March 22, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Hot locations attract growth; Gore gets warm welcome on Hill

A consensus about the census: New population estimates are front-page news.

Population winners in the South played up the report from the U.S. Census bureau with photos and graphics. “Atlanta’s population surpasses 5 million,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said in a package that illustrated growth since 1959.  In North Carolina, which has five of the country’s 100 fastest-growing counties, The Charlotte Observer said: “Charlotte region’s boom gains steam.” “Central Florida growth machine taps the brakes,” the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel said, noting that the area is growing at a slower rate.

The report led the news in Detroit, where The News used the verb “skids” and the Free Press mapped population changes in Michigan counties. “Say what?” asked The Virginian-Pilot, which reported that Norfolk is shrinking. The New Orleans area had the largest population loss, news The Times-Picayune reported inside.

There was hot news as former Vice-President Al Gore testified on Capitol Hill about global warming. “Gore turns up heat on Congress,” the Chicago Tribune said. The Dallas Morning News broke out a “Heated exchange” between Gore and a GOP representative. “Hot on the hill,” said The Commercial Appeal of Memphis in Gore’s home state of Tennessee. Gore’s new star power showed in The Hartford (Conn.) Courant, which pictured him surrounded by photographers.

Today’s headline: “Gore finds a different climate in D.C.,” said The Record of Hackensack, N.J.

A divine story: “You pay. They’ll pray,” said The Gazette in Colorado Springs about an “adopt-a-sister” program at Mount St. Francis parish that offers the prayerful assistance of professionals for a tax-deductible donation.

Today’s image: The Abilene(Texas) Reporter-News didn’t name the 3-year-old who drove her mother’s car into a store. But it pictured the toddler asking a police officer if he was going to fix it.

Kate Kennedy, a former newspaper Page One editor, is director/diversity programs.

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