Across Maryland and much of the northeast on Wednesday, homeowners dialed their insurers about flooded basements, while vehicle owners rung their insurers and their mechanics about water finding its way into engines and interiors.
Standard & Poor's raised Baltimore's bond rating to its highest level in years — a move that reflects growing confidence in the city's fiscal health and will lead to potentially millions of dollars in savings for the city's budget.
Driver advocacy organization AAA Mid-Atlantic, known for its roadside assistance and insurance and travel services, is heading headlong into a new market in Maryland: automotive repair and maintenance.
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.
BMW of Towson is poised to break ground for a new $4 million expansion that will include state-of-the-art Maserati and BMW showrooms in the luxury dealer's attempt to draw younger clientele. Staff equipped with iPads will be out on the floor, rather than in closed-off offices. When someone is ready to buy, "client advisers" will be on hand to sell the car.
Analysts are projecting the most expensive July 4th holiday weekend for motorists since 2008, attributing much of the rise to a surge of violence in Iraq. Gas in Maryland Monday averaged $3.69 per gallon, three cents more than the national average of $3.66, according to AAA, which tracks transactions throughout the state.
With Independence Day falling on a Friday this year, many Marylanders are gearing up to travel and take advantage of the entire weekend to celebrate, according to Christine Delise, public affairs specialist for AAA Mid-Atlantic.
As one of summer's busiest weeks for holiday travel approaches, officials in Baltimore are warning visitors and commuters of multiple construction projects causing major congestion on several city thoroughfares.
By By Kevin Rector and Will Fesperman and The Baltimore Sun
Vernon J. Jones, a former mechanic and auto salesman who established the Jones Junction Auto Group in Harford County, died Monday of complications from Parkinson's disease at his Bel Air home. He was 88.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun