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Joint Terrorism Task Force Apprehends Camo-Clad Teen Dancers

This is the kind of news I miss, not living in New York anymore.

Last Wednesday, the Lincoln Tunnel was shut down for 45 minutes because of what they like to refer to as "police activity." NBC News (via Lowering the Bar) has the fantastic details on this activity.

It seems a dance troupe from Florida that was making its way from New Jersey into Manhattan to appear on the BET show, "106 & Park" wasn't quite prepared for New York traffic. When the group hit a jam at the tunnel, they -- eight 16-year-olds -- decided they would have a better chance of making their taping if the got out of their vehicles and hoofed it. Through the effing Lincoln Tunnel.

Also, they were dressed in camouflage. This was, no doubt, the most excitement the Port Authority police had seen in some time. So they called in the NYPD/FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. And officers pursued the kids, catching up near the Manhattan side of the tunnel, where they were held at gunpoint until they could explain themselves.

The "It seemed like a good idea at the time" defense must have worked, since police offered the group an escort to the studio. What sayeth the adult who was in charge of the trip?

"I am from Florida. We don't have tunnels," Terrell James, the group's 24-year-old choreographer, told "Apparently we couldn't do that."

Apparently not, Terrell.

Posted by Eric Lipman on November 24, 2010 at 12:50 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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