February 13, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Obama, Clemens and an apology top news

When Sen. Hillary Clinton’s former home-state rag told it to her straight, it had to hurt. “3 wins propel Obama past Clinton, into lead” said the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock.

The wins by Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain in the Potomac or Chesapeake Primaries in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., topped front pages across the country today.

The Bakersfield Californian, sounding weary of the whole ordeal, made it “Obama, McCain Again” under the “Potomac Primaries ’08.” “Eight in a row for Obama,” said Los Angeles’ Daily News with a smiling mug of Obama and the tally of delegates so far. But, hey, who’s counting? “He’s No. 1,” trumpeted the Chicago Sun-Times, with Obama’s smiling face again dominating the tabloid.

Speaking of No. 1, the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat headline “Numero Uno” celebrated hometown beagle Uno’s victory at the Westminster dog show. Uno was the first beagle to win the prestigious best in show.

In the fascinating if depressing sports story of baseball friends at odds over reports of performance enhancement, the San Francisco Chronicle reported: “Clemens used HGH, Pettitte’s affidavit says.” “Clemens’ body language tells its own story,” said the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, reporting on a retired FBI agent viewing Clemens’ “60 Minutes” appearance. New York’s Daily News calls the story of a disagreement between trainer and player Clemens “Liar’s Poker/Either Clemens or his trainer will gamble on lying to Congress about steroids today.”

Abraham Lincoln’s 199th birthday made front pages in Nebraska, where the Lincoln Journal Star offered a photo of an honor guard at the Capitol.

In Australia, a historic apology for mistreatment of the nation’s Aborigines made the front pages from Melbourne to Sydney and Perth. “Australia says sorry,” reported The Age, with a watercolor illustration.

Finally, some words to the wise this Valentine’s eve: Today’s Local News in San Marcos, Calif., printed a long-stem rose entwined with three couples’ advice on making love last: “Five words pulled me through: ‘Yes, dear,’ and ‘I love you.’” Thank you, Marvin Kloote.

Patty Rhule is a project editor at the Newseum.

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