October 15, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Rays score a win, Californians lose homes, debate up for grabs

Today’s front pages declare some winners and losers. Let’s take a look.

Winners

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party: “Déjà vu: Tory minority,” the Toronto Star declared after Harper was re-elected in Tuesday’s federal election. Explained The Globe and Mail of Toronto: “Canadians give the Tories a stronger mandate to steer the country through stormy economic times — but they deny Harper total control.”

Motorists: Amid the economic gloom and doom, gas prices are a bright spot. “Gas at less than $3 per gallon stops Salem drivers in their tracks,” said the Statesman Journal in Oregon.

Tampa Bay Rays: The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times called it “Phenomenal” after the Rays beat the Red Sox, 13-4, and came within one win of advancing to the World Series.

Losers

Southern Californians: They have lost homes and businesses to wildfires in what the Press-Telegram of Long Beach called a nightmare. “34 square miles and counting,” The Bakersfield Californian reported. “Three blazes have killed one, destroyed dozens of homes.”

Boston Red Sox: In a photo caption, The Boston Globe reported that the misery began in the first inning of last night’s game against the Rays. The neighboring Concord (N.H.) Monitor was less polite about the Sox performance: “Uninspired. Lethargic. Pathetic.”

Another tie?

Will there be a winner in tonight’s final presidential debate? The Daily News of New York used a caricature of John McCain and said, “Tonight’s debate is do-or-die for McCain’s campaign.” The State of Columbia, S.C., asked: “Will there be smoke — or fire? Some are expecting last McCain-Obama debate to generate few details but lots of heat.” One winner might be debate host Hofstra University. “All eyes on LI,” said Newsday of Long Island.

Today’s biggest winners might just be readers who were entertained by this morning’s Plain Dealer of Cleveland. The newspaper analyzed 2.7 million voter-registration records of Ohioans who declared a party affiliation before the spring primary. What did they find? “A name tells a lot about a person’s political leanings.” Barbie? She’s “a left-leaning glam gal … while boy-toy Ken runs conservative.” You can find out which way your name leans on The Plain Dealer’s Web site.

Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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