June 15, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Hamas takeover dominates news; plastic army men trigger free-speech fight

The Hamas takeover in Gaza dominated headlines around the world. The Christian Science Monitor told of Palestinians fleeing the area. The Jerusalem Post called the Hamas gunmen "The New Lords of Gaza," and told of the effect the takeover could have on Israel. Toronto's The Globe and Mail told the story in a headline: "Palestinian unity dealt a death blow."

Ruth Graham, the wife of evangelist Billy Graham, died yesterday. Her death made many front pages, especially in the Bible Belt. The Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal's headline quote called Ruth Graham "An indomitable spirit." The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer quoted Billy Graham speaking about his wife in the headline "Called by God as a team." Ruth Graham was 87.

Gay marriage dodged a bullet in Massachusetts yesterday when an amendment to ban the practice was voted down. Many Massachusetts papers had the story on the front page. The Standard-Times from New Bedford, Mass., included large pullout quotes from people on both sides of the issue. The Telegram & Gazette from Worcester, Mass., had a table showing how individual lawmakers voted.

Feeling down? A new study from the University of Oregon reported that giving away money activates the same pleasure centers in the brain as falling in love or eating. The Register-Guard from Eugene, Ore., said giving money is "not a no-brainer," and The Oregonian from Portland, suggested paying taxes to improve your day.

Nancy Drew, the beloved book character, will become a movie star this weekend. The Los Angeles Daily News invited you to test your Nancy knowledge with trivia questions, and The News Tribune from Tacoma, Wash., had fashion tips to get Nancy Drew's timeless look.

Father's Day is Sunday, June 17. To celebrate dear old dad, the West Central Tribune from Willmar, Minn., offered last-minute gift tips for procrastinators. Link from Hampton Roads, Va., had an argyle cover with a tie.

Daily Breeze in Torrance, Calif., reported on a free-speech issue that had parents up in arms, well, firearms. A fifth-grader was told he couldn't graduate with his toy soldiers-decorated mortar board unless he cut the guns off of the plastic soldiers, as the school has a no-weapons policy.

Emily Hedges is an assistant editor at the Newseum.

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