June 6, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

These are the stories you don't see everywhere

Some lazy, summer Fridays, we like to highlight the front-page stories that you won't see everywhere. Some are strange, some funny, and some feature great photographs. In no particular order:

A high-dollar image: Ever wonder what $360,000 in $20 bills looks like? Well, wonder no longer! The Mobile, Ala., Press-Register's front page features a story about police finding a bunch of cash during a traffic stop, and the accompanying photo shows all the bundles of bills stacked into a nice $360,000 pyramid.

Disturbing photos: The Republican-American in Waterbury, Conn., shows three stills from a video in which a pedestrian was struck by a hit-and-run driver and not helped by by-standers until almost a full minute after the accident. The photos show cars driving past the victim and other pedestrians walking by.

A nearly X-rated picture: A strategically placed surfboard and bicycle are all that shield our eyes from the nude beachgoers in this San Diego Union-Tribune front-page photo. We wonder how long it took the photographer to get the perfect, tasteful shot.

Girls of the Windy City: Sports fans and single guys are probably interested in the Chicago Sun-Times front page today. The newspaper wants to know which team, the White Sox or the Cubs, has the "hottest fans." All budding photographers and model-wannabes are encouraged to send in their photos.

Another good reason not to play with guns: The headline of Parsippany, N.J.'s Daily Record reads "Actor shot in head sues Wild West City." The front-page article reports on a former cowboy re-enactor who was accidentally shot in the head during a show.

Headline of the Day: New York’s Daily News, reporting on "Two wackos" who scaled the New York Times building yesterday: "The New York Climbs" (written in New York Times script, get it?)

"Sorry, wrong number": The Post Star in Glens Falls, N.Y., gives us the front-page story of the woman who recently got a new cell phone number — Gov. David Paterson's former number. The woman said she's been receiving up to 20 calls per day, which has prompted her to record a voicemail message stating, "I've never been the governor of anything."

Can't get enough political stories? This story is less Clinton and Obama and more a "sign" of the times. Political signs and the messages they send are on the front page of today's Forum in Fargo, N.D.

How old are you? Rock Hill, S.C.'s Herald is hoping to make you feel old with a unique take on the standard graduation story. This year's high school graduates are the first born in the 1990s. These kids were in kindergarten in 1995 — where were you?

Here comes the bride: It's a June wedding of a different sort on the front page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Miller is the groom and Coors is the bride in this marriage, er, merger. In the front-page photo, a Miller Lite bottle wears a bowtie and the Coors Light carries a bouquet of roses and baby's breath. Cheers to the happy couple!

ehedges@newseum.org Emily Hedges is an assistant editor at the Newseum.

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