Today in ledes to read
"Looks like you picked the wrong train to shoot up, motherf--ker," tweets New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait of those three American heroes who triumphed in their bloody encounter with a would-be gunman on a train to France (at 104,000+ shares just now and showing no sign of stopping there). "We're approaching peak dreamy here," observes Texas Monthly's Erica Grieder, sharing this picture of the men of the hour. "This guy is saving lives + living his best life," notices Entrepreneur.com's Kate Taylor. "Who is calling these guys faster, movie agents or presidential candidates?" wonders Washington Post's Philip Bump. Meanwhile, Julian Reichelt of Bild got something else out of the article: "My word of the week: muzzle-thumping (a terrorist in the head)."
Incidentally, the thwarted assailant was on authorities' radar in three different countries.
USC head coach Steve Sarkisian is sorry for his behavior at a kickoff event on Saturday, where according to sources he was intoxicated, used profanity and insulted other programs. "Sark apologizes for his alcohol-fueled performance last night in front of donors. The social media era, baby!" reacts USA Today's Dan Wolken. Elsewhere in sports, the Associated Press college football poll unanimously named Ohio State its No. 1 preseason pick for the top 25, which is a first for the poll.
Also, it's the the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and people are busy pronouncing their dedication to the Crescent City. "Awesome SportsCenter video: Dear New Orleans, featuring Chris Rose, Steve Gleason, Archie Manning and others," synopsizes Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. On the same subject Claire Cardona shares, "I got to write about being a 'Katrina Kid' and returning home after the storm." Meanwhile, weathering a very different kind of storm, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter focuses on his faith as he undertakes his cancer battle.