September 13, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Stories closer to home slip onto Page One with lull in Iraq news

After days of news about the war in Iraq and coverage of the 9/11 anniversary, newspapers took a short break to focus on regional news.

Tropical system Humberto came ashore overnight as a hurricane in southeast Texas. “Gulf Coast set for drenching,” the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman said this morning. From a region soaked this year, the Houston Chronicle said: “Rain poses flood threat.” Although “Texas to bear brunt of rain, floods,” The Times-Picayune of New Orleans noted: “La. governor warns Humberto is no ho-hum tropical storm.”

A ruling by a U.S. district court judge said federal law does not prohibit Vermont from setting tougher greenhouse-gas emissions limits on cars. “Vermont wins big in emissions case,” The Burlington Free Press said. “Californians hail emissions ruling,” the San Francisco Chronicle said about the victory for state efforts to fight global warming. The ruling was a setback for the auto industry; the Detroit Free Press said: “Judge puts 43 m.p.g. in view.”

In advance of the Oct. 2 anniversary of the Amish school shooting, The Philadelphia Inquirer printed across the top of its page: “Amish stoically endure scars of massacre.”

News about the war in Iraq is sure to lead front pages again tomorrow after President Bush addresses the country tonight. In a reverse box, The Indianapolis Star previewed the speech. The Guardian in London printed an expansive story that “Al-Qaida has revived,” spread and is capable of a spectacular strike.

In international news, The New York Times used a photo to report that the Japanese prime minister had resigned after less than a year in office. An info-graphic in the Star in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, showed the impact of a massive earthquake in western Indonesia.

Religion news usually is relegated to inside, if at all. But some of today’s front pages explained Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month. The Hartford (Conn.) Courant pictured evening prayers. “Fasting feeds spiritual hunger,” The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville said in an “Understanding Ramadan” package.

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy is front pages editor at the Newseum.

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