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Teens Arrested After Lobbing Molotov Cocktail

Two teenagers, a 19 year old and a 16 year old, were arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly throwing a molotov cocktail at a squad car, according to an article in the Star Tribune. The bomb landed about 15 feet away from the car, and the incident did not take place on a crowded street. The officers inside the vehicle were unharmed, and the teenagers told authorities that they were not specifically targeting police, but rather aiming at the next oncoming vehicle. The teens were arrested on suspicion of aggrevated assault and have not yet been charged.

The piece is just a short, hard news piece with a news value of proximity, since it probably happened close to some parts of the paper's readership. The lead is actually longer than any other chunk of the story, and describes the event before going on to give the outcome and possible motivations. It's a short piece that might have run in the local news section or something. Interestingly enough, the online version has added a small subheading underneath the headline that basically renders any reading of the rest of the article unnecessary. It repeats itself a lot and probably did not warrant treatment on this level.

An article in the Pioneer Press seems to present more information on the incident, commenting explicitly on the fact that no damage was done, quoting a police spokesman, and giving the name of the teen old enough to have his name released. More detail is also given about the apprehension of the two suspects. There's also some speculation about what might have happened had the bomb connected with the vehicle.

The Pioneer Press article seems to repeat itself less, it gets the point across just as fast, and contains more information. Both are presented in styles that reflect the sensibilities of a hard news story, like what we practiced writing earlier this year. I think the Pioneer Press article does the better job of the two pieces.