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They want to halt low-level marijuana arrests in New York. The mayor and chief of police held a press conference Monday to show how much pot you can carry in the city, now — 25 grams — without fear of being busted.

Naturally, the pictures of this conference made for easy pickins for the New York City tabloids.


Cute. Some days, these guys just have too much fun.

Those pages are  from the Newseum. Of course.

Meanwhile, today in the Big Apple…

So, now that the World Series — of interest in the Heartland and on the West Coast — is over, what’s the big news in the Northeast?

In New York City yesterday, a construction crew was using a giant drill when it suddenly — and accidentally — punctured the top of a subway tunnel. The bit actually came into contact with an occupied train on the MTA’s F line.


Luckily, no one was hurt. Therefore, we can enjoy the headline afront today’s Daily News.


Meanwhile, the New York Post is drumming up interest fear for next week’s Midterms.


Pretty funny. I’m sure they’ll be running an illustration over the weekend making fun of Republicans, too. Fair and balanced — right, Mr. Murdoch?

Fun headline alert

From the sports front of yesterday’s Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., this headline is about San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner and his heroics in Game Seven of the World Series.


Heh. Thanks to Lisa Suhay for posting this on Facebook yesterday.

Clever headline alert

Check out this winner from Monday’s Roanoke Times:


The story: Sen. Mark Warner — who’s running for reelection — offered a meal with himself and his fellow Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine at a famous, 100-year-old hot dog stand in Roanoke as a prize in a contest. Tickets were $3 each.

A couple of days later, however, the Warner campaign backed off just a bit. The meal could be at the hot dog stand. But it might not be, too. The sponsor of the contest gets to pick.

According to the story:

“Having reread the email now, I understand where that confusion lies,” said Warner campaign spokesman David Turner.

…Turner said the implication wasn’t intentional.

“Particularly with contests, we want clarity,” he said. “I would’ve preferred it to be clearer in the email.”

Hence the brilliant headline. The reporter, Jordan Fifer, tells us:

Credit should go to the great Roanoke Times copy desk.

So noted.

Please, no booing from the press box

So, how do you celebrate the 100th anniversary of your baseball stadium?

If you cover the Cubs, there’s only one way to do it: With honesty. Brutal honesty.


Yep. That’ll do.

The Cubbies entered the ninth inning Wednesday with a three- run lead and were one out away from putting the game away, but then gave up five runs the Diamondbacks.

That’s the 6-18 Diamondbacks.

The page and that wonderful headline are both by Adam McHugh, manager for the GateHouse Desing House in Rockford, Ill., who tells us this was…

…some literary flavor to describe a century of Chicago Cubs frustration at Wrigley Field.

The paper was the Sentinel of Holland, Mich., average daily circulation 15,881.

Clever headline alert

While the rest of the world was focused on the University of Connecticut’s big win over Kentucky in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament this week, the UConn women were winning a national basketball championship of their own.

Their ninth.

The Hearst papers in Connecticut came up with a perfect headline for the event. This was the poster front on yesterday’s Connecticut Post of Bridgeport, circulation 48,701:


The clever bit, for those of you not well-versed in college athletics: Title IX is the name of a 1972 law that ensured no one could be discriminated against on the basis of gender by a college or other educational program that receives federal assistance. And because nearly all colleges accept federal grants — or federally-administered loans or scholarships — that would pretty much mean all colleges.

The upshot of this was: Colleges had to pour lots of money into women’s sports programs to make up for the huge bucks they were spending on men’s hoops, football and so on. I don’t think anyone would argue that women’s athletics are nearly as popular today as men’s as a result of Title IX. But the law sure created a lot of opportunities for women: Scholarships, coaching positions.

And, yes, a few powerhouse women’s programs. Like UConn.

Title IX: It’s a brilliant headline. Here it is again, on the Post‘s sister paper, the Stamford Advocate, circulation 12,057:


Lee Steele, design editor of Hearst’s Connecticut Media Group, tells us:

The credit goes to Jon Lucas, our Stamford Advocate city editor.

UPDATE: 11:40 a.m. PDT

Jonathan tells us:

In all honesty, I’m kind of astounded that we were the only ones to arrive at that headline and I certainly can’t claim all the credit. It was really just a matter of counting – and in my case recounting – the number of NCAA championships they had won so far.

From there I knew if they won Tuesday, it would be nine titles and so I just flipped it to title nine which I thought was just too convenient, so I went back and counted again and then checked with our resident sports guy and UConn alum Rich DePreta, who verified that it would be their ninth title.

My original suggestion was actually to use “Title 9” with the Arabic numeral and then our Managing Editor Christine Hall suggested using the proper Roman numerals as it’s seen in the legal code and that’s how we arrived at “Title IX.”

Apparently, we’re not the only ones to notice: NBC Sports also praised this headline.

The group’s other two dailies also looked terrific, with poster front pages. But neither used the Title IX headline.


