October 4, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

50 years after launch, editors reflect on Sputnik, space race

"Sputnik Plus 50" proclaimed the front page of The Huntsville (Ala.) Times. Fifty years ago today, the Soviet Union surprised the U.S. with the launching of the first space satellite, Sputnik. The Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal spoke of Sputnik's "revolution" and provided front-page readers with a graphic on launch sequence and a 1950s timeline of the various attempts by the U.S. and Soviet Union to launch satellites. Oklahoma City's The Oklahoman told us "How Sputnik Changed the World" and showed a timeline of important "space race" dates. The Register-Guard of Eugene, Ore., showed a picture of baseball fans at a game in 1957 watching Sputnik as it flew through the sky.

Speaking of baseball fans, yesterday was the beginning of the 2007 playoffs. Colorado Rockies fans celebrated "At a fever pitch" in Denver as the "Phillies fizzle in opener" according to the Burlington County Times in Willingboro, N.J. The Chicago Cubs also had a rough day as they were, as Chicago's RedEye put it, "Rattled" by the Arizona Diamondbacks."

President Bush made headlines again today with his veto of the children's health care bill. The Los Angeles Times cautioned "Child health veto risky to both parties." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Bush under the header "Why Bush Vetoed the Bill" and gave readers some numbers about the health care bill. The Greensboro, N.C., News & Record said "Veto provokes backers" and surmised what the impact would be in North Carolina. The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette called the veto "heartless" in its headline.

Finally, from the "What have you done for me lately, journalists?" file: A news photographer for the Sun Journal in Lewiston, Maine, caught amazing photos of a fugitive jumping from a third-story balcony to elude capture. Then, in true Clark Kent fashion, the photographer also caught the fugitive and held him until police could arrest him.

Emily Hedges is an assistant editor at the Newseum.

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