February 8, 2008

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.

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