'Powdery Substance' Sent to New York Times From Associated Press, we learn that the New York City Police were called to The New York Times this afternoon after the newspaper received an envelope containing a suspicious-looking powder. A worker opened the envelope, which contained a "white powdery substance," at about 12:30 p.m. It's not immediately known what the substance was. Police and a Times spokeswoman, Catherine Mathis, said the envelope also contained an editorial with an "X" through it. The employee went to a hospital to be examined, but was showing no symptoms or injuries.