74 Arrests Made at Occupy Wall Street Protests; MLK Memorial Dedication; Demonstrators Killed in Yemen


A total of 74 people were arrested yesterday as Occupy Wall Street protesters marched from Zuccotti Park to Times Square. 24 people were arrested and charged with criminal trespass at a LaGuardia Pl. Citibank. Witnesses and protesters say some of those arrested were trying to close their accounts. The Daily News reports a tense scene at Times Square, where “42 demonstrators were handcuffed as riot gear-clad cops and officers on horses trying to keep the streets clear pushed the surging protesters back against metal barricades.” [NYDN]

Today, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial will be officially unveiled on the National Mall. The ceremony was originally planned for August 28th–the anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream Speech”–but Hurricane Irene forced it to be rescheduled. The Washington Post reports President Obama will speak at the monument at 11 a.m. There will also be musical performances and appearances by civil rights leaders. [Washington Post]

Four people were killed as protesters marched in Sanaa, Yemen. CNN reports security forces opened fire on the demonstrators in Change Square, killing four and injuring 54 others. A woman was reportedly hit by sniper fire and died in Taiz at a different demonstration. The protesters are rallying against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime, and “demonstrators have taken to the streets regularly to call for an end to Saleh’s rule, which began more than three decades ago.” [CNN]

The Texas Rangers are headed back to the World Series after defeating the Detroit Tigers 15-5 last night in the ALCS. Nelson Cruz was named MVP of the series after hitting six home runs in the six games. They await either the St. Louis Cardinals or the Milwaukee Brewers. [ESPN]

It’s expected to be partly cloudy today with highs in the mid-sixties. There is a chance of showers for tonight. [TWC]

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