Inverted Pyramid and Summary Lead

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/14/AR2009091403316_pf.htm

The lead of the article covers Who, What, and Why.

“LONDON, Sept. 14 — In a case that altered airport security worldwide, three British Muslims were each sentenced Monday to at least 30 years in prison for a plot to kill thousands by blowing up transatlantic airliners with liquid explosives hidden in soda bottles.”

Right away we get all the information we want to know.  Who? Three British Muslims.  What? Were sentenced for at least 30 years in prison. Why? For  plotting a terrorist attack

The lead does not really answer where or when, however that information is provided in the Place and date that precedes that article. “LONDON, Sept. 14.”

The article goes on to explain the motive for planning the attack and exactly how many years each terrorist was sentenced.  As the article continues, more descriptive details are given, including the logistics of the planned attack, how many people would have died if the plan had gone through, and information about a fourth man who also contributed to the plan but was only sentenced 22 years of prison.

This article follows the inverted pyramid format.  It starts with the general information before moving onto specifics.

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