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The FBI and airport taxis

Well now comes word that the FBI is interested in how the city determined which taxi companies were allowed to pick up fares at the airport. That’s not a surprise, as federal agents read the newspaper too. The timing is interesting though — if the FBI only got around to interviewing Obaid Khan of Diamond Cab about three weeks ago, it suggests that what got the feds originally interested in Patrick Cannon is likely something else.

Bonus thought: The Charlotte Observer had an excellent editorial recently on the need to revisit the taxi contract. Sample quote:

We understand the frustration of council members and city officials who feel that Cannon’s arrest unfairly tainted them. But the public’s distrust is real right now, and Charlotteans need more than the council’s proposal of a corruption “hotline.” They need their representatives to be transparent, not defensive, about their decisions. The taxi contract, with its controversial history, is the perfect place to start.

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