June 14, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

U.S. flag celebrates its banner day; Bird-like dinosaur is in, Toucan Sam is out

Today is Flag Day, and The Anniston (Ala.) Star wants you to "Test your flag knowledge." Trivia, folding and etiquette tips, and Old Glory-related stories abound, including the Appleton, Wis., Post-Crescent's story on disagreements on when the flag should be lowered to half-staff.

The bombing of a shrine in Iraq was front-page news. USA Today shows three pictures of the mosque: before it had been bombed in 2003, after a first attack in 2006 and the remains after yesterday's bombing. The Washington Post uses this latest bombing as a platform to discuss a Pentagon report about the steady level of violence in Iraq that has not decreased despite an increase in troops.

If you're commuting alone, well, you're not alone. Despite high environmental concern and high gas prices, more than 70% of U.S. drivers commute solo. Papers like The News Journal in Wilmington, Del., and The Herald in Bradenton, Fla., discuss the trend, nationally and with a local slant.

Renderings of a newly discovered bird-like dinosaur, like the one in Canada's Edmonton Journal, graced many front pages. In other news featuring our feathered friends, Toucan Sam may not be a recognizable figure for the youth of the next generation. The Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald gives front-page billing to news that Kellogg's will no longer be promoting its more sugary cereals in ads that target the under-12 demographic.

School's out! Many papers prominently feature stories about exceptional grads, like the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune. The Erie (Pa.) Times-News wants to know how students are going to spend their summer vacation.

Finally, in sports news: Winning is not the most important story, money is. With the Cleveland Cavaliers just one game away from losing in the NBA Finals, Cleveland's Plain Dealer examines the economic boost, if not the winning boost, that having LeBron James on the team gives the city.

Emily Hedges is an assistant editor at the Newseum.

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