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NEWS
July 23, 1991
Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration of the Department of Transportation recently has increased fees.The most significant increasewill be the renewal of a driver's license, which is good for a four-year period.The cost will be $16.
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NEWS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2012
The city's three-day Artscape festival came to a close Sunday as the rain held off and the biggest crowds of the weekend jammed streets transformed into galleries, performance space and picnic areas. After a slower-than-usual, rainy Saturday, "All of our fair-weather friends came out today," said Bill Gilmore, executive director of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, which produces the event. "We're at capacity. " Artscape, which bills itself as America's largest free arts festival, featured roughly 145 artists and vendors and was expected to have attracted about 350,000 people.
BUSINESS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Staff Writer | March 14, 1993
Jason Pharmaceuticals Inc. grew fat when Oprah got thin, and thin when Oprah got fat again.That much is agreed upon by everyone connected with the Owings Mills-based marketer of the Medifast diet plan. But the agreement ends there.After rising to $51 million in annual sales during the late 1980s, the skyrocket that was Jason Pharmaceuticals landed last month in Baltimore's federal bankruptcy court, asking for protection from creditors while it reorganizes.Members of Jason's founding Vitale family say the company can recover from the slump that hit the liquid-diet industry after television talk show host Oprah Winfrey regained the weight she had lost on a rival plan called Optifast.
NEWS
By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,scott.calvert@baltsun.com | January 26, 2009
Just before 2 a.m. on a quiet residential street in Parkville, one man's problems - missed car payments, default notice, threat of repossession - were about to boost another's bottom line. Tony Atkins deftly backed his Midnight Express-brand towing rig under a Chevy Impala. With a glance up at a row of darkened homes, Atkins pulled away, the car's emergency brake squeaking behind his rumbling truck. The capture took all of five seconds. "Hey, there's one," Atkins said, keeping score early on this recent frigid morning.
NEWS
By Joe Nawrozki and Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF | July 28, 2003
One morning in 1962, Lee Bonner and friend Phil Huth sat in the cool basement of a Towson rowhouse and penned a song. There was no particular inspiration, no shadows of Jack Kerouac or Bob Dylan. They were just playing and singing about teen-age love in their local band, the Lafayettes, named after the Baltimore avenue. The group won a battle of the bands contest on the Buddy Deane Show, and their lives suddenly were great fun. The song, "Life's Too Short" became a national hit on the RCA label and turned group members into celebrities.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2012
The two men wore body armor with "POLICE" written across the chest and spilled out of their unmarked car, weapons drawn, ordering Christopher Dukes and his passenger out of their vehicle at a South Baltimore gas station parking lot. When Dukes pulled off, they embarked on a high-speed chase down Interstate 295 until catching up and placing the pair under arrest, charging documents show. Then it was time for the real police to take over. The men in the body armor were not Baltimore police officers or federal agents, but instead a little-known classification of security guards known as "special police," who are commissioned by the city or state to arrest and detain citizens - but only on specific properties.
NEWS
By Jessica Valdez and Jessica Valdez,SUN STAFF | August 21, 2003
Rattling off bids in a singsong chant, auctioneer Tom Henline moved along a line of impounded vehicles yesterday followed by a swarm of bidders, each clutching a small scrap of paper imprinted with a number. "Show me the number! Show me the number!" he said after each successful bid as Pied Piper-like he led the buyers to the next car for sale near the Pulaski Highway impound lot. With Henline, a West Virginian, doing the rapid-fire hawking, Baltimore officials offered a record number of cars, minivans, and trucks, more than 900, in two auctions.
NEWS
By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | November 10, 2003
The Motor Vehicle Administration calls it the "skills test" because it gauges many of the skills that drivers need to master before they're allowed to motor off alone in traffic. But many novices lined up nervously in their automobiles at the MVA's Glen Burnie office will tell you that there's only one part of the test that stands between them and a license: parallel parking. It is the most common reason people flunk. And it worried Darlarene Morgan, 26, of Baltimore, who practiced parallel parking 15 times before the state examiner climbed into the passenger seat of her mother's car with his clipboard one recent morning.
NEWS
November 12, 1997
The state Motor Vehicle Administration in Glen Burnie has expanded operator-assisted hours for customers.The hours of the Customer Service Center are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.The toll-free number for Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington is 1-800-950-1MVA; for Glen Burnie residents, 410-768-7000.Pub Date: 11/12/97
NEWS
By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com | May 30, 2009
Marie-Therese received her Maryland driver's license this spring, something her 15-year-old daughter might never do. The family illegally emigrated from West Africa to Baltimore four years ago, and a law that goes into effect Monday means new drivers who cannot prove their lawful status in the United States won't be able to get a license. "She is upset," Marie-Therese said of her daughter, who is a Baltimore high school student. "She told me, 'I want to drive, too.' " The mother, who didn't want the family's last name to be used for fear of being deported, took her daughter to Annapolis this year to try to persuade lawmakers to keep Maryland's status as one of just four states that grant driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
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