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F orget the ghosts and goblins. Lawyers here know a real Halloween fright when they see one.

The anthrax scare that has gripped the nation hit home on Halloween day when the California attorney general’s office and the Sacramento County district attorney’s office both received suspicious and threatening letters containing white powder.

Both turned out to be hoaxes, but not before the DA’s office was evacuated for almost three hours on Wednesday after a threatening letter bearing the likeness of Osama bin Laden and containing white powder was discovered in the mail room.

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