Experiments in crime: the Post sent a reporter through J.F.K. security carrying an eight-inch-long titanium chain, and was alarmed to find that the metal went undetected:
The first time around, the reporter placed the titanium in her right side pocket and sent her purse and bag through the X-ray machine. She walked through the metal detector without setting off any alarm.
On a second attempt, she made no attempt to hide the object, openly wearing it on her wrist. . . .
“What if you have somebody who can forge a two-shot homemade gun out of titanium and he assembles the pieces while in the bathroom of the plane?” said Clint Van Zandt, a former FBI official.
The T.S.A. says that it is “speculative” to suggest that the Post‘s project points to a security deficiency.
Meanwhile, the Daily News reports that two Bronx cops have left the hospital after being grazed in a “bizarre ricochet shooting.” The incident–which involved a pitbull, a foot chase, and an unmarked police car–took place Tuesday night.
In text messages, the principal allegedly propositioned the teen and reminded him that he’d bought him a T-Mobile Sidekick cell phone.
The student’s mother told investigators that [principal Quintin] Cedeno sent more than 100 text messages to her son, including one that said, “All I did for you and you don’t want to do for me. You’ve had a very easy ride so far. If everything stops then it all stops.”
Cedeno has been dismissed from his position at the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture; and allegations referred to the Queens district attorney.
And, finally, Carmine “The Snake” Persico’s daughter-in-law was arrested for shoplifting at a Staten Island Target. The Daily News reports that she was caught on Wednesday with “clothing, cleaning supplies, luggage and other items” worth $597.