On the left is the Greenwich Time, circulation 7,059. On the right is the Danbury News-Times, circulation 18,891.

The cover shot of the three Huskies celebrating was by John Bazemore of the Associated Press. The other three cover photos were by Getty’s Andy Lyons.

Clever headline alert

My friends and family back home had an awful lot to deal with this week.

Wednesday and Thursday, a winter storm moved through the South, smacking the Augusta, Ga., region pretty hard. I grew up about 45 minutes from Augusta and most of my family still lives in that area, so I watched the news reports closely. We knew they were in trouble when the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore began broadcasting live from Augusta.

My brother and his family in Martinez lost a lot of trees…


…but luckily, nothing squashed their house.

My nieces’ backyard above-ground pool, however, was a total loss.


I’ve still not yet heard from my dad down the road in Thomson.

And then last night: Doggoned if the region wasn’t stuck by an earthquake. The epicenter was 8.8 miles from my mom’s house.

I don’t care much for the design of this page, but the Augusta Chronicle nailed it with this headline.



Average daily circulation of the Chronicle is 55,444.

That page is from the Newseum, of course.

Do I hear an echo?

New York City kept its schools open Thursday despite a pretty dire weather forecast.

If I were a petty guy, I’d point out this was the same kind of lamebrain decision that got Atlanta into such trouble a couple of weeks ago. But you won’t hear that kind of talk from me.

Instead, I’m gleefully pointing out that the two major NYC tabloids attempted to use the same joke with today’s main cover headlines:


After the winter deluge started, someone asked school chancellor Carmen Fariña about schools not being closed. Buses were involved in accidents all over the city and attendance was poor. Yet, the schools chief replied:

It’s absolutely a beautiful day out there.

Shortly after, Fariña canceled a town hall meeting in Brooklyn. The reason given: Inclement weather.

Hence, the Marie Antoinette headlines.

Read more about it in today’s Daily News.

Which paper pulled off the gag better? The Post, I’d say: Their photo worked better. And the little cartoon voice balloon was a hoot. Although I’m really digging the use of the word “flakes” on the Daily News.

Digging? See what I did there?

Both of these pages are from the Newseum. Of course.

Behind today’s Denver Post ‘seasick’ front page

Lots of folks today are buzzing about the front page of today’s Denver Post. The photo of a dejected Peyton Manning — he had a very rough night — is outstanding but the headline is perfect.


Director of newsroom operations Linda Shapley tells us:

The headline came from our editing team in New York — it made an immediate hit on the website…


…and, when we looked at different options for the cover, it worked very well with John Leyba‘s photo.

A good headline is a good headline, no matter the medium.

I also liked this inside picture page depicting the ups and downs of the day from the point of view of Broncos fans.


Senior photo editor Ken Lyons wrote via Facebook today about that great lead picture:

An image by Craig F. Walker on one of our photo pages shows dejected Broncos fan John Harding of Colorado Springs as he sits in a concourse at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

“You know, it’s like we didn’t show up,” he said of the Broncos. “It’s a bummer. It reminds me of the old Super Bowls. It’s depressing. It’s really tough.”

He paid $3,200 for his ticket.

Linda tells us:

Sports designer Lori Punko (with an assist from [managing editor Damon] Cain) designed the cover. She also did the photo page.

The folks over at SportsDesigner posted a number of Super Bowl pages. Find preview pages here and pages after the fact here.

The best snowstorm headline I’ve seen yet…

…is by the Virginian-Pilot. Not surprisingly.


The headline — and the design, too — is by staffer Lisa Merklin. Find more of her work here.

The picture on top of Norfolk’s Granby Street is by the Pilot‘s Jason Hirschfeld. Find his web site here.

The one below the headline of a truck jacknifed on I-65 in Alabama is by Butch Dill of the Associated Press.

The page is from the Newseum, of course.

Lead art: A rap sheet?

Sunday, the Omaha World-Herald published one of the more interesting stories — and front pages — I’ve seen recently.

Since 1979, this one local family has been convicted of 633 crimes, including 65 felonies, 35 assaults, 14 weapons violations and 112 drug and alcohol-related offenses.

The World-Herald illustrated this story Sunday by listing all of the charges.

Click this for a jaw-dropping larger view.


Presentation editor Dave Elsesser tells us:

The Sunday 1A was kind of collaborative effort by me, Tim Parks and Tammy Yttri.

There’s no real aha moment or elaborate brainstorming session behind its concept. The idea just sort of popped up after I opened a spreadsheet of 600-some crimes and thought, “Wow.”

Tim and Tammy did most of the work on the back end of the design, with Tammy playing the closer’s role. There wasn’t a ton of pros-and-cons discussion with our senior editors about the design, other than what size and shape would carry the most impact. The most difficult part of the process was making the 1A elements mesh up with other pieces of the package.

The presentation was first of a three-part look at this particular family. Find the series online here.

Average daily circulation for the World-Herald is 135,223.

That front page is from the Newseum. Of course.