Newspapers need all the revenue they can get, but this crosses a line. According to the AP, an alleged street-gang member in Riverside, Calif., has been arrested for reportedly placing a bogus ad in the local paper promoting a garage sale—proceeds from which, the ad said, would benefit a “memorial fund” for the district attorney, Rod Pacheco, who happens to be tough on gangs. Chandler William Cardwell, 32, was booked on suspicion of making terrorist threats. What’s worse, he worked in the paper’s ad department! His family denies that he belongs to a gang or has any connection to a threat against the D.A. Pacheco, meanwhile, whose home address was included in the ad, is very much alive. He believes the accused may have obtained his personal info through his job at the paper.
—Posted by David Gianatasio