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By Mary Voboril and Mary Voboril,NEWSDAY | April 17, 2002
NEW YORK - To hear them gripe and grouse, you'd think New York City cab drivers were the Rodney Dangerfields of the working world. They get no respect! Officious cops, road-hogging motorists, insouciant jaywalkers, fault-finding women, impatient men, nit-picky inspectors from the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) - all give righteous, hard-working, long-suffering cabbies a hard time. Even other cabbies give cabbies a hard time. Or so it was said one recent Friday night at a mandatory customer-relations class for probationary cab drivers at LaGuardia Community College.
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Jacques Kelly | September 21, 2012
Social observer, career cabdriver and neighborhood storyteller Thaddeus Logan is offering Baltimoreans another volume of his urban epistles. "Hey Cabbie II!" looks at the Baltimore that passes under the radar of the media and the academics. Logan loves Baltimore unconditionally and airs its embarrassments, guilty pleasures and unauthorized stories. These compact urban tales speak the truth while describing Baltimore, black and white, rich and poor, from the leafy boulevards of Roland Park to the broken asphalt of Oldtown.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,Staff Writer | July 29, 1992
Paul Stanley, a city cabdriver for many years, has this suggestion for suburban taxi drivers: stay on your own turf.Mr. Stanley, who drives for Diamond Cab Co., says that he's seen too many "Brand X" and "gypsy" cabbies operating in the city. These taxi drivers do not have permits to operate in Baltimore and they steal fares from legitimate city cabbies."Sometimes I only make the nut [money used to rent the cab] and nothing else because of them," Mr. Stanley said.Nearly 200 city cabdrivers gathered at Druid Hill Park yesterday to draw public attention and to discuss a strategy for dealing with suburban cabbies who flout the law. Many drivers said the state Public Service Commission (PSC)
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By Justin Fenton | December 19, 2011
A 24-year-old Baltimore man has been arrested and charged with robbing and shooting a cab driver in Remington early Sunday, police said. Police said Maurice Turner, who in 2008 was sentenced to a 30-year prison term, and a second man robbed and shot a 30-year-old cab driver early Sunday after he pulled into a parking lot in the 2700 block of Sisson St. The suspects demanded money, shot the driver in the back and fled with an unknown amount of...
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,Sun Staff Writer | February 22, 1994
Drivers for a city-cab company were collecting money today to help fellow-driver Harry Lewis, whom police accuse of hunting down and shooting a teen-ager he said robbed him early Monday in West Baltimore.Harry Lewis, whose boss at Royal Cab Co. described him as "a soft-spoken, hard-worker," was being held in the City Jail on $30,000 bail on a charge of assault with intent to murder.He was awaiting a bail review today in Baltimore District Court. How much money was taken was not disclosed.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer | May 23, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- Police officers spent their lunch hour hailing taxis here yesterday, but the drivers didn't like the destination -- straight to jail on drug charges.While startled tourists and passers-by watched, police led a dozen cabbies away in handcuffs and seized 11 taxicabs as they wrapped up a six-month investigation into drug trafficking in Maryland's capital.In addition to the 12 drivers, two other men were charged with distributing cocaine in the culmination of the probe by police, the Naval Investigative Service and the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | May 8, 1996
MY OLDEST MEMORY of New York is as vivid as a summer sky.I was in Brooklyn, near Coney Island, on my way to visit the extended family. This was exciting for me because this particular faction of the extended family owned a candy store. If you missed the era of New York corner candy stores, I won't describe it to you. It would only break the heart of your inner child.We had parked and were walking toward the apartment when, from a window high above me, came these words: "Yo, lard butt, get the lead out."
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff Writer | March 7, 1993
Taxi drivers at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, angry that their fees have gone up while ridership has declined, want help from a union to protest working conditions they say keep them from earning a decent living.The cabbies could vote later this month to associate with the Masters, Mates and Pilots Union, the marine division of the International Longshoremen's Association, which represents workers at the Port of Baltimore.The 116 cabbies at the airport all are independent contractors.
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By Robin Miller | November 22, 1991
IT IS a dark and stormy night. He's at the corner of Charles and 34th streets, trying to hail a cab. Every one that passes is full. The rain is soaking through his jacket, and he is muttering, "Where are all the taxis?"A block away, on St. Paul Street, I'm heading downtown after taking three kids from Penn Station to Loyola College. I'm muttering, "Where are all the passengers?" I wonder how I'm going to pay my cab rent for the night.In New York, where a million -- or more -- passengers take cabs every day and there are more than 10,000 cabs on the street at one time, cabbies and passengers have little trouble finding each other.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,Evening Sun Staff | October 4, 1990
Outside Ashburton Lunch, a diner in West Baltimore where cabbies gather to swap stories, the conversation veers from tales of weird passengers to those of economic survival.The cabbies at the diner at Ashburton Street and Walbrook Avenue were talking yesterday about the increased price of gasoline caused by the crisis in the Middle East, and how that development has lessened their profits."When I first got into driving, I made a good buck. But I feel like I'm working for the Exxon company now, and I don't like that," said I. Martin Friedman, 49, an independent driver for the G I Veterans Taxicab Co. Inc.Independent drivers own their own cabs.
