Friday, August 18, 2006

(A lede is the first line of a news story)

A Pulitzer-worthy opening sentence from a story in the Portland (Ore.) Oregonian, Aug. 16, 2006:

"Curiosity didn't kill the cat, but it set fire to an apartment and may have incinerated Ozzy the iguana."

(If you want to read the rest of the story -- and who wouldn't? -- go here.)


Marcy said...

That is an amazing story ... with a very neat LEDE.

Is there some sort of LEDE clipping service that you used to find this or did you just happen across it by chance?

Ron Franscell said...

Usually just browsing newspaper web sites. It's a great way to start my morning: Seeing what's news at various papers around the country. I usually prowl several of 10-12 favorites, including the LA Times, San Antonio Express-News, Houston Chronicle, Charlotte Observer, Denver Post, Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Arizona Republic. Just one more of the really fun things newspaper editors do!

SingingSkies said...

Of course, now you've piqued my interest and we'll never know Ozzy's fate. Neither will the Oregonians most likely. Not fair!

That Cleaning Lady said...

nBummer the poor kitty goes to the shelter and loses its home just because it wanted to play with the lizard. Not kitty's fault that the people had a cage on the futon, pretty stupid in my opinion.