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If you get into a taxi and you notice the name of the driver is Gulam Mustafa, Haron ur Rashid, Fabio Perlta, Tareque Ahmed, Sergio Castillo, Deniz Getting, or Jack Dym, consider yourself lucky. These were the seven NYC cab drivers—out of a total of 20 from around the country—who were honored for their "character and compassion" yesterday at the annual Driver Recognition Ceremony, hosted by the International Association of Transportation Regulators and the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission. It's sort of like the Oscars for cab drivers, albeit with fewer fake breasts and not quite as many designer gowns. [NYT]