Traffic: The Computer & Mrs. Placente

It looked as if a trap had been set for one of the nation's ten most wanted criminals. Lurking beside a crowded New York City parkway one noon last week were four busloads of police brass, 125 newsmen and a dozen patrolmen, including six cops in two prowl cars casing every passing motorist.

They roared into action when a police radio squawked "QK-7554"—the license number of an oncoming Corvair. "It's a hit!" chortled one cop. "I've got the warrant!" shouted another. The cops flagged down the Corvair, flashed their warrant and arrested the...

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