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Overdue fees really piling up at JFK library

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Overdue fees really piling up at JFK library

A day after we learned the hero pilot of Flight 1549 is a very conscientious book-borrower, we learn the tale of a developing library scandal that goes back a half-century. Apparently, John F. Kennedy borrowed the book A. Lincoln from the Library of Congress in the 1950s ... and never returned it! JFK's presidential library found it among papers recently, reports the Boston Globe, and it plans to display it as part of a President's Day celebration. On the Library of Congress online catalog, the book is listed as missing.

Air travel

Brazil: It's not one big changing room

Officials at the airport in Salvador, Brazil, were surprised when two German men in their mid 60s stripped down to change clothes right in the lobby of the airport. Normally, people at airports are encouraged to keep all their clothes on until directed to strip by security agents. But no one asked these guys. The men reported that they had gotten all funky on a boat trip that morning and wanted to put on fresh duds for the trip home. And they thought that that's how people did it in Brazil. But they don't. They were detained and interrogated, but eventually allowed to leave.

Woman is offered aisle, window seat

Samantha Scafe, an Australian woman who tips the scales at a little more than 350 pounds, booked a flight on Jetstar and was told that due to her size, she would need a second seat. After much back and forth, she was told she would have to pay for the second seat. That should have solved all the problems, except for one thing: The two seats the airline assigned her weren't next to each other. She wasn't that big. Scafe says she plans to solve the problem by never flying Jetstar again. She also filed a complaint with Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland.


Zombies on move

Electronic signs along I-255 in Collinsville, Ill., warned commuters of lane closures due to zombies during rush hour. It was not immediately clear if these were the same zombies that drivers were warned about in Austin, Texas, earlier this week. Motorists in both cities can be grateful they are not in Indiana, where the signs this week warned of raptors. Neither the undead nor the extinct have actually been seen on roadways, so officials suspect hackers. And they don't think it is remotely funny. Good news for us, though. They seem to be heading north.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

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