June 22, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Air rules on Page One; enterprise reporting sheds light on Va. Tech, Gitmo

Readers got a breath of fresh air today.

“Ozone limits may get stiffer,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said. The newspaper looked at proposed changes in acceptable smog levels and what results new limits would have locally. The Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa, mapped the 533 U.S. counties -- including its own -- that might exceed more stringent standards.  “Cleaning up the region’s air could change your life by 2010. Here’s how,” the Star-Telegram explained over a photo of a smoggy Fort Worth, Texas, skyline.

The Senate passed tougher standards for gas mileage. The bill, which sets a 35 miles-per-gallon average requirement, “now goes to House,” the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said. “The mileage increase could make this year’s energy bill the most significant in years,” the Los Angeles Times said.

“Echoes from Virginia Tech” were published in a Washington Post centerpiece. “8 minutes after 911 call, a rescue from madness,” said a story created from more than three dozen interviews. The Virginian Pilot in Norfolk examined donations inspired by the campus killings: “Families, Tech at odds over fund payout.”

An Associated Press story outlining the Bush administration’s interest in closing the Guantanamo Bay prison was widely published. “Detainees would be sent to military prisons for trial,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said.

The American Medical Association is pushing to have excessive video-game playing classified as a psychiatric disorder. “No longer a game,” said The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, which told the story in bulleted highlights.

Illustrating the story:  The Chicago Tribune turned to artist sketches to illustrate the start of the “Family Secrets” mob trial. The Plain Dealer in Cleveland combined a map and photos to tell the story of the search by 1,500 people for a missing Ohio woman.

Public service or privacy invasion? “Pay database angers state workers,” said The Lansing (Mich.) State Journal, which on Thursday posted on its Web site the salaries of state government workers. The newspaper said the searchable database http://db.lsj.com/community/dc/som/index.php was part of a public-information initiative that would continue.

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

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