Newspaper review: Papers cover Sandy devastation

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Hurricane Sandy - as it was then known - was still approaching the eastern coastline of the US as most papers went to press.

As a result, many rely on pictures to evoke the sense of threat felt in New York - which the Daily Mirror calls the "city of fear".

Familiar landmarks appear in unfamiliar views. The Statue of Liberty looms in the background of a picture in the Guardian, as a tug boat battles through the choppy harbour, under an ominous sky.

The Empire State Building identifies the Manhattan skyline in the image on the front of the Times - the rest of the picture is all water - out of which a sign rises in the foreground: "No skateboarding in Sinatra Park."

The Daily Express has images of Atlantic City and Ocean City which show how the storm floods have flooded streets along the coast of New Jersey.

A photo in the Daily Telegraph shows how, as dark clouds gathered over Manhattan, the skyscraper lights were off.

Savile suspicions

The Independent highlights the disclosure by a former BBC governor that Jimmy Savile was kept well away from having anything to do with the Children in Need appeal.

The paper describes the comments by Sir Roger Jones as a "shock confession".

The Times quotes Sir Roger as saying: "I couldn't prove that he was a paedophile, but I didn't have to. I just knew he wasn't the sort of guy I would want to go fishing with."

The Sun remarks that "it seems you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone at the BBC who didn't suspect Jimmy Savile was a paedophile".

The paper talks of "a cataclysmic failure by a string of public bodies - the BBC, the police, the NHS" and calls for a public inquiry.

The arrest of a Greek journalist who had been trying to expose wealthy people who might not be paying their taxes has alarmed the Daily Mail.

The paper says we might like to think that "nothing similar could happen here" but it believes the past few months have seen "unprecedented Establishment broadsides against the press".

Coffee culture

The Financial Times believes the Leveson Inquiry has helped to make "a strong case" for changing the present system of press regulation.

A letter to the editor of the Telegraph poses one of those unanswerable questions.

Its writer says he was offered loin of cod in a restaurant - and he asks: "does a cod actually have loins, and, if so, how on earth does it gird them?"

There is good news in the Express for anyone baffled by the array of exotic names under which coffee is sold.

The paper says the cafe in the flagship Debenhams' store in London is to start selling "simple coffee" - instead of an americano; "frothy coffee" - instead of cappuccino; and "chocolate flavoured coffee" - instead of caffe mocha.

The Express applauds the decision as "a stand for simplicity" that means people do not get "in a froth" when all they want is a hot drink.

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