June 7, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Mouse cell breakthrough excites editors

Amid the G-8 summit of world leaders, immigration debate and the anniversary of D-Day, it was a mouse that roared to the top of newspaper front pages today.

That is, the scientific discovery that mouse skin cells could be used to replicate embryonic stem cells in research. The story made news across the country:

  • The Beaver County (Pa.) Times said, “Scientists say they can mimic stem cells.”
  • • And the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune advanced the story with “Stem cell discovery may change debate.”

The Decatur (Ala.) Daily took the immigration debate in the U.S. Congress local, with “Senators oppose Bush on Illegals.” And the San Francisco Chronicle chimed in with “Visa plan angers Silicon Valley.”

In the news business, The Arizona Republic announced a gathering of journalists to honor the paper’s investigative reporter Don Bolles, killed when a bomb went off in his car: “Journalists gather to honor ‘martyr.’ ”

The San Francisco Examiner noted layoffs at The Chronicle.

But all business news wasn’t bad news. The Detroit Free Press trumpeted good news for the struggling U.S. auto industry in a story about good ratings for new Ford vehicles: “Quality? It’s Ford. Amid turnaround plan, automaker steals spotlight away from Toyota.”

The tragic end for a missing teen made headlines in the Midwest. The (Toledo,Ohio) Blade reported: “Police believe body discovered in Missouri is abducted teen.”

Editors tipped their front-page hats to veterans of World War II. The (Albany, N.Y.) Times Union had a graveyard photo with “Remembering D-Day.” The Stars and Stripes said “History Lives at Normandy D-Day remembrance.” And The (Ft. Myers) News-Press noted “Soldiers of 1944 honored by France.”

Los Angeles’ Daily News, like many papers, continues the long goodbye to retiring game-show host Bob Barker: “Bidding Bob Farewell.”

While the dog days of summer aren’t here yet, in Alaska, news about the zoo’s lone  African elephant was front-page worthy. “Zoo board agrees to send Maggie south …” announced the Anchorage Daily News in a story about a decision to reunite the pachyderm with pals in the lower 48.

Patty Rhule is a project editor at the Newseum.

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