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 October 4, 2002

A Finely Milled Soap ; before the Ewings and the Carringtons Came along, the Forsyte Family Captured Viewers' Attention with Stories of Money, Power, Forbidden Love
Compassion is not the most highly prized virtue among the Victorian England characters of John Galsworthy's riveting century- old "The Forsyte Saga" (Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, Sundays, Oct.6- Nov. 17, check local listings).Instead, the Forsytes' "family...
'Are We There Yet?' ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
My husband is fond of asking, "Is it the weekend yet?" Some weeks he asks me this on Tuesday or Wednesday, other weeks it begins on Thursday. By Friday, he starts saying, "It feels like the weekend." I know he's joking, but I realize it's important to...
China's Move on Hong Kong
China's slow march toward openness took a big leap backward last week.Beijing forced the leaders in Hong Kong, which China took over in 1997, to put forth tough new laws that would end up stifling political dissent and the media in that major Asian city.The...
Congress Nears Vote on Iraq Resolution ; Lawmaker Positions on Wording Backed by Bush Could Be Grist for the 2004 Presidential Race
There is little doubt that Congress will give President Bush a resolution authorizing the use of military force against Iraq. What's at stake now are the terms of that resolution - and, possibly, the terms of the 2004 presidential race.Ever since the...
Facing Heat, Arafat Demands Militants End Attacks
Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat is using a newly restored level of popularity to beat back demands that he appoint a prime minister and reform his administration.But he seems to be heeding calls - from within the Fateh political movement...
How Lindh Is Now Aiding US Terror Fight ; His Sentencing Friday Will Take into Account His Recent Cooperation with US
John Walker Lindh, the young American who fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan last year, is to be sentenced Friday in a US District Court in Alexandria, Va.Both the defense and prosecution have filed documents with the court indicating that Mr. Lindh...
In Senate Races, Edge Goes to ... Your Guess ; Outcome of 8 Races, Including Volatile New Jersey, Could Change Balance of Power
It's starting to feel like November 2000 all over again, with the US Supreme Court being sought out for another possible role in a crucial federal election.In the end, the race for this season's contested New Jersey Senate seat - thrown into turmoil...
Inspired by the Piano Man ; Twyla Tharp's 'Movin' Out' Uses Billy Joel Hits to Portray Society's Shifts from the '60S to the '80S
What do you get when you cross a score of beloved songs by Billy Joel with a dance-drenched story? If your name is Twyla Tharp, who conceived, choreographed, and directed "Movin' Out," you hope to get a theatrical hit the size of "Mama Mia!" or "Contact."The...
Insurance and Terrorism
September 11 understandably prompted a great deal of concern within the insurance industry. How could it afford more multibillion- dollar claims if there were more devastating terrorist attacks? How should it calculate the risk of more attacks in order...
Iraq Prepares for Urban Warfare ; as Congress Moves to Approve a Military Strike, Iraq Says the Lesson of 1991 Is: Stay out of the Desert
Forget Desert Storm. Drawing on lessons from the 1991 Gulf War, Iraqi and US strategic planners are already preparing for a different kind of conflict. This time expect operation Urban Storm.Iraqi officials are warning that Iraq will create a "new Vietnam"...
I Reveal the Secret of Down East Humor
A gentleman from some distance to the west'ard writes in perplexity to ask how to tell a State o' Maine story. He has been invited to address an Optimists' luncheon in a Midwestern community. As a boy he spent one summer at Camp Maranacook on the Maine...
Kurdish Groups Unite as Turkey Watches, Warily ; Anticipating US Action against Baghdad, Two Iraqi Kurdish Factions Will Meet Friday
With the prospect of an American-orchestrated regime change in Iraq growing closer, rival Kurdish factions in northern Iraq - key potential allies of the US in any military action - are burying their differences.The joint Kurdish parliament will reconvene...
Letters
Saddam Hussein is fickle, but so is the USRegarding your Oct. 1 article "Iraq's way: pledge and retreat": Yes, Saddam Hussein does change his mind, does weave and bob, but so does our current administration. How many different reasons have we heard in...
Many Faces, One Portrait ; Richard Avedon Has Photographed Hundreds. but the Soul He Reveals Is His Own
"I want to make portraits as intense as people," Richard Avedon says in the catalog for an exhibition of his photographs."Richard Avedon: Portraits" at the Metropolitan Museum until Jan. 5, contains 180 of these intense glimpses of humanity in extremis....
Movie Guide
NEW RELEASESHeaven (R)Director: Tom Tykwer. With Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Remo Girone, Stefania Rocca. (96 min.)Sterritt *** Blanchett plays a British teacher who turns vigilante after her Italian husband dies in a drug-related crime scheme....
