September 7, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Front Page has a ball with NFL opener, life’s celebrations

Indianapolis got a kick out of hosting the 2007 NFL season opener. A photo the width of the front page added to a celebratory “Day in the spotlight” package in The Indianapolis Star.

But the Colts’ 41-10 win over the Saints didn’t play so well in New Orleans, where The Times-Picayune said: “First downer.” A photo of Saints Coach Sean Payton said it all.

Speaking of celebrations, a first birthday was captured by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It was “an occasion for cake” as Mei Lan, a giant panda cub, turned a year old. Like any toddler, Mei Lan has been well-photographed, and the Journal-Constitution turned the top of its page into a baby album.

There also was cake with the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, Calif., which celebrated the birthday of a California woman known for her volunteer work. “Feeling alive at 105,” the newspaper said above a photo of the woman who has volunteered more than 20,900 hours.

There was no cause for celebration in a CDC report that noted an increasing suicide rate among U.S. youth. The Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle charted the trend and said: “Biggest jump is in girls ages 10 to 14.” “2003-2004 spike might stem from fewer using antidepressants,” said the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, another regional newspaper that put the story out front.

“U.S. commander in Iraq resists major troop cut,” the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram said in a package that summarized news from Iraq and advanced next week’s testimony to Congress by Gen. David Petraeus. The Hartford (Conn.) Courant used thumbnail descriptors to make sense of four major reports to Congress about the progress in Iraq.

Osama Bin Laden’s picture returned to Page One with news that he will release a video ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Daily News of New York teased to an inside story with: “Out of the cave.” A post-Sept. 11 law was dealt a blow when “U.S. judge tosses out key part of Patriot Act,” The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. said. “Ruling warns of ‘far-reaching invasions of liberty,’” The Arizona Republic in Phoenix said in its top story.

Kate Kennedy is front pages editor at the Newseum.

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