Muslim Cabbies Refuse to Fold to Airport Requests
The Metropolitan Airports Commission is considering a crackdown on taxi drivers who refuse service to those possessing liquor, according to an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Taxi drivers may refuse service for a number of reasons, most notably religious as the Muslim religion forbids the carrying of those with alcohol as it involves "cooperating in sin" according to Islam. MAC staffers said tougher penalties are needed to ensure reliable service at airports.
The article has a standard hard news type of lead, presenting the conflict. The sides are then elabored upon, with the article establishing the position of the Airports Commission and then that of the employees. Quotations are given from both sides, as well as statistics showing the extent of the issue. The Muslim belief is then elaborated upon a bit, and the article closes on the note of another issue that the Muslim faith takes a stance on.
The article on the same subject published by the Pioneer Press newspaper leads in with a question that addresses the issue, which seems less effective than simply stating the issue like the Star Tribune coverage did. The arguments are presented at the start as with the Star Tribune piece, and the article then looks ahead to the Republican National Convention in 2008 and suggests that if the experience is bad for people there will be a bad reputation for the city. The article also talks about the the consequences would be for cabbies that refuse service.
Between the two articles they both cover a lot of the same ground but the Star Tribune article isn't as long and I feel like it does a better job concisely outlining the issue whereas the Pioneer Press piece kind of devotes a lot of unnecessary space to it, though the talk of the effect it might have on the city was a good addition.