July 29, 2010 |
Facing possible death penalties if convicted of first-degree murder, three men have pleaded guilty in exchange for varying prison terms in the April 13, 2008, robbery and shooting of a man entering a North Philadelphia mosque for morning prayer. Jury selection was to have begun Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court for Walter White, Joel McCleary, and Steven Mack, all 22. Instead, one by one - Mack, then McCleary, and finally, on Thursday, White - pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the shooting of Quadii Soulimani, as well as conspiracy and multiple robbery counts.
December 28, 2012 |
Bundled and alone on Christmas night, the woman was lying in the street by the entrance to a desolate Family Dollar store parking lot in Kensington. A man smoking a cigarette from his second-floor apartment window spotted her sprawled a few feet off the curb. She looked sick or debilitated, perhaps unconscious. Out of cellphone minutes, the man, a retired taxi driver named Mike, called out to a few others on the quiet Frankford Avenue sidewalk to call 911. "She'll freeze," he shouted.
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.
May 27, 2005 |
With his pockets stuffed with more than $3,000 in cash and a "getaway car" waiting patiently in the bank parking lot, police say Robert Kenneth Marino was almost free. But the car he used to flee the Upper Darby Commerce Bank that he was charged yesterday with robbing turned out to be easy to spot, police said. Marino, 50, who was arraigned bedside at Delaware County Memorial Hospital after he complained of chest pains during his arrest, was caught cruising in a cab, spotted in traffic by a Lansdowne Borough police officer who heard descriptions of Marino and the cab dispatched across police radios.
April 20, 1989 |
A South Philadelphia woman was struck and killed by a passing car last night as she fled from her boyfriend who was beating her, police said. Mary Berry, 34, of Hancock Street near Tasker, was pronounced dead at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital shortly after the 7:30 p.m. incident, police said. Berry, a taxi driver, suffered a major head wound and other injuries. Charles Rementer, 38, who lived with Berry and was a cab driver himself, was arrested and charged with simple and aggravated assault and related offenses, police said.