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2 September 2016

HEADLINE: China Opens Anti-Trust Investigation of Didi-Uber Deal
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
DATE: September 2, 2016
BEIJING, CHINA Following the legalization of the ride-sharing sector in China in July, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce has announced it is investigating whether Chinese transportation company Didi's acquisition of UberChina violates the communist state's antitrust laws. At issue is whether UberChina's economic activity reaches the 400 million yuan ($60 million) threshold that would trigger a review of the acquisition. Didi, arguing that UberChina's actual revenue is below that number, says no review is needed, but if the threshold is determined to apply to transactional value as opposed to corporate earnings, UberChina would easily pass the metric. Industry experts see the review process as merely an assertion of authority by Chinese regulators and believe the acquisition will go through. China is the world's largest ride-sharing market.

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HEADLINE: Pennsylvania Just Reinstated Uber's Record Fine for Operating Illegally
SOURCE: Fortune
DATE: September 2, 2016
HARRISBURG, PA By a four-to-one vote yesterday, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission reinstated fines of $11.4 million, six times greater than any previously imposed, on Uber for the company's illegal operations and obstruction in the state in 2014. Uber plans to appeal what it calls an "absurd" fine levied for "technical violations." Between February and August 2014, Uber "provided 122,998 rides in Pennsylvania without prior approval, and obstruct[ed] a state probe into its operations." State officials said that Uber's "lawless conduct" posed a safety risk to the people of Pennsylvania.

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HEADLINE: Demi Lovato Went Undercover as a Lyft Driver and Got Insulted
SOURCE: Us Weekly
DATE: September 1, 2016
DENVER, CO Pop star Demi Lovato, on tour in Denver, took time out from her busy schedule to drive unsuspecting passengers around the city in a hidden-camera segment. The singer, known for her Disney Channel television shows and hit songs like "Skyscraper," bantered with her young female passengers about her own music before removing the hat and sunglasses she'd used to disguise herself.

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HEADLINE: Taxi drivers are dropping like flies
SOURCE: San Francisco Examiner
DATE: September 2, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO, CA A recent string of taxi-driver health crises and accidents in San Francisco has been attributed at least in part to the stress of remaining viable in an increasingly competitive and under-regulated market. Drivers in the city, who often financially leverage themselves to obtain the $250,000 medallions that allow for independent taxicab ownership, are now carrying massive debt even as ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber cut into profits. That has meant cabbies driving longer hours with less compensation, and has led to an uptick in heart attacks, dehydration episodes, and accidents.

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HEADLINE: Newcastle cabbie picks up a very unusual passenger—a lost budgerigar who became the firm]s mascot
SOURCE: Chronicle Live
DATE: September 2, 2016
NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM A Newcastle taxi driver who found a bright blue budgerigar bird left in the back of his cab has nursed the animal back to health and found a new company mascot in the process. The bird, since christened "Budgie," has become a hit at Budget Taxis in Newcastle.

"He's a budgie and we're budget, it fits," said driver David McDonald, who rescued the bird. The company has since incorporated Budgie's image on the side of their vehicles, to the delight of customers.

"It's been lovely," McDonald said. "Everyone who sees him wants to adopt him but we've said no, he's staying here with us."

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HEADLINE: Man sues limo service for allowing passenger to allegedly assault him
SOURCE: Cook County Record
DATE: August 31, 2016
CHICAGO, IL An Illinois man is suing limousine service Rokstars Chicago for $50,000 for allegedly allowing a fellow passenger to assault him in 2012. "The plaintiff holds Rokstars Chicago and [alleged assailant] Corry Simmons responsible because the defendant company allegedly allowed defendant Simmons to be intoxicated and assault the plaintiff on a sidewalk."

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HEADLINE: Laker Limo honors founders with a bench outside the Skaneateles Bakery
SOURCE: The Citizen
DATE: August 31, 2016
SKANEATELES, NY The board of Laker Limo Transportation Service commissioned a bench and held a founders celebration day in the business district of Skaneateles, New York to honor Joyce Edmonds who, with her late husband Ralph Edmonds, founded Laker Limo. The organization is a non-profit dedicated to providing transportation for the region's elderly and for those with disabilities. It is staffed by approximately 70 volunteers and is able to provide 1,200 free or reduced-cost rides every year.

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HEADLINE: NITE RIDE AIMS AT ACCESSIBILITY
SOURCE: The Daily Iowan
DATE: September 2, 2016
IOWA CITY, IA With the addition of a new MV1 vehicle to its fleet, the University of Iowa's Nite Ride service, which provides transportation from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., will be able to accommodate passengers with disabilities. Previously, a wheelchair-bound passenger would have been obliged to wait with a Nite Ride employee until suitable transportation could be secured. The wheelchair-accessible MV1 is expected to help continue a pattern of expanding service after Nite Ride began accepting male passengers earlier this year.

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HEADLINE: Woman blames transport company for fall from wheelchair
SOURCE: Cook County Record
DATE: September 1, 2016
CHICAGO, IL A woman is suing Awesome Star Enterprise, Inc., a medical transportation services company, for $30,000 for a fall sustained in 2015. When the medical transport vehicle made a sudden stop, she was thrown onto the floor and her wheelchair fell atop her, causing injuries she alleges were avoidable because the operators "fail[ed] to make sure she and her chair were properly secured."

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