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 March 10, 2000

A 'Mission' of Clichs and a 'Gate' to Chills
Despite a new millennium ahead, some normally adventurous filmmakers are turning back to time-tested formats. "Mission to Mars" is inspirational fantasy with more than a touch of "2001: A Space Odyssey" woven into its plot. "The Ninth Gate" is an old-fashioned...
A New Yorker Gets Down on the Farm
Having been born and raised in the city, my knowledge of cows was limited to those appearing in Dutch landscape paintings. This changed in my early 20s when I spent a week working on a dairy farm in Vermont. I arrived at the farm late at night and rose...
An 'Odyssey' into a New Kind of Museum Exhibition
The-art-exhibition-as-a-thought-gymnasium. That's what the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., had in mind when pulling together "Odyssey: A Journey Into World Art," says John Grimes, the museum's deputy director for special projects. A team of curators...
Art Imitates Life in Scathing Film on Mexico Leaders ; for the First Time in 71 Years of Power, the PRI Is Explicitly Criticized in a Daring Movie
After viewing the controversial new movie, "La Ley de Herodes," ("Herod's Law") a biting satire on corruption and impunity in the Mexican political system, Karime Gelo decided she was glad the film was done in a sarcastic tone. "If this theme were treated...
Black-on-White Crime Debated after Shootings ; after Last Week's Slayings, Wilkinsburg, Pa., Sets Tone of Racial Reconciliation as Some Decry Antiwhite Hate Crimes
When Ronald Taylor allegedly grabbed a revolver and a knife last week, set his apartment on fire, and then shot five people in a Pittsburgh suburb, he shattered several myths about hate crime. For starters, Mr. Taylor, who has a history of mental problems, is...
Circus Entertainment Is Not Humane
Regarding your article "New circus trick: Make elephants vanish from ring" on the rapidly evolving battle over the use of elephants and other exotic animals in the circus (March 6). This is surely one of the cruelest forms of animal abuse. I am confident...
Colorado's Resort Towns Ponder Mass Transit with a View
Forget buses. Here, the public-transit system of the future won't even touch the ground. Its riders will glide along, suspended above evergreen spires, enjoying show-stopping views of the Continental Divide. Banking on a swell of enthusiasm about gondolas,...
'Deterrence' Only Adds to the Perplexity of Politics
Politics is in the air, and at the movies, too. "Deterrence" takes on volatile issues in the folksy setting of a snowbound Colorado diner. That's where Walter Emerson, fighting to remain president of the United States in the 2008 election, is stranded...
Dilemma for Muslims in Berlin ; Some Parents Are Uneasy That an Islamic Group Last Month Was Put Charge of Religion Classes in Schools
A ruling by a German federal court has opened the way for a controversial Islamic group to begin teaching lessons on the Koran to Muslims at Berlin schools. In a country where religious instruction is a constitutional right, Germany's Muslims have long...
Ending Affirmative Action Proves Harder Than It Looks ; A Fierce US Debate over Racial Preferences Storms Florida, Where Backers of the Policy Are Mobilizing
When Florida Gov. Jeb Bush set out to end race and gender preferences in college admissions and state contracts last year, he called his plan One Florida. Perhaps it was wishful thinking on Mr. Bush's part. But his anti- affirmative action plan has...
Exit Polling: Why Gag the Media?
On Tuesday, as for 15 years of elections past, Americans divided for a time between the knows and the know-nots, the favored media few who knew the projected outcomes from the exit polls and the unfavored many not allowed to know until the polls closed....
'Free' Shines, 'Orphans' Lacks Luster
Hollywood's penchant for glittering stars and extraordinary events has a tendency to limit the screen exposure of ordinary people. Independent and international movies help balance the equation. A vivid example is the British drama Orphans, directed...
From Super Tuesday Rubble Rises 'Honor'
Well, at least it was a fun ride, but in the end that's all it was - a ride. As we look around in early March, in the rubble of Super Tuesday, we find ourselves back where we were in early February. Al Gore and George W. Bush, once the presumptive nominees...
Gun Control Takes Aim at Fall Election ; for the First Time, the Divisive Issue May Take Center Stage in Presidential Debates
Gun control - a topic that polarizes Americans more than any other except, perhaps, abortion - is likely for the first time to become a major hot-button issue in a US presidential race. That expectation has been heightened by several factors, foremost the...
Hands-On Art Gets a Grip on Athlete's Inner Self
Famed baseball star Sammy Sosa is standing in a conference room in a downtown hotel here, looking extremely dubious about placing his hand in a pan of hot wax. Sculptor Raelee Frazier (in photos at right with Sosa) guides his right hand into the wax...
Israel Rethinks Need for Peace ; Yesterday, Israelis and Palestinians Agreed to Speed Up Talks. but on the Syrian Front, Negotiations Have Stalled
In one respect, Israelis have never had it so good: 1999 was the first year in the Jewish state's 51-year history that not a single civilian died in a terrorist attack. The once-pervasive sense that Israel faces an imminent, critical threat - and therefore...
