Christian Science Monitor

  • NFL domestic violence policy matters to more than just football wives
    Twenty years after a crime spree that shocked Wisconsin, Susan Oswald Williams still regrets that she was unable to free her teenage son, Ted, from the grip of her violent ex-husband. When domestic abuse made national headlines in the wake of NFL player Ray Rice's arrest, Williams tracked me down (I had covered the Oswald crime) and found the courage to tell her story.
    (December 11, 2014)
  • Are new voter ID laws an assault on the “Greatest Generation?”
    GOP-led states are enacting strict new rules for showing photo ID at the polls, but members of the World War II generation, who often lack current driver’s licenses or valid birth certificates, are crying foul.
    (Nov. 18, 2013) 
  • Want fireworks? Pass the hat.
    Communities turning to donors to fund July 4 displays that taxpayers want but can't afford.
    (July 4, 2013) 
  • The new classroom is a factory
    Factories are training workers again – With good pay to boot.
    (Sept. 17, 2012) 
  • ‘War on women’ comes to Wisconsin recall – and could be decisive
    Several bills signed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker have angered women's rights activists and have motivated women to get behind the effort to recall him.
    (June 2, 2012) 
  • At the retail store, a long line of questions at checkout
    Retail stores are increasingly barraging their customers with questions. It's marketing for them. Is it good for you?
    (December 22, 2011) 
  • Record gold prices spur wedding ring alternatives
    Wedding jewelry has acquired a decidedly post-recession luster. With incomes low and precious metal prices stratospheric — gold prices closed at a record $1,509 an ounce on Monday — some couples can no longer afford to go the traditional route. And it's no longer a given that couples exchange inexpensive rings and then save up for real gold and diamonds. Instead, today's trend is toward individual expression, along with a backlash against mining practices seen as exploiting human labor and the earth. The result? Growing demand for rings made with alternative substances.
    (April 25, 2011)