What was the “suspicious package”?!

Once, when I lived in The Bronx, my evening commute home was interrupted by the unexpected closing of the Columbus Circle Subway Station, due to a “suspicious” unattended item. The item? An open Coke can, left on the floor, near the wall, in the station.

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This is the worst thing I read today.


At 1:20 p.m.:

The Department of Public Safety reports that at 1:05 p.m. today the [C] School of [—] building was evacuated following the report of a suspicious package in the law school chapel. Officers from the [—] Police Department and Department of Public Safety are on the scene.

Office of Public Affairs

At 1:27 p.m.:

The law school [!] has reopened after the [—] Police Department checked out the report of a suspicious package and found it to be harmless.

Members of the University community are reminded to avoid leaving personal property unattended and to report suspicious packages to the Department of Public Safety promptly [———-].

Office of Public Affairs


I think The Authorities should be required, when suspending the rule of law, to inform Those Being Protected From Danger the precise reason why the rule of law was suspended.

But then I’m old fashioned. I read books in codex form still.

Thanks, dear reader, should you ever find me, for not being a terrorist.

p.s. The irony? It was a law school!


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