News Hostage

"He is a former construction executive and the current leader of a terrorist group known as Al-Qaida, 'The Base,' " the item noted.

In case you see him browsing at the antiques shops on 18th Street, however, don't try anything fancy. "He should be considered armed and dangerous," the story said, perhaps unnecessarily.

Things returned to normal the following week, when the zoned edition listed a guy wanted for possession of marijuana, something perhaps more common in the Heights than international terrorism.

Seen the good, the bad, the ugly of Houston journalism? Want to share any highlights or lowlights? Write Richard Connelly at the Houston Press, 1621 Milam, Houston, Texas 77002, or e-mail him at

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