BEST OF THE WEB for Friday — Cool Stuff for Newspaper Sites

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By: Kathryn Blaze Carlson

Here are today’s picks, once again with a lot of video highlights.

Flap Over Colt 45 Beer Murals
Philadelphia Inquirer
Web Video

This just in: a Philadelphia community is being attacked by colorful and artistic murals, and some city officials and residents are outraged. This breaking news comes as Colt 45 and Pabst beer ads pop up in innocent neighborhoods, infiltrating the city with pure evil. Sense the sarcasm? Watch this video (scroll to the video entitled “Flap Over Colt 45 Beer Murals”) and get a dose of what one woman has to say about the utterly horrible ordeal.

Map of Northern California Fires
The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa
Interactive Map

Props go out again to a California newspaper for using Google Maps to bring a story home to its readers/viewers. With forest fires tearing through the state, get the latest news by scrolling through this interactive map. There you’ll find basic stats on the blazes, including the where, when, and extent of the damage done.

A Glimpse at the Future High Line
The New York Times
Photo Slideshow

Take a virtual walk down a soon-to-be developed elevated park set to stretch 22 blocks from New York’s Gansevoort Street to 34th Street. Final plans for the High Line, modeled on Paris’ Promenade Plant?e, were made public at a recent news conference in Chelsea. The New York Times compiled the project’s design renditions into this slideshow, allowing viewers to stroll through the ‘park in the sky’. Check out the related article by Sewell Chan for the low down on the 1.5-mile-high project.

Fanny Packs are Back
LA Times
Photo Album by Spencer Weiner
Related Article by Erin Weinger

Dust off your fanny pack — the front-loading pouches are cool again. This celebration-worthy occasion will go down as a seriously gnarly moment in the history of mankind. Not sure which style to bust out first? Check out this LA Times photo album and browse through a collection of trend-following fannies. Before rushing to your closet or the nearest pouch-provider, may as well read the related article by Erin Weinger.

The Bottom Line: A Commentary in Images and Numbers (2007)
Dallas Morning News
Multimedia Package
By Dallas Morning News Staff

Far and away one of the most compelling pieces I’ve stumbled upon on the Web, this multimedia package is a must-watch. The Dallas Morning News’ “Bottom Line” offers just that — the vivid truth about poverty, pollution, juvenile justice, capital punishment, medical insurance, and the working poor. Be prepared to be affected by the masterfully created black-and-white audio slideshows, which serve as disturbing portrayals of some of the state’s most horrifying statistics.

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