Today’s front pages: Rain, storms, smog and dumbasses

Pages that jumped out at me during my morning spin through the Newseum

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY…

While we here in the South are begging for rain, folks up in Wisconsin seem to have a lot more than they need (click either for a larger view):

On the left is the Post-Crescent of Appleton, Wis., circulation 52,605. The lead photo is by staffer Dan Powers. On the right is the Northwestern of Oshkosh, circulation 20,140. The lead photo is by staffer Shu-Ling Zhou.

But what really caught my eye today was this unusual and interesting treatment by the Green Bay Press-Gazette, circulation 55,987:

The designer was Eric Ebert, who tells us:

We originally had a different centerpiece set to run in Friday’s paper, but we got word around 4 p.m. that the record was broken. At the time, the rain was wrapping up and it was up in the air whether we could get art, so I immediately started working on an illustration, with the idea that any art — good or bad — could supplement the illustration. The art eventually fell through, but I felt the illustration was strong enough to hold the page.

To be honest, the sale wasn’t difficult. We had already held our afternoon news meeting, so it was more of an on-the-fly substitution. It helped that the metro and desk editors liked the idea, though.

Speaking of weather, wasn’t this a great way to show the forecast path of Tropical Storm Bonnie in the Gulf of Mexico?

That beats the visual snot out of the standard map. You can’t go with a satellite map every time. But they’re great to work with from time to time. Click this one for a larger view:

The paper is the News Journal of Pensacola, Fla., circulation 65,360. The artist is veteran visual journalist Ron Stallcup. I love the way Ron tosses in an extra note about the system over mainland Mexico.

BEST USE OF A FILE PHOTO

I saw this page, loved it and decided to put it into the blog. But then I was disappointed when I found the lead photo was “only” file art from the Associated Press:

But then, I reconsidered. I mean, how different can smog look in the skyline of Los Angeles? Because the photo is so cool and the use of it is dynamite, into the blog the page goes.

The paper is the Orange County Register, circulation 236,770. The designer was Sam Milbee.

DUMBASSES OF THE DAY

And I don’t mean the designers, who are awesome. I mean the subject matter of the cover stories.

First up are the paperpushing administrators of the state of Florida, who want to spend all sorts of money making the lifeguard stations there handicapped-accessible:

Sort of Stupid,” indeed. Read the story here.

That the Tampa Bay Times, the free tabloid published by the St. Petersburg Times. Average daily distribution for TBT is about 370,000.

The picture, in case you’re interested, is from iStock photo. With that white sand and that azure blue water, it sure looks like Clearwater, though.

Our second dumbass of the day is this woman in Chicago who’s going to jail for 18 months. Because she struck and killed a motorcyclist.

Because she — not the motorcyclist — was doing her nails while driving:

The paper, of course, is the Chicago Sun-Times, circulation 268,803. The photo is by Times staffer Michael Schmidt. Find the story here.

A big day for strange and unusual front page photos

Call me silly, but I get the willies when I see a photo of a naval ship afire on the front of a Honolulu newspaper:

That is the front of today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser, as posted by the Newseum.

The story was this: The Navy took a decommissioned old helicopter carrier and used it for target practice. Simple enough. But still kinda creepy to see. (Click for a larger view):

The photo is credited to the Australian Defense Force. There’s even a gallery of additional shots on the Star-Advertiser‘s web site.

Average daily circulation for the Star-Advertiser is 115,000 copies.

Now that you’re in a World War II/Pearl Harbor frame of mind, get a load of this A1 photo (click for a larger view):

That’s lead art today in the News Tribune of Duluth, Minn., circulation 40,305:

The A1 display is about a huge air show this weekend. And that’s a mighty catchy picture. But it’s apparently a handout photo, credited “copyright Scott Slocum.” Because of that, this package might have been a better choice for displaying someplace other than A1.

It was kinda cool — but very strange — to find a sinking carrier and “Tora, Tora, Tora” planes on front pages, thousands of miles away today.

You’re familiar, of course, with the running of the bulls. But have you ever heard of the running of the humans? (Click for a larger view):

That’s a photo by Scott MacDonald of the Salinas Californian. It was lead art on today’s page one:

Average daily circulation for the Californian is 18,000.

Speaking of running humans… well, here (click):

The photo is by John King of the Salisbury, Md., Daily Times.

You have to give the Daily Times credit. The conventional choice would have been to display a photograph female lifeguards racing on page one:

Sexual equality strikes again.

OK, stop me if you’ve heard this one: A blue-colored monkey and a banana get onto a ski lift together…

The photo — observing the opening day of the Orange County Fair — was by Mark Rightmire of the Orange County Register:

You have to admit it, though: It’s very strange.

Average daily circulation for the Register is 236,779.

Wanna see something really strange? Check out the size of this hailstone (click):

That photo — uncredited, unfortunately — was the lead art today for the Tribune of Bismarck, N.D., circulation 25,783.

Yes, that was one hail of a stone. And one hail of a punny headline, as well. Presumably, they wouldn’t have used the pun if the stone had landed on someone’s head, rather than a car window:

Wow. Now, that’s strange. Find the story here.

Friends and colleagues: Behold! The perfect four-column photo!:

The picture is by staffer Rod Aydelotte of the Waco Tribune Herald. Average daily circulation of the Tribune Herald is 36,708.

There was also a strange photo treatment today on the front of RedEye, the Chicago Tribune‘s free commuter tabloid:

The pointer purportedly shows Chicago-based extras in the background of a Transformers movie. Fun stuff.

Average daily distribution for RedEye is 250,000.

And clearly today, the Huntsville Times was intense. (Please read that last sentence out loud):

Click this one for a larger view of the Photoshop work and the texture:

Average daily circulation of the Huntsville Times is 54,675.

Finally today, the Kitsap Sun of Bremerton, Wash. — circulation 28,792 — celebrated its 75th anniversary with what I suspect is a commemorative A1 wrap (click for a larger view):

It’s fun to see all those radically different nameplates together. I wonder if there were any more between 1953 and 1985.

As always, these images came from the archive posted daily at the Newseum. I simply can’t thank those guys enough for providing this service.