March 15, 2010 |
A church musician whose gun-packing fellow congregants offered backup, a taxi driver whose cab crash was caused by a bullet and a diner patron who got caught up in a breakfast brawl were among victims of violence in the city over the weekend. Shortly before 5 a.m. yesterday, a large fight between two factions of men broke out inside the Aramingo Diner, in Port Richmond. The fight, fueled by alcohol and "just stupid, macho stuff," according to an East Detectives investigator, escalated into an all-out brawl involving more than 20 people.
October 30, 2009 |
I was idling at a red light on 17th Street the other afternoon, at ease on my nameless, burgundy-colored three-speed as I enjoyed the gentle fall sun, when a taxi driver pulled up in the left lane and barked: "Do you always stop at lights?" I figured I'd answer honestly. "I try to," I told him. "Then I'll give you respect," he allowed, before flooring the gas and charging off into Center City traffic. Though his tone was grudging, I considered the exchange a hopeful break in the long-running cycle of animosity that seems to divide drivers and bicyclists in Philadelphia.
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.