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Spanish-language record of the road

a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SZl_SYui3fI/AAAAAAAAANM/hRGMYSyVM8g/s1600-h/mileson.bmp"img id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5303409990057516530" style="FLOAT: right; MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; WIDTH: 110px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 110px" alt="" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SZl_SYui3fI/AAAAAAAAANM/hRGMYSyVM8g/s200/mileson.bmp" border="0" //aAvailable in MP3 format at Amazon.com, a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001R64D40/ref=dm_sp_adp?ie=UTF8amp;qid=1234794879amp;sr=8-2"Back to the Road/a is the latest release of Spanish-language rock/country crooner George Mileson, released by Barcelona-based a href="http://www.roadtriprecords.com/"Roadtrip Records/a. Two tracks on Mileson's first album, emOne/em, were described by the a href="http://www.urbanspectrum.net/"Denver Urban Spectrum/a as in the "pure American Rock tradition 'The Road Is Mine,' a ride ...

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For retail sales, a tiny reversal

The latest bit of bright news is Friday’s report that retail sales rose 1 percent in January over December. The Wall Street Journal says economists attribute the blip – following six consecutive months of falling retail sales – “to discounting and easier automobile-financing terms in January. Sales of cars, electronics and clothes all were up. Year-over-year, January retail sales decreased 9.7%.” For a dose of reality, the weekly roundup from Bob Costello, chief economist at the ...

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Worth a thousand words…

a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SZIEz6xCWFI/AAAAAAAAANE/yfL__ThKRMg/s1600-h/petry.jpg"img id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5301305001363265618" style="DISPLAY: block; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 232px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 320px; TEXT-ALIGN: center" alt="" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SZIEz6xCWFI/AAAAAAAAANE/yfL__ThKRMg/s320/petry.jpg" border="0" //a divdivThe Photographer: Truckers News Photo Group is a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/truckersnews"here/a at the photo-sharing site Flickr, 55 members strong and growing. The above pic was featured in the magazine's new online table of contents, showcasing various community-building opportunities emTruckers News/em is facilitating for drivers online. /divdiv/divbr /divPhoto Group moderator and Landstar owner-operator Mike Petry took this ...

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Chapter 11 for Sirius XM?

  The graph of Sirius XM Radio stock looks like a runaway truck descending a mean mountain pass. News reports today speculate the escape ramp might take the form of Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.   CNN.Money.com reported that shares plunged again Wednesday, to 6 cents, following reports late Tuesday that the company might try bankruptcy protection to avoid a takeover by Charlie Ergen, the chairman of satellite-television provider Dish Network and set-top box maker EchoStar. The New ...

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UN World Food Programme truckers’ near disaster

a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SZIAso-IjeI/AAAAAAAAAM0/wsbOEcpFXeM/s1600-h/afghan.bmp"img id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5301300478280764898" style="FLOAT: right; MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; WIDTH: 186px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 200px" alt="" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SZIAso-IjeI/AAAAAAAAAM0/wsbOEcpFXeM/s200/afghan.bmp" border="0" //aThe Reliefweb.int site has a href="http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/JBRN-7P4GQB?OpenDocument"this story/a about UN World Food Programme truckers and a near-disaster haul of winter supplies to villagers in Kufab in the Badakhshan region in northeast Afghanistan. A 14-truck convoy snaked up a road that was until recently, thanks to the WFP Food for Assets program, a donkey trail, on a mission ...

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What about lumper-ready projects?

a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SZCuMkq02NI/AAAAAAAAAMs/d8raKEc2ITc/s1600-h/shovel.jpg"img id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5300928292440037586" style="FLOAT: right; MARGIN: 0px 0px 10px 10px; WIDTH: 170px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 167px" alt="" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SZCuMkq02NI/AAAAAAAAAMs/d8raKEc2ITc/s200/shovel.jpg" border="0" //aMonday morning's National Public Radio listeners got an analysis of the descriptor "shovel-ready," used numerous times in recent months by President Barack Obama to describe the kinds of infrastucture projects he hopes to set in motion by injecting billions of dollars into the highway and other infrastructure programs via the stimulus bill.br /br /One of emshovel-ready/em's ...

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Next on Obama’s plate: Mexico

President Obama has made much of reversing his predecessor’s decisions, and the next big enchilada could be cross-border trucking. News reports indicate the pilot program with Mexico is part of the Department of Transportation's appropriations bill, which the Senate will be discussing this week. Reports David Hendricks of the Houston Chronicle: “The talk on the streets of Washington is about how the Obama administration treats cross-border trucking will be a litmus test on bilateral relations with ...

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Quite literal duck in a truck

Joe Mansheim delivers construction materials in a straight flatbed throughout the Minnesota Twin Cities area for Elite Transportation Sytems. In a sort of game of oneupsmanship with his boss, after Mansheim bought a $700 duck-hunting dog who wouldn't hunt, he ended up with a baby duckie he bonded with in unexpected ways and who now rides with him as a passenger. Perhaps you've come across this widely-circulated video already, but if not, put on your ...

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Offering more than the other guy

Overdrive’s 2007 Trucker of the Year, two-truck fleet owner Henry Albert, knows that other independents, as well as bigger fleets, can do what he does. And in the current environment, ranking behind the competition isn’t a good idea.   “The amount of freight available is falling away at the same rate as trucking companies,” said Albert, who this week stopped for a breakfast at the T/A on I-59/20 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where Overdrive is based. Senior ...

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Toward a more perfect B.J. the Bear rig

Owner-operator Paul Sagehorn of Sparta, Wis., whose restoration of a Kenworth K100 used in the 1980s TV series emB.J. amp; the Bear/em I've been following a href="http://www.etrucker.com/apps/news/article.asp?id=65014"since he picked up the truck in Georgia/a close to two years ago, now is hard at work on restoration of an original B.J. trailer as well. Still under its original paint scheme, the van was sitting on the lot of an equipment dealer in Fontana, a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SYtmIzjyTpI/AAAAAAAAAMc/2rBb6Rt07kA/s1600-h/bjmovinon.JPG"img id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5299441687996812946" ...

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