Thursday, August 2, 2007

Slain editor was working on big story

Oakland Post Publisher Paul Cobb says Chauncey Bailey, who was gunned down by a hit man this morning, had been investigating a controversial story before his death that Cobb decided to withhold from publication, according to KTVU. Police want to know if that story got him killed.

Cobb declined to say what the story was about except to say, "it involved stuff like what happened here." But KTVU reported tonight that sources say Bailey was writing a story about the Nation of Islam, which operates the Your Black Muslim Bakery store chain. A leader of the Nation of Islam denied any involvement.

Publisher Cobb says he and Bailey regularly received hate mail. "I think this is a wake-up call for all of us in the media because I routinely get hate letters (from) people who want to do something all the time," Cobb said.

Also, a $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to Bailey's killer. Shown here is the shooting scene. (Photo credit: David Paul Morris, SF Chronicle, via AP)

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