October 16, 2009 |
Deliberating less than 30 minutes yesterday, a Philadelphia jury acquitted the head of the city taxi drivers union of choking a woman during a dispute over using a credit card to pay her fare. An ebullient Ronald E. Blount and about 20 supporters poured out of the Criminal Justice Center courtroom cheering after the Common Pleas Court jury acquitted him of charges of aggravated and simple assault, unlawful restraint, and recklessly endangering another person. "Thank God for this judge and this jury who stopped this," said Blount, 50, president of the 1,200-member Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania.
October 15, 2009 |
A 63-year-old Philadelphia cabbie was convicted yesterday of vehicular manslaughter and related charges in last year's hit-and-run accident in Logan that killed a 5-year-old boy and seriously injured the child's mother. Yves Aristilde was also found guilty of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person in the Aug. 24, 2008, accident that killed Tyrell Elliot and injured Dana Reynolds, 23. The verdict was issued by Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner, who heard the two-day nonjury trial.
June 25, 2009 |
A Delaware County jury decided yesterday to spare the life of the Upper Darby man convicted in the 2007 Christmas Eve killing of a taxi driver. Ramir Steve, 20, showed no reaction as the jury foreman read the decision to sentence him to life in prison with no parole. On Monday, he was found guilty of first-degree murder, robbery, and possession of firearms without a license in the killing Gregory Cunningham, 42, of Clifton Heights. "There is no winner in the outcome of this tragedy, only two families who have lost their son and brother," the Cunningham family said in a statement.
June 16, 2009 |
In the murder trial of Ramir Steve, the Delaware County prosecutor and defense attorney agree on one fact: The Upper Darby man shot and killed taxi driver Gregory Cunningham on Christmas Eve 2007. At issue in the death-penalty trial is whether it was an accident or a cold-blooded murder. Cunningham, 42, of Clifton Heights, was killed in what police believe was a botched robbery after he was dispatched to the 7400 block of Rogers Avenue, where Steve lived, in the early morning.
February 22, 2009 |
In Sydney, I merely hailed a taxi, opened the door, and jumped in the back seat. The driver narrowed his eyes into a suspicious glint. There was a pause. "Where to, mate?" he finally asked in a voice that could chill a refrigerator. In Marrakech, I simply crossed my legs during an interview with a government official. Immediately, a great hush came over the room. A moment later, my informant remembered an important appointment and abruptly excused himself. In a Mumbai restaurant, all I did was reach for the naan bread.
May 29, 2008 |
Cowboys cornerback Pacman Jones is hoping the NFL will allow him to participate in organized team activities this week, the Dallas Morning News reported. According to the newspaper, Jones met last week with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in Atlanta about his possible reinstatement to the league. Jones has been on indefinite suspension since March 2007 after several run-ins with the law. Last week, he cleared up a $20,000 gambling debt at a Las Vegas casino. Jones has not been permitted to visit the team training facility or take part in OTAs.
December 20, 2007 |
Bill Parcells' day began with reports he would rebuild the Atlanta Falcons. It ended with him on the cusp of taking the same job with the Miami Dolphins. Parcells and Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga agreed yesterday on a 4-year contract to be Miami's vice president of football operations, according to ESPN, which employs the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach as an analyst. The Dolphins declined comment, only saying no contract has been signed. Parcells previously coached the Giants, Patriots, Jets and Cowboys.
September 14, 2007 |
Five feet of sinew crowned with blade-sharp cheekbones, Jodie Foster is flexed, vexed and primed to strike in The Brave One, an exploitation flick with top-flight talent and arty pretensions. The revenge fantasy directed by Neil Jordan insists that a vigilante is a liberal who's been mugged, a message roughly 30 years past its sell-by date. After thugs attack Erica Bain, a public-radio host, and her fiance, David, in Central Park, she lies in a coma for three weeks. And when she awakens, the city she loved is unfamiliar, the man she loved dead.
September 2, 2007 |
Jodie Foster is in Queensland, Australia, on the phone, in a room looking over the ocean. It's early morning, and a storm is blowing. "There's rain and huge waves - sideways rain," she reports. "And there's been a drought here. It hasn't rained for months and months. They've been complaining that there's going to be no drinking water . . . and then suddenly it's like this epic deluge. " It's winter in the antipodes, and Foster is making a children's movie - Nim's Island, from the bestselling book.
July 8, 2007
NORTHERN UGANDA - Jennifer Anyayo's reunion with her family would have to wait. First, our taxi driver took us from Entebbe International Airport to Kampala to exchange currency and grab breakfast. We sat down at the pricey Speke Hotel - and that's where Jennifer, 16, first flashed some of the attitude she picked up in America. She didn't like the eggs. "Oh, these eggs are salty. Why do they do that? I don't like salt," she said. "My doctor told me not to eat salt. " Still, she finished her meal, and she, Inquirer photographer Michael Wirtz and I piled back into our minivan taxi.