November 9, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Army of Veterans Day photos, stories fill U.S. front pages

As we approach Veterans Day, newspapers paused for a salute.

The San Diego Union-Tribune began a three-day series on “the stories of five sailors and Marines who have proved themselves in combat.” Today’s story is illustrated with a photo of a Marine. His “prosthetic eye is etched with the Marine Corps’ eagle-globe-and-anchor emblem.”

Community newspapers from Pierre, S.D., to Willingboro, N.J., reported tributes to service in the armed forces. The State Journal Register in Springfield, Ill., showed a “Tribune to Service” by students. The Corvallis (Ore.) Gazette-Times photographed the distinguished grand marshal of a Veterans Day parade.

The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post noted the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam Wall, and The Seattle Times pictured the “Grueling march to become Marines.”

News from Iraq and Afghanistan continues to make Page One. The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., published an AP photo of soldiers under fire north of Baghdad. The Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal reported on the funeral of a soldier killed in Iraq, and the Post-Tribune in Merrillville, Ind., told a soldier’s story of “High-risk duty” in Afghanistan.

The story doesn’t end when soldiers come home. “A remade life, a remade home,” The Kansas City (Mo.) Star said in a package about a veteran and recipient of an “Extreme Makeover.”

Beyond the war, news of the house arrest of a Pakistani opposition leader also made front pages. “Police ring Bhutto home in crackdown,” the Los Angeles Times said. And a preliminary hearing on armed-robbery charges for O.J. Simpson dominated the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Curious turn out for the free show,” it said.

“Let us prey,” the New York Post said about a priest accused of stalking Conan O’Brien. Tabloid headlines are often irreverent. Today’s top headline in the Toronto Star is inspired by a 1975 headline in the New York Daily News. “PM to cities: Drop dead,” the Star said about an economic crunch.

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

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