Talk Turns Grisly inTerror-Victim Recovery

The Salt Lake medical team should be in a position to respond quickly to any mass casualty, said Ginny Borncamp, medical services director for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. It is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

"We know that if something happens, if something goes wrong, we'll be taken care of," U.S. speedskater Derek Parra said Monday.

— The Associated Press

Tabloid Publisher May Quit Florida After Anthrax Attack

D E L R A Y B E A C H, Fla., Dec. 4 — American Media Inc.'s chief said Monday he may move the tabloid empire out of Florida because of lack of support from county and business leaders following his building's anthrax contamination.

It was the first time since anthrax showed up at AMI's Boca Raton headquarters two months ago that Chief Executive Officer David Pecker suggested his company may take its $40 million in annual revenues elsewhere.

The company publishes six supermarket tabloids including The National Enquirer, Globe and Weekly World News.

"If we're not being treated like a good corporate citizen, I think we should seriously consider moving," said Pecker, as he held a newspaper article in which local business leaders criticized the Palm Beach County Commission's decision last month to give AMI $390,000 as incentive to stay.

Employees, he added, will make the final decision.

Pecker also criticized what he said was the county's failure to rally behind AMI and show compassion after a photo editor died from breathing anthrax spores in a tainted letter.

"We were the company that was attacked. We're the company that had a fatality," Pecker said.

Boca Raton Mayor Steven Abrams said most officials want AMI to stay.

"We're reaching out to AMI so that they would reopen at their existing site or relocate somewhere else in Boca," Abrams said.

Since the anthrax attack, the circulation of AMI tabloids has been down 10 percent. The company has spent $10 million to hire cleanup experts, buy new equipment and rent facilities, and its 300 employees are working out of cramped temporary offices in Delray Beach and Miami, Pecker said.

He said the company already had looked for space in Palm Beach and Broward counties, and may even expand the search to other states.

— The Associated Press

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