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By Nick Madigan | nick.madigan@baltsun.com | January 18, 2010
Maryland's drivers should be getting the hint right about now that speeding in highway construction zones will cost them. Almost 8,800 drivers were given $40 tickets during a six-week period that began Nov. 16, when state officials started photographing vehicles exceeding the speed limit by 12 mph or more on three stretches of highway marked as work zones. "The goal is to modify driver behavior, and we hope motorists are starting to get the message as citations are being mailed out," said David Buck, a spokesman for the State Highway Administration.
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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.
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.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2011
Imagine showing off your new car to friends and family only to get a call from the dealer — sometimes weeks later — saying your financing has fallen through. You're given the option of returning the car or signing a new sales agreement with terms that are likely less favorable. If you're like many buyers, consumer lawyers say, you will be too embarrassed to send the car back and opt to pay more instead. Consumer lawyers call this yo-yo financing, when dealers let buyers leave with a car and then reel them in again to say the agreement has changed.
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
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 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 Barbara Sparks The bargain hunters | August 16, 1998
Beware of 'Ego Alley'STROLLING CITY Dock in Annapolis many times, as boaters maneuvering into "Ego Alley" were closely scrutinized by locals and tourists at the water's edge, I wondered how it felt to be in that possibly enviable position. We finally bought our first boat, a sleek 19-foot outboard.Several weeks later, there we were skimming the waves of the Severn River heading for dockside -- and Ego Alley. I adjusted my hat, removed my sunglasses, put on my best smile and waited.Just then, a yellow jacket sailed by and landed on my lip. I was stung!
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 21, 2004
Branch offices of the state Motor Vehicle Administration could not complete some transactions for about an hour yesterday morning because a glitch kept them from connecting with the agency's mainframe computer, officials said. The glitch was the result of a software update over the weekend and was discovered when branch offices opened at 8:30 a.m. yesterday. The problem was fixed and the system was back up by 9:35. MVA offices were shut down for a day in August when the agency's computers crashed because of a computer virus.
FEATURES
April 3, 1994
Rosemarie C. Critcher, a 1991 graduate of Towson State University, won the 1992 Graduate Voice Competition, which provides a full-tuition music scholarship for a master's degree in voice pedagogy-computer voice at the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. She was also selected by the college to sing in the 40-member Westminster Choir.*Michael Eder of Bel Air, an instructor with the Office of Business and Employee Training at Anne Arundel Community College, received the outstanding instructor award for developing a complete curriculum for personal computer training for the Motor Vehicle Administration.
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