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Monday, July 25, 2005

Minor local story takes Chron 19 days to report

What in the hell is the purpose of printing this story now?
IT hasn't been the best of summers for Rick Brass, a former captain in the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office. Brass, 56, also a lawyer, recently found himself on the wrong side of the law after a fender bender at the constable station on Cypresswood. The incident led to his resignation and a misdemeanor charge. Brass says he was at the station on June 28 when he was upset by a call from his soon-to-be ex-wife, asking him to haul a trailer home so she could move out. He installed a trailer hitch on his personal vehicle, but as he backed out, he heard a noise and slammed on the brakes. He got out and found a Honda roadster behind him. Brass said he wasn't sure he had struck it, however, so he drove away.
Brass resigned on July 6 and was charged the next day with failure to stop and give information, a Class B misdemeanor.
The story is mildly amusing, but its only marginally newsworthy, and that if it's brand new. The wreck happened nearly a month ago. The resignation and charge were nearly three weeks ago. What is this doing in my newspaper?

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