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October 20, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A Bangladeshi immigrant paid a record $360,000 at a city auction for a New York taxi medallion, which is required by the city to own a taxicab. Most cabdrivers in the city work for taxi fleets or lease time from a medallion owner. Mohammed Shah, 44, mortgaged his house in the New York borough of Queens to help finance the purchase Monday of one of 116 new taxi medallions sold to the highest bidders. The price of an owner-driver medallion rose almost $50,000 from last year.
March 26, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
Every destination has lessons to teach, and so do most travelers. In “Trip Tactics,” we ask seasoned travelers for tips, confessions and war stories. The traveler : Armenia Nercessian de Oliveira, a longtime United Nations officer and cofounder of the global fair-trade web retailer The tricks: Basically, Nercessian de Oliveira says, “I love to lose myself in the places I go.” But kids, don't try all of this at home. For instance: Unless she can wangle access to an elite lounge, Nercessian de Oliveira hates airports and spends as little time in them as possible, frequently defying airline requests that she arrive two hours ahead of her departure time.
May 7, 1988 | From Reuters
About 13,000 Seoul taxi drivers went on strike Friday after last-ditch talks with vehicle owners' representatives failed. The strike, over demands for better pay and working conditions, halted about 30% of the capital's 41,000 taxis, Labor Ministry officials said.
March 1, 2014
In October we ended our cruise in Athens and had one day to see the highlights. Christos Kapsalis, our taxi driver, offered to show us the sights for four hours and then take us to our hotel. We reached a price that we thought was good, and we highly recommend his service. Christos Kapsalis; 011-30-697-681-7443, Sandra Lampert By e mail
May 25, 2009 | DeeDee Correll
Esam Yousif hovered by his freshly painted taxi, holding the decals that would christen it taxi No. 654. Once the stickers were affixed and his radio and meter installed, he would be ready to hit the road. For Yousif, 39, and more than 200 other veteran cab drivers, this month marked a new start in their careers -- as members of a taxi cooperative launched after a four-year fight to increase competition in Colorado's tightly controlled taxi market.
June 23, 2001
Another taxicab driver has been murdered ("Leads Sought in Slaying of Cabdriver," June 15). Los Angeles taxicab passengers, please do not take offense at your driver's safety precautions; his is a dangerous job. (I am a driver for Bell Cab.) Abraham Sutherland Los Angeles
August 26, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
Woe is the taxi driver in China. The roads are clogged with about 40,000 new cars a day, the price of gasoline has doubled in the last five years, and passenger fares have barely budged even though everything else in the country is getting more expensive. Fed up with their shrinking profit margins, 1,500 cabbies in the eastern city of Hangzhou went on strike this month demanding higher fares. "Ten years ago, taxi drivers belonged to the high-income group. Now we have become part of the low-income group," a Hangzhou cab driver told the Oriental Daily, explaining how his pay after expenses had dropped from about $730 a month six years ago to $470 today.
May 10, 2001 | From Associated Press
Fourteen taxi drivers are fighting to share in a $90-million lottery ticket, contending they were part of a pool that bought the ticket. The cabbies' attorney concedes they didn't contribute to the pool for last week's drawing, but they have regularly paid into the kitty since the lottery pool was formed last month.
A taxi driver in the San Gabriel Valley community of East Valinda was found shot dead in his cab Monday afternoon, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said. Deputies responded to a call of shots fired in the 17600 block of Gemini Street just north of the city of Industry about 3:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found the victim slumped over the steering wheel of his cab, the engine running, said Deputy Cruz Solis.
April 15, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A taxi cab driver was shot in the back of the head by a robber early Monday, authorities said. The driver, whose name was not released, was in critical condition at UCLA Medical Center, authorities said. The assailant took an unknown amount of money, authorities said. California Highway Patrol responded to a report that a taxi had crashed into a pole near Slauson and Corning avenues about 12:30 a.m., Sgt. Michael Holland said.
January 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Uber, the private-car start-up, is claiming that at least a dozen of its cars have been violently attacked by French cab drivers who have been protesting the service's launch in the country. The San Francisco start-up, which allows smartphone users to using their devices to hail a private car, said Monday that the taxi drivers attacked the company's drivers and their passengers. The attacks included tires being slashed, car windows being shattered and cars being pelted with eggs in Paris and Lyon, according to Rude Baguette , a French tech news site.
