March 7, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Shock, grief fill Page One after student shootings

Images of grief appeared on front pages today after students were the targets of violence in Israel and the U.S.

In Jerusalem, a gunman shot and killed eight. “Gunman enters Mercaz Harav seminary and opens fire in crowded library,” said Haaretz in Tel-Aviv. Maariv, also in Tel-Aviv, pictured an officer with gun drawn inside the seminary. “An assault on the heart of Zionism,” The Jerusalem Post said in an analysis. Images from the scene appeared on front pages in many locations. The Toronto Star pictured victims’ blood on a religious book and used a quote as its secondary headline: “‘We were planning to have a Purim party … instead we had a massacre.’”

In the U.S., one student at the University of North Carolina and another at Auburn University were killed in unrelated shootings. Both students were from Georgia, where The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said: “College students’ killings a double blow to Georgia.” The hometown newspaper of the UNC student, the Athens Banner-Herald, pictured a principal and a teacher who spoke about the former high school valedictorian. The Auburn freshman was remembered as the “‘Sweetest person in the world,’” in a collage on the Marietta Daily Journal’s front page.

In Raleigh, southeast of UNC, The News & Observer printed a photo from an art project by the victim, the student body president, and said: “Chapel Hill Chief Says Shooting Seems ‘A Fairly Random Crime.’” From Auburn, Ala., the Opelika-Auburn News provided a Q&A with an assistant police chief and said: “Police say they have ‘some strong leads.’”

Conflict in the Democratic race for president continued Thursday with a focus on the delegate count and two states that were punished for having their primaries too early. “Michigan and Florida Have Democrats in a State,” said The Washington Post, noting the possibility of primary do-overs. In the two states, money emerged as the issue. “$10-million hurdle to new vote: State Dems not sure how to pay,” the Detroit Free Press said. “State Open to New Vote; Wallets Aren’t,” The Tampa Tribune said.

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

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