June 19, 2009
JUST SAY NO, RUBEN. Be firm and resolute. Look to the near future even when the present appears to call for swift and decisive action. Just build a moat around Michael Taylor. Put him off-limits. Declare him a future Philly landmark. Buy him a size XXX-long T-shirt that reads "Untouchable" in front and "Off Limits" in back. Don't ruin my Twin Towers dream. Don't break up potential belting bookends Michael Taylor and Ryan Howard before they have gone back-to-back for the first of what should be many times.
February 3, 1994 |
Former Philadelphia Police Capt. Michael Taylor was acquitted yesterday of charges of accepting payoffs from a South Philadelphia numbers operator to protect an illegal lottery business. Taylor, 46, a 19-year veteran of the police force, was fired in August 1986 after he was charged with taking a $200 bribe from an admitted numbers operator. The operator was cooperating with the Police Department's ethics accountability division. Taylor was the highest-ranking of nine police officers arrested in October 1986 on charges of accepting bribes from illegal-lottery operators.
June 18, 1996 |
Before he ended up a bullet-riddled corpse by the railroad tracks, Michael Taylor had survived a nightmarish youth of drug addiction and homelessness. He got himself clean and sober. Then he became a political radical who rubbed elbows with Hollywood celebrities and dreamed of starting a small pirate radio station that would defy federal regulations in the name of free speech. Police think those ideas may have gotten him killed. They have arrested three suspects in the April 22 slaying, and said Taylor's murder might be linked to a dispute over whether the station would be commercial-free.
September 30, 2011 |
The best trades are the ones that help both teams. Here are the recent Phils' Traded Away All-Stars by position (asterisk denotes potential future All-Star): STARTERS: 1B:: Jonathan Singleton 3B:: Jason Donald SS:: Jonathan Villar 2B:: Adrian Cardenas LF:: Domingo Santana* CF:: Anthony Gose* RF:: Michael Taylor C:: Travis d'Arnaud* SP:: RHP Jarred Cosart SP:: LHP J.A. Happ Closer:: Josh Zeid BENCH: IF/OF:: Matt Spencer C:: Lou Marson OF:: Greg Golson DAMAGED GOODS: RHP:: Carlos Carrasco (Tommy John)
March 17, 2013
A Camden County grand jury has indicted a 62-year-old Voorhees man who allegedly murdered his neighbor in a June dispute that began with an argument about pet birds. David Giordano of Sherry Court is charged with fatally stabbing 52-year-old Michael Taylor. Giordano allegedly dumped water on Taylor's pet birds because they were chirping loudly from the porch beneath him. Taylor then confronted Giordano, who allegedly stabbed him several times. The indictment was presented March 6 and made public Wednesday.
December 10, 2011
Delaware County authorities were holding Maurquis Javon Thompson, 19, of Chester, on $1 million bail Saturday on charges that he killed two 15-year-old Glenolden boys in a hit-and-run accident after he fled from police. Michael Taylor was killed instantly, police said, while Mark McNeill died of his injuries in Chester-Crozer Medical Center in Upland Saturday afternoon. Police said Thompson was driving a speeding car on Chester Pike, leaving Folcroft Borough and entering Glenolden, about 9:35 p.m. Friday.
April 1, 2016 |
David P. Giordano told a state judge Wednesday that he lived an honorable life. That is, he said, until he killed his neighbor, 52-year-old Michael Taylor, in 2012 during a fight about Taylor's noisy pet birds. On Wednesday, Giordano, 65, of Voorhees, stood stoically before Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Natal in Camden asking for mercy during his sentencing hearing. "I'm truly sorry," Giordano said, turning toward Taylor's relatives and friends in the gallery. "My true intentions were to protect myself.
June 27, 2012
A Voorhees man was arraigned on murder charges Tuesday following the weekend death of a neighbor he allegedly stabbed this month in a dispute over the neighbor's pet birds, authorities said. David Giordano, 62, dumped water on Michael Taylor's birds from the porch of his condominium unit on Sherry Court on June 5. When he heard Taylor come up the stairs to confront him, Giordano - who has worked as a butcher - got a knife, according to officials. The men fought and Giordano stabbed Taylor in the arm, stomach, and upper chest, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, Voorhees police, and court records.
July 2, 2009 |
Michael Taylor slugged his 15th homer, a two-run shot that capped a six-run second inning, as the Reading Phillies beat the Altoona Curve, 8-6, in the Eastern League last night. Scott Eyre, on a rehab assignment from the Phillies, gave up a first-inning run and Kyle Drabek (5-0) allowed three more in the second but went 6 2/3 innings for the victory. Taylor and lefthander Joe Savery were chosen to play in the Eastern League All-Star Game on July 15. Savery (10-1) leads the league in wins, and Taylor leads in batting average (.348 entering last night)