November 20, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Health, crime news by the numbers; 60 is magical

Statistics are in the news, and today’s newspapers try to make sense of the numbers.

Heart deaths down overall: But The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post noted that more women under 45 are dying of heart disease “perhaps due to obesity.” “Startling find in heart disease study,” the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said.

World AIDS numbers off: “U.N. steeply lowers AIDS estimates,” the Los Angeles Times said. “The number of HIV cases … is cut to 33 million,” The Philadelphia Inquirer said.

Hate crimes up: “FBI reports 8% rise in hate crimes,” The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer said. The Honolulu Advertiser localized the story: “Number low compared to other states, but still a significant increase.”

Beer sales stale: The Daily Telegraph in London noted that beer sales in Britain are at their lowest level in almost 40 years and a tax fight is brewing.

“Well, why can’t we?” The Times-Picayune in New Orleans asked after the city was rejected as a site for a 2008 presidential debate. “Panel determines N.O. is not ready to host,” said the newspaper, which countered with photos and stats to prove otherwise. Oxford, Miss., was chosen for the first debate on Sept. 26, and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson reported the details from Ole Miss.

A photo from Bangladesh, which experienced its worst cyclone in a decade, brought heartache to the front page of newspapers including USA Today, the Chicago Tribune and The Globe and Mail in Toronto. More than 3,000 have been reported killed.

There were photos and heartfelt congratulations in Europe, as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Die Welt in Hamburg, Germany, showed the couple on their diamond anniversary, and Lidové Noviny in Prague, Czech Republic, pictured the couple in 1947 and today.

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

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