1. http://www.gazettenet.com/home/10965622-95/new-pvta-routes-proposed-in-amherst-northampton

An effort by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority to expand and improve bus service throughout the region is fueling a bevy of proposed route changes that transportation officials believe will make riding the bus more convenient for thousands of customers — and might attract new riders.

Type of Lead: Summary Lead

This lead gets the job done, its a good length and describes the content perfectly without going into too much detail.

Rating: Good


2. http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/national/2014/03/woman_hurt_in_destructive_montana_avalanche_dies

MISSOULA, Mont. — A woman who was rescued about three hours after her Missoula home was destroyed by an avalanche has died.

Type of Lead: Blind Lead

I wasn’t particularly fond of this lead, although it tells a brief snap-shot of the story, I feel as if it could have gone into a little bit more detail to grab the readers attention.

Rating: Bad

3. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/a-good-sex-life-can-help-oldere-couples-cope-with-illness-other-difficulties/2014/03/03/4e36bd0c-9f2d-11e3-b8d8-94577ff66b28_story.html

Among older couples, physical illnesses can strain a marriage, but maintaining a healthy sex life could make a difference in how happily both partners cope, a new study suggests.

Type of Lead: Lead with issues

I’m not sure if it’s the lead that grabs my attention or the content of this article that interests me.  I’m going to go with the lead because I want to read more.

Rating: Good

4. http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/03/03/brockton-man-charged-with-killing-year-old-boy-mother-faces-lesser-charge/JQYZZgAoCDkUrK1PJ4KFXP/story.html

A Brockton man is being charged with the June beating death of a 4-year boy, and the child’s mother faces an accessory charge, officials said Monday.

Type of Lead: Blind Lead

Once again this is a blind lead that gets the job done.  I’m not too high on it mainly because it presents two separate issues in the one lead.

Rating: Bad

5. http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/03/02/thief-steals-from-girl-scout-cookie-donation-jar/

A group of Girl Scouts were just doing their thing, selling cookies outside a southern California grocery store last weekend, when a man stole around $40 in cash from the group’s donation jar, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Type of Lead: Summary Lead

Not a bad lead for the story.  Gets the job done in my opinion.  Just a side note, who is that cruel that they steal money from innocent girls just trying to sell girl scout cookies?

Rating: Good

6. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/03/netflix-phishing-scam-customer-support_n_4892048.html

A new phishing scam targeting Netflix subscribers preys on our blind trust of customer service representatives when it comes to our personal information.

Type of Lead: Lead with issues

I wasn’t happy with this lead at all.  It didn’t tell us what the scam with Netflix was and how it affected the people.

Rating: Bad


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