May 24, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Testimony on Capitol Hill; grief in a military family

New details from two continuing stories – firings of U.S. attorneys and missing U.S. soldiers in Iraq -- appeared on front pages today.

An ex-aide to the attorney general testified before a House panel, saying she had “crossed the line” by using political considerations in hiring at the Justice Department. “Aide rebuts AG’s story,” said the Times Union in Albany, N.Y. The Dallas Morning News noted “What was said.”

“Torrance soldier is dead,” the Daily Breeze in California said after a body found in the Euphrates River in Iraq was identified. “Relatives agonize over body’s discovery,” The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post said. The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle in Cheyenne pictured the sister of the dead soldier and noted:  “The whereabouts of two other troops have yet to be confirmed.”

The Irish go to the polls today in a general election. The Irish Examiner in Cork featured six candidates and a front-page editorial encouraging readers to vote: “They’ve had their say … now have yours.”

Can you find Redmond, Wash., on a map? A 14-year-old from Redmond won the 19th annual National Geographic Bee. “Washington teen perfect in geography bee victory,” said The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., about 50 miles from Caitlin Snaring’s hometown. Her picture was printed in The Seattle Times. “Her secret: location, location, location.”

Today’s design: A new Coca-Cola museum was news in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Bottle opener,” it said in a design that featured the trademark Coke red.

Get out of town: Memorial Day weekend means travel for many Americans. “685,000 Tennesseans to travel during holiday weekend,” said The Tennessean in Nashville, which showed the numbers of people traveling by car, by air and by bus or train. Record-high gas prices continued to be in the news. “Your weekend planner” filled the right columns of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which noted the average local price and prices in three regional cities. The Indianapolis Star tried to help by illustrating the cost of driving to nearby cities: “Road trips: short and cheap.”

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

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