What front pages say

The shootings in Las Vegas dominated the nation’s news coverage Tuesday morning, but the front pages of newspaper print editions showed some different points of emphasis.

Most of the front pages focused on what happened. The New York Times, for example, ran a map, a photo, and two stories across the top two-thirds of its front page. The main all-caps headline was: “SNIPER INFLICTS ‘TOTAL CHAOS’ IN LAS VEGAS; POLICE SEEK A MOTIVE AS DEATH TOLL HITS 59.”

The Washington Post (“59 die in Las Vegas attack”), Los Angeles Times (“MAYHEM IN VEGAS: ‘LIKE A WAR ZONE’”), and New York Post (“SNIPER MASSACRE”) followed a similar pattern, focusing on the death toll and the fact that Las Vegas had become the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

Other newspapers took a slightly different tack. Some focused on the heroism of those under deadly fire from the 32d floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The Las Vegas Sun’s headline was “Horror and heroism.” The Boston Herald went with “Light in the darkness, PURE HEROISM AND VEGAS RAMPAGE.” The Chicago Tribune used a quote from President Trump (“‘AN ACT OF PURE EVIL’”).

The Boston Globe’s front page was markedly different, conveying a fairly clear editorial message. The main headline was “An unspeakable carnage” with a smaller headline underneath saying: “AFTER THE 2012 NEWTOWN MASSACRE, PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID, “THESE TRAGEDIES MUST END.” THE MASS SHOOTINGS HAVE CONTINUED.” The Globe listed the dates and death tolls from 13 mass shootings.

Three stories were underneath that package of headlines — one detailing what happened in Las Vegas, another focused on the gunman, and a third, labeled a news analysis, indicating “the Republican majority showed no inclination to take action aside from condemning, standing in silence, and praying.”



Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said the Senate is preparing to release health care legislation that will draw on proposals from the governor, a commission that studied hospital pricing disparities, and research by six senators.(CommonWealth)


Stephen Pina, who was forced to resign from the Brockton Parks and Recreation Commission after he posted a tirade on social media calling the mostly black football players who knelt during the national anthem “turds” and “monkey,” is being demoted from his $120,000 post as a supervisor at the Veterans Administration because of the comments. (The Enterprise)

Public safety and elected officials in Weymouth are looking to make changes in safety regulations on construction projects in town following a four-alarm fire at a condo project that revealed a number of substandard precautions. (Patriot Ledger)

Wayland officials are mulling a written policy about maintaining and plowing some or all of the town’s 55 private roads. (MetroWest Daily News)


There is little indication that congressional Republicans will take any action on gun legislation in the wake of the slaughter in Las Vegas. (Boston Globe) As usual, gun manufacturer stock prices rose in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. (U.S. News & World Report)

Rhonda LeRocque of Tewksbury was among those killed. Her husband had taken their 6-year-old daughter back to the hotel when the shooting erupted. (Lowell Sun)

Bay State leaders react with outrage and sadness to Las Vegas shootings. (Gloucester Times) The “carnage in Las Vegas” will do nothing to change resistance to any further controls on guns, says Peter Gelzinis. (Boston Herald) His colleague Joe Battenfeld decries Democrats who he said used the shooting “to score political points,” singling out Rep. Seth Moulton in particular for saying he won’t take part in a moment of silence on the House floor because it serves as a cover for inaction on gun control measures. Kevin Cullen applauds Moulton for his stance. (Boston Globe)  If now is not the time to address gun control, when can it be addressed, asks Dianne Williamson of the Telegram & Gazette.

Nevadans narrowly voted for tighter gun control measures last year, but state officials refused to comply. (Governing)

Hundreds of White House emails were sent to a third Kushner family account. (Politico)

Puerto Rico continues to suffer despite military aid sent by President Trump, who is scheduled to visit the storm-ravaged island today. (U.S. News & World Report)


Matthew Sisk, a former DCR official forced to resign after a pair of embarrassing incidents involving abuse of his position, dropped it of the race for a Town Council seat in Braintree, leaving no candidates on the ballot for the district post. (Patriot Ledger)


The share of Americans who give to charities dropped to 24 percent from 31 percent just a decade ago with nonprofits relying more and more on affluent donors. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

A Massachusetts Senate task force set up to help local retailers fend off challenges from online sellers is first trying to decide what defines “retail.” (State House News Service)


Having two scientists share a Nobel Prize for medicine adds a little luster to Brandeis University, which has often labored in the shadow of the region’s more renowned research universities. (Boston Globe)

Salem State University buys two buildings near its campus with no specific plans for them. (Salem News)


After hospital acquisitions, data indicate admissions shift toward higher-cost academic medical centers. (CommonWealth)

Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center hold a vigil ahead of a planned one-day strike. (Berkshire Eagle)

Massachusetts insurers say they’ll support legislation guaranteeing contraceptive coverage in Massachusetts even if the feds retreat on the benefit. (Boston Globe)


Fare verification efforts by Keolis Commuter Service prompt a sharp uptick in electronic ticket sales. (CommonWealth)

State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack slams Keolis’s on-time performance. Plus: Fiscal and Management Control Board votes to livestream its meetings and Steve Kadish,
Gov. Charlie Baker’s former chief of staff, is appointed to the MBTA Retirement Board. (CommonWealth)

Quality assurance problems surface with the contractor working on a $459 million commuter rail collision-avoidance contract. Joseph Aiello, the head of the Fiscal and Management Control Board, calls the situation “really disturbing.” (CommonWealth)


The calendar of EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt, obtained through a Freedom of Information request, shows he has met often and dined with top industry executives whom he is charged with regulating but has had virtually no meetings with environmental groups or public health advocates. (New York Times)


Federal immigration officials say they are concerned that a Supreme Judicial Court decision may hamper their ability to identify illegal immigrants who are in Massachusetts prisons and jails under phony identification that lets them pose as citizens. (Boston Herald)


Facebook said 10 million people in the US saw Russia-linked ads. (Time)


Tom Petty, who just finished what he said was going to be his last tour, died at 66.(Associated Press)