October 12, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Page One stories: From tragedy and loss to hope and a win

Just in time for the cold season, medicine for babies and toddlers was pulled from store shelves, making front-page news across the U.S.

“Manufacturers acknowledge risk of overdose in babies,” The Dallas Morning News said. Photos of cold meds were featured in newspapers from Kansas City, Mo., to Columbia, S.C. “The voluntary withdrawal of cold remedies comes as safety issues are being debated,” said the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, which listed “What to try instead.”

A day after a high school shooting, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland examined the life of the 14-year-old who wounded four: “Asa Coon’s death was tragic. His life wasn’t much better.” In Philadelphia, The Inquirer reported on a local teen who is accused of planning a “Columbine-type” attack: “Boy’s arsenal, arrest a chilling reminder.”

In Mexico City, a writer working on a book about cannibalism was arrested after body parts of a girlfriend were found in his apartment. “Poetry of a Cannibal,” Excelsior said.

The Arizona Republic in Phoenix pictured tension in the opening game of the National League championship, as the Diamondbacks lost to the Colorado Rockies. “Razing Arizona,” boasted The Denver Post.

The Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram explained “How Jerry got his groove.” That’s Jerry Jones, owner of the undefeated Dallas Cowboys, who’s featured dancing in a Papa John’s Pizza commercial that no doubt will be shown during Sunday’s Cowboys-Patriots game.

“Nothing but hope,” The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post said about the Forest Hill High School football team, which is scoreless in five games. The team, which holds the state record for consecutive losses, plays tonight and doesn’t believe it’s pointless. “Without a win, or even a point, the Falcons say they’ve ‘got to believe.’”

Al Gore shared in the Nobel Peace Prize, but the timing of this morning’s announcement meant most newspapers will have to wait to carry the story in their print editions tomorrow. Not so for the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, which was able to put the news and Gore’s photo at the bottom of the page.

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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