Fear of no press made for bad press for a Maryland car dealer.
Howard Castleman, owner of Castle Toyota-Scion, Castle Ford-Mazda-Mitsubishi and a used-car outlet in the Baltimore-Washington area, revoked a donation to a local school after learning that the contribution wouldn't show up in local newspapers or on TV news programs.
Castleman, 60, had planned to present $8,400 in scholarships last month to four high school graduates. The money to fund the scholarships was to come from Castle Toyota-Scion's advertising and marketing budget.
School officials barred local media from a school ceremony where the dealer planned to do his good deed. A teacher who had worked at the school for 15 years had died four days before the May 23 ceremony. The school's principal said she wanted to avoid a media circus because students and staff were still in mourning.