November 15, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Gloomy economic news brings ‘woes’ and ‘shortfall’ to Fla., Calif.

News about the mortgage mess often mentions Florida and California, both hit hard by foreclosures. Now Part II of the story: budget crises.

“Running deep in the red,” the Daily News of Los Angeles said. “State budget shortfall may reach $10B,” the Press-Telegram of Long Beach said.

Problems in the housing market and a slowing economy also are affecting the other sunshine state. “Budget gap widening,” The Miami Herald said. “Housing blamed for state’s financial woes,” The Tampa Tribune said. And a dire prediction from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: “Forecasters now say worst downturn in 40 years has at least another year to go.” Florida newspapers also reported that the state will allow the Seminole Tribe to operate casino card games and slots. The St. Petersburg Times explained “What the deal means.”

The Los Angeles Times pictured O.J. Simpson, who will stand trial on kidnapping and burglary charges after an incident involving sports memorabilia. The News Journal in Wilmington, Del., printed a story from AP Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch, a longtime courts reporter, and noted “life in prison possible.” Simpson’s hearing was in Las Vegas, where the Review-Journal juggled other big news: Democratic presidential candidates will debate there tonight. “It’s fight night in Las Vegas,” the paper said.

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile, and El Mercurio in Santiago pictured damage that left thousands homeless. The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee explained the “crushing quake” with photos, a map and bulleted facts.

The San Francisco Chronicle continued its reporting on the bay oil spill. The words “Dumped,” “Probed” and “Botched” highlighted developments.

Could Delta and United be hooking up? In Denver — a United hub — The Post said: “United, Delta airlines urged to jump the broom.” It quoted a shareholder who said “a marriage makes sense.” “Bunk” was the headline word used in The Enquirer of Cincinnati, a Delta hub. Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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