St. Petersburg Times Online: News of Florida
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
  • Lawmaker grips ax on 'tough' cuts
  • Powder found in letter not anthrax

  • From the state wire

  • Hurricane Jeanne appears on track to hit Florida's east coast
  • Rumor mill working overtime after Florida hurricanes
  • Developments associated with Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne
  • Four killed in Panhandle plane crash were on Ivan charity mission
  • Hurricane Frances caused estimated $4.4 billion in insured damage
  • Disabled want more handicapped-accessible voting machines
  • USF forces administrators to resign over test score changes
  • Man's death at Universal Studios ruled accidental
  • State child welfare workers in Miami fail to do background checks
  • Hurricane Jeanne heads toward southeast U.S. coast
  • Hurricane Jeanne spurs more anxiety for storm-weary Floridians
  • Mistrial declared in case where teen was target of racial "joke"
  • Panhandle utility wants sewer plant moved to higher ground
  • State employee arrested on theft, bribery charges
  • Homestead house fire kills four children, one adult
  • Pierson leader tries to cut off relief to local fern cutters
  • Florida's high court rules Terri's law unconstitutional
  • Jacksonville students punished for putting stripper pole in dorm
  • FEMA handling nearly 600,000 applications for help
  • Man who killed wife, niece, self also killed mother in 1971
  • Producer sues city over lead ball fired by Miami police
  • Tourism suffers across Florida after pummeling by hurricanes
  • Key dates in the life of Terri Schiavo
  • An excerpt from the unanimous ruling in the Schiavo case
  • Four confirmed dead after small plane crash in Panhandle
  • Correction: Disney-Cruise Line story

    printer version

    Powder found in letter not anthrax

    ©Associated Press

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published October 29, 2001

    PALM BEACH GARDENS -- A letter sent to U.S. Rep. Mark Foley that was seeping white powder and stopped at a post office tested negative for anthrax, officials said Sunday.

    "The FBI told the health department late last night that it tested negative for anthrax," said Kirk Fordham, Foley's chief of staff in Washington. A mail carrier at the Palm Beach Gardens post office was sorting mail for his route Saturday when he noticed the letter, said Floyd McDaniel, the West Palm Beach postmaster.

    The letter was handwritten in block letters and had no return address, McDaniel said.

    The envelope was addressed to Foley's office in Palm Beach Gardens, a suburb north of West Palm Beach.

    Foley, a West Palm Beach Republican, said Saturday that the letter could be a hoax. Still, postal authorities took precautions to seal the mailing and sanitize the area where it was found.

    The letter was sent to an FBI lab in Miami for testing, where it tested negative, Don Kiselewski, Foley's district manager, said Sunday.

    Back to State news
    Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
    Special Links
    Lucy Morgan

    From the Times state desk