A judge has ruled that subway bag searches are constitutional. Newsday reports that Judge Richard Berman filed the decision just hours after hearings ended for the NYCLU's lawsuit against the city. Judge Berman wrote, "The need to prevent a terrorist bombing of the New York City subway system is a government interest of the very highest order" - therefore the subway bag searches are minimal invasion of privacy. Well, if it's a government interest, then give us some more damned funding for our subway security. One flaw about the searches that the NYCLU has been arguing out is that the searches aren't exactly random, and therefore, people of color (and probably most likely men) are pulled over more often. We'll try to find the ruling and read more about it. And we also believe Judge Berman's clerks to be the fastest typers ever.

And come Monday, the new subway etiquette goes into effect, including:

- Do not jump turnstiles -- even if your MetroCard does not work properly.
- You must show your fare card to a transit worker if it's requested.
- Do not straddle a bicycle, or wear in-line skates or roller skates.
- No standing on a skateboard or small scooter while on the trains or buses.
- Do not move between subway cars -- even if the train is stopped.
- Do not occupy more than one seat on subways or buses by putting up your feet or spreading your legs.
- Don't place bags on an empty seat.

The AP says the rules will be posted in the stations. How about a takeaway brochure, MTA?

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