Three CD players hidden under a cathedral’s pews blared sexually explicit language in the middle of an Ash Wednesday Mass, leading a bomb squad to detonate two of the devices. Authorities determined the music players were not dangerous and kept the third one to check it for clues, said police Capt. Gary Johnson. The CD players, duct-taped to the bottoms of the pews, were set to turn on in the middle of noon Mass on Wednesday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. The recordings, made on store-bought blank discs, featured people using foul language and “pornographic messages,” Johnson said. He would not elaborate because of the ongoing investigation. Church staff members took the CD players to the basement and called police, who sent the bomb squad, Johnson said. The bomb squad blew up two players outside and kept the third one to test for fingerprints or DNA and trace its components, he said.
A man who on Wednesday was to tell congressional staffers about financial problems at Los Alamos National Laboratory was savagely beaten over the weekend at a Santa Fe bar. Tommy Hook is currently in a Santa Fe hospital and both Santa Fe police and the FBI are trying to find the three or four men who pulled him from his car on Sunday and be at him in a bar parking lot. Hook’s wife and attorney believe the beating was an attempt to quiet the whistleblower.