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Morning Brew: New TTC Rocket subway temporarily out of service thanks to anti-Ford graffiti, York University considers giving security handcuffs and batons, and the Sun asks if taxpayers should pay for Layton's state funeral

This is classy. A new Toronto rocket subway train was temporarily pulled out of service after someone spray painted "F--k Rob Ford" inside. The quick-thinking vandal also noticed the train's security camera and spray painted the lens too. TTC spokesman Brad Ross said he was unsure if there were witnesses and the investigation is still ongoing. I'm not picking sides on the "graffiti vs. Rob Ford" debate, but did it really have to be one of the new rockets?

More news from the city's underground transit. Unlike yesterday's report of a violent altercation on a TTC streetcar, this latest show of violence on a TTC subway car did involve a TTC employee. Just before 9 p.m. last night, a TTC employee was viciously beaten after approaching a man who was hopping between moving subway cars as the train was pulling into Islington station. A suspect has been charged with assault.

In response to the university being deemed unsafe, York University is considering equipping its security staff with batons and handcuffs, allowing them to intervene when criminal activity is suspected and possibly detain suspects. Previously, security staff were told not to do anything when they saw suspicious activity but to call police, which makes you wonder why they were called "security staff" and not just "staff." Needless to say, not all York students are thrilled about the idea.

Now it's the Sun's turn to rain down on the Jack Layton funeral parade (procession) questioning whether Layton's state funeral is the appropriate choice in spending taxpayers' money. Joe Warmington argues that Layton was never a prime minister, cabinet minister, or even John Lennon, so where does the line stop? He also wonders if the money would be better off spent in Goderich, or for the homeless, which is just silly because we all know how the Sun feels about the homeless.


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