July 12, 1988 |
Born in 1945, Robert De Niro is widely considered this country's most brilliant actor. He grew up in Greenwich Village, the son of a distinguished painter of the same name, and left high school at the age of 16 to become an actor. He studied with noted acting coaches Stella Adler, Luther James and Lee Strasberg (who was later to act with him in "The Godfather Part II), and worked off- Broadway in suburban dinner theaters and on soap operas. De Niro made his motion picture debut in 1968 in "Greetings," the first of four films he would make with director Brian De Palma.
February 24, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Kenneth Cherry Jr. was an aspiring rapper who moved from the Bay Area to Las Vegas to pursue his career. His music videos online show him cruising the Strip in his Maserati. Michael Boldon was a family man and taxi driver who hailed from Michigan and loved fast cars. The two men's lives - along with that of an unidentified passenger in Boldon's cab - ended in gunfire, a fiery crash, and an explosion before dawn Thursday on the neon-lit Strip. As investigators Friday tried to find the gunman in a black Range Rover SUV who triggered the chain of events, families and friends tried to grasp the finality of it all. "Right now my heart is breaking," said Cherry's great aunt, Patricia Sims, of Oakland, Calif.
July 4, 2013 |
A Camden man was charged with killing a taxi driver in Burlington City last month, authorities said Tuesday. Carey L. Coleman Jr., 22, shot Larry Hamilton, 49, of Trenton, once in the head early June 16, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and Burlington City police. Hamilton was found dead inside his taxi. Authorities did not reveal a motive. Hamilton is one of a number of taxi drivers who have been assaulted, robbed, or killed in the Philadelphia region in recent months.
August 7, 2012 |
As though arriving in Philadelphia by the back door could get any drearier. Long-running construction on the Platt Bridge, now eight months behind schedule, has managed to add an automotive thrill ride to a familiar eyesore. The $43 million painting and reconstruction of the 61-year-old bridge gives the city's grimy industrial gateway from Philadelphia International Airport a gloomy and treacherous centerpiece. Arching over sprawling oil tanks and the steaming stacks of the Sunoco refinery, the bridge begins in weeds and ends by a junkyard, as it has for decades.
December 16, 1991 |
The taxi driver was angry when his fare offered him only $10 for driving him around the city for 12 hours on Feb. 5. Allen Wyche, 29, of Sharon Hill, however, made a fatal mistake when he punched Marcus Mobley, 20, in the chest, and demanded more money. Mobley, of Walnut Street near 61st, got mad and went into a house on 53rd Street near Race, and returned with an automatic handgun. He then shot and killed Wyche. "He shot Mr. Wyche nine times, and laughed as he was doing it," Assistant District Attorney Kenneth McDaniel said last Friday.
April 5, 1990 |
A Haitian soldier trying to desert the army deered American Airlines jet early today minutes before security forces boarded the plane to end a bizarre three-day standoff at Port-au-Prince airport. Police said the soldier, identified as 20-year-old Pierre Gerald, had leaped off the aircraft and vanished into the darkness as security forces prepared to dislodge him. The airport, ordered closed yesterday, reopened for traffic. Gerald commandeered the empty airliner, bound for New York, on Monday and demanded to be flown to the United States.
May 30, 1991 |
The student is not necessarily the father of the artist. For example, you wouldn't learn much about Henri Matisse by examining his youthful sketchbooks and canvases. Muddy academic studies, they lack the clarity and color that distinguished the painter's mature work. On the other hand, in Pablo Picasso's student output you'd find the phenomenal draftsmanship and haunting themes that characterized his work throughout his career. Similarly, in the first student film by Martin Scorsese, The Big Shave (1968)
November 16, 1991 |
Lloyd Reid made the mistake of telling his girlfriend about killing and robbing an off-duty taxi driver on March 10. A few days later, she went to the cops about it, after learning that he had stolen her coat. "He told me he had shot and robbed a man" at 55th and Arch, she told them. Shortly after, the alleged murder weapon was found at a West Philadelphia speakeasy, on the floor under Reid's chair. During a search of Reid's home police seized bullets to the gun and a note that another cab driver had sent to the victim, apparently taken during the robbery.
December 6, 1991 |
The taxi driver said he was lost. He told the police officer he was from Maryland and had accepted a fare to New York. On his return trip, he wound up in Easttown Township in Chester County. Easttown Officer Robert Taylor reported that he noticed the man sitting in a blue cab behind an office building on Lancaster Avenue in Berwyn about 4 p.m. Tuesday. After hearing the driver's story and providing directions to Philadelphia, Taylor became suspicious when the cab pulled out of the lot and headed the wrong way. He followed it and had police call the Barwood Cab Co. in Rockville, Md. They discovered that the cab had been stolen at gunpoint on Oct. 30 in Maryland.
October 22, 1999 |
In Martin Scorsese's 1976 film Taxi Driver, geysers of steam spew up through the asphalt to signify the hell raging beneath Seventh Avenue. Scorsese's new picture, Bringing Out the Dead, reunites him with Taxi Driver screenwriter Paul Schrader and shows ghosts of the dead seeping up through manhole covers and steam vents. These phantoms are neither angry nor vengeful like Travis Bickle, hound of hell, in Taxi Driver. They are forsaken spirits seeking a place, any place, to rest.