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January 22, 2003
THE SUV has been taking a drubbing recently, some of it bordering on the silly. An evangelist from Pennsylvania suggests they're un-Christian; Arianna Huffington sponsors an ad campaign that claims they fuel terrorism. These are amusing or intriguing or even thought-provoking notions, but not serious criticism. Hollywood stars can line up to denounce SUVs as much as they like, and it's mostly harmless fun. There are, nonetheless, serious questions involving the sport utility vehicle. Two, in particular, have just come to the surface.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
The Baltimore County Department of Public Safety on Thursday morning reported an accident involving an SUV that crashed into the Drumcastle Government Center on York Road in Towson. Officials said there were no major injuries and no one has been transported to the hospital but medics are on the scene assessing one person for injuries. York Road is shut down between Gittings Avenue and Regester Avenue, and motorists should expect delays. Emergency roadwork on northbound Loch Raven Boulevard in Towson at Mussula Road has closed the northbound left traffic lane at 8:52 a.m., DOT said.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 17, 2004
DETROIT - The gap in safety between sport utility vehicles and passenger cars last year was the widest yet recorded, according to new traffic data. People driving or riding in a sport utility vehicle in 2003 were nearly 11 percent more likely to die in an accident than people in cars, the figures show. SUVs continue to gain in popularity, despite safety concerns and the vehicles' lagging fuel economy at a time when gasoline prices are high. For the first seven months of 2004, SUVs accounted for 27.2 percent of all light-duty vehicle sales, up from 26 percent for the comparable period in 2003, according to Ward's AutoInfoBank.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
A 48-year-old woman was charged after she crashed an SUV into the Drumcastle government building in Towson on Thursday morning, Baltimore County police said. Hiwot Arbi of the 900 block of Gladway Road in Middle River was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, police said. About 8:40 a.m., a black Toyota Rav4 traveling southbound at a high speed in a parking lot turned left and struck two unoccupied parked vehicles - one a gold Chevrolet Blazer - before hopping a curb, becoming airborne and crashing into the building, police said.
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By Phil Kent | October 13, 2003
ATLANTA - As economists and the government attempt to solve America's unemployment woes, the rest of us should be aware that there is an environmental movement that threatens thousands of American jobs - the anti-SUV movement. The auto industry is responsible for creating and/or maintaining roughly 6.6 million jobs nationwide, more than 5 percent of all private sector jobs in the United States today. And, unless you haven't parked at your local grocery store or driven on the highway in the last 10 years, you will not be surprised to find that light trucks (pickups, vans and SUVs)
BUSINESS
By THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS | May 7, 2005
DALLAS - Full-size sport utility vehicles, the one-time high-and-mighty kings of the road, are in a skid. While used-car prices in general are stronger than they have been in five years, the average trade-in values of full-size SUVs are $700 to $1,500 lower than a year ago - and it's the weakest segment in the industry. High fuel prices and a well-earned reputation as gas-guzzlers have cut deeply into the stature of full-size SUVs. The segment has also been hurt by the age of many full-size SUV models and the fact that consumers today have more choices of SUV-like vehicles than ever.
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By Edward Flattau | March 6, 2001
WASHINGTON -- Just as the American auto industry disclosed it would no longer oppose a freeze on raising fuel economy standards, DaimlerChrysler Co. announced it would introduce the mother of all gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUVs), a 12,500-pound monstrosity called the Unimog. What was DaimlerChrysler thinking? The company seemed insensitive to our current national energy dilemma that has intensified demands for more efficient daily use of fuel. The ill-timed unveiling of this nearly 10-foot-tall, 20-foot-long SUV with the worst gas mileage ever can only be explained by the split personality the automobile industry has manifested for years.
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By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | May 13, 2001
CHICAGO - A boom in truck buying in the 1990s helped push the resale value of pickups and sport utility vehicles to lofty levels well above most cars, but market forces are starting to pull them back down. When Paul Taylor, an economist for the National Automobile Dealers Association, tracked the values of the best-selling 1999 vehicles from January 2000 to January 2001, four of the five biggest losers were trucks. The Ford Explorer dropped 20 percent, the Ford Expedition 14.5, Dodge Grand Caravan 14.4 and the Dodge Ram pickup 14. (The car that cracked the top five was the Chevrolet Cavalier, losing 16.5 percent of its value.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | October 5, 2005
NEW YORK -- Ford Motor Co. is offering rebates of as much as $3,000 on its sport utility vehicles as the second-largest U.S. automaker seeks to revive sales after a 19 percent decline in September. The company's employee-pricing discounts ended Monday. Now, buyers can get rebates of $3,000 on the 2006 Expedition large SUV and $2,000 on the redesigned 2006 Explorer mid-size SUV, Ford said yesterday. The new offers, which include low-interest financing, started yesterday and run through Jan. 3, the company said.