Is Sports World a World of Thugs? No
Late last month, figure skater Tonya Harding, who has a documented record of misbehavior, was accused of throwing a hubcap in her boyfriend's face and punching him. This prompted Bill Bickel, a writer on the Internet for About.com, to muse, "You have...
Mammoth Mystery; Caring for Parents ; A Special on Raising a Behemoth and a Hot-Button Drama
Imagine the most frigid weather you've ever endured (you in the Sun Belt, think ski trip blizzards), divide those temperatures by half, and you've barely gotten to summer in northern Siberia. Now, try to conceive of the effort it would take to dig deep...
Mother-Daughter Team Draws from Life
Animated art films, as opposed to the commercial variety, play the film festival, museum, and art house circuits - but most of us rarely have the chance to see them. One of the best things about the growing number of cable television channels is that...
Museum Makeover ; the Peabody Essex Just Might Be the Best Museum You've Never Heard Of
Any notion that traditional museum-going is superfluous in today's Internet-dominated world doesn't fly at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. Its plans to spend $65 million on a huge expansion come as a timely vote of confidence in brick-and-mortar...
Return of the Jetta: Mileage Matters Again
Paul Denison still remembers the day he vowed never to buy a sport-utility vehicle. He had borrowed a friend's Chevy Suburban to drive a group of kids to Portland, Ore. On his way back to Eugene, he pulled into a gas station to fill up. He pulled out...
Revel-Ing in 'The Mysteries'
To imagine the experience of watching one of the great medieval drama cycles, think of a combination of a Rose Bowl parade, the half- time show at a football game, and the community fervor stirred by a Fourth of July celebration. The subject matter...
S. Korea's First Female Chief of Police Tackles Prostitution ; in a Male-Dominated Society, Kim Kang Ja Has Inspired a National War on 'Underage' Prostitution
Police officer Kim Kang Ja was once locked for hours in a dark room in a brothel. It was a not-so-subtle effort to dissuade Officer Kim from bringing an 'underage' prostitute home to her mother. Mrs. Kim was not cowed and the family was reunited. That...
Sports 101
More than 1,000 dogs and 81 mushers are running through Alaska's wilderness this week in the 28th annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that started in Anchorage last Saturday. The 1,150-mile race, with participants from all over the globe, will finish...
Stumping for Dogcatcher
With presidential candidates appearing on TV day after day, making speeches at rallies and shaking hands with crowds of supporters, you might assume that running for our nation's highest office has become a well- rehearsed, routine procedure. Based on recent...
Stump Issues: Money Politics
The "insurgent" presidential candidates that put the greatest emphasis on campaign-finance reform may have faded, but that issue should endure in campaign 2000. A democracy cannot let politicians be more influenced by money than voters. Since Republicans...
Taiwan's Minority Voters Hold the Power ; in a Close Race, the Hakka Ethnic Group Eyes the March 18 Election with Hopes of Saving Its Culture
Long the underdogs in Taiwan's melting pot, the island's Hakka find themselves placed to decide the fate of the nation. The island's more than 2 million Hakka voters now hold the deciding votes to choose which of three evenly-matched front runners will...
The Monitor Movie Guide
Red stars denote the reviews of Monitor movie critic David Sterritt unless otherwise noted. Ratings and comments by the Monitor panel ( blue stars) reflect the sometimes diverse views of at least three other moviegoers. Information on violence, drugs,...
The Moral of Our Mushroom Search
I'd tallied just one morel in a dozen years. This singular mushroom had been uncovered as I weeded a flower bed nearly four years ago. I'd left it unplucked beside a thicket of peony stems in hopes that more morels would be lured to poke their heads...
The Path of Joy ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life
For a while when I was a young mother with small children, I kept count of "dark days" on my calendar. These were days when my patience ran out and I got disgruntled with myself and depressed. At those times, even the thought of praying became an added burden....
Today's Story Line
Last year was the first since Israel's creation that a civilian has not died in a terrorist attack. And it may be a reason for Israel to reevaluate its peace deals. Two new movies attest to a blossoming of critical expression in Mexico. Germany paved...
USA
As expected, Democrat Bill Bradley announced he was dropping out of the presidential race and and endorsing Vice President Al Gore. Advisers said Bradley plans to remain active in public life and is not expected to rule out another presidential run....
Whats on TV: ; SHOWS WORTH NOTING FOR MAR. 11-17 (Listings Are Not Necessarily Recommended by the Monitor. All Times Eastern, Check Local Listings.)
Saturday 3/11 Audra McDonald in Concert (PBS, check local listings): Here's a chance to see in concert one of the hottest performers working today. The special features the three-time Tony Award-winning singer ("Master Class," "Carousel," "Ragtime")...
What the Library of Congress Called to Ask Me
A FEW days ago I remarked, not so much to gloat and be obnoxious but to state a cultural fact, that I may well be the only person in the county who knows the name of Sherlock Holmes's brother. And, I was not surprised when somebody asked, "Whose brother?"...
World
The sale of missiles and radar equipment by the US to Taiwan is a "serious error" and should be canceled "immediately," China's Foreign Ministry said. With Taiwan's presidential election scheduled for next week - and with China threatening attack if...
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