News on the Environment Isn't Always Bad ; Thanks to a Ban on CFCs, the Ozone Layer Will Soon Mend. It Could Offer a Model for Tackling Climate Change
In the world of environmentalism, things can often seem rather bleak. Rare species from Barrow to Borneo are likely going extinct before they are even discovered. Rain forests are shrinking. Greenhouse gases, it sometimes seems, are turning the atmosphere...
Novice Learns about Racing & Dress Code
I'll say it right up front. I've never been a big fan of NASCAR racing. Upon arriving at Dover Downs the other weekend for the All- American Heroes 400, I knew almost nothing about the sport.Sure, I'd heard a few names, and was saddened by the recent...
Peru Casts Light on a Dark Chapter from the Past ; Last Week, Victims of Two Decades of Political Violence Testified in the Final Hearing before a Truth Commission
Florencio Varillas hobbles up to the microphone here and barely manages a whisper as he relives eight years of torment."They beat us all the time," he tells the standing-room-only crowd gathered in this colonial coastal town. "They passed electricity...
Playwrights Trace Path from Death Row to Freedom ; Two Actors Crisscrossed the US Talking with Death-Row Inmates Who Were Wrongly Convicted. Their Play, 'The Exonerated,' Debuts Off- Broadway Oct. 10
Gary Gauger spent three years in prison for murdering his mom and dad before a group of law students uncovered his innocence and helped free him. He had been sentenced to die.Mr. Gauger had discovered his parents murdered on their farm in northern Illinois...
Reading, Writing, and Role Models
Teachers should focus on academics," says my friend Kathy. We're discussing school funding, a perennial crisis in our state and in just about every other. "Their job is to teach my kids reading, writing, math, and science. The rest is my job. They don't...
Seeking a Safe Place to Raise the Palestinian Flag
Last April, I tried again to enter my Palestinian homeland in the West Bank from Amman, Jordan, but was denied access by the Israeli army. As I waited, brokenhearted, for the beat-up bus to take me back to the Jordanian border, I spotted the remains...
Surviving College Roommates
All over the country, college freshmen are heading off to begin a new chapter in their lives. Orientation sessions will explain the nifty features and services on campus that should enhance the pursuit of higher education. But there's one crucial element...
Texas 'Prison Show' Links Familiar Voices Worlds Away
The three young girls can hardly sit still, buoyed by excitement and that extra piece of chocolate cake. It's their father's birthday and they're throwing him a surprise party.But this is no ordinary birthday with hugs and hastily wrapped presents. Their...
The Doctor Is In: Hannibal Returns in 'Lambs' Prequel
Friday's opening of "Red Dragon" has some moviegoers quivering with anticipation, others shivering with aversion at the prospect of still more shenanigans by Hannibal Lecter, the screen's most charismatic cannibal.If his homicidal capers aren't to your...
The Evolution of Brazil's 'Lula' ; Brazilians Go to the Polls Sunday, and a Former Socialist Appears Ready to Become the Next President
Brazil's three-time political bridesmaid appears finally ready to become a bride.Luiz Inacio (Lula) da Silva, head of the center-left Workers' Party [PT] and runner-up in the 1989, 1994, and 1998 presidential elections, leads a field of four candidates...
The Horror, the Horror
It was a dark night. I can't remember if it was stormy. I was 6, and my cousin, Dee Dee, was sleeping over. It was definitely a momentous occasion, since our parents were going out.The babysitter had told us about this great, creepy movie she had seen,...
There's No Dodging His Lens
Michael Moore's new movie, "Bowling for Columbine," has been raising a ruckus since its May premiere at the Cannes film festival, where it was the first documentary chosen for the official competition in 46 years. It won a special award marking the festival's...
The Wild One ; 'Just Some Kiddie Book Artist.' That's the Label Maurice Sendak, Author, Artist, and Opera Designer, Fought against for Years
For generations of children who are now parents and grandparents, author and illustrator Maurice Sendak inhabits a special realm where the demigods of our youth have gone to live.Simply put, he changed the lives of children around the globe with his...
Too Much Unforgivable Greed
It wasn't Time magazine's week, appearing on Monday with a story on Sen. Robert Torricelli headlined, "Does Scandal Really Matter?" This, just at the time the senator was pulling out of his reelection race because plunging poll numbers indicated that,...
What's on TV ; SHOWS FOR OCT. 5-11
Saturday 10/5Saturday Night Live (NBC, 11:30 p.m.- 1 a.m.): Host Matt Damon and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band take SNL into its 28th season. Except for the smart and witty banter between Emmy-Award winning writer Tina Fey and cast member Jimmy...
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