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June 10, 2001
One of the best things about the American Automobile Association -- besides its guidebooks and hotel and restaurant ratings -- is its willingness to map out driving routes for customers. But in recent years, as online venues such as Mapquest, Yahoo and Expedia began offering free driving directions, AAA's customized maps became less essential. To get back in the game, AAA has just released an all-in-one software program called Map 'n' Go. Along with driving directions for North America, the software offers the complete 2001 AAA TourBook listings of rated restaurants and hotels.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Nearly 35 million Americans are expected to travel for Labor Day weekend this year, a slight increase over last year and the most since recession-driven declines began in 2008, according to driver advocacy organization AAA Mid-Atlantic. The group expects 34.7 million people to travel 50 miles or more over the course of the holiday weekend, a 1.3 percent increase from 2013. Of those, about 86 will go by car, the group predicts. Nearly 8 percent will travel by air. "Despite stagnant income growth and a modest economic recovery, consumers continue to remain enthusiastic about traveling and are willing to pull out their credit cards to pay for the last holiday weekend trip of the summer," said Ragina Cooper-Averella, a AAA spokeswoman, in a statement.
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By Orlando Sentinel | December 31, 1991
Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp. and four foreign automakers may get a sales boost from an unlikely source: the American Automobile Association.For the first time in its 90-year history, AAA yesterday released a list of what it considers to be the best cars on the market in their price ranges. The non-profit organization, which has 32.5 million members, is based in Heathrow, Fla.The list of nine cars will be published in the January/February issue of AAA's bimonthly magazine, AAA World.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
About one in five cars on American roadways connects to outside parties via cellular telephone networks, transmitting data on drivers' speeding and braking habits, their location, and their vehicle's health and performance. By 2025, AAA predicts, all new cars will. Computers on board most vehicles on the road already collect and monitor such data, which can be downloaded at dealerships for repair purposes and shared with manufacturers, who say it's used to make cars safer and more reliable.
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December 26, 1990
The Automobile Club of Maryland (AAA) urges party hosts to take these preventive measures during their festivities.BEFORE THE PARTY:* Serve food to slow down the effects of alcohol.* Use non-carbonated bases for alcoholic beverages to slow down alcohol absorption rates.* Have non-alcoholic beverages available.* Do not force alcoholic beverages on guests.AFTER THE PARTY:* Stop serving alcohol to guests about an hour before the party ends.* Guests who have had too much to drink should not be allowed to drive.
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By Matthew Hay Brown and Matthew Hay Brown,matthew.brown@baltsun.com | August 11, 2009
AAA renewed a call to limit two-way traffic on the Bay Bridge on Monday, the first anniversary of the accident that sent a truck driver plunging to his death in the water below. "Two-way traffic on the bridge continues to frighten a number of motorists," said Ragina C. Averella, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "We're urging the Maryland Transportation Authority to minimize the use of two-way traffic, to use it only when absolutely necessary, and - most importantly - to find acceptable barrier separation technology that they can use on the bridge."
SPORTS
By Tom Verducci and Tom Verducci,Newsday | May 23, 1991
NEW YORK -- The day after the Chicago Cubs fired manager Don Zimmer after a confrontation with the team president, Chicago hired an organizational man as his replacement. The club yesterday promoted Jim Essian, who has been a minor-league manager in the system since 1986.Essian, 40, becomes the youngest manager in the big leagues. He has managed 15 players on the Cubs' roster while in the minor leagues."My idea was to stay in the organization," general manager Jim Frey said. "I've got confidence in Jim Essian.
BUSINESS
By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | November 27, 2003
To many stranded motorists who call AAA everyday, the worst part about being broken down is waiting for rescue. That wait could stretch on seemingly forever as dispatchers, often in an office miles away, struggled to match the caller's position with the nearest service truck. The automobile association looked to the heavens for help. What it found was GPS, or the global positioning system. The satellite-based navigational technology, once the domain of the U.S. military, is now an increasingly sought-after tool for businesses that must move products swiftly or track their whereabouts.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | November 5, 1992
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On the eve of the winter tourist season, the American Automobile Association has issued an unprecedented safety warning to motorists: Steer clear of Jacksonville's sniper-plagued Interstate 295.The warning, which state officials support but fear will be detrimental to Florida's image among tourists, comes five months into a perplexing series of highway attacks along I-295 and its feeder roads.The highway is one of Florida's busiest gateways, carrying about 80,000 vehicles daily, and is regarded as the No. 1 tourist route into the state.