FEATURES
By Kevin Cowherd | March 29, 2004
IT'S THE START of the weekend and I am gassing my car at a Shell station in Baltimore County, where the prices on the signboard would make your heart seize up. Regular unleaded is going for $1.759 a gallon. The mid-grade stuff is $1.839. Premium is an incredible $1.919. Normally, the only way you'd fork over this kind of dough for gas is if someone with a bandanna over his face were holding a gun to your chest. But here in the spring of 2004, with U.S. soldiers in Iraq and the war on terrorism looking like it sure won't be ending anytime soon, no one seems to mind that we're paying record high prices at the pumps.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
A 32-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after he hit a National Security Agency police officer with his SUV while evading a traffic stop on Route 32 at Fort Meade, Maryland State Police said. NSA officers directed the man, identified as Darnell David Hawkins, of Washington, D.C., to pull into a staging area as he approached an agency checkpoint at about 5:45 a.m., State Police said. Hawkins initially stopped, but then sped off, injuring an officer and nearly striking a barricade on NSA property, police said.
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Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
A man was flown to University of Maryland Shock Truama Center Saturday night after the black Ford Explorer he was driving ran into a dump truck, according to Maryland State Police. The truck was traveling Southbound on Interstate 95 in Baltimore County just below the Harford County line when the accident occurred at 11:24 p.m., said Sgt. Joe Behringer. andrea.walker@baltsun.com Twitter.com/ankwalker
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
A vehicle crashed into a CVS pharmacy in downtown Baltimore Friday morning, injuring three people. An accident between a white 2003 Mercury Mountaineer and a 2005 Crown Victoria propelled the SUV completely inside the store, which is located in the unit block of Light Street, at around 10:47 a.m., Baltimore police said. Light Street near Lombard Street was briefly closed while a towing crew extricated the Mountaineer from the store. Kenny Johnson, who works security at a parking garage across the street from CVS, said he witnessed the crash.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2013
A man was shot in Baltimore's Belair-Edison neighborhood Friday night, police said. Homicide detectives responded to the shooting in the 3900 block of Chesterfield Ave. around 8:20 p.m. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found an adult male inside an SUV suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Det. Angela Carter-Watson, a police spokeswoman. The victim was transported to an area hospital, but was pronounced dead at 9:03 p.m., Carter-Watson said. No further details were immediately available.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
Baltimore County police said a man was found dead in Chevy Blazer in White Marsh Saturday morning. An officer found the man unresponsive in the SUV along with three hand-written notes. The contents of the notes were not released but police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter said they prompted the officer to call for backup. The county's bomb squad and hazmat crews responded to the SUV, which was parked in the area of Crossroads Circle and Williams Court, near White Marsh Boulevard. "It doesn't seem like they recovered anything," such an explosive device from the vehicle, Wachter said.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | April 20, 2013
Harford County sheriff's deputies chased a suspect who fled an armed robbery at a liquor store in the Bel Air area on Friday afternoon and later crashed his vehicle on Route 40 in the Joppa area. The suspect, since identified only as a black male, rolled over a white SUV several times after clipping another vehicle turning at Route 40 and Pine Avenue, Eddie Hopkins, a spokesperson for the Harford County Sheriff's Office said. Hopkins said shortly after 4 p.m. that details about the crime and the ensuing chase are still being gathered.
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By Ricardo A. Zaldivar and Ricardo A. Zaldivar,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 3, 2003
WASHINGTON - The bad habits of gas-guzzling, road-hogging sport utility vehicles are a red-hot topic, but consumers bought 4 million of them last year, and the Bush administration is unlikely to impose safety and environmental changes that could kill the market. America's infatuation with the off-road behemoths that became a suburban creature comfort doesn't seem headed toward a rejection of SUVs - only a desire to tame them by making them less prone to flip over or crush cars in collisions, and somewhat less wasteful of fuel.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | July 19, 2003
Thousands of Maryland sport utility vehicle owners will find bright yellow tickets stuck on their windshields this weekend. But these tickets won't carry fines or penalties. Instead, they'll include postcards that urge General Motors to start producing more environmentally friendly SUVs. "We simply want better, and we believe SUV owners want better, too," said Dawn Ratcliffe, assistant director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. "This campaign is not meant to shame SUV owners. This campaign is meant to shame automakers."
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
A pedestrian was severely injured when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle in Dundalk on Wednesday night, Baltimore County police said. The man was hit by a Dodge Durango in the 7300 block of Holabird Avenue shortly before 9 p.m., police spokesman John Wachter said. The SUV remained at the scene. As of about an hour after the accident, the man was still at the scene being treated by paramedics. No more information was immediately available. cwells@baltsun.com twitter.com/cwellssun
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By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
Four firefighters and three civilians were injured early Wednesday morning when a tractor trailer and a fire engine collided and flipped over a dividing wall on Interstate 495 in Prince George's County, according to fire officials. The accident temporarily closed all lanes of the highway in both directions as emergency responders reached the scene and began treating the injured, and some lanes remained closed hours later. About 2:50 a.m., the fire engine was responding to another accident on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway just south of Route 50 when it was rear-ended by the tractor trailer, said Chief Alicia Francis, a Prince George's Fire Department spokeswoman.
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