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Best jobs of 2011: ‘Truck Driver’ ranks 171st

And that's out of a total 200, listed from "best to worst" by the folks at careercast.com and publicized in a Wall Street Journal piece early in January. They claim to have based their rankings on five separate factors -- physical demands, work environment, income, employment outlook, and stress -- and "Truck Driver" ratings in those categories all stand at about the middle level. Cumulatively, the often high-stress, physically demanding highway environment, a neutral employment ...

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International ocean carriers, truckers, navigate trouble in Egypt

When I made a brief note about unrest brewing over rising food prices and the general employment situation in the North African states of Algeria and Tunisia in my post about the 2008 oil bubble (and current one, if we can consider it such -- final word still out on that), little did I know how much would change in two weeks in the reigon. Since, of course, the Tunisian dictator has decamped and, inspired ...

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Snow, snow, more snow; making the most of it

A Pilot Flying J stop on I-70 in Warrenton, Mo., is the subject of reporting on National Public Radio today, and I'd bet you can guess the subject matter. Hear audio of the story, which will be available at about 7 p.m. ET this evening. Suffice to say that truckstop employees Terri Brackney and Greg Stratton have quite a story to tell about what happened at their stop on the section of the interstate that ...

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Whole ‘lot of squealing’ on Missouri highway ramp

Yesterday, reported KMBC TV in Kansas City, Mo., a highway resounded with "a lot of squealing" after a hauler on the ramp from I-435 North to I-35 turned over rounding the curve, spilling a load of live pork. A few of the pigs reportedly perished but a larger number escaped the trailer's confines. KMBC gave the subsequent long capture efforts something of a light-hearted treatment (given that no humans were injured in the crash), with the ...

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Toll evasion = life sentence for Chinese ag hauler

After public outcry over the severity of the life prison sentence handed down to a hauler of agricultural commodities for evading road tolls in China, the Chinese government is reportedly revisiting the sentence and has put court officials who handed it down under investigation themselves, according to this AP report on the subject. The hauler, Shi Jianfeng, had apparently gotten around $560,000 U.S. worth in tolls by running two trucks with fake military license plates. Military ...

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Fair or foul?: A trucking story on Onion satirical news site

Sandwiched between satirical headlines like "Fully Validated Kanye West Retires to Quiet Farm in Iowa" and "Virgin Mary Statue Crying for No Good Reason" today on TheOnion.com was this one: "Modern-Day Cowboy Rides 18-Wheeler Full of Entenmann's Products Westward." Satirical newsmag The Onion has long been known for its lampooning of the mainstream press and, by extension, the dedicated members of its audience, and this story, about a trucker named "C.J. Hoppel," likely fictional, who hauls ...

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Former long-hauler makes N.Y.C. Met opera debut

Carl Tanner (pictured) worked as a long-haul driver before making moves toward pursuing a career in what New York Times writer David Belcher painted as his calling in a piece published in the Times yesterday, available online here. Tanner, by the terms of his contract as stand-by in the role of Dick Johnson in Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West," will perform the role alone, scheduled, at least once. It's happening this evening, and it marks his ...

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‘Who’s inefficient?’ Four wheels or 18?

So asks New Cumberland, Pa., resident and owner-operator Tom Bowers in a letter to the editor published in the Harrisburg, Pa., Patriot-News, in response to a letter from another area resident heaping the bulk of energy inefficiencies in the transportation arena on the back of the big rigs of the trucking industry. Bowers' argument for the comparable inefficiency of the auto industry, where fuel used per-pound moved is much higher than the same rate in  big-rig ...

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Fair or foul? Self-examination via the four-wheeler perspective

We've brought it up from time to time here, no doubt -- no secret that the large majority of on-highway accidents involving large trucks follow an initial mistake made by the driver of a four-wheeled vehicle of one sort or another. By and large, truck drivers are justified in holding a desultory opinion of the piloting abilities of the motoring public writ large, and most keep it high in their minds navigating the nation's highways, ...

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Hauler of U.S. Capitol Christmas tree on national tour

Owner and part operator Jeff Underwood of Jeff Underwood Trucking is on the haul of a lifetime. Read Underwood's story, published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday ahead of his planned stop in his hometown of Dahlonega, Ga., next week, and you'll come away feeling the same anticipation and pride it's clear he does for his role in moving the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, a mammoth spruce cut from a Wyoming national forest as part of a ...

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