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Cab Drivers Bring Lawsuit Against D.C. Over New Regulations

A group of taxicab drivers has brought a suit because of the new modernization regulations.
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A group of taxicab drivers has brought a suit because of the new modernization regulations.

A group of taxi drivers is suing the District government. The class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington claims the taxi modernization program mandated by the D.C. Taxicab Commission violates the drivers' constitutional rights.

The group of five cabbies claims the new data tracking system installed in all taxis infringes on the drivers' and passengers' privacy by collecting data on all trips.

The lawsuit also claims a new regulation requiring the installation of dome lights violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and commits age discrimination. The lights can only be shut off from outside the cab, creating a hardship for elderly cabbies.

The lawyer for the plaintiffs — Billy Ponds — declined to comment on the lawsuit, which names the Taxicab Commission, its chairman Ron Linton, the Gray administration and the District Council.

Chairman Linton declined to comment.

A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18 in federal court.

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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.


The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.


Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

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