The Estonian daily Postimees reported yesterday that American author and journalist Anne Applebaum, driving in a Warsaw suburb, heard a strange noise in her car, pulled over, got out, and then her car exploded. Whether it was real Hollywood-caliber explosion which threw the journalist to the ground in dramatic fashion, or whether it was a more garden-variety explosion which starts with smoking and burning, the daily did not report. The LC has been unable to corroborate the story with any western news source.
Ironically, Applebaum recently published a story in the American magazine Slate where she compared London and Lebanese car bombs. Postimees readers immediately drew comparisons to Anna Politkovkaya in the comments section, though most remarked simply about the similarity of the two writers' first names.
Reached for comment, Polish auto mechanic Lech Kaczyński, was skeptical. "Who knows if it was really a bomb," Kaczyński said, reaching for a pouch of chewing tobacco. "Maybe she just forgot to put oil in and the thing overheated." For fast-breaking coverage of the incident, stay tuned to the automotive section of LC.
Update: Postimees, and others, victims of selves. Nope, her car did not blow up. Get the story from Applebaum herself here.