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The following lead was present in this New York Times story http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/16/washington/16protest.html?_r=1&ref=us&oref=slogin

WASHINGTON. Sept. 15 — A rally on Saturday to protest the war in Iraq, which began with a peaceful march of several thousand people to the Capitol, ended with dozens of arrests in a raucous demonstration that evoked the angry spirit of the Vietnam era protests of more than three decades ago.

When analyzing the previous news lead several observations can be made. First several news elements are present. The lead contains the time, the location, what happened, and why it happened. However all four elements were rather general. The time of day is not included it just says Saturday. It states that a march occurred but it doesn't state who participated in the march or why the demonstrators were arrested. Also when it states how many were arrested it chooses to say dozens rather than a specific number. The lead basically is a typical hard-news lead, however at the end of the lead it makes a comparison to of how the arrests during the "raucous demonstration" were similar to the "angry spirit of the Vietnam era."