Todd Dills

Health care bill offers immediate changes

The majority of the structural changes to the health insurance system will take effect in 2014.

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Monday-morning wake-up call

I imagine many readers will have already taken note of the horrifying video of the Rona Williams' Renault Clio hooked sideways to the front bumper of a big Arclid Transport cabover running at highway speeds on the UK's A1 freeway for a minute or more before the rig's driver noticed he'd been involved in an accident, as reports have said. If you haven't seen that vid -- taken from another motorist's phone, it looks like -- it can be ...

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Beating the Dutch — women truckers fire at Guinness World Record

I'd bet you didn't know it, but the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of female truck drivers was set by an all-woman truck convoy held in 2004 in the Netherlands. At least so say the folks trying to beat it at the Mid-America Trucking Show next week. As reported on several blogs and industry sites in the past week, the Women in Trucking organization's "Salute to Women Behind the Wheel" event is well ...

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‘A door just opened': Jason’s Law gains steam

What might well go down in history as the biggest trucking story of 2009, at least as goes drivers' efforts to push for industry change for the better, is that of Jason's Law, named after N.Y.-based driver Jason Rivenburg after he was robbed and gunned down while parked at an abandoned grocery in South Carolina. I've written about it here several times in various contexts; sorry if this background is a big repetition. The bill ...

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From 48 to 38

Kennesaw Transportation driver cuts 10 inches from pants size, adding to his energy stores and, ultimately, his life.

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The 5,000-mile pet-rescue haul

Musician Susanne Spirit's shows three times weekly at the TravelCenters of America-East location in Ontario, Calif., are a combination of country performance and public outreach to and from the nation's truckers, with one of their prime components offering pet-adoption services to drivers, finding loving, rolling homes for those cast away. Spirit and co. recently found a high-profile pet of its own in Jackson, a Weimaraner/Pit Bull mix adopted from the Rancho Cucamongo, Calif., animal shelter that partners with Spirit's ...

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Anonymous trucker heroism after officer’s high-speed injury

When Eastern Adams County, Pa., officer Richard H. Phillips, 40, caught the back end of a tractor-trailer at the intersection of U.S. 30 and state road 94 south of Harrisburg in rural eastern Pennsylvania, he was in pursuit of a small car flying eastbound on 30 for unreported reasons, and when his vehicle burst into flames he suffered what is being described as a "critical" injury. But the account published at the law-enforcement news site Officer.com suggests ...

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Allis-Chalmers on-highway engines? — Ted Streit’s restoration adventures…

Mercer leased owner-operator Ted Streit also happens to be the owner of a shop doing custom and restoration work in Suring, Wis., called Fast Transport. More than a year ago, he called me up after seeing some coverage of fellow Wisconsin resident (Sparta) and owner-operator Paul Sagehorn's restoration of two original TV KWs, one from the Movin' On series and the other a last-season B.J. and the Bear rig I followed from discovery to the finish (you ...

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Driver-led health walk at MATS; video interview with O/O Dick McCorkle

At the "It's a Teams Life" blog home of expediters Bob and Linda Caffee, you'll find all manner of good information about the business of trucking, from the singular point of view of this versatile and experienced couple. But a recent item caught my attention, as it reminded me of three fairly recent conversations I've had with the Caffees, 2007 Overdrive Trucker of the Year Henry Albert and Perkins Specialized leased owner-operator Dick McCorkle. Albert and the Caffees are part of ...

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The grand gesture — rival Maine log-hauling families spar

The Pelletiers and the Crawfords of Maine are known far and wide for their success in the log-hauling business in the north woods, the Pelletiers the subject of the Discovery Channel's American Loggers series, which I wrote about in December when they took delivery of a couple new Mack Titans. The Crawfords, meanwhile, deserve and have gotten plenty recognition of their own. Their mostly Western Star fleet trucks are not strangers to media treatment. I wrote ...

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