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Great moments in headline writing

Streets here not as deadly as they seem, on page one of the Metro section of today’s Chron. Next week, a headline about how the smog isn’t so bad once you get used to it.

In case you’re curious, by the way, the story is about auto-pedestrian fatalities – Houston ranks a not-as-bad-as-we-thought 41st nationally, with 2.71 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 population for the three-year period 1998-2000 – and not street crime. It’s moderately hard to believe we have enough pedestrians to account for that many pedestrian deaths, but there you have it.

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  1. Kevin Whited says:

    You’ve nailed the problem with that piece. The Comical compares our numbers to other (pedestrian friendly) cities, and concludes we’re not doing so bad — when those numbers don’t take into account the much smaller (relatively speaking) number of pedestrians here. Typical Comical silliness.