1,231 In the news Shark for sale? A man has been trying to sell a small live shark on the subway, reported Gothamist yesterday. A source told the site that the entrepreneur had caught the fish at Coney Island after it tried to bite him and was now selling it for $100. Last seen on the J train, the man was carrying his little shark in a disposable cooler. PETA officials told Gothamist that the man may be “bitten” again after the Department of Environmental Conservation finds out about his fishy business ventures. METRO/DB
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She’s the little spoon: Snuggle up for $60 Never underestimate the power of the human touch. At least, that’s the business model that Penfield, N.Y. woman Jackie Samuel is banking on. About a month ago, she launched a website that offers a solid hour of cuddle time in exchange for a cool $60. “I really just wanted to cud-
dle,” the upstate New York resident told Metro. On her site, The Snuggery, Samuel showcases herself as an advocate for the healing power of touch. With photos that show her in cozy, curled up poses dressed in pajamas, Samuel states that Americans are deprived of enough non-
sexual touch and that’s why she is here to help. Samuel said she has looked into getting certified for her snuggle sessions, but found that the only certification available was for people looking to host group snuggling parties. Samuel just wanted to do individual cuddling. When she
placed an ad for her snuggle services in the back of her local newspaper, business started to flow in. “There are different kinds of cuddling positions, but I typically always start out spooning. And I am pretty small, so usually I’m the little spoon,” Samuel said. METRO/CG
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Grab a pillow, she’s ready.
Occupy Wall Street link to murder may be error
In the news
1,231 new NYPD recruits were sworn in by Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly yesterday at Queens College. This year’s new recruits are particularly diverse; a significant number of recruits were born abroad from countries including Ecuador, Nigeria, Thailand and Russia. METRO/DB
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The signs have angered some.
Billboard draws fury from Israelis WESTCHESTER. The Anti-
Defamation League criticized a billboard campaign in Metro-North train stations yesterday, saying the posters incorrectly accuse Israel of taking land from the Palestinians. “The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is extremely complex and cannot be summarized in a series of four maps,” said the group’s New York director Ron Meier. The maps show an expansion of Israeli land from 1946 to 2010. They are sponsored by the Committee for Peace in Israel. METRO/DB
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DNA recovered from padlock after subway stunt matches 2004 murder But law enforcement sources now saying DNA may be contaminated COURTESY OF NYPD
A DNA link that may have connected the Occupy Wall Street movement to an unsolved 2004 murder may now be the result of a lab goof, according to reports. On March 28, activists used chains to open the emergency gates at several subway stations, prompting free rides in protest of MTA fare hikes. A sample collected by police from a chain used at the Beverley Road subway station in Flatbush reportedly matched DNA gathered from a CD player that was found near the dead body of 21-year-old Sarah Fox in 2004. But last night, police sources told both the New York Post and the Daily News that the DNA may have been left by the same lab technician who handled both the CD player and the padlock. “It was a total screw up,” one anonymous cop told the Post. “What are the chances that the killer came in contact
Police released photos of the suspects chaining open gates at the Beverly Road subway station.
with this chain and left his DNA on it all these years later?” said another skeptical cop. Fox’s nude body was found after she disappeared near In-
wood Hill Park during a run. When Metro asked, Occupy Wall Street denied that it had anything to do with organizing the March 28 subway protest.
“After it happened, a lot of media gave credit to OWS, but we don’t actually know the people who organized it,” Occupy Wall Street press team member Linnea Paton told Metro yesterday morning. The activists who placed the chains at Beverly Road station were masked, according to police surveillance footage. The NYPD released the surveillance video earlier this year, which shows the masked vandals propping open the subway gates with padlocks and chains. When asked about tweets that Occupy Wall Street accounts made in March spreading the word about the subway protest, Paton responded, “A lot of people were excited to see that type of protest happen, but in terms of organizing it, we did not. It didn’t come from one of our working groups.” CASSANDRA GARRISON
MIDTOWN. Two stranded
window washers were rescued yesterday from outside a building in Midtown after their scaffolding broke on the 42nd floor, according to the New York Post. The workers, one believed to be in his 60s, were stuck outside 1177 6th Avenue for about an hour, according to the paper. Firefighters had to cut power to the scaffolding before bringing the men in through a window. The FDNY said they were uninjured. METRO/DB
Online post brags of stunt On March 28, OccupyWallStreet.org posted a release online crediting OWS protesters and local union workers with the padlocking: “This morning before rush hour, teams of activists, many from Occupy Wall Street, in conjunction with rank-and-file workers from the Transport Workers Union Local 100 and the Amalga-
mated Transit Union, opened up more than 20 stations across the city for free entry,” read the post. Transport Workers Union Local 100 spokesperson Jim Gannon said it’s possible union members were involved in the protest, but would have been disciplined if they were caught. “If they were there, they did it on their own without any encouragement from the union,” Gannon told Metro. “I haven't seen anything that shows any of our people were there.”
No arrests in case yet
Who was Sarah Fox?
No arrests were made during the March 28 action. No members of OWS were questioned by police yesterday, said OWS attorney Norman Siegel. When asked, police said they weren’t questioning OWS members. The lab worker who may have mistakenly tainted the DNA will be disciplined. METRO/CG
Fox, a Pennsauken, N.J. native, was studying acting at Julliard in 2004. A search was launched when she didn’t return home from a run. Six days later, her body was found in tulip petals in Inwood Hill Park. METRO/CG