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By Nick Madigan and Leeann Adams | February 11, 2010
Samuel Rosado is the sort of cabdriver who takes pride in his work. And that's putting it mildly. When the streets are filled with snow and the air with howling wind, that's when Rosado displays his mettle. Last weekend, he worked right through the storm, he said, and in three days made $1,000. "These roads are really bad," he said Wednesday, in the middle of the second snowstorm in less than a week, as he waited for a fare outside Baltimore's Penn Station. "But since I'm from Buffalo [N.Y.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,tricia.bishop@baltsun.com | September 30, 2009
A former prostitute, who was raped, strangled, cut and left for dead in Leakin Park, took the stand Tuesday in Baltimore Circuit Court and tearfully recounted the details of the 2003 attack by an unlicensed "hack" cabdriver whose DNA is linked to two murders. "I felt his arm go around my neck and he started choking me," the 37-year-old woman said, waving her fists behind her head to show how she tried to fight the man off. "My eyes went up in my head, then everything went black." The Baltimore Sun is withholding the woman's name because she is the victim of a sex crime.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | April 21, 2009
City homicide detectives are investigating possible links between the recent deaths of two men believed to be unlicensed taxi cab drivers, sources said. The shootings took place over the course of four days last week and within about a half-mile in East Baltimore. Police believe the victims - ages 63 and 78 - were "hacks," or unlicensed cab drivers, though it is unclear whether they were transporting or seeking passengers at the time they were killed, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it. The latest occurred Saturday, when Calvin Hayes, 78, was found about 6:50 a.m. sitting inside a blue Cadillac suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper torso.
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By Justin Fenton and Gus G. Sentementes and Justin Fenton and Gus G. Sentementes,justin.fenton@baltsun.com and gus.sentementes@baltsun.com | March 7, 2009
Robert Lee Murphy hailed a cab in Frederick and killed the driver when they arrived in Baltimore, police say. Murphy, 22, of the 200 block of Douglas Court, was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the death of Stephen Mauk, 47, a driver for Yellow Cab of Frederick, who was dispatched to pick up passengers in his minivan and was never heard from again. Police said Mauk was shot once in the head Jan. 26 while sitting in the driver's seat in the 200 block of N. Bond St., one block away from Murphy's residence in Douglass Homes.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,liz.kay@baltsun.com | February 25, 2009
Baltimore taxi customers will see a decrease in fares next week but cabdrivers are protesting the change because of fewer fares in the poor economy, other increasing expenses and rising gasoline prices. As of March 1, the rate will decrease by 55 cents, lowering the cost from $2.20 to $1.65 per mile. In addition, the flat rate that riders pay for trips from downtown hotels to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will decrease from $30 to $22. Goitom Gebre-Ab and Tsegaye Yitbarek, both drivers for about two decades, said the notice about the decreased surcharge arrived on the same day as a letter announcing that their dues and insurance costs would increase by $6 per week.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,scott.calvert@baltsun.com | November 23, 2008
Gangsta Granny's getting no love. No signal 10s, no flags, no regulars. In plain English: No customers and no money. Now the sleepy scene outside the Doubletree Hotel in North Baltimore seems to promise more of the same. "Nothing's moving," she says with a weary sigh, edging onto University Parkway. It's just after 10 in the morning, but Lucy Davis, aka Gangsta Granny, has been on the job six hours already. So far it is shaping up as a so-so day, maybe worse. For cabbies like her, that's life nowadays.
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By Boston Globe | May 17, 1991
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Driving a cab is one of this city's few growth industries. But it has recently become one of the most dangerous as well.Gunmen have slain seven cab drivers in the past 16 months. Several others have been shot or have drawn fire. So far this year, gunmen have slain as many cabbies as policemen, the favorite target of the provisional Irish Republican Army.While the IRA has killed some drivers, contending that they were members of pro-British paramilitary groups, officials say loyalist gunmen have carried out most of the shootings.
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By Kim Clark | September 20, 1991
Starting next month, it could cost you an extra buck to call a city taxicab to pick you up.In what taxi industry officials yesterday called "a historic decision," state regulators approved a plan to end a vicious cycle in the city in which customers complain taxis rarely answer radio calls, and cabbies respond that callers skip out before the car arrives.Public Service Commissioner Claude M. Ligon approved a compromise hammered out by consumer and taxi representatives last month that will allow cabbies to charge customers $1 if they respond to a radio call within 30 minutes.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,Sun reporter | June 3, 2008
Hailing a cab in Baltimore could get more difficult this summer. With the average gas price threatening to top $4 a gallon, several Baltimore cabdrivers said yesterday that the steep jump in fuel costs is taking money out of their pockets and forcing them to wait more at taxi stands, where riders come to them, rather than driving around the city and burning fuel while trying to pick up fares. "You can't drive around all day," said Otisi Okiyi, 50, a Diamond Cab driver, while parked at a taxi stand at the Inner Harbor yesterday.
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By RICHARD IRWIN | May 22, 2007
A 12-year-old girl reported being raped yesterday evening by a taxicab driver near Baltimore's Clifton Park, and police were combing the city in search of the vehicle and driver, a police spokesman said. The girl told police she was in a Yellow Cab near Harford Road and East 32nd Street about 6 p.m. when the driver raped her, said Officer Troy Harris, the spokesman. Harris said the girl told police that she hailed the cab. He said the girl, whose clothing was bloodied, was taken for treatment to Johns Hopkins Hospital.
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