Vandals Advocating Free Subway Rides Spawn Investigation; OWS To March Across Brooklyn Bridge; Pena Witness ‘Disturbed’


Police are now looking for a group of vandals that worked Wednesday morning to let subway riders at thee stations across Manhattan and Brooklyn ride free. The group — wearing masks, hoods and gloves — chained open emergency gates, taped over the MetroCard readers and posted signs that read, “customers ride for free.” According to the New York Times investigators are still trying to determine whether the group acted “as part — or in sympathy with –” Occupy Wall Street or another protest group. “We don’t know who is behind the incidents or what the motivation is,” an NYPD spokesman said Saturday. On Thursday, reports emerged that about 20 stations across the city saw gates opened to protest MTA cutbacks. [NYT]

Occupy Wall Street plans to march across the Brooklyn Bridge this afternoon to commemorate the six-month anniversary of their October 1 action in the same location. [OWS]

Amy Bishop, a witness in the Michael Pena case, told the Daily News that she is “disturbed by the fact that they didn’t come back with a guilty verdict” of rape. Pena was found guilty of criminal sexual assault and predatory sexual assault. [NYDN]

According to her party, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi won a seat in Myanmar’s parliament Sunday. [Reuters]

The New York Knicks’ Jeremy Lin — who rose to stardom earlier this year — will be out six weeks after he has arthroscopic surgery in the coming days. He will miss the rest of the regular season because of a torn meniscus in his left knee. If the Knicks do make the playoffs, Lin will likely not be able to play in those either. Our Ben Sin explains further. [NYT]

The men’s basketball teams from the University of Kansas and the University of Kentucky will play each other for the NCAA championship. They overcame Ohio State and Louisville, respectively, in the semifinals Saturday night. [CNN]

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