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Soul/funk icon Syl Johnson started with a solid foundation

I bet you can guess just where, right? Syl Johnson (pictured) is a Mississippi-born singer-songwriter who came of age in the late 1950s and 1960s in Chicago -- he's perhaps best known for the "Is It Because I'm Black?" single penned and released in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in the late 1960s but today has fallen into relative obscurity in spite of his clear contribution to early funk. National Public Radio ran ...

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Growing mode for cartel drug trafficking: Class 8 trucks, says NPR

In a story that aired on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" program Monday, John Burnett dropped what is to my thinking a recently developing bombshell on hopes from some that a resolution to the U.S.-Mexican cross-border trucking stalemate would be soon in coming. "In Nuevo Laredo," he wrote, site of the high-volume trade border crossing in the World Trade Bridge (pictured, from U.S. side), "the Gulf Cartel is battling the Zetas for control of ...

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CSA 2010 to bring increase in driver pay?

The news over at the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday included a release from editors at J.J. Keller, emphasizing the reach of CSA 2010 beyond just for-hire truck carriers. "When the term 'motor carrier' is used," says Transportation Management Editor Robert Rose, "many people immediately connect this to mean only 'trucking companies.' In actuality, applies to all carriers with a US DOT number engaged in the furtherance of interstate commerce, no matter what 'type' of ...

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Tow-truckers echo long-haulers on Discovery’s ‘Wreck Chasers’

In many ways, tow-truckers are the absolute opposites of long-haulers. The tow-truckers of the Discovery Channel's new "Wreck Chasers" series, on a three week trial run that began with two half-hour episodes Monday, are trying to beat their competitors to the sight of a wreck, of course. In Philadelphia, among whose tow-truckers the story is set, all still operate on a first-come, first-serve basis, making competition much fiercer than in most U.S. cities of comparable ...

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YouTubing truckers hit NPR Charlotte station

Julie Rose of Charlotte, N.C., NPR affiliate WFAE.org (a voice I remember from my times south of the city in Rock Hill, S.C.) picked up on the phenomenon of the YouTube community of truck drivers with a story, available at the WFAE.org site this past Monday, that features some familiar faces. Among them was included good ol' Bobbie Boofay and Keys Truckers James and Jan McCarter, featured in Overdrive's September issue, but in the lead of the ...

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‘Personal and poetic meditation’ on American trucking

The creators are art photographers Frank Tribble and Tracey Mancenido, a husband-wife team who a couple years back, NPR reported last week in their "Picture Show" feature, took up the trucking life for a time to get a clearer understanding of the world. The result, a photographic exhibition at the Sasha Wolf Gallery in New York City perhaps appropriately dubbed "Hurry Up and Wait," is a collection of portrait and abstract photography I suspect you ...

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Dangerous roads — for animals — cataloged in California, Maine

The last time Truckers News addressed the subject of dangerous roads, you might forgive us for having focused on the obvious, the treacherous mountain passes, cold and snowy winter roads and congested urban centers that make the job of the nation's truck drivers a sometimes harrowing adventure. Researchers and other users of  the California and Maine Roadkill Observation Systems, though, are pinpointing the most dangerous roads for, as their organizations' titles suggests, animals. The main ...

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Having the cake and rolling it too

You may remember our reporting on the "Biggest tractor-trailer cake in the world" on the occasion of Iowa 80 Truckstop's Walcott Truckers Jamboree's big anniversary more than a year ago now -- the confection, an 8-foot-long creation, still probably holds the title, but we've gotten word via the Birmingham News of another (pictured, by the Bham News' Michelle Campbell), a three-foot McLeod Software unit made on the occasion of the transportation-management software firm's 25th anniversary ...

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The case against locking the trailer; Sioux City salute

Cargo theft is on the rise, we report this month in Truckers News, and truckers using rear adjustable bar locks on their vans may be an ever-more-frequent reality. But for every argument there's an at least somewhat valid counterargument, and one hauler's unfortunate truck fire on I-70 in Indiana near Terre Haute points to the, at least occasional, potential beauty of the convenience of an unlocked trailer. WTHI television in Terre Haute reported Friday when one ...

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Small-biz trucker finds his niche with versatility in Battle Creek, Mich.

Jim Wood of Maverick Express in Battle Creek, Mich., was interviewed by the Battle Creek Enquirer newspaper, the talk published in the exceedingly rare (in newspapers) Q&A format. Remarkable results for the trucker, whose boss at the carrier he worked for in his mid-30s told him, as he told the story to Enquirer reporter Andy Fitzpatrick, "'Jim, big companies don't need any mavericks'... I think I was 36 at the time. Here we are with two ...

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