BUSINESS
By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest | February 7, 2007
Ron D. George Membership specialist AAA Mid-Atlantic, Arnold Salary --$35,000 Age --30 Years on the job --One How he got started --George lived in Williamsburg, Va., working at a small airport and helping his mother open a bed and breakfast inn. He then moved to the Annapolis area and began looking for a job. On a whim, he walked into the Arnold office of AAA to ask if they were hiring. Typical day --As a membership specialist, George concentrates on selling and explaining the various benefits associated with the auto club.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Driver advocacy organization AAA Mid-Atlantic, known for its roadside assistance and insurance and travel services, is moving headlong into a new market in Maryland: automotive repair and maintenance. "It's a major retooling of our retail structure," said Bernhard M. Koch, the group's president and CEO, at the official opening of the group's newest retail shop and mechanic's garage in Columbia on Friday. While AAA will continue to give its seal of approval to independent auto repair shops through its "approved automotive repair network," which includes about 80 shops in Maryland, its own entrance into the market has been expanding at a steady clip in recent years.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
Maryland kept its coveted AAA bond rating this week, an accomplishment that allows it to continue borrowing cash more cheaply than most states. Gov. Martin O'Malley heralded the rating from New York bond agencies Tuesday as proof of his sound fiscal stewardship of Maryland. He pointed out that only seven states kept a credit rating that high throughout the recession. "Fiscal responsibility, and taking a balanced approach to investments and cuts, are essential to strengthening our economy," O'Malley said in a statement.
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By Kevin Rector and Will Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
The days surrounding the Fourth of July holiday are perennially among the busiest of the summer when it comes to travel on Maryland roadways and across its skies - and this year will be no exception. About 858,400 Marylanders are expected to travel between Wednesday and Sunday next week, a 1.6 percent increase over last year and more than any other Independence Day travel period in the past five years, according to estimates to be released today by driver advocacy group AAA Mid-Atlantic.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
After an unusually cold and snowy winter, many Marylanders are expected to take advantage of the sun forecast for this holiday weekend by getting out of town. More than 754,000 people throughout the state will travel between Friday and Memorial Day, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic, which is scheduled to release its annual summer travel numbers at an event Tuesday. That's a 1.7 percent increase from last year and the highest number of projected travelers since the pre-recession 2005 estimate of 865,000, the driver advocacy group said.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot warned senators Wednesday that Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to divert $100 million a year from the state pension fund to next year's budget threatens the long-term health of the retirement system. The two officials — who make up two-thirds of the powerful Board of Public Works — made a rare joint appearance before the Senate budget committee to ask senators to find another way to balance the state budget. They cautioned that the agencies that rate the state's bonds are already concerned about the condition of the state's pension fund, saying the transfer of $100 million could prompt a reconsideration of the state's AAA bond rating.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
Get ready for a seasonal spike at the pumps. As many refineries slow production of gasoline in February as they conduct seasonal maintenance, gas prices are likely to rise in Maryland and across the country, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. "Winter weather, weak demand and sufficient supplies have kept gas prices relatively low recently, but this trend may not last much longer," said Ragina Cooper-Averella, a AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman, in a statement. "Filling up at the pump will be a lot more frustrating as prices increase this spring.
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By Christopher Reynolds and Christopher Reynolds,Los Angeles Times | February 7, 1999
How nice, exactly, is that hotel you're considering for your summer splurge?You can ask your travel agent, tour operator or even the hotel reservations agents -- it can't hurt -- and you can consult a guidebook from AAA or Mobil. But whether the answer comes back in stars, diamonds or authoritative-sounding adjectives, many hotel rating systems can leave your curiosity unsatisfied. Or, even worse, some make a place sound better than it is.Here's a quick guide to some of this country's most widely used hotel rating systems.
NEWS
September 2, 1996
DISNEY'S MOUSE was no match for Ocean City as Marylanders hit the highways and skyways for that last-hurrah-of-summer getaway.A survey dished out for the final "dawg days" by AAA of Maryland on vacation trends showed local folk favored not only O.C. over Orlando, Fla., but also Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Lancaster, Pa.; and Williamsburg and Virginia Beach, Va., as other favorites.The survey of eight American Automobile Association branches in Maryland also turned up Pigeon Forge, Tenn., home of country singer Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
More people called AAA Mid-Atlantic for emergency roadside assistance in January than in any previous month on record, the organization said Monday. About a quarter of the calls were in Maryland. Through snow storms and severe cold snaps that affected much of the region, a total of 222,667 customers called for assistance. AAA Mid-Atlantic covers Maryland, Virginia, Washington, Delaware, New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania. The previous record was in December 2010, when nearly 16,000 fewer drivers called for help, the organization said.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Driver advocacy group AAA Mid-Atlantic and some lawmakers urged local governments to conduct audits of their speed camera programs Thursday after learning that a secret audit last year of Baltimore's program documented far higher error rates than previously disclosed. "We really don't know how widespread this problem is," said Ragina Averella, AAA Mid-Atlantic's manager of government affairs and a member of the city's speed camera task force. Averella said other jurisdictions across Maryland should "absolutely" audit their programs to check the accuracy of the $40 citations.
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