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

By: Kathryn Blaze Carlson

Each day E&P combs the Internet to bring you some of the best features that newspaper Web sites have to offer. Here are today’s picks.

In Arid Egypt, A Struggle to Grow Enough Food
The New York Times
Photo Slide Show
By Shawn Baldwin

“With exploding populations and diminishing water resources, the nations of the Middle East and North Africa are struggling to secure a reliable food supply,” according to a caption in this New York Times slide show. In Egypt, 80 million people are packed onto an area smaller than Connecticut — a portion which accounts for just 5% of the country’s land. With brick-and-concrete apartment buildings popping up amidst farming fields, the struggle to grow enough food is sorely felt by country’s population. This gallery captures this daily struggle and features telling photos of men and women tending to their crops.

Haiti Voodoo Pilgrimage
The Denver Post
Photo Gallery

Thousands of pilgrims ventured to Saut d’Eau in northern Haiti last week to partake in one of Voodoo?s most sacred rituals: praying and bathing with aromatic leaves in water thought to have special powers. This Denver Post photo gallery captures the intensity behind the Voodoo pilgrimage, and offers photos of cascading waterfalls, ritual dancing, and a particularly striking photo of a Voodoo believer captured in trance.

Beijing Readies for the Olympics
Los Angeles Times
Photo Gallery

From the 100,000-seat Olympic stadium known as the “Bird’s Nest” to the moat known as the “Water Cube” that surrounds the National Aquatics Centre, to the newly opened subway line, Beijing is readying in fine form for August’s Olympics. Not sure you’ll make it to see the games firsthand? Then flip through this L.A. Times photo gallery and at least catch a glimpse of the impressive facilities that have brought costs to record-breaking levels. The city has also ordered 40 million pots of flowers, but compared to spectacular architectural feats like the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube, perhaps that’s only a drop in the bucket.

Ann Telnaes Cartoons
The Washington Post
Animated Editorial Cartoon
By Ann Telnaes

As the New Yorker cover controversy continues to be a highlight of water-cooler conversations, Ann Telnaes uses her artistic talent and wit to offer her own commentary on the mag’s editorial decision. Watch her animated editorial cartoons, and check out reader’s comments to see how viewers weighed in.

Search Chicago: Homes
Chicago Sun-Times
Online Feature

This Chicago Sun-Times online feature synthesizes much of the information home buyers want to know (and probably should know) before signing along the dotted line. Click here and surf the page, which provides mortgage calculations, closing prices for recent home purchases in certain communities, a database to search Illinois lendors, and report cards for neighborhood schools. Props to the paper for making things easier on those looking to make a move in the troubled housing market.

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