December 19, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Four New York City taxi companies have agreed to pay $1.25 million in restitution and penalties for overcharging drivers to lease the yellow cabs that are icons of Manhattan's lifestyle, New York Atty. Gen. A.G. Schneiderman said Thursday. Evgeny “Gene” Freidman and four taxicab companies owned in part by Freidman will return $746,000 to drivers who were charged more than is legally permissible to lease cabs and operating medallions, as well as $500,000 in fines. With control through his companies of more than 880 medallions, Freidman oversees one of the five largest fleets in New York City.
October 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man died in Fullerton early Wednesday morning after police say he attacked his taxi driver, fled from officers in his own vehicle and then slammed into a house. The police car chase lasted only about a minute and covered just a half-mile before the man, whose name was not immediately released, lost control and went "straight through a palm tree," hit a parked car and barreled into the corner of a house in the 100 block of North Roosevelt Avenue, said Fullerton police Sgt. Jeff Stuart.
October 23, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Less than a mile into her taxi ride, a woman opened the vehicle's glass divider and threatened the Yellow Cab driver with a box cutter, demanding "50 bucks. " When he refused, she whipped out a hammer and took aim at his head. “When she brought the hammer ... to hit my head ... at that point I knew that she meant business,” Robby Williams, the taxi driver whose dashboard camera caught the Long Beach incident, told KTLA-TV. Long Beach police on Tuesday released the video, asking the public's help in identifying the passenger.
October 20, 2013 | By David Zahniser and Laura J. Nelson
The Los Angeles City Council is weighing a challenge to the app-driven ride-sharing companies that have given residents new transportation options while drawing protests from the taxicab industry. Councilman Paul Koretz is pushing for his colleagues to appeal a recent decision by the Public Utilities Commission to allow companies such as Lyft and Sidecar to operate under regulation at the statewide level. The council is set to meet Tuesday behind closed doors to discuss the possible appeal with city lawyers.
August 9, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
One of the best-performing investments over the last year hasn't come from the stock market or Wall Street - but rather from New York City's famously gaudy yellow taxis. The value of taxi medallions - the legal right to drive a cab in New York - has soared 49% to a record $1.3 million, far outpacing the 21% return on the Standard & Poor's 500 index, according to a new report. The good fortunes of taxi owners spring in part from an unexpected source - advances in technology that have made it easier to find and pay for a cab ride, wrote Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx Group, a global brokerage company based in New York.
July 19, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
People who travel across town in taxis may still have an occasional hair-raising ride, but under a new policy they can be assured that the reason is not that the driver is impaired by drink or drugs. By September, all 81 drivers who work for the city's nine cab companies will have to prove that they have passed a drug test within the past year, said Police Chief Richard M. Tefank, who drafted the policy earlier this month.
December 9, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The King could be your cabbie under Seattle's new taxi driver dress code. The City Council voted to approve legislation that would allow drivers to sport rhinestone capes, blue suede shoes or whatever other appropriate costume they wish. Cab driver Dave Groh's case prompted the change to the city's 1997 taxi dress code. Adopting an Elvis look after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in hopes of bringing some levity to the city, Groh in turn drew the ire of inspectors.
July 19, 2013 | By James S. Fell
Somewhere there is a casting agent who, whenever he needs a butt-kicking soldier to die valiantly, thinks, "Michael Biehn. " Recall "Terminator," "The Rock" or "The Abyss. " All soldiers, all KIA. Even when Biehn played a cowboy in "Tombstone," it ended with a bullet to the brain. In real life, Biehn takes better care of himself. We met for coffee, and at 56 he is in impressive physical condition. But it hasn't come easily. In your roles you usually have a lean and athletic look.
June 25, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Hundreds of local taxicabs will drive in circles around Los Angeles City Hall during morning rush hour Tuesday to protest what they call "high-tech bandit cabs. " The protest, scheduled for 9 a.m., targets smartphone apps that allow users to summon a car with the touch of a screen. Taxi companies and  city officials say the app companies have not obtained the proper permits and are operating illegally. On Monday, city taxicab administrator Thomas Drischler sent cease-and-desist letters to app companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, telling them drivers could be arrested on misdemeanor offenses and cars could be impounded for up to 30 days if they did not stop operating.
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