May 3, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Queen Elizabeth’s visit to U.S. gets royal treatment

A photo of baton-wielding Los Angeles police officers led the Los Angeles Times, which reported questions about whether police overreacted in dispersing the crowd at an immigration rally. “Chief vows full inquiry into violence,” the newspaper said.

“LAPD takes a beating,” said the Daily News of Los Angeles, which printed three images from a Web site. The news was noted elsewhere, as well. The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tenn. said: “Video shows cops firing rubber bullets, striking people with batons.”

Newspapers in western states documented the story of a New Jersey hiker who died of thirst during a wilderness-survival adventure in the Utah desert. “It didn’t have to happen,” said The Denver Post, reporting that his guides were carrying water.

Curtsy alert: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II arrives in America today for a six-day visit, and newspapers were giddy. The Washington Times printed an invitation and said: “Royal protocol holds sway for queen’s visit.” Translation: You can leave your white gloves at home, but mind your manners. The queen’s new formal portrait by photographer Annie Leibovitz adorned The Washington Post. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the queen will spend two hours in the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The cost to the state: $11 million. A chance to see the queen: Priceless.

It wasn’t monarchs but bees that made news in other newspapers. Something is killing honeybees across the country, and there could be a big impact on our dinner plates. “Will mysterious honeybee killer create a food crisis?” the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune asked.

First-name basis: The headline said only “Michael and Tiger,” but you didn’t need to see the photo of Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods to know whom The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer was talking about. “Thousands flock when Tiger and Mike tee off,” USA TODAY said about the pro-am round of the Wachovia Championship.

Today’s design: Chris was voted off “American Idol,” and The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk graphically told the story of the local resident’s 11 performances on the Fox show. A second contestant also was eliminated Wednesday night. “Phil’s run is done,” The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle said of a former Wichitan.

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy, a former newspaper Page One editor, is director/diversity programs.

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