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By Miriam Raftery
April 1, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) --  Local pranksters pulled off some clever hoaxes today for April Fool’s Day, with the messages swiftly spreading on social media.  Here are a few of our favorites:

It’s true that desert wildflowers are soon devoured by hungry caterpillars.  So the Anza-Borrego Foundation had Facebook followers all aflutter with this hoax post:
La Mesa Village Merchants announced the unveiling of a statue to commemorate La Mesa’s long-serving former Mayor, Art Madrid in its centennial park.  The post claims fundraising efforts were led by bookstore owner Craig Maxwell, (whom insiders will recall engaged in flame wars with Madrid, his nemesis).  
SD Rostra announced that a copy of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election had been leaked.  The official-looking post, complete with Dept. of Justice seal, opens to this link with lyrics to a Smash Mouth song:  


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