Anthrax Scare Displaces Supermarket Tabloids

By: Lucia Moses

The National Enquirer, the Sun, and their sister supermarket tabloids will publish on schedule this week, a spokesman for the parent company said, despite the closure of their Boca Raton, Fla., office building today for an anthrax investigation.

American Media Inc.?s offices were shut after a second employee showed signs of exposure to the anthrax bacterium that killed a photo editor for the Sun last week, The Miami Herald reported. The cases spread fears of a bioterrorist attack, which have not been confirmed.

American Media employees are being tested and given antibiotics, the company said. The employees were relocated to American Media?s other offices in South Florida and Nashville, Tenn.

“Our first concern is the health of our employees and their families,” the corporate spokesman said, adding that American Media is fully cooperating with federal and local authorities.

In addition to the Enquirer and Sun, American Media publishes the Star, Globe, and Weekly World News, all of which go to press Monday and Tuesday.

The daily Boca Raton News shares offices in the same corporate park as American Media, but publisher Neal Heller said it?s business as usual at the newspaper. “Needless to say, there?s a little bit of a scare here,” he said.

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