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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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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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