The Exile of Sharon Rogers

After escaping a terrorist bomb, she is barred from her school

Americans long viewed terrorist violence as something that happened to other people, over there. Then, last December, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded in the sky over Scotland, killing 259 people, including many U.S. citizens. Two months later, bookstores across the country received bomb threats for selling Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses. And last month Sharon Rogers, a 50-year-old schoolteacher, narrowly escaped being blown up on a San Diego street as she drove to work.

Sharon Rogers happens to be married to U.S. Navy Captain Will Rogers III, commander of the U.S.S. Vincennes, the guided-missile cruiser that mistakenly shot down an Iranian...

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