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Newspapers Publish Extras As Part of War Coverage

January 18, 1991

Undated (AP) _ Extra 3/8 EXTRA 3/8

Newspapers across the nation on Thursday put out extra editions - some for the first time since World War II - and printed wraparound sections to trumpet the news of the U.S. bombardment of Iraq.

The Dallas Times Herald’s special afternoon edition carried the headline ″WE POUR IT ON″ and replaced its usual U.S. and Texas flags on its front page with U.S. and U.N. flags.

The Houston Post published a 12-page afternoon extra. It was the first time that the morning newspaper put out such an edition since Nov. 22, 1963, when President Kennedy was assassinated.

The banner headline read: ″More Bombs Rain on Iraq.″

In the nation’s capital, The Washington Post published what the newspaper called a ″PM Extra,″ which included late dispatches from its Middle East correspondents.

Post spokeswoman Virginia Rodriguez said the extra edition was the newspaper’s first since Jan. 20, 1981, when U.S. hostages held in Iran were freed.

The Washington Times put out a 16-page extra edition to supplement its regular two printings Thursday.

Spokeswoman Linda Clark said 60,000 copies of the extra edition were published. It was the third special edition for the newspaper in less than a year. The first was printed on Jan. 19, 1990 after then-District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry was arrested. The second was published on Aug. 11, 1990 after Barry’s conviction of misdemeanor cocaine possession.

The Saint Paul Pioneer Press published its first extra since 1981 after the assassination attempt on President Reagan. The special edition was on the streets by midday Thursday.

The decision to publish the extra was made early Thursday as the newspaper’s regular edition went to press, said Mary Junck, publisher and president of the Minnesota paper.

″News from the Mideast is unfolding so quickly and so dramatically,″ said Walker Lundy, editor and senior vice president. The newspaper pulled all advertising from the first section and devoted 14 full pages to war coverage.

The Chicago Sun-Times, a morning paper, put out a 16-page special edition that was on the streets by 11:30 a.m. The paper also increased its evening wraparound Final Markets Plus edition to 28 pages, most of that devoted to Gulf developments.

An afternoon paper, the Austin Daily Herald, published a Thursday morning edition because of the war.

In Iowa, the Mount Pleasant News and the Muscatine Journal, both afternoon papers, published extra morning editions for street and rack sales. The morning Globe Gazette of Mason City also ran off an afternoon edition for street and rack sales.

The Creston News-Advertiser, also in Iowa, added a ribbon on the ″C″ on its front page with this explanation: ″The ribbon is our show of support for all military personnel participating in Desert Storm. The ribbon will stay there until the conflict ends.″

The Chattanooga News-Free Press in Tennessee used red ink to blare ″WAR 3/8″ in 3-inch letters, with blue stars above and below.

″I remember when I was a little boy on my way to Sunday School on Sept. 3, 1939, passing a newsboy ... who had a newspaper announcing World War II,″ said Lee Anderson, editor and publisher of afternoon paper. ″Remembering that day sparked me to do something similar.″

Massachusetts’ two largest daily newspapers published extra editions Thursday.

The Boston Globe printed 50,000 copies of a special edition at midmorning, said Globe spokesman Richard Gulla. The paper also printed an extra 80,000 copies of its regular morning edition, he said. A Friday late edition was planned as well.

″The last extra we did was with the San Francisco earthquake″ in October 1989, he said.

The Boston Herald, which published an extra just last month when an Amtrak train collided with a commuter train, printed 52,000 special editions and added 90,000 papers to its regular morning run, said Herald spokeswoman Roberta Flaherty.

″People, especially commuters, wanted to get as much information on the developments in the Gulf as possible,″ said Managing Editor Alan Eisner.

The Hartford Courant in Connecticut printed 15,000 copies of an extra edition Thursday, said spokeswoman Sandy Antonelli. She said it was the first special edition of the morning paper since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

The evening Anchorage Times in Alaska, which printed an extra edition Wednesday with the headline ″BAGHDAD BOMBED,″ published a special Thursday afternoon edition of 35,000 copies and delivered it free to subscribers. A Friday extra was in the works, editors said.

The Hanover Evening Sun, an afternoon paper in south-central Pennsylvania, hit the streets Thursday about 5 a.m. with a special 10-page war edition. ″We planned to go with an edition as soon as war broke out,″ said Editor Wayne Lowman.

The Detroit News printed 100,000 copies of an extra edition bearing a one- word headline - ‘WAR’ - in 5-inch-high letters. It was a complete sellout, said suburban editor Judy Diebolt.

Elsewhere in Michigan, the Kalamazoo Gazette published a wraparound edition it hawked on street corners, and Midland and Battle Creek, both afternoon papers, published special morning editions.

In Nebraska, the Omaha World-Herald, the state’s largest newspaper, published an extra edition, as did The Lincoln Star and Columbus Telegram.

USA Today, which regularly publishes Monday through Friday, announced it would publish a special Saturday edition.

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