In the past, I've mainly coded Home page Heroes the following ways:
1) individual channel tags with the offset parameter 2) Low Variables 3) Setup a custom feature that basically flags that the entry is for the hero. 4) an individual channel, and use the sticky functionality to designate which one should appear in the hero.
Trying to think of a creative way to code a Hero where there are 6 stories with one being the "Headline" Story for the day.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.