.Uncertain how he got there, he meets a French aristocrat...
Fear and Self-Loathing in Omaha
"About Schmidt" comes from writer-director Alexander Payne and co- writer Jim Taylor, who emerged as premier satirists with "Election" and "Citizen Ruth."Their new picture heads in similar directions, again probing bittersweet aspects of the American...
For True Theater, Try a Pub
The other night, the Duke of Florence died right in front of me.In fact, to make room for his body, I had to pick up my feet like Dagwood lifting his so Blondie can vacuum. No, I didn't have a front- row seat at a political assassination. This was a...
Gratitude Heals ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
I used to feel the same way about giving gratitude as I did about eating vegetables; it was probably good for me (like eating green beans), but I didn't look forward to it. Gratitude to God seemed more like an obligation than a joy.But that surely has...
Hollywood Looks South for New Cinematic Visions
Director Fernando Meirelles thumps the pile of scripts stacked on top of his filing cabinet. He picks them up and reels off a list of offers. There is a script from Dreamworks, another from Universal, proposals to make movies about the Middle Ages, World...
In Church Lawsuits, High Bar for Conviction ; Diocese Officials - Not Just Priests - Face Growing Threat, but Making a Case Is Hard
Should the leaders of America's Roman Catholic church be held criminally liable for enabling or abetting the sex abuse by priests that occurred in their parishes and dioceses?That's the central question behind a growing effort to probe criminal misconduct...
In the War of Words, the Past Tense Is under Siege
It's everywhere one looks (and listens). "I sunk the boat." "I shrunk the sweater." "I sung the song."What's a stickler for correct English to do?The assault upon the past tense is one of several battles being waged on the linguistic war front. The "lay/lie"...
It Has Irked My Conscience for Decades
Was I right or did I do wrong? Has my conscience irked me needlessly for 75 years?This is my tale: My freshman Latin class in high school started well with some 17 incipient classicists who drank not deep and dwindled soon to three who persisted: myself...
I Think in Lead and Ink
Writing implements are an important part of my life. I carry with me a fountain pen, a ballpoint pen, and a mechanical pencil.I use the fountain pen for writing. For business matters - signing checks and credit card slips - the ballpoint. For correcting...
It's J.Lo's World. I'm Tired of Living in It
On my drive to work, the conversation on the radio inevitably turned to Jennifer Lopez, or J. Lo, as we have all come to know her. The D.J. jokingly threatened to sit in another room: "I don't want to hear another word about J. Lo and [her fiance] Ben...
Japan's WWII 'Schindler' Leaves a Controversial Legacy ; A Japanese Diplomat Saved about 10,000 People from the Nazis, but His Story Is on Trial
Glance at the bestseller lists in Japan over the past decade or so, and it is hard not to conclude that the country is gripped by a powerful strain of anti-Semitism.Books about Zionist conspiracies to take over the world, Jewish financiers sparking the...
Letters
I-69 would create another Anytown, USAIn response to your Dec. 9 article "Paving NAFTA's highway": Despite strong stances by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, emission regulatory agencies,...
Lott's Slip of the Tongue Puts Senate Career at Risk ; despite Apologies, Senator's Comments about Racial Separation Hit Deepest Divide in American Politics - Race
After several public apologies for remarks that appeared to endorse racial separation, Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott is locked in a growing fight to keep his job as leader of a new GOP majority in the Senate.In the end, it may not be the shrill voices...
Movement on Museum Walls ; A Retrospective on Choreographer Trisha Brown Captures the Ephemeral Nature of Dance
A concern of the performing artist - probably since the first person stood up before the clan to re-create a victory in the hunt - is how to preserve the action after the audience has gone. Unlike paintings, sculptures, photographs, and films, which...
Movie Guide
NEW RELEASESAbout Schmidt (R)Director: Alexander Payne. With Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates. (125 min.)Sterritt *** See review.Evelyn (PG)Director: Bruce Beresford. With Pierce Brosnan, Julianna Margulies, Aidan Quinn, Alan...
Musical Partnerships Years in the Making
Lieder, or classical song, used to be a performance art mastered slowly over the years.Tenor Peter Pears and pianist/composer Benjamin Britten toured together until shortly before Britten's death in 1976, just as French baritone Pierre Bernac performed...
North Korea Plays Its Nuclear Card ; to Provoke the US, Say Analysts, Pyongyang Says It Will Restart a Reactor Suspected of Producing Weapons Material
Playing the role of "rogue state" has been one of North Korea's greatest skills, leaving neighboring states never knowing how much is bluff - and how much is real.Now, by saying it will immediately start up a long-dormant nuclear reactor because of an...
No Subway? New Yorkers Devise Plan B Commutes ; with a Mass-Transit Strike Looming, Residents Dust off Rollerblades and Study Ferry Schedules
Getting to work in New York during the best of times can be an adventure: The subways resemble human sardine cans, abusive cabdrivers careen through the streets, and some New Yorkers consider walking a contact sport.But on Monday, the commute could get...
Reporters on the Job
* HURRAY FOR EUROS: When Peter Ford moved to Paris to become the Monitor's European correspondent several years ago, he was asked to approach the continent as a whole entity, reporting on broad trends. During that time, he has found "Europe" very much...
Shoe Doesn't Quite Fit
"Maid in Manhattan" is being promoted with such hoopla that you'd think it's a very exciting movie.But the picture's big virtue is that it's not particularly exciting at all. It's quiet and modest, like the main character, spinning its simple story without...
Star Trek Franchise Lost in Space
The warp coil has melted down, the dilythium crystals are depleted, the phaser banks emptied, and all shields are down."Star Trek: Nemesis," the 10th in the series of movies based on the popular "Star Trek: The Next Generation" TV series, is convincing...
Stopping to Smell the Zeitgeist
Since I am someone who is known for ignoring popular trends and defying conventional wisdom, it seems appropriate that I headed off on my first trip to Europe in 27 years just before the Pew Global Attitudes Project announced that positive feelings about...
The Georgia Students on This Recruiter's Mind ; Colleges Try New Ways to Recruit Minorities as High Court Takes Up Issue of Race-Sensitive Admissions
Bustling beneath a sculpture of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee carved into a nearby hill, the little town of Stone Mountain is a testament to the New South's growing black middle class.With a Confederate past and a preened-cul-de-sac present, the...
US Faces Test to Secure E. Africa ; the USS Mount Whitney Could Arrive Friday in Djibouti with an Additional 400 US Troops
It's the usual Friday night crowd at the Pavement Club in Nairobi's Westlands: Young expatriates, upper-middle-class locals, a sprinkling of Asians, a few prostitutes. But the Americans with the crew cuts and G-Shock watches sipping energy drinks at...
What Kind of Antiwar Movement Is This?
First things first: I opposed the bombing of Afghanistan and am against the planned attack on Iraq. I think President Bush and Prime Minister Blair should stop interfering in other states' affairs. And I'd like to see an end to war.So why do I want nothing...
What's on TV ; SHOWS FOR DEC. 13-20
Saturday 12/14Jackie Chan Adventures: A Jolly J-Team Xmas (Kids' WB, 9-9:30 a.m.): Charming and funny, this adventure finds the J-Team saving Christmas from the wicked Daolon Wong, who has built an army of fierce snowmen to abduct Santa Claus.Sunday...
You Won't Find These Videos at Blockbuster ; Video Is Taking over as the Medium of Choice for Artists, Reinventing the Language of Art
It used to be, when visiting an art museum, pictures stood still and viewers moved through the gallery at a brisk trot. Nowadays, with video art seizing more territory, the paradigm is reversed. Viewers stand still while images move before their eyes.Nothing...
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