September 26, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Page One sheds light on shadow debate at U.N.

The opening of the United Nations General Assembly featured arguments over Iran’s nuclear program with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad grabbing the headlines.

“Tehran says it will ignore demands to halt uranium enrichment,” the Los Angeles Times said. The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer pictured seats left empty when the U.S. delegation walked out when Ahmadinejad spoke.

In his address, President Bush announced sanctions against Myanmar, which is cracking down on anti-government protests. Photos of the monk-led protests in the country also known as Burma were featured in the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

The Hartford (Conn.) Courant broke out quotes from Bush, Ahmadinejad and other leaders. The St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press used “He said … He said …” to illustrate what was called a shadow debate.

The constitutionality of lethal injections will be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court, making Page One news in Kentucky, where two death-row inmates challenged the method. “Ky. case may settle issue of execution,” The Courier-Journal in Louisville said. The Lexington Herald-Leader added: “Ruling in Kentucky case could have wide effect.”

A Houston-area man was executed Tuesday night in Texas, where The Dallas Morning News mapped the states authorizing the death penalty, pictured a lethal-injection table and said: “At issue: Do drugs inflict excessive pain?”

Mormon sect leader Warren Jeffs was “convicted for role in child’s rape,” The Arizona Republic reported. The Deseret Morning News in Salt Lake City pictured the head of a polygamous splinter group as the verdict was read and quoted jurors: “Girl’s age was crucial to decision.”

Regional stories with national impact were reported from Detroit and Memphis. The two-day GM-UAW strike ended early today. “Sides hammer out two-tier wage deal,” The Detroit News said. “Air traffic outage” was reported by The Commercial Appeal in Tennessee, where communications problems at an FAA regional center affected air travel within a 250-mile radius of Memphis. Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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