Dozens of eMail messages telling high school seniors whether they had been admitted to Harvard University for next year never arrived recently, after America Online interpreted the messages as junk eMail.

"This wasn't exactly the instant response we intended," William Fitzsimmons, Harvard's dean of admissions and financial aid, told the Boston Globe.

After anthrax spores were mailed through the U.S. postal system, Harvard began using eMail to inform applicants quickly of whether they had been rejected or accepted. eMail was used to notify almost all of the 6,000

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