Florida Terrorism Sweep Nets Mother of Two, Non-Terrorist


Police arrested a mother of two last week as she exited a cruise ship in Port Canaveral, Florida. Her crime? She failed to pay an $85 court fee—in 1991. Police had scanned the ship's manifest for terrorists after (after) it had gone to sea and turned up the old warrant, which stemmed from a shoplifting charge. The fugitive had apparently absconded to Connecticut, gotten a degree, and now designs jet engines.

Instead of letting her pay the $85, the authorities held her in jail over the weekend and will transfer her to another detention center in a different county to settle up later this week.