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February 13, 1999
The latest in a series of anthrax hoaxes shut down several downtown city blocks Friday after a Los Angeles Times employee received and opened an envelope that contained a threatening letter and a small amount of gray powder. The material in the letter, police and FBI agents said Friday, was harmless and did not immediately appear to contain any of the biological agent's spores. Lt.
November 5, 2001 |
A white powdery substance discovered on the dashboard of an unlocked car in Bethesda does not contain anthrax spores, and agents are investigating the case as a possible Halloween hoax, the FBI announced. "It is negative. It is not anthrax," FBI spokesman Peter Gulotta said. "We are in the process of notifying the victim. This joins the many other hoaxes that have been called in lately."
January 10, 1992 |
A false report that President Bush died at a Japanese banquet came within seconds of being broadcast over CNN's Headline News early Wednesday, spurring renewed efforts on the part of the Atlanta-based all-news network to prevent such hoaxes from making their way to the airwaves in the future. CNN spokesman Steve Haworth acknowledged Thursday that Headline News anchor Don Harrison did begin to report "tragic" news at 6:45 a.m.
October 14, 2001 |
An out-of-work Norwalk man phones in four bomb threats to a Long Beach building in two weeks. Aboard a passenger jet bound for Chicago, a mentally unstable man rushes the cockpit. An ordinary pipe seen in a Phoenix street brings out a weary bomb squad besieged by a 600% increase in scares in the weeks after Sept. 11.
November 17, 1989 |
After a kidnaping scare based on messages from the Lebanese underworld, an American and two West Germans turned up safe Thursday, telling diplomats they had been held by robbers but had not been taken as hostages. West German Ambassador to Lebanon Wolfgang Goettelmann reported that Mounir Sami, 39; his 7-year-old son Daniel, and their American companion, Deborah Fahrend, 54, were never abducted, as was reported by a hitherto-unknown group, Organization of Just Revenge.
November 25, 1992 |
Curtis Sliwa said Tuesday that he faked his 1980 kidnaping and five other exploits to help the Guardian Angels survive its early years as a volunteer crime-fighting group. "I was wrong, but we were in a sprint for survival," Sliwa said. "We were just little people trying to get recognition for doing good work. In a sense it was like being Don Quixote." But he admitted that the constant media attention played a part in the deception. "It became like an intoxicant, a narcotic," he said.
June 17, 1993 |
Investigators in California and across the nation continued to follow up reports that syringes and parts of syringes have been found in Pepsi-Cola cans amid increasing evidence Wednesday that some of the claims are fraudulent. There have been at least 10 reports of needles found in Pepsi cans in California, none of which have been verified and at least three of which have proved false. A man has been arrested in Pennsylvania for making a false claim.
September 20, 1988 |
Officials of Manufacturers National Bank were a little curious one summer day in 1985, when they saw a television news crew interviewing a young man outside their Detroit headquarters. Curiosity turned to chagrin when they learned that the WKBD-TV reporter was talking to 18-year-old Mark D. Anderson about his just-announced plan to take over the bank's holding company, the third-largest in the state with about $6 billion in assets.
December 24, 2009 |
In a warning to other would-be reality television stars, a judge Wednesday sentenced the Colorado parents who claimed their 6-year-old son floated away in a balloon to spend time in jail for staging the hoax. "All of this was designed to attract attention," 8th Judicial District Chief Judge Stephen J. Schapanski told Richard and Mayumi Heene of Fort Collins. However, he said the couple wouldn't have to report to jail until after the holidays, a decision the judge said he was making for the sake of their three young sons.
April 13, 1991 |
Two of the KROQ-FM deejays involved in a phony on-air murder confession admitted on the air Friday morning that they concocted the hoax and apologized to their listeners. "We apologize," said Kevin Ryder in a recorded message. "We didn't think it was going to go this far." Ryder and Gene (Bean) Baxter stressed that management was not involved in the faked confession, which aired last June and involved deejay Doug Roberts. Ryder and Baxter promised never to pull another prank of this kind.