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Congestion diary: And you thought we had it bad. . .

Next time you're sighing or beating your steering wheel over some mammoth traffic jam on your way into Atlanta, Chicago, L.A. or other American city, consider this: Two successive 60-plus-mile traffic jams, some lasting more than an entire week, have plagued the Beijing-Tibet Expressway into China's capital city in the past month, highlighting some congestion woes that, well, make our own seem piddly. The second of the big jams, Reuters reported, was led by big coal ...

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In defense of food transport

Tip of the hat to Marathon Trucker Jeff Clark for this one (and, readers, if you'll be at the Great American Trucking Show, beginning this coming Thursday, join Clark and I and Jazzy Jordan, among so many others, at Truckers News' Fit for the Road program's Too Hot to Trot 5K Friday morning).... Self-described “liberal curmudgeon” and historian Stephen Budiansky, writing in the New York Times last Friday, took on stats commonly wielded by champions ...

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Honeybees get revenge on bear

North Carolina Wake County Sheriff's Deputy Brandon Jenkins had to sit in his cruiser for upwards of 15 hours yesterday after a truck driver under a load of honeybees had been disabled west of Raleigh. "The truck driver," CNN reported, was on his way to Rocky Mount, N.C., and "had been hauling the bees at night, when they are quiet and not apt to fly." Jenkins responded to a report of someone "possibly being attacked by ...

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12 big legs on 18 wheels

Cargo thieves in Quebec didn’t waste much time dumping a truck and trailer they lifted while in transit to an Ontario zoo June 18. Just 25 miles from where the rig was stolen, the trailer was spotted. The truck was found a few miles down the road. Ron Petrie creatively reconstructed the scene in the Regina, Sask., Leader-Post: “Only when well down the road did feel safe to get out, check their hot cargo, ...

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From homeschooled in the cab to Harvard Law

Kerry Anderson may someday be the President of the United States. She's got the educational pedigree, at least, having graduated from Harvard and now contemplating law school -- what's interesting about all this is that according to the feature interview NPR All Things Considered cohost Michele Norris conducted with Kerry Anderson Wednesday, Anderson is the daughter of a long-hauling mother who schooled her daughter in large part from the sleeper cab of her truck. "A lot of our schooling ...

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Meet the North Carolina ‘Swamp Loggers’

Working his operation from Jacksonville, N.C., Bobby Goodson, owner of Goodson's All-Terrain Logging, is one of several pioneers of the method of "shovel logging" he's become somewhat famous for today, thanks to the Discovery Channel's "Swamp Loggers" series. The reality show, depicting Goodson and crew's work in the low-country swamps, helped propel the Discovery Channel to near the top prime time cable network ratings earlier this year -- averaging close to 2 million viewers per episode. For listings, click here, and for video ...

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Good to the last drop with trucker-invented Bottle Buddy

A story in the Akron Beacon-Journal from last week detailed the inventing prowess of dump-truck driver for Barbicas Construction and former long-hauler Charlene Cook, of Akron, Ohio. She unveiled her gizmo, the Last Drop Bottle Buddy, at the Invention and New Product Exposition, or INPEX, outside Pittsburgh June 16-18. The Bottle Buddy is essentially a sturdy stand and a cup on which you can place all manner of bottles to drain the last of their contents -- while ...

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Good ink on Missouri truck driving championships

Among drive-image-building efforts that are decades-long institutions are the yearly state truck-driving championships, which in 2010 will culminate in the final national competition Aug. 3-7 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The efficacy of the championships in the image arena was on full display in this story, published Sunday in the Springfield, Mo., News-Leader, about that state's own championships, held on a driving course on the headquarters campus of Prime. I got the chance to visit the carrier last ...

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From fuel price ‘nightmares’ to trucking book

Writer Mary Richardson, whom Atlanta-based Creative Loafing describes as a former editor with the Truckers Connection publication, had what she describes as "nightmares" during relatively modest spikes in fuel prices during the year 2006, shortly after she started working there. She "was having these apocalyptic nightmares about fuel prices getting so high that trucks would stop," she told Creative Loafing's Wyatt Williams, "causing grocery store shelves to fall empty, with people running around and buying up everything, having ...

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Las Vegas newspaper columnist delivers ‘half-hearted’ trucker salute…

It's not exactly a big 10-4, but in her "Road Warrior" column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal a week ago, Adrienne Packer detailed her state's latest addition to the growing nationwide effort to pair state troopers with truckers to target four-wheelers' unsafe maneuvers around big trucks for citation. While Packer reflects a somewhat common feeling among the motoring public when she wonders whether the program is more than just a way to boost revenue coming ...

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