November 28, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Positive news from peace summit can’t shake decades of conflict

Israeli and Palestinian leaders agreed to renew peace talks, but ghosts of talks past infiltrated newspaper headlines.

“Olmert, Abbas agree to aim for comprehensive settlement by end of next year,” The Sun of Baltimore said in a package about the U.S.-sponsored conference held in nearby Annapolis, Md. Haaretz in Tel-Aviv, Israel, broke out quotes from the Israeli prime minister and Palestinian president.

Regional newspapers in the U.S. offered analysis. “New hope, old wariness,” the Los Angeles Times said. “Ambitious goals meet Mideast’s troubled past,” said The Indianapolis Star. “Past demons could haunt peace talks,” The Detroit News said. “Mideast talks haunted by century of animosity,” The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., said. USA Today and the Gulf News in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, paired a picture from Annapolis with a photo from past peace talks.

In Washington Redskins territory, news of the death of safety Sean Taylor made Page One. The Washington Post, The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk and The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., pictured grieving fans. “After Desperate Attempt to Save a Life, A Struggle to Understand Its Violent End,” the Post said. Taylor was shot while at home in Florida, where The Miami Herald said: “Police seek mysterious intruder.”

The end of November brings the end of the hurricane season, and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale dubbed this year’s season — one in which no hurricanes hit Florida — as “Our kind of hurricane season.” The newspaper added: “Forecasters worry we might become too complacent” and asked in an online poll: “Do you pay attention to hurricane forecasts?”

News from Nordstrom hit a chord with The Oregonian in Portland, which reported that the retailer is abandoning its live pianists in favor of canned music. A sour note? Maybe, but the newspaper said: “The higher-end retail chain says customers seem to prefer piped-in music.”

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

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