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Too Much Partying:Tracy Mourning Arrested in Miami After Driving Under The Influence

February 9th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Well, this a bit disheartening but nobody is perfect.

Tracy Mourning, wife of former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning, was arrested on Friday morning driving under the influence in Miami.

According to The Huffington Post, Mourning was clocked going 28 miles over the speed limit in Coconut Grove while driving her Porsche.

When a police officer finally stopped her a few blocks down, she’d apparently been swerving and she ran a stop sign.

At that point, the officer says Mourning then put on her charms and asked in a nice voice, “What did I do officer,” followed by a wink and then saying, “Was going fast, wasn’t I?” Okay so even at almost 4am and knowing she was wrong, Tracy tried to use the “bat your eyes” trick to get out of any trouble.

But the officer wasn’t buying it. He said her eyes were bloodshot, she was slurring her speech and reeked of alcohol. After failing a roadside sobriety test and refusing to take a blood alcohol test, she was then arrested.

No word yet on what time she was released and when she’ll have to appear in court. Her hair still manages too look good, even in the booking photo.

The Mournings have become pillars of the community in Miami where they spend countless hours giving back.  Alonzo has been known for years to throw one of the best fundraising events in town with his “Zo’s Summer Groove.”  Along with that huge money maker, the couple often scouts for other ways they can get back.

Hopefully, Tracy can get this taken care of and be extremely careful when it comes to drinking and driving (how about just don’t do it).

Honestly, how many of you still get behind the wheel even though you know you’ve probably had one too many drinks? Do you still get in the car with someone who you know has had too much to drink and let them drive?

Drive Around With Your Diploma! Car Insurance Companies Give Educated People Better Deals

January 31st, 2013 - By CAP
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You would assume when it comes to car insurance that the most important aspect in determining your insurance premium would be the number of accidents you’ve had in the past, right? WRONG! According to CNN Money, that might be the NEXT important thing after your level of education.

After studying the five major insurers in 12 cites, the Consumer Federation of America found that major insurers charged a safer driver with less education and a lower paying job higher premiums two-thirds of the time. In most cases the premiums were 25% higher, however in some cases the premium was double.

In one instance studied by the CFA, two women of the same age and with the same salary requested quotes from Allstate in Baltimore with the only evident difference being that one was married with a master’s degree, while the other was single with only a high school education. The woman with the master’s degree was quoted $1,248 compared to $3,292 for the high school graduate. Even though, the woman with only the high school education had a flawless 10-year driving record and the college graduate had recently caused an accident.

Surprisingly, other income-related factors like occupation were also weighted more heavily than driving-related factors like miles on the road.

Although I’m not sure how being more educated correlates with being a better driver, especially with all traffic tickets, getting a break on car insurance sounds good to me.

Whether you’re a college grad or not, per the advice of the Double Saving Divas, you’d want to ensure you shop around to find the best rate. Speaking of the Divas, be sure to check out Madame Noire Business and the Double Saving Divas money-saving chat on our Facebook page.

A Woman’s Work: 10 Things Every Woman Should Know How To Do

May 26th, 2012 - By Brooke Dean
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I remember as a young girl watching my great grandmother do so many things around the house. She’d cook, clean, sew and iron. She always seemed busy doing what my Poppop called “women’s work.” I thought to myself, “There has to be more to being a woman than knowing how to do domestic things” – but have times changed that much from when I was a child? While traditionally there are some tasks that are gender specific, I can’t help but think women nowadays are forging their own traditions with a “roll-up-your-sleeves and get-the-job-done” type of attitude. Yes, you should be able to cook a great meal, keep your house clean enough to keep the vermin away and iron your clothes well enough to be presentable at work. That’s a given. But we can do better than that in 2012.

Here are 10 things I think all women should know how to do – we go to work!

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3 Questions to Ask Your Insurance Agent Before You Sign on the Dotted Line

February 3rd, 2012 - By P.S. Jones
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While buying car insurance isn’t as painful as buying a car, at least when you buy a car you have something to show for all that money you just paid. Buying car insurance is just buying a promise to step in if something happens to your car. The transaction isn’t complete until you pay your down payment and sign the paperwork. But, before you do all that, make sure you ask your insurance agent some important questions about your new policy.
Who does my policy cover to drive my car?
Depending on the state you live in, your insurance policy may cover only the listed drivers, the people who live in your home, the occasional borrower, or any combination of these options. For example, Virginia insurance laws require that a policy cover everyone in your home as a driver, whether listed on the policy or not. Before you take out a policy, make sure your agent explains to you exactly who is covered and under what circumstances so you know whose car Junior will and WON’T be driving.
If my car is in an accident, will you use original manufacturer parts?
This is actually pretty important. There are two types of car parts: original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, which are the exact part specified for your car from the company who made your car, and aftermarket parts, which are parts made by another company for a general range of models but not specifically for your car. Think of it as the difference between Kraft and the store brand cheese. Some state laws allow your insurance company to use whatever parts it likes when fixing your car. Ask your insurance agent what your insurer’s policy is on this so that if your car needs repair, you can possibly be supplied with parts that are meant for your make and model and not just any kind of car.

