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  • Looking back: The Monitor's coverage of 9/11

    Ten years ago, The Monitor had recently moved into a renovated newsroom on the second floor of the venerable Christian Science Publishing Society in Boston. It featured new, modular desks, carpeting instead of linoleum, and many large TV monitors hung from the ceiling. They were tuned to various network and cable channels, but with the sound turned off, normally. So the first indication of a crisis on 9/11 was a chilling silent image of smoke billowing from the North Tower of the World Trade Center, an image that spread from screen to screen across the newsroom. When the second plane hit, 17 minutes after the first, it was clear that the United States was under attack. We had four hours till deadline that day. Four hours in which to try to make sense of what had just happened. Reporters, editors, photographers, editorial writers, columnists, feature writers, even editors and writers of the religious article that appears in the Monitor daily, sprang into action. It was the beginning of days, weeks, and months of reporting and analysis of that incident and its aftermath that would follow. The list below represents some of the most significant reporting and writing we did that day and on subsequent days. The 9/11 stories and images are The Monitor's first draft of the history of that moment. Like most first drafts, some could do with some revising now. But give credit to the swiftness with which they had to be written -- especially those produced that first day and week -- and the decades (if not centuries) of accumulated wisdom, knowledge, and expertise they represent on the part of a staff that worked around the clock to bring them to you.
    09/06/2011 03:00 pm

  • Summer solstice: Everything you want to know

    Summer solstice: Summer arrives to the Northern Hemisphere at 1:16pm Eastern time on Tuesday.
    06/21/2011 09:23 am

  • Iceland volcano eruption larger than last year's, closes airport

    Iceland volcano: the eruption of an Iceland volcano, Saturday, is larger than last year's Eyjafjallajokull eruption that shut down air travel in Europe.
    05/22/2011 12:59 pm

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Currents
  • Stir It Up! A Nordic feast of spring in 'Noma'

    Chef René Redzepi strives to revive and reinvent the distinctive tastes of Nordic cuisine through his restaurant 'Noma' and cookbook of the same name.
    04/16/2011 09:00 am

  • 9 books Bill Gates thinks you should read

    Nonprofit group TED asks some of the world's most fascinating thinkers to share both ideas and reading lists. Here's a list of the nine books recommended by Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates.
    03/25/2011 12:32 pm

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Auroras
  • Snow storm routine getting old? No worries, the groundhog got it right.

    The weather pattern that sent snow storm after snow storm across the US is breaking down, leading to forecasts of one of the biggest snow meltdowns 'we have ever seen.'
    02/08/2011 05:57 pm

  • Winter storm raises the question: What's going on with the weather?

    This week's winter storm – and others before it – are being influenced by climate patterns in the Arctic and North Atlantic. Scientists are working to understand how these patterns work.
    02/03/2011 01:42 pm

  • Monster storm? Mountains of snow? We've seen this movie.

    For many people in the Northeast, another big winter storm – and the inconveniences it brings – is becoming too much of a pattern. Travel is snarled, schools closed, and snow piles just get higher.
    01/27/2011 03:20 pm

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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