Today’s front pages: A tribute to an American icon

USA TodaySenator Edward Kennedy, an American icon and part of one of the nation’s greatest political families, died late last night at the age of 77.

And though his death occurred after many newspapers had gone to the presses — including the New York Times and the Washington Post — plenty scrambled to change their front pages to honor the senator with the same devotion he showed the country.

LA TimesWest coast papers such as the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle had the advantage of a later time zone, and even the Anchorage Daily News had a below-the-fold tribute.

Boston GlobeBut some east coast papers like the Boston Globe did manage to refashion their print editions in remembrance. Others in the Midwest like the Chicago Tribune eked out an inside story. And those papers that lacked banner tributes in today’s print edition featured prominent articles and images on their Web sites soon after Kennedy’s death was announced.

Even Twitter harnessed its late-night news-disseminating power.

And newspapers managed to illustrate again that the internet is a better tool for breaking the biggest news.

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