August 23, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

100-year-old records fall as rain soaks Ohio, Rangers flood the bases

A 100-year flood swept Findlay, Ohio, into the news.

An aerial photo in The Hartford (Conn.) Courant and a rescue photo in The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post showed a submerged Findlay after a stubborn storm system in the Midwest brought the worst flooding in more than 100 years. “Dozens rescued,” The Blade of nearby Toledo said. “Flood, tears,” The Plain Dealer of Cleveland said. “State of emergency declared in nine Ohio counties.”

To the south, a weakened Hurricane Dean marched into the Mexican mainland, and newspapers, including El Quintanarroense in Playa del Carmen, pictured the aftermath.

An international story was local news for The Honolulu Advertiser and The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash. “Army’s worst day,” said the Advertiser’s package, which included a graphic and photos of soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq. “Crash claims crew, 10 others,” The News Tribune said.

At a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention, President Bush invoked the memory of the Vietnam War. A quote was prominently printed in The San Diego Union-Tribune. “‘…We will fight to win,’” the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press quoted the president as saying during a Kansas City speech.

The results of two studies were frequently found on Page One. The Savannah (Ga.) Morning News noted a study of stomach stapling showed that surgery not only leads to weight loss but also to improved survival rates. The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post called the results of a study of sex among older adults “Late-life lovin.’” “As we age, sex is still fact of life,” the Chicago Tribune said.

“Ouch!” was the word The Washington Post used. “Romp” was the word used by The Dallas Morning News after Texas beat Baltimore 30-3. No, it wasn’t football. The Rangers’ win over the Orioles broke a 110-year-old record for runs. There was no rivalry for the Morning News, which published a Baltimore Sun photo. The Sun printed a photo of the score. Its lead: “It was a loss of epic proportions.”

Kate Kennedy, a former newspaper Page One editor, is director/diversity programs.

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