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'Somebody Heard Something and Freaked Out'

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Fears of possible terrorist acts in Manhattan today -- the one-month anniversary of attacks on several targets in America, including the World Trade Center -- prompted the publisher of Spin and Vibe magazines to tell staffers to take the day off.

A spokeswoman for the magazines said that while the company wanted to give employees a day off for their efforts in getting the issues out, "part of the concern" was based on the potential of terrorist-related threats in the city. Staffers received the calls at their homes Wednesday evening.

Both magazines had just closed issues dealing in part with the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The headquarters for the two magazines is in Manhattan. Staffers in satellite offices were not told to take the day off.

"Believe me, there is absolutely no threat to our

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offices, in any shape or form," the spokeswoman said.

Staffers, though, believed that safety concerns were the sole reason for the impromptu day off.

'Somebody freaked out'
"Somebody heard something and freaked out," said one.

The spokeswoman said it was "yet to be determined" whether the offices would be open Friday, though she indicated she felt it was likely they would be.

The temporary closing of Spin and Vibe's offices comes in the wake of ongoing military attacks by the U.S. in Afghanistan and the anthrax contamination of American Media's offices in Boca Raton, Fla.

A photo editor at American Media, which publishes the tabloids National Enquirer and The Star, died from the disease last week, and two other employees tested positive for anthrax spores.

Appearing on CNN's Larry King Live, American Media CEO David Pecker said, "The World Trade Center was attacked. The Pentagon was attacked. And American Media was attacked. And I think that this is the first bioterrorism attack in the United States."

A criminal investigation of the events continues.

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