Stuff you may have missed: February 1, 2014
A day after reports that a number of letters containing powdery substances were mailed to hotels near the site of tomorrow’s Super Bowl, the NYPD says that New York Mayor Bill De Blasio was also targeted by such a letter. So was former mayor Rudy Giuliani. The powders have been found to be harmless.
You may not know his name, but you know his work: Arthur Rankin Jr., an animator whose credits include the yearly “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman” specials aired on TV for decades, has died. He was 89; his partner in the stop-motion endeavors, Jules Bass, is still with us.
In Seattle, the lead suspect in a New Year’s Eve arson attempt at a gay nightclub was arrested on Saturday. Nobody was injured, and the fire put out quickly, but roughly 750 people were evacuated.
“We are on track for having the worst drought in 500 years.” — the words of a UC Berkeley professor on the ongoing drought in California.