Did you already run my driving record and credit check?
Your insurance rate is based on many factors, including your driving record and your credit rating. Some companies don’t run these reports until after you’ve bought the policy and the underwriting department is setting up the account. Instead, the agent uses the information you gave him to calculate the rate he’s giving you. So if there’s more to the story than you’re telling him, you’re going to see a big increase in your rates when you get the initial paperwork in the mail. Know what you’re getting into and what you’ll be paying before you actually have to start.

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How to Travel with Kids without Losing Your Mind

November 21st, 2011 - By Christelyn Karazin
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Last summer my husband and I decided to travel from Southern California to Yosemite–about a six hours away. In a car. With our four kids–13, eight, six, and two. I briefly contemplated drugging the little three with Benadryl. With the holidays coming, parents all over are biting their fingers, having heart palpitations and wringing their hands over what a horror story a day in the car with their kids might be. Here are a few tips guaranteed to keep you sane in a car full of (potential) crazy.

D.C. Houses Nation's Most Unsafe Drivers

September 5th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Washington Examiner) — While Washington may lead the United States as the capital of the free world, its motorists lead the nation as the worst drivers. Allstate Insurance Co., which examined claims data from January 2008 to December 2009, found that the average D.C. driver goes 4.8 years between accidents. That’s twice as frequent as the national average of 10 years between accidents and almost three times as frequent as America’s safest city for motorists, Fort Collins, Colo.  The results of the study shouldn’t surprise local drivers. Washington has ranked last among the hundreds of cities tested in the Allstate study three consecutive years. Drivers in the region are 107.3 percent more likely to get into an accident than the national average.

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New Metrobus Cameras Lead to 20 Firings, 222 Suspensions

July 29th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Washington Examiner) — Metro has fired 20 bus drivers in the past five months after new cameras filmed them using cell phones while behind the wheel.  The Metrobus cameras have caught bus drivers misbehaving 1,173 times in that period, prompting 222 suspensions for various infractions as well as the 20 firings.  Aimed at the driver’s seat, the cameras are intended to help train Metro’s bus operators how to better navigate the region’s traffic-filled streets. But they also are catching drivers speeding, driving without seat belts and chatting on forbidden cell phones. The most common violation has been running red lights.

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D.C. Drivers Most ‘Unfit’

May 27th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Bloomberg) — Washington, D.C., drivers are the least knowledgeable in the U.S. about the rules of the road, a distinction held by New York state motorists in 2009 and 2010, according to a study by GMAC Insurance.  Drivers in the nation’s capital scored an average of 71.8 percent on tests, the insurer said. New Yorkers ranked 45th, scoring 75.3 percent. Kansans ranked No. 1 with 82.9 percent. The national average for the test was 77.9 percent, with below 70 considered failing, according to a statement today from GMAC Insurance, the carrier that American Capital Acquisition Corp. bought from GMAC Inc.

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More D.C. Area Commuters Leaving the Driving to Others

December 16th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(Washington Post) — In a region long dominated by solo drives to work, more Washington area residents are abandoning their cars and taking public transportation to work, according to new census data that reveal a noticeable shift in commuting patterns over the past five years.  Only New Yorkers take the subway to work more than Washingtonians do, and all forms of public transit showed gains in riders between 2005 and 2009. During that period, 14 percent of the area’s commuters used public transportation, up from 11 percent in the 2000 Census, according to a Washington Post analysis of American Community Survey statistics. Meanwhile, the percentage of solo drivers edged downward, from 68 percent in 2000 to 66 percent in the past half of the decade.

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Maryland Driving Phone Ban Starts Friday

September 29th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(Gazette) — Beginning Friday, it will be against the law to drive with one hand on the phone and the other on the wheel.

The state’s ban on using hand-held telephones while driving begins Oct. 1.

Under the law, police may cite a driver for illegal use of a hand-held phone only if they first pull the driver over for a primary violation, such as speeding or negligent driving.

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