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Story-writing exercise 09/15/2010

September 14th, 2010 by Gustav

Local fire fighter saves cat

Breaking his leg, a local fire fighter saved a cat out of a 50 feet oak tree. The cat climbed up into the big tree at 102 11th avenue. When fire fighter Bob Harwood secured the frightened animal, a dead limb broke underneath him so that both the cat and the man fell the last 15 feet.

Calico, so the cat’s name, landed on top of Bob and left the scene without a scratch. Bob had to be examined at St. Lukes Hospital, where they diagnosed a broken leg but said “he’ll be doing just fine.”  The two twins, Suzanne and Samantha Decker, who own the cat, can thank their hero for his risky rescue attempt.

General unrest at East High

Ten upperclassmen were suspended for one week, as they supposedly made false alarm sound three times last Wednesday. The students were disgruntled because five of their fellow east-highers had been suspended from school due to smoking marijuana in the school’s parking lot on Monday. They simply wanted to protest.

Just on Tuesday, the cafeteria closed because a food fight broke out. Principal Laura Vibelius thinks there is “not so much unrest because of suspensions, but because summer vacation being so near.” She is positive not to experience similar incidents in the near future.

Gas truck incident temporarily shocks east suburban area of Sioux City

A gasoline truck overturned on the outskirts of Sioux City, causing set-up of reroutes and evacuations of four families. The gas from the Texaco truck flooded into surrounding sewer lines, leaving puddles on the streets and in the ditches.

The following two hours after the accident, cars had to be rerouted through side streets, as the intersection 48th and Correctionville Rd. was blocked. “Our men strictly followed catastrophe and hazmat procedures that were set up beforehand for such occurrences”, Fire Chief Charles Hochandel said about the work of his men.

No one was injured or health-impaired, as concerned families had been evacuated quickly enough to avoid the gas ascending from the sewer lines.

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  1.   fuglsang said,

    on September 16th, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    A matter of emphasis on #1: “A local fire fighter broke his leg when he saved a cat out of a 50 feet oak tree.”

    Good summary on #2.

    #3 is OK, but work on verbs. “Conditioning reroutes” isn’t clear to me.

  2.   Gustav said,

    on September 17th, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    so on the first story i should work more on the lead… make it more appealing maybe?

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