July 31, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

When it comes to the front page, food stories get a piece of the pie

Front-page editors across the country must have skipped lunch yesterday, judging from the many mouth-watering lead stories that appear in today’s newspapers.

“Pie Champ” in today’s Carroll County Times (Westminster, Md.) headlines a story about a 10-year-old boy whose blueberry-peach pie won the top prize at a local 4H fair. Blueberries get more love from the Connecticut Post, which features a picture of an adorable 3-year-old girl scarfing them down at a local farm (before paying for them, we might add — tsk tsk).

In other fair-related food-contest news, the headline in The Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio) blares “Victory is Sweet” for a story about the winner of an ice cream-eating contest. (No word on the inevitable ice cream headache that surely followed.)

The Wisconsin State Journal leads with “Tasty Research at ‘Candy Camp,’” which details candy-industry professionals’ annual trip to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study the art and science behind candy making. Nice work if you can get it.

Moving on to seafood, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale) goes with the headline “Snapping Them Up” for an article about the beginning of lobster season in Florida. This story, though, is tinged with tragedy by the death of two lobster trappers.

Way up north, the Portland (Maine) Press-Herald leads with “Lobster is plentiful, but diners aren’t,” which reports that the high price of the crustacean is keeping people from strapping on the lobster bibs.

You’ll need to wash down all this delicious food somehow, right? Too bad some of us missed “Mug Root Beer Float Day” at the Oakland A’s game, chronicled in the Oakland Tribune with the clever headline, “Root, Root, Root Beer for the Home Team.”

John Maynard is an exhibits writer at the Newseum.

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