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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 34, August 20, 2006, Article 23

AOL DIGS FOR GOLD

It's not exactly numismatic, but everyone likes a good treasure hunt
story.  Len Augsberger sent this Associated Press article about America
Online's newest search engine - a backhoe:

"AOL is preparing to dig for buried gold and platinum on property in
Massachusetts owned by the parents of a man it sued for sending millions
of unwanted spam e-mails to its customers.

AOL said Tuesday it intends to search for gold and platinum bars the
company suspects are hidden near the home of Davis Wolfgang Hawke's
parents on two acres in Medfield, Massachusetts. The family said it
will fight in court to oppose AOL's plans.

AOL won a $12.8 million judgment last year in U.S. District Court in
Virginia against Hawke but has been unable to contact Hawke to collect
any of the money he was ordered to pay. AOL accused Hawke of violating
federal and state anti-spam laws by sending unwanted e-mails to its
subscribers and won its case in a default judgment against Hawke,
who didn't show up in court.

"I don't care if they dig up the entire yard. They're just going to
make fools of themselves," said Peggy Greenbaum, Hawke's mother.
"There's absolutely no reason for them to think that Davis Hawke
would be stupid enough to bury gold on our property. My son is
long gone."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

[So it seems AOL is looking for new sources of revenue now that
it's decided to give it's service away for free.  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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