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NEWS
July 12, 1992 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER CONVENTION BUREAU
She calls herself Gwendolyn. She prowls a sidewalk in a shadowy west-side warehouse district, hoping to fulfill the desires of the men leaving a trendy strip club nearby. She tells them what she thinks they want to hear. If they are ugly, she calls them cute. If they are fat, she admires their muscles. And for the thousands of Democrats who will descend on Madison Square Garden this week for the party's national convention, she's willing to appeal to their political loyalties - if that's what it takes.
NEWS
June 11, 1992 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The city plans to award a newly formed taxi association the exclusive right to pick up passengers at Philadelphia International Airport, city aviation officials said yesterday. The plan promises to help improve what is often dismal airport cab service, Aviation Director James C. DeLong said. It's also intended to save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. Metro-Care Inc., the firm that now runs SEPTA's Paratransit service for the handicapped, would operate the new association under a contract with the city.
NEWS
December 23, 1997 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Three people were killed yesterday afternoon in a head-on crash involving a taxi and station wagon on Route 322 near Foulk Road, authorities said. The victims were identified as Christopher J. Fairfield, 37, of Secane, who was driving a 1986 Volvo taxi, and Roger N. Morrill, 72, and his passenger, Bernice E. Riegel, 77, both of Wilmington, who were in the station wagon, a 1989 Oldsmobile. The Oldsmobile, driven by Morrill, was headed west on Route 322 approaching Garnet Mine Road when it drifted into the eastbound lane about 3:15 p.m., state police said.
NEWS
June 21, 1999 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
In a city that hasn't seen a brand-new cab in at least three years, where the average age of taxis is seven, this qualifies as earth-shattering news: A 1998 Ford Crown Victoria has hit the streets. Dispatched by the small Avant Garde taxi association, it is the newest cab in Philadelphia. True, it is a two-year-old former police cruiser. And, yes, it already has 72,780 miles on it. But fleet owner Mike Menachem says the "new" car is a sign that all Philly cab owners are not as bad as the ones recently chronicled by the Daily News.
NEWS
February 26, 1993 | By Lea Sitton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A United Cab driver was fatally shot in South Philadelphia last night as he drove past a residential strip known for drugs and prostitution, police said. Police said the cabbie, a 34-year-old Pakistani whose name was not immediately released, was found lying next to the cab on 25th Street, just south of Manton Street, shortly after 10 p.m. He was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead about 10:30 p.m. from a gunshot wound to the chest His taxi, its windshield broken, came to rest against a concrete bridge support on a bleak stretch of 25th Street, below Federal, dominated by darkened warehouses.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - UberX, the controversial ride-sharing service, won approval Thursday to operate in most of Pennsylvania, but not in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which regulates taxi and limousine service in every county except Philadelphia, overruled its staff in a split decision, deciding that UberX can operate statewide for two years, if it meets requirements for auto insurance, driver background checks, and financial reporting....
NEWS
August 10, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Responding to a threat of taxi impoundments by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, Germantown Cab Co. will not be providing taxi service this weekend, the company's general manager said Friday night. The PPA had ordered the taxi company "out of service" as of noon Friday for allegedly failing to allow biannual safety inspections by the authority and refusing to identify its drivers. Late Friday afternoon, the company was still running taxis in the city. Vincent J. Fenerty Jr., the PPA's executive director, acknowledged the situation and said taxi inspectors would be out in force to track down Germantown Cab vehicles and impound them.
NEWS
February 22, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lauren Bianco took a taxi to rob a Rite Aid store in Gloucester Township on Tuesday night, police said. Maybe, for a fleeting moment, it seemed like a good plan. About 8:45, police said, Bianco, 28, pulled a gun and demanded money from the cash register at the store on Chews Landing Road. She grabbed about $100 and tried to flee, police said. The store manager watched the robbery on a surveillance monitor and tackled Bianco by the entrance, police said. Bianco got away and tried to jump back into the taxi, police said.
NEWS
August 6, 1997 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / VICKI VALERIO
The river flowing along the street hampers the struggle to get to cover during a downpour near 30th Street Station. Yesterday's rush-hour drenching caught many off guard and made a taxi a beautiful sight.
NEWS
March 10, 2014 | Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
It's a job where stress mounts like dollars on a taxicab meter. The hours are long, the wages are low, and the competition for customers is often fierce. Toss in an eat-on-the-go, fast-food diet, little exercise, a sore back and achy joints from jockeying through traffic all day and you start to grasp the health burdens Philadelphia cabdrivers face. "It's a high-stress job," said Ronald Blount, president of the Unified Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania, which represents 1,200 of the city's 5,000 cabdrivers.
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