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November 20, 1989 | From Associated Press
Coach Bill Curry said today that he asked the FBI to investigate anonymous threats to some of his Alabama football players, and that special safety precautions will be taken when No. 4 Alabama plays at No. 10 Auburn. "When our players are threatened by those gutless wonders who find some perverse pleasure in making anonymous phone calls and writing anonymous letters . . . I will use every mechanism at my disposal, including the FBI, and prosecute them to the full extent of the law," he said.
In a sign that Mexico's propaganda war may be turning violent, a prominent critic of the government has received two death threats in less than a week, according to police reports. The first threat was made by a man tentatively identified as a Mexico City police investigator. The threats against Jorge G. Castaneda, a professor of political science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, have caused an uproar in Mexican political and intellectual circles.
November 20, 1988
California Highway Patrol officers were warned of a possible death threat from one of Los Angeles' most notorious street gangs, while a task force of more than 200 Los Angeles police officers arrested more than 150 suspects in the latest crackdown on gangs, authorities said Saturday. The CHP broadcast a statewide alert, warning its officers to be especially vigilant when stopping motorists.
February 21, 1989 | From Associated Press
President Bush today condemned Iran's death decree against British novelist Salman Rushdie as "deeply offensive to the norm of civilized behavior" and warned that Tehran would be held accountable for any actions against American interests.
Since the beginning of 1996, when a revised state law allowed landlords of rent-controlled buildings to raise the rent with every voluntary vacancy, there has been tension between longtime tenants and the people who lease to them.
March 4, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and three top government ministers have been sent anonymous death threats in letters stuffed with bullets, a judicial official said in Paris. Counter-terrorism agents are investigating the mailings to Sarkozy, Justice Minister Rachida Dati, Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie and Culture Minister Christine Albanel, the official said. The two-page, typed form letters feature disjointed messages addressed to "purveyors of freedom-killing and fascist laws," the official said.
February 5, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
CBS News' "60 Minutes" broadcast its interview with tobacco industry whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand, who said he began packing a handgun because of death threats against him and his family. CBS has been deep in legal hassles over the story, initially quashed in November over CBS' fears of legal action. In it, Wigand alleged that former B&W Chairman Thomas Sandefur lied when he told Congress he believed nicotine is not addictive.
December 23, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
At least eight malls in Colorado have sent Santa packing because of death threats by someone who sent anonymous letters and faxes that began arriving Dec. 14. One letter, signed "Terminator," said the attack on Santa and "anybody that gets in my way" would eclipse the shooting rampage that killed four people at an Aurora mall. Children left the malls teary-eyed after hearing that they wouldn't be able to whisper their Christmas dreams to St. Nick.
June 9, 1991 | from United Press International
A 14-year-old AIDS victim who announced that he was marrying his teen-age girlfriend has received death threats along with his family, and sheriff's officials are providing 24-hour protection, authorities said Friday. Clifford Ray, the father of Ricky Ray, told the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department that he had received three threatening telephone calls. "We initiated an around-the-clock patrol request for an indefinite time period," Lt. William Stookey said.
November 30, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A court official said today that death threats had been made against pop superstar Madonna and possibly were the reason she canceled her scheduled appearance at a civil trial over a dispute with a neighbor. "Sheriff's deputies said one of the attorneys in the case told them there were some death threats (made against Madonna)," said Rebecca Kuzins, public information officer for the Los Angeles Superior Court.
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