Today's Front Pages Analysis
An exit, crime news top front pages
Mitt Romney’s exit from the race for the Republican presidential nomination was front-page news Friday. But crime stories of local and national impact also made headlines.
Los Angeles’ Daily News devoted a front page of evocative photos and stories to “Mourning a Hero,” about a shooting that killed four people, including an LAPD SWAT team officer.
The St. Louis (Mo.) Post-Dispatch devoted its front page to another shooting, “6 dead in shooting rampage at Kirkwood City Council,” with photos and a graphic of the scene inside the council chambers.
Long Island’s Newsday featured a classic “perp” photo of a man covering his face, with the headline: “62 Gambinos Busted/Feds’ Mob Hit/Biggest takedown in 20 years shows organized crime still has wide reach.” “De-capo-tated” trumpeted AM New York, which plastered 14 mug shots on the front page.
The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario, Calif., reported on a detective trying to track down two fugitives by putting video clips on a popular Web site in “Murder cases YouTubed.”
In presidential-campaign news, The San Diego Union Tribune had a side-view photo of the former presidential candidate boxed with the headline, “Exit, Romney.”
The Miami Herald took a similar, side-view photo of a happy John McCain, offering the analysis, “With Romney out, McCain has a lock on nomination. Now he’s reaching out to conservatives.”
Giving credit where it’s due, The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post said: “Stubbornness, luck revived McCain’s bid.”
The Record-Journal in Meridian, Conn., earned the clever headline of the day award for “Math subtracts Romney,” three words that explained his losing cause.
The Wall Street Journal offered a different angle to the failure of the Romney campaign: “Mormons Dismayed by Harsh Spotlight.” In it, a poll showed some voters had qualms about electing a Mormon president.
Patty Rhule is a project editor at the Newseum.