- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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NEW YORK

Authorities investigating white powder found in envelopes at New York’s Wall Street Journal say similar mail was received at Harvard Law School in Massachusetts.

Police evacuated about 250 people from the Journal’s Manhattan newsroom and executive offices Wednesday after about a dozen envelopes were found. FBI spokesman James Margolin says five employees were decontaminated as a precaution.

A newspaper spokeswoman said the New York mail was addressed to several executives. The postmark was Knoxville, Tenn., but each letter had a different return address.

The FBI in Knoxville said another letter with powder and a Knoxville postmark was received at Harvard Law School, addressed to political commentator Alan Dershowitz. He recently published an opinion piece in the Journal defending Israel’s actions in Gaza. It wasn’t immediately clear if Dershowitz was at Harvard when the letter arrived.

The Journal is published by Dow Jones & Co., a division of the media and entertainment company News Corp.

The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces in New York and Knoxville in partnership with the United States Postal Inspection Service were investigating the incidents. The Department of Homeland Security was monitoring the situation.

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