leads…again

Rescue workers in Madeira dug through heaps of mud, boulders and debris Sunday, searching for victims buried by floods and mudslides that have killed at least 42 people on the popular Portuguese island.

Who? Rescue workers. What? Dug through heaps of mud, boulders and debris. Where? Madeira. When? Sunday. Why? Searching for victims buried by floods and mudslides. How? By digging through mud.

California’s dire and ongoing budget predicament is raising a tough — and touchy — question about the state’s finances, one that some at the Capitol do not want discussed: Is California bankrupt?

The hook in this lead is the question:Is California bankrupt? I really don’t know how much more explaining about what kind of hook is used I can do. I know it’s a question lead because there is a question mark at the end!

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