BEST OF THE WEB: Tuesday’s Coolest Features 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.

Towers of Food
The New York Times
Slide Show
Compiled by New York Times staff

They say the grass is always greener on the other side, but what about up there — way up there? Throw out your traditional definition of the sprawling farm stretching acres across arable land, as sky-high farms may soon be on the rise. Nearly a decade ago, a professor of public health at Columbia University developed the concept of “vertical farms” — “30-story towers that could feed thousands of people.” This New York Times slide show offers artistic renderings of the “towers of food” that may soon grace city skylines.

Candidate Match Game II
USA Today
Interactive Feature
By USA Today staff

Not sure which presidential candidate you’d prefer to fill Dubya’s shoes? This USA Today interactive feature holds your hand and helps you identify which candidate’s positions on a handful of issues align most closely with your own. Read a series of statements (ie: “U.S. forces should be withdrawn from Iraq”) and decide your own stance on a scale of “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree.” The online game also prompts you to allocate the level of importance a given issue plays in determining your ideal man for the job.

Derby City Bride
The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky.
Online Feature
By Courier-Journal staff

Whether mushy couples make you melt or want to heave, check out The Courier-Journal’s online feature called “Derby City Bride”; either way, it demands a reaction. From videos on planning a platinum wedding on a budget and reader-submitted nuptial photos to worldwide wedding Web-casts, this site either has everything you want to know about planning your own big day, or is enough to make you gag just a little.

The Resegregation of Seattle’s Schools
The Seattle Times
Online Feature
By Seattle Times Staff

“After decades of integration efforts that culminated in a U.S. Supreme Court decision, the racial imbalance of the 1970s is back,” according to this Seattle Times online feature called “The Resegregation of Seattle’s Schools.” The three-part special report is punctuated by an interactive map, a Q&A session with a Seattle school board member, and allows users to search detailed enrolment data about the city’s public schools.

Go Green
The Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune
Online Feature
By Bismarck Tribune staff

Going green is not a new idea, but fielding new ideas about going green never hurt. According to this Bismarck Tribune online feature, “America is changing — one light-bulb at a time.” So why not take some tips on how your home’s “hidden hazards can be cleansed,” how to plan a green wedding, and how you can eat well while saving the planet?

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