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 February 10, 1998

... and Infuse Education with More Spiritual Values
Something has gone seriously awry with American public schooling. Forty-four percent of students read below the minimum level for their grade; 72 percent among African-Americans. In many inner-city high schools, the graduation rate is as low as 40 percent.Blaming...
Art World Wary of New Rules Stolen Goods
Two Expressionist paintings didn't make their flight back to Vienna. The works by Egon Schiele on exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art have been held up in New York because heirs of Holocaust victims claim they were stolen by the Nazis.Meanwhile, archaeologists...
Athletes and Hosts Bow to the Weather
It is snowing, as well it should in the winter in the mountains.But the irony is that snow at the winter Olympics, which should get along like potatoes and gravy instead get along like Hatfield and McCoy.On the first day of competition Sunday, one of...
Big Auction Houses Take Closer Look at Issue of Ethics
A litmus test of whether a new ethic is taking hold in the art world is to watch what happens when a stolen or smuggled work is offered to one of the big auction houses.Sotheby's is still struggling with a public-relations meltdown, after an agent in...
Blight Imperils Western Pines California's Coastal Ecosystem and Aesthetics Threatened by Spreading Fungus
Hiking down a seaside trail beneath a canopy of pine, eucalyptus, and oak, Rick Hawley is a walking compendium of the natural beauty that thrives untouched on this stretch of virgin California coast.The executive director of a local land trust known...
Can Legos That Move Unseat Beanie Babies in the Toy Chest?
Toys are getting so sophisticated, it's a little spooky.Take the new Barney from Microsoft. The dinosaur doll talks and sings. Cover his eyes and he plays peek-a-boo. And when in front of a TV airing specially encoded programs of the hit "Barney," he...
Danger from Russia's Scientists: Selling Weapons Know-How
All it could take to endanger world peace would be a dish of microbes or a few pounds of uranium. Or a hungry scientist.Ever since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, pundits have worried about nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons falling into...
Flag Flap in El Paso Is Borderline Dispute 'Oh, Say Can You See'
El Paso may officially consider itself a binational city, gateway to trade with Mexico just a narrow river's width away, and sister to the adjacent Ciudad Juarez.But how deep does that international spirit really go?The city's mayor, Carlos Ramirez,...
Flower Origins Carry Scent of Mystery but Fossil Discoveries Put Scientists on Trail of 'Sneaky Herb Theory'
When the florist hands you your Valentine's Day bouquet, treat those roses with respect. They represent a form of plant life that has outlasted the dinosaurs and changed the face of the planet.Roses and their relatives also represent one of Earth's most enduring...
How to Defuse the Financial-Aid Time Bomb
The National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education recently presented to Congress a report listing a number of reasons why the cost of a college education has risen dramatically over the last 20 years.What the report didn't address is the so-called "financial-aid...
How US May Lose Grip on Iraq Attacks Could Miss Deadly Weapons, and Likely End UN Probe of Whole Iraq Military
Behind a door of reinforced steel at United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, much of the real work of the UN weapons-inspections teams takes place.Deep inside, banks of television screens are said to be set up, on which inspectors watch some 300 sensitive...
Indonesia's Chinese Try to Avoid Being Targets
The elders of the Buddhist Eng An Kiong temple in Malang, a university city on the Indonesian island of Java, have good reason to take an interest in a Western concept such as public relations. The temple collected money from its mostly Chinese congregation...
Kate Starbird Goes from College Heights to Pro Hoops 101
Kate Starbird shuffles into the pressroom of Seattle's Mercer Arena and plops down in a chair near the door. Her team, the American Basketball League's (ABL) Seattle Reign has just lost to the San Jose Lasers by a single point.But Starbird's night doesn't...
Letters
Setting an Example for Future JournalistsRegarding "Are Media Standards Drooping?" (Jan. 29): What really irks me about the drop in contemporary journalism standards is the offenders' inability to see that they're doing anything wrong. The star reporters...
Mike McCurry: Media 'Pinata' to the President When the Press Probes Allegations about the White House, the Presidential Spokesman Is the One under the Klieg Lights
It was well into the morning when Mike McCurry finally made it to bed at the end of a recent 20-hour day, walking stealthily to avoid waking his young children and wife Debra. She stirred anyway. "Are you OK?" she asked.Mr. McCurry replied with a familiar...
Mmmmaking Chocolate
James Bond would have his hands full trying to unlock the secrets of this place. From the outside, it looks like an ordinary old factory. But inside, it seems more like a top-secret headquarters. And the secrets it's protecting are chocolate ones.At...
Money Talks in Keeping US in Okinawa A Mayoral Election on Sunday Muddied the Waters for the US-Japan Military Alliance
In some ways, Okinawans are like the guy in the old joke who complains to his therapist that his brother thinks he's a chicken. The therapist inquires gently, "Why don't you take him to an institution?""We would," the man replies. "But we need the eggs."For...
Resilient South Asia Politician Positions for a Comeback Bhutto Would Carry Heavy Political Baggage in Try to Lead Pakistan Again
Beneazir Bhutto appears to be hoping the third time will be the charm.Ousted twice as prime minister of Pakistan, Ms. Bhutto will address a rally Feb. 26 that is being seen by analysts and members of her Pakistan People's Party (PPP) as a kickoff to...
Reviving Indonesia: Austerity or Liquidity?
The farther Indonesia's currency, the rupiah, plunges in value relative to the dollar, the more urgent becomes the question: austerity or liquidity? Which policy is more likely to rescue this country from its worst economic crisis in more than 30 years?Championed...
'Roomy' and 'Convenient' Aside, Tall Cars Are Really about Power
Driving was one of this country's most democratic activities until some automotive design guy's pencil slipped and created the Tall Car. Tall Cars own the road. The Tall Car driver, high up in her lollipop red throne, can see which lanes are moving,...
Stolen Art and How to Avoid Buying It
It used to be that if you worked with a reputable dealer and verified the authenticity of the object you were buying, you could be confident about a purchase. But to avoid litigation in today's art world, buyers also need to ask questions about previous ownership....
The Bitter Beginning of Cocoa
Long before Hershey perfected the Kiss, the ancient Aztecs of Mexico were brewing chocolate to drink. But it didn't taste much like the creamy hot chocolate we're used to. It was very bitter and gritty. The Aztecs called it chocolatl, meaning "warm liquid."...
The News in Brief
The USCalifornia Gov. Pete Wilson asked President Clinton to declare half the counties in the state federal disaster areas from El Nino-driven storms. In Monterey County, the town of Pajaro was evacuated as the Pajaro River crested at 29 feet. In some...
Two-Front Battle
Debate has rumbled for many months now over whether the Pentagon, living with a much-chopped budget, should still be preparing for the future possibility of two simultaneous wars.But two wars is not today's superpower contingency problem. It's two battles....
Were You Falsely Accused? A Spiritual Look at Issues of Interest to Young People
One of the hardest things to deal with is being accused of something you are not guilty of.This has happened to most people in one way or another. Sometimes an accusation is said right to your face. Other times you can sense people are thinking something...
When the 'Good Ole Boy' Is a Girl Ex-Governor Richards Teaches Power Politics
'Politics is a white-male game and it's hard, hard, hard for others to learn it," Ann Richards is telling her audience - 150 spellbound undergraduate students in a packed university lecture hall.The former Texas governor has traveled from Austin to Boston to...
Why Johnny Has to Have THOSE Sneakers Advertising Pitched to Kids Continues to Increase on Television, at the Mall, and Even in Classrooms
Are your children really born to shop?That question was posed recently by a group of parents, consumer advocates, and child-development experts.At a public forum called "Kids and Consumerism," they talked about commercial pressures that children face...
World Reaps Benefits of Economic Reform from Argentina to Italy, Nations Are Cutting Deficits and Curbing Inflation
While the travails of east Asia endure, much of the rest of the world is making progress on a number of economic fronts that is helping to improve living standards.Even as Washington gloats over submitting the first balanced budget in 30 years, deficits...
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