1. Transportation

    BART Stations Closed in S.F.

    An unidentified protester uses his cell phone during a protest at the Civic Center BART station in San Francisco, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. Cellphone service was operating as protesters gathered at the San Francisco subway station during rush-hour several days after transit officials shut wireless service to head off another demonstration.

    Jeff Chiu / AP Photo

    Et tu, San Francisco? The city’s public-transportation system, BART, closed all four of its stations in downtown San Francisco on Monday evening due to protests. Protesters were demonstrating against the agency’s decision to cut underground cellular service for three hours last Thursday night in an effort to stop a possible protest that day. BART spokesman Linton Johnson said riders “don’t have the right to free speech inside the fare gates,” and said cellphone service would possibly be cut again. He said riders’ safety had been compromised by protests over the death of a knife-wielding man on July 3 at a BART station.

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