June 21, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Seeing daylight: Page One welcomes summer’s first day

A calendar item made today’s front page.

“Summer: It’s official,” The Arizona Republic in Phoenix said in announcing the first day of Summer 2007. The expected temperature in Phoenix: 113.

In North Carolina, the Winston-Salem Journal used an art headline -- “Time to bake” -- in predicting the results of a hot summer ahead. The Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune marked the last day of spring with a photo of a walk on the beach. “Sun sets on spring,” said The Post-Standard of Syracuse, N.Y. Its photo of a sunset was accompanied by calculations on the length of daylight on this longest day of the year.

A Blizzard made news in Anchorage, Alaska. It wasn’t snow but Dairy Queen ice cream. The Anchorage Daily News reported that the city’s new – and only – DQ set company sales records.

Of the boys of summer, one stood out in The Dallas Morning News. “Sammy slams his way into exclusive club with homer against former team.” It pictured the Rangers’ Sammy Sosa, who hit his 600th career home run.

Looking ahead to a new season, The Boston Globe illustrated the uniform design for the 2007-08 hockey season: “NHL suits up like never before.”

News from Washington made the front pages of regional newspapers. In coverage of President Bush’s veto of the stem-cell bill, the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star outlined “What Bush did,” “What Bush said,” and “What critics said.” The Record of Hackensack, N.J., and The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., were among newspapers that considered local impact. “New Jersey research could gain from Bush’s veto,” The Record said.

The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., used two words -- “Grief. Questions.” -- in its continuing coverage of the deaths of nine firefighters. The State in Columbia, S.C., interviewed a furniture warehouse employee rescued by firefighters: “Rescuers sounded ‘like sweet angels calling for me.’”

Today’s headline: The St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press pictured a 1957 Mercury Montclair with news of a weekend classic-car event. Its headline: “Chrome, sweet chrome.”

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy, a former newspaper Page One editor, is director/diversity programs.

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