BEST OF THE WEB: Monday’s Coolest Features from Newspaper Web Sites

By: Kathryn Blaze Carlson

Monday’s highlights from newspaper Web sites. Check this space daily for some of the best online features around.

Photographic Memory
Los Angeles Times
Photo Essay
By Jack Radcliffe

Photographer/father Jack Radcliffe “chronicles his daughter’s life in its most intimate moments” in this L.A. Times photo essay. From a snapshot of his daughter, Alison, shortly after birth (umbilical cord still attached) to the makeup clad teen behind the wheel for a driving lesson, to pics that portray her shaved-head “rebellious” stage, Radcliffe’s photo essay shows, as he said, how the “camera, early in her life, became part of our relationship, necessitating in me an acceptance of her behavior, a quietness.” It’s unique and worth flipping through.

Honeybees in Trouble
The Wall Street Journal
Online Feature
By The Wall Street Journal staff

Sure, Americans are facing high gas-prices and an ailing economy, but hey — what about the honeybees? Doesn’t anyone feel for the bzzzzzzing beauties? The Wall Street Journal does, or at least the paper’s willing to take an in-depth look at how “honeybees in the U.S. continue to experience population decreases” as well as how this affects the pollination of your fave foods like almonds, apples, and alfalfa. In this online feature, the Journal does a sweet job of looking into the sticky situation.

A Doorway Back
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Online Feature
By Philadelphia Inquirer staff

This three-part series on Philadelphia’s “staggering dropout crisis” — equipped with long-form feature articles, video, audio, and graphs — follows a handful of students as they partake in a “chance-of-a-lifetime program that offers 40 select students a shot at breaking the cycle of failure.” The program, Gateway to College, offers the scholarship participants the opportunity to earn diplomas and college credits at the same time. Read the articles and get a feel for what life is like for Kandice Davies, the 19-year-old who had to bring her baby to the first day of classes, Quevyn Smith, an 18-year-old who recently spent time in jail and a drug-treatment center, and Rakeem Mason, 19, “a lanky kid from South Philly who had chosen street corners over school and came to regret it.”

Michael DeBakey: 1908-2008
Houston Chronicle
Photo Gallery
Compiled by Houston Chronicle staff

“Michael Ellis DeBakey — internationally acclaimed as the father of modern cardiovascular surgery and considered by many to be the greatest surgeon ever — died Friday night at The Methodist Hospital in Houston. He was 99,” as reported by Todd Ackerman and Eric Berger of the Houston Chronicle. Read about the famed Houstonian, dubbed one of the “greatest surgeons of the 20th century,” and take a look at his life through a compilation of photos depicting DeBakey in the operating room, at press conferences, with Frank Sinatra and other celebs, gracing the front pages of newspapers, and in his final days. Click here for the obituary article and then scroll to “Career in Images” for the photo gallery.

Prescriptions, Pain, and Profits
Las Vegas Sun
By Matt Toplikar

The Las Vegas Sun continues its series of roundtables with this four-person discussion on the rise of prescription painkiller “use and abuse” in America. The roundtable format lends a conversational tone to Webvideo, and the panel participants are articulate and engaging in their opinions. Chat of the doctor’s economic incentive to prescribe pills, the patient’s mental and physical relief as an incentive to pop the pills, and the profit incentive of pharmaceutical companies to produce them, makes for an engaging look into prescription drug